Hi, I'm Shaun from Ontario, Canada.
I have wanted to learn more languages for a long time, and I'm finally going to do it. My wife and I want to do more travelling (now that our kids are a bit older) and having more languages will make it that much more enjoyable.
Being Canadian, French is taught as a part of the curriculum in public school. I enjoyed it, and I was enrolled in a French Immersion program from grade 7-12. So at one point I was quite fluent, but I've lost almost all of it. I can still understand and read it quite well, but confidently speaking-wise it's a struggle. I took a year of high school Spanish as well.
So learning French again would certainly be the easiest thing for me to do, but it's not what I'm most motivated to do at this time. I'm pretty intrigued by Esperanto, especially after seeing Tim Morley's TEDx talk on it. Our family homeschools so I plan to learn Esperanto along with my wife and then we'll get the kids on to it.
As of right now I'm not sure what I'd like to move on to after Esperanto. I was recently in Iceland for a day (layover) and loved it so I'd like to pick that up at some point, but it wouldn't be as easy to practice nor be as useful as other languages.
I'm lucky because even though I live in a very small city in Southern Ontario, I have lots of language opportunity. I have friends/coworkers who speak fluently:
- Brazilian Portuguese
- Haitian Creole
- Hindi (also Marathi and Kannada which I hadn't even heard of before today)
There's probably a couple thousand people in my city who speak Italian too, but I'd have to make a new friend for that.
With Esperanto, my current mission is to get enough vocab and confidence to have a basic conversation with someone on Skype.
October 5, 2012
That sounds like a great idea, especially for your kids. Giving them a push over the first language hurdle would definitely be a good thing for them.
I've been meaning for a while to get around to learning Esperanto properly, which I'll probably do next year.
Some stuff that I can recommend from my brief studies with Esperanto would be:
lernu.net (great site with free activities and an active community)
teach yourself esperanto (best teach yourself book I've ever used)
You can also find free podcasts and articles online! And I don't doubt that you'll be able to find passionate speakers willing to help you out via Skype
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