Siren Watcher Skills Languages:
If I was required to learn another language at another location for working purposes, I would do so quickly and without protest.
During my schooling I learnt;
- 3 years of French
- 1 year of Italian
- 1 year of German
- 1 year of Japanese
Most of this language knowledge has gone, as it was all learnt prior to adulthood. Though I retain the ability to count to 20 in all those languages. I also retained some basic random words like, ‘blanc’ or ‘watashi wa siren des. onamae wa’. Though nearly the entirity of these languages are gone. Out of the entire Japanese hiragana and katakana alphabets I can only remember the stroke patterns for about 5 characters and what they mean.
Upon moving to Germany, I sought to teach myself German to begin with. This was actually harder than I prepared for. Not hard to learn German, but in a non-structured course it was very hard. Duolingo taught me a huge list of vocabulary. Though applying the correct sentence structure was heavily broken. Ich komme aus Australien, etc. These stock phrases are fine, but in original sentence building I struggle. Though I am able to discern basic items like baum for tree, tasche for bag, etc. The similarity to English in a lot of cases makes it easier, such as wasser for water, rot for red, banane for banana, etc. I can also conduct common daily phrases like using tschuss and entschuldigung. Though I can’t sit and have a regular conversation, but can navigate the landscape okay. Eingang (entry) and Ausgang (exit) level of knowledge to not look like an idiot, if that makes sense.
I am currently learning Portugese, as I will be moving to Brazil soon.
I am actually nervous about becoming a polyglot, due to my desire to learn languages but my understanding of how easy they are to fundamentally lose without practice. I like learning languages for leisure and they were the classes in which I achieved top grades for during schooling. To express that I have always had an inherant interest and skill with them. Though, the idea of dumping 600-2200 hours into learning something that I may lose over a minor time of non-use is hard for me to justify in terms of evaluated usefulness. If it was required for a professional role, or for living arrangements, I would see that as justification. In later life, I will likely decide to be a polyglot and learn about 10 languages to fluency. Though for now, learning the basics across a few is enough for me.
These are the languages I want to focus on learning to fluency if I had to write some down:
If I had to add archaic languages, I’d add Sanskrit and Sumerian. Though they would likely be harder to find a teacher for.
The pro to this is being able to read peer-reviewed journals in multiple languages, and have a wider social circle. The con is that when people speak in other languages around me I won’t be given that temporary ease of mind that I don’t have to listen. This happened to me often in Australia, when people on the train would be talking loudly in another language and I could just pretend they weren’t talking because I didn’t understand their language. I appreciated it.