Awkward adventures of an aspiring Polyglot
One of my main interests is languages and this site will contain short entries about my journey. To be clear, I’m not a polyglot or fluent in most of these language (so don’t walk up to me and try to pull me in a regular conversation). I’ll be sharing my books, sites, tips(?), and experiences in some of my blog posts.
I'm aware that it seems that it's not related to the main content of the site but I do believe learning new languages does have the ability to reel in more opportunities for freelancers.
(Side note: I'm also looking for people to practice with.)
I’m currently interested in Nihongo, French, Italian, and Spanish.
Started: December 2012
Current Level: JLPT N5
I’ve been an anime fan since I was a kid and I've always loved Japanese culture, from food to traditions. Although I’ve never visited Japan, I do plan to do so in the near future. I started Nihongo because I wanted to open up more opportunities for our Anime-style wing under Kriss.
Started: May 2017
Out of the three: Italian, French, and Spanish, I’m most interested in Italian culture. I’ve been a big fan of Italian art and most of their culture since I first discovered art and pasta. I think my interest in Italy is only second to Japan. I want to be able to speak the basics when I eventually visit Italy.
Started: March 2016
I started because I got frustrated with French pronunciation and decided to give Spanish a quick look. That quick look evolved into a journey and now, I’m stuck with it.
Started: October 2014
Current Level: DELF A1
In all honesty, Craig Ferguson got me into it. I caught him speaking French and I enjoyed the bits where he took his show to France and interacted with the French Talk show host Jacques Essebag or Arthur (Host of Ce soir avec Arthur). Give Craig Ferguson and Arthur a quick YouTube search to find out more. It’s funny that out of the 4 languages, the French culture is probably the most unknown to me and I barely know anyone who practices it here in the Philippines.
“In general, we can describe levels of fluency in a foreign language with these rough word counts:
Conversational: 1,000-3,000 words. With around 1,000 words in most languages, you’ll be able to ask people how they’re doing, tell them about your day and navigate everyday life situations like shopping and public transit."
Duolingo has around: 2969 words for Spanish, 2957 words for French, and 3942 for Italian
Although they’re not enough to put you at an advance level, it is a good starting point plus the vocal questions can help you practice pronouncing the words. The more you speak the language the easier for your tongue to adjust to the words. Since I don’t have anyone to practice with, I use that as my practice.