I’ve been speaking two languages ever since I was born-English and Korean. Of course, my English was more dominant than my Korean since I lived in the United States and I was spoken to more in English. I did, however, learn a little bit of Korean when I was younger. Simple things like, “grandma,””let’s go,””I’m hungry,”etc. Unfortunately, I lost a lot of my Korean knowledge when I grew up. After I became serious about learning foreign languages, I gained it all back and more.
For anyone who hasn’t ready any of my posts before, I’m currently learning German, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, Latin, Italian, and a little bit of Japanese. I’m currently the strongest in German and Korean.
Learning foreign languages can be difficult, but becoming fluent is definitely worth all the effort. Right now, I’m on the road to fluency. 5 years of German has definitely paid off. I can understand German conversations, novels, etc. (for the most part). I can converse, read, and listen pretty easily. Of course, I don’t understand exactly everything. And I definitely write better than I speak.
After a year and a half of intensively studying Korean, I can understand when my mom is speaking to me and watching Korean children shows (like Pororo)-without the subtitles! The past year and a half, I’ve been studying on the internet, conversing with my mom, watching Korean dramas every night, listening to Kpop, reading some Korean children’s books…Anyways, I still have a long way to go when in comes to Korean. But I can get by. And I’ve definitely improved my skills throughout the years.
When I go to China and Germany, my Mandarin Chinese skills and German will definitely enhance since I will be immersed into the culture and forced to speak the languages. Until then, all I can do is study, practice, and more studying and practicing!