Photo by Tom Magliery, source.
Starting June 5, I’ll be in South America for 2 months.
One of my goals for South America is to learn Spanish. That’s why I’m joining the Bilingual Summer suggested by Christine Gilbert.
The Bilingual Summer steps are:
1. Pick a language
> Mine is Spanish.
2. Set an intention to learn it
> I want to have conversational Spanish skills before I leave South America
3. Create an immersive environment this summer full of movies, music, books and other media in that language. Reach out to native speakers on sites like LiveMocha.com for language exchanges. Find local resources. Be creative.
> I will be in South America. I guess it’s immersive enough unless I lock myself in my room.
4. Do a little bit, at least, every day
5. Keep yourself motivated, by participating in our summer long language love-fest.
> A dessert after every milestone.
My problem with languages
I have a problem with speaking foreign languages.
I took Japanese and French while I was in school. Even though I can understand what people are saying and I have enough vocabulary, I am unwilling to speak to native speakers because I am afraid that I might butcher their language.
Of course, those are just excuses. I’ll be in South America and everyone would know that I am foreign. Perhaps they will be more forgiving when I pronounce things wrongly.