How Many Languages Can You Speak?

Hey, y’all. It’s been a while since my last post! I apologize for that.

Work has been crazy (but I got promoted!), and I’ve been really busy with preparing for my fiance’s K1 Visa interview.

In my spare time, I’ve continued studying Chinese, and I’ve also started studying Spanish.

And boy, they are two totally different languages.

To be honest, the thought of studying Spanish didn’t interest me much. But my brother was interested while we were still at university, and I checked out a Spanish textbook for him.

Well, when it came time to graduate, I was slapped with a nearly $90 fee because the library said he’d never returned it.

Despite our best arguments that he did, in fact, return the book, I was forced to pay the fee or risk not being able to graduate.

Skip ahead almost three years into the future, and I find the book inside my closest while doing a bit of cleaning.

Looks like they were right after all.

Anyway, I figured I might as well learn now since I paid so much for the book.

I’ve only been studying this week, and I’ve completed the first chapter of the book. I’m using memrise.com for vocabulary.

If you’ve never heard of Memrise, it’s a great website/app for learning new words in a foreign language. My brother and I used it for Korean, and he managed to learn a few thousand words pretty solidly with it.

I gave up learning Korean in favor of Chinese, and I don’t think Memrise is so great for Chinese because of the characters, but it’s been wonderful with my Spanish so far.

Basically, how it works is this: you’ll choose a lesson you want to learn, and then Memrise will offer you new words and test you in a variety of ways when learning them. After you’ve gotten the word correct a number of times, Memrise will tell you that it’s now in your long-term memory.

It’s not really, though, a lot of the times. You have to review the words daily to really get the stick, but Memrise also offers great review features that allow you to continue earning points while reviewing words from previous lessons before learning more.

For all the work you do, you get points, and these points are stacked up on a leader board.

I’m doing a 225-word Spanish unit, and I’ve amassed nearly 30,000 points after learning 115 of them.

I’m learning quicker than I thought, but I know I’ll have to keep practicing to get better.

That being said, Chinese is still my main interest, but I feel as if I’ve hit a bit of a rut. I’m going to make a new study plan for it, and I hope y’all can keep me accountable. I want to start vlogging, really, but I’m not quite ready for that. Maybe when my fiance gets here from China.

I’m currently studying HSK 4 vocabulary and grammar, and there’s really no reason that I haven’t gotten through my textbooks on it because I’ve been at this level for about two years. I just sort of plateaued.

What do y’all do when hitting a language-learning rut? How many languages can you speak, and how many are you learning?

Let me know below, and maybe we can find the motivation we need to keep moving forward.

We’ll still be making our K-pop posts, and we’re going to move back to a more-daily schedule. Stay tuned for updates, and as always, thanks for reading!

-Jared

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5 thoughts on “How Many Languages Can You Speak?”

  1. Mandarin is my second language. It was actually the very first language I spoke but once I entered school, English rapidly became my main focus just by naturally being immersed in it and having to focus on it since it couldn’t speak hardly a word of it at first. My parents sent me to Chinese school every Friday night but I’ve lost my abilities to read/write in Chinese. I get by with simplified Mandarin communication skills but because I don’t get a chance to practice that much, my vocab is a bit rusty. I’m trying to watch Chinese shows without the sub-titles – hoping that will help!

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    1. Wow, that’s so cool! I studied Chinese for three semesters at university, and then I went to live in China for a year, but I’ve been terribly shy at speaking, so I never really practiced that. I got pretty decent at listening and writing/reading, but just at a basic conversational level. I really want to get better at that.
      Have you seen the drama Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms (Eternal Love) 三生三世十里桃花? I looooove this show. I’ve thought about doing drama reviews and stuff for Korean and Chinese dramas. I think that would be pretty fun!

      I think studying through TV shows is a great way to do it. I’m not quite at that level yet. Maybe some cartoons? LOL But I think Spanish will be a quick learn for me, but I don’t think I will ever look at it as seriously as I do Chinese.

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      1. I haven’t gotten into any Chinese tv dramas yet. Right now I’m scaling it back to reality shows with less concentration of plot. 🙂 I’m currently watching Let Go of My Baby S03 because it has Jackson Wang in it. Before that I was following Idol Producer. It helps me destress (i.e. I don’t have to do too much thinking) because work is so busy these days. But I do want to start watching more Chinese drama on Netflex. I was told Meteor Garden is pretty good.

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  2. Chinese, respect! My language learning is totally based on geography 😉 I’m British – I started with French then German in school, and as an adult I’ve added Spanish and a teeny bit of Swedish. My French was never really there but my German is C1+ and I’m about to start B1 Spanish. I like a language where a quarter of the words are already similar to English!!

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    1. That’s amazing!! Yeah, I’ve found Spanish to be so much easier than studying Chinese. Maybe it’s because I took it in high school, but I think a lot of it has to do with how similar it is to English.
      You must have spent a lot of time learning languages. I wish I had a similar dedication!!

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