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Which language would you like to learn? | The Menzini Files

Which New Foreign Language Would You Like To Learn?

August 26, 2014

Which language would you like to learn? | The Menzini Files

When I am visiting a foreign country, I get a kick out of acting like a local from the start. You know, the little things like ordering from the menu in the native tongue or getting a coffee and chatting with the barista. Basically, anything than looking like a tourist. I always try to have at least a few basic phrases on hand to feel comfortable and get to know the local people.

Lately, I am kind of smitten with Stockholm and Sweden in general. From what I’ve heard Swedish is a very interesting sounding language and I think about taking classes before I am heading north. Dutch is also on my list and something tells me it’s not too hard since it uses German and English elements as well. Growing up, I did learn French and Spanish in school and while I am still pretty good at understanding both, I can’t converse properly in either anymore.

Learning foreign languages is necessary, I think. It connects us all even more! When I backpacked through India, I learned just a few phrases before in Hindi, but they made such a difference, especially in the more rural areas. Locals were eager to talk to me and ask questions.

I loved this illustration about eight tricks for learning a new language. Have you seen it?

Many moons ago I wasn’t that comfortable talking or writing in English either. If you’d told me back then, that I might pen a blog one day in English, I surely would have called you crazy. But since living in New York City for a year, getting to read English books, and watching American movies without any German translation, it just caught up with me.

I still think the best way to learn a language and master its quirks and pronunciation is to go to the native country and talk until your mouth hurts!

Oh, and I did take this fun quiz via Buzzfeed. According to my choice of coffee and Brad Pitt movie (?!), I should take Arabic lessons. Interesting!

Which foreign language would you like to learn?

  1. Nina Beana says:

    I should learn French! :)
    Love these tips!!!

  2. Noor says:

    French or Swedish for sure.

  3. I would love to learn French but I really should get better in Hungarian instead…since it’s Balazs’ native tongue. Have a great day, sweetie.

  4. I should learn Chinese! haha! If I could, I would want to learn as many languages as possible, but then I would forget it all because I wouldn’t use it in my daily life. I would love to learn Swedish, Korean, Spanish, French, Hebrew, and Mandarin. Also American sign language!

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