Learning Languages

Table of Contents

1 How I learn languages

2 Languages I'm currently learning

3 Languages I plan on learning

  • Turkish
  • Coptic
  • Syriac
  • Yiddish
  • Vietnamese

4 Languages I've learnt in the past

  • Russian: I've taken two years of Russian as an undergraduate. By the end of my second year, I could speak, read, and write reasonably well for a beginner. The problem is that this was in the US, back in 1987, and it was not easy to find people with whom to converse in Russian… I forgot much of my Russian, though I can still manage simple conversations. I do plan on returning to Russian some day.
  • Mandarin Chinese: One summer I studied some Mandarin Chinese in the hope of sitting in on the course at Ben-Gurion university. I practiced the better part of a summer break, and by the end of the break, I was able to engage in simple, short conversations with Chinese speakers [I found on the internet]. But when the Fall semester was about to start, the students declared a strike, and classes were postponed for several weeks. By the time the strike was over I'd had enough on my plate and coulnd't find the time to study.
  • Latin: I took one semester of Latin, and have kept on studying on my own. I don't study it presently, but I do read a bit Latin every now and then.
  • Greek
  • German
  • Hindi
  • Sanskrit
  • Tibetan

Author: Mayer Goldberg (‮מֵאִיר גּוֹלְדְּבֵּרְג‬)

Created: 2023-09-22 Fri 00:29