Learning a New (Old) Language

Dia daoibh agus failte! (Pardon the lack of the fada–I haven’t figured out how to do that on my Bluetooth keyboard yet.) For those of you who don’t speak Irish—hello and welcome. I’ve been using Duolingo to study Gaeilge for a little bit, but I don’t think it accounts for the different dialects. I’m not even sure which dialect I’m learning. In any case, Irish is a very fascinating language. Once you understand how extra consonants blend together to make a certain sound, it all starts to make more sense. I still don’t know enough to converse with anyone, but it’s fun to learn. I don’t even know why I wanted to learn–but here I am loving it.

As a young person I knew it would make more sense for me to learn Spanish, but I chose to rebel and took French for for years. (J’aime penser que je le parle assez bien.) Now, I probably should *really* should be learning Spanish, as it is a major language here in the States and it would help me communicate with some of my students’ parents. I don’t regret learning French, as it is a beautiful language. German and French are actually major languages in music history; many operas, etc, were written in those languages along with Italian and English, so if I were to pursue a master’s degree or a doctorate, it is a plus that I can speak French already.

I don’t really know what I’m typing today; it’s mostly mindless brain chatter without organization. That’s usually how I operate. HA!

I’m sure I’ll be back once I have a good topic to write about. Any suggestions?

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