I wanna talk about learning languages. I’ve lived in many different countries, both in Western Europe, Middle East, and now here in Vietnam. And during all of that time, I’ve learned five or six different languages, to one degree or another. I love learning languages. Not only are they important when you move to a country, I just find them fascinating.
Before I came to Vietnam, I lived in Barcelona Spain for ten years. And when I first arrived, the most important thing was being able to communicate with people locally. I don’t attend classes. I don’t think I’m particularly good in classes. I prefer to learn by just talking to people, finding out what I need to say by looking at dictionaries and listening carefully.
Other things that helped me when I first moved to Spain, were watching the typical kinds of programs we see everyday on channels around the world. For example the weather. This is great, because they always say the same things. So you can really quickly hear the same words repeated again and again. And the pictures helped of course.
Other types of program that helped me learned Spanish quickly were things like game shows, where the same thing happens. They have a catchphrase or a slogan that they repeat endlessly when contestants win or when they are called to compete.