I have a love of language. I love my mother tongue, the poetry and literature of the English language is amazing. I’ve also found a taste for foreign tongues, and I’ve spent dozens of hours growing proficient in Arabic. In addition to these two, I’ve explored many others.
What I’ve found is that learning a foreign language is much easier than I was lead to believe. It’s difficult, surely, especially dealing with the ones that are as distant from English as Arabic or Chinese. That said, I was lead to believe that picking up a particularly distant language was nearly impossible for an adult, and that is just not the case. It’s like swimming. A small child learns to swim very naturally, but that doesn’t mean an adult can’t learn to swim.
I’ve been working on establishing a set of guidelines for the acquisition of foreign languages for adults. There is a field called Second Language Acquisition (2LA), which specializes in teaching foreign languages to adults. I’d like to teach Arabic, but I’d like to have the support of 2LA to support me.
There has never been a greater confidence builder in my than acquiring Arabic as a second language. I never imagined that I could and it has benefited my greatly. Not only can I converse with a whole new set of people in a whole new way, it helps me to understand the world in general. I would like to spend my life sharing these benefits with others.