Miscellanous language items May 14, 2008 11:14:23 GMT 1
Post by jeanne on May 14, 2008 11:14:23 GMT 1
I was a double major - Spanish and Business. I was good at reading and translating, aced all of my written tests, but the oral exams tripped me up. I thought perhaps it was the language itself, so I began to study French as well. Maybe I should have chosen a non-Romance language. It was the same outcome. Then I began to think and speak in a combination of the two (would that be Frenish)?
Did you ever go to France to study? I wanted to go to Spain, but I didn't have the money to do so. I think that might have helped. The sink or swim theory, right?
Like you, I also did well on exams, etc. I thought I must be good at French if I was doing so well, that's why I decided to major in it when I first went to college. It didn't take long for me to switch majors! And no, I never went to France to study, but perhaps it would have helped.
Since I have worked in education and seen the problems some kids have with auditory processing, I have realized that one part of my problem is that it just takes me awhile to process what I am hearing, and that is why I could never keep up with fast, fluent speakers of French. The same would, I'm sure, be the case with Polish, but I would like at least to learn enough to communicate on a rudimentary level...