I’ve decided to try to make my way in the linguaphile blogosphere. (Ha, my FireFox dictionary add-on is telling me that “linguaphile” and “blogosphere” are not words. Keep up with the times, FireFox!) I lurk on a lot of foreign language blogs and am pretty obsessed with languages and language-learning. The problem that I have is language wanderlust. Unless I’m studying a language for school, I have a difficult time keeping with it and not getting distracted by something else. (As a result, I’ve dabbled in at least twenty different languages and can speak bits and pieces of them.) So I’m hoping that by starting a blog and keeping up with the other more prominent blogging linguaphiles, I’ll be inspired to stick with a language myself.
Currently, I study Mandarin and Italian in university. I studied Spanish and French in high school and loved them. I’m trying to focus on Irish now outside of school, but (even though it’s summer) I’m having trouble finding time to study it every day. I’m not losing the motivation to learn it–I find Irish to be a fascinating language and as an Irish-American I see it as a way to connect to my roots, as cheesy as that sounds–but I am lacking on time. We’ll see how much time I have once school starts up again and I’m juggling three languages (Spanish, Mandarin, and Italian) and calc.
Another reason why I want to blog is because one of the best ways to learn a language is to teach it. I’m not planning on trying to teach Mandarin or Irish or anything in this blog–there are plenty of other websites and blogs available for that–but I do want to be able to share my ideas and theories on language learning (specifically, learning those languages) and post resources, since link lists are awesome for language learning. (Well, they’re awesome in general when looking for specific resources.) I lack real-life friends who share the same obsession over language learning that I have, so I want to branch out into the online community a bit.