I almost feel bad for my Spanish professor. I can tell she loves language, she loves her native Spanish language, she speaks English well and I believe her degree is in French, but the methods she relies upon are quite obviously bad. You’ve all been in these classes… Learn present tense, learn past tense, memorize verb conjugations, demonstrative pronouns ect ect.
Yet it remains completely obvious that most students do not learn. It remains completely obvious that students lack interest. It remains completely obvious that Americans in general do have second language skills unless they were born into a language other than English. Yet we continue to beat that dead horse, a corpse that long ago decayed.
I think people would say that I was a pretty good speaker, at least in English ;). I always have some quip or response to anything someone has to say. I always have an opinion and I pay attention to the timing and rhythm of my words when there is something to be said.
I would like to think of myself as a good writer. Of course, being a good writer takes a lot of work and I don’t write near as much as i should, it makes me think that if I loved writing so much then why don’t I find myself actually doing it more?
It all comes down to what I really am and the main subject of this new blog. I am a ‘Word Collector’. Before I’m a speaker, or writer, or entrepreneur (?), or sports fan, or anything else. I am a reader, a collector of words, not only in English, but in all the languages I study. That’s what this blog is going to be about, my random reading and my language obsession, and all the little words I collect.