Posts Tagged ‘foreign language’

5th September
written by Randy

Wow, what a year. This has already been an amazing year for me. It’s not even over yet, but I’ve already accomplished so much!

When this year started, I was coasting along at a new job I had only been at for a little more than a month. My girlfriend had just moved out the day after Christmas. Life was kind of stalled. Sure, like anyone I had a lot of dreams and desires, but my life didn’t have much of a direction or a plan.

New years have a funny way of getting people to commit to things. I personally have always hated the idea of a “New Year’s resolution”, because most of the things people decide to do in their year are things that don’t take a year to complete. Setting a resolution gives you plenty of padding so you can put it off until later, and never accomplish it.

This year, several of my friends chose learning a new language as their resolution. In high school, I studied Spanish, German, and French, and learned some Tagalog (Filipino) then as well, and since then I dabbled in Portuguese before becoming a fluent speaker of Spanish and then Russian, so needless to say, I’m known as “the language guy”, and after spinning their wheels for a few weeks, my friends turned to me for advice on how to learn a new language. That’s when everything changed for me.

I didn’t want to answer the same questions over and over, and I wanted my advice, resources, and help to be some place where other people could find and use them too. And that’s when I started my blog Fluent Every Year. (It’s now called Yearlyglot, like me!)

I think the best way to teach someone is to show them how you do it. I put out a vote to all my friends on Facebook and the language that got the most votes was Italian, so in February, I decided to learn Italian in one year. Actually, since I decided in February, I had less than a year.

But the most significant detail was that I decided not to stop there. I will speak Italian fluently when this year is over, and then I’ll start again with a new language next year!

Since making the decision to start that blog, I have been lucky to have hundreds of readers and Facebook fans and Twitter followers, and I still can’t believe that so many people are so interested in what I have to say! I have made many new friends all over the world, some of whom I’ve even had the chance to visit and meet in person.

Being the guy who learns a new language every year has already changed my life… and I haven’t even finished the first official year! It gives me something interesting to talk about with new people I meet, it goes over really well on a job interview, and it also gives me a reason to do many of the crazy things I’ve always wanted to do.

I’ll tell more about how amazing this year has been in future posts, all leading up to the end of this year, when I’ll choose my new amazing adventures for 2011!