Friday, April 04, 2014

My Languages

My current language portfolio includes English (excellent), Malay (excellent), Chinese Mandarin, Cantonese, Chinese dialect Hokkien, and the latest being Italian (intermediate-good). Of all these languages, the only language group I can’t read and write is Chinese. I intend to fix this in 2015.

With all the clashing priorities—I have so many things I’d like to pursue—I’m putting Chinese in the back burner for now. I’m Chinese and I can’t write or read the language (I do speak it fairly OK), and that’s NOT good. I must satisfy my other curiosities first for I know if I don’t do this, I’ll be ping-ponging back and forth at the back of my head thinking about the one I’m curious about, and not giving Chinese its due respect and attention. And that’s not good.

Also, the Indonesian language seems to be a low-hanging fruit because of its similarity with Malay. I do have in mind to study it for a bit before claiming to speak the language. I was in Bali (twice) during my vacation and attempted to speak it the way it’s supposed to sound in Indonesian. I consider myself to be quite successful because the natives said in excitement, You speak Bahasa Indonesia! I beamed.

A few weeks ago, German caught my eyes (and ears) and I’d like to get to know it better. Maybe I’ll also throw in a bit of Indonesian study along the way. I bought some German study books while I was back home in Kuala Lumpur, the best go-to place to buy such materials. Last week, I signed up for the one-year all-language pack with Babbel.com, so I’m all set with lots of materials to swim in. I hope I won’t drown. For US$126, it’s an awesome deal!

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