Speaking Any Language

Here’s a good WordPress Daily Prompt:

If you could wake up tomorrow and be fluent in any language you don’t currently speak, which would it be? Why? What’s the first thing you do with your new linguistic skills?

This is foolish, but the first language that came into my head was Latin. Back in middle school and early high school, I learned a lot of Latin and Greek roots. That was one of the few lessons from school that I actually remember and apply in everyday life. Nine times out of ten, if I see an unfamiliar word and think back to those Latin and Greek roots, I can figure out the meaning of the word. Being fluent in Latin would likely help me understand the Romance languages, and if I could travel back in time to the pre-Vatican II era, I could understand the old-school Latin Mass.

But for more practical purposes, it would be nice to be fluent in Spanish because so many people in my neck of the woods speak it. The first thing I’d do with it? Write a story in Spanish. That would be fun. I tried to do that in high school and didn’t get very far, so it’d be good to fulfill that farfetched dream. 🙂

 

6 thoughts on “Speaking Any Language

  1. I studied French in junior high school (t was the only language offered), and then I continued with it in high school, but I’ve never used it and don’t remember any of it. I should have switched to Spanish in high school — I would have used that.

    I considered Latin in college, but my father advised against it. He’d studied it in college (it had been mandatory), and he said the only thing he’d got out of it was, as you say, knowing the origins of words.

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    1. French and Spanish were the only languages offered in high school, and I could never understand why people took French. It seemed impractical compared to Spanish… and harder. At least in Spanish, the word actually looks the way it’s pronounced (to some extent).

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  2. I speak Thai, but many would argue if I’m fluent. It helped when I lived in Thailand and I’m still able to use it from time to time. If I woke with an ew language I too would pick Spanish or maybe Gaelic.

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