Starting in October, I’m going to be brushing up on my Italian, Spanish, and French. Yes, I know, it’s funny that I don’t know the language I grew up with but for some reason or another, we were never taught Italian and it frustrates me that I cannot speak with 85% of my family. When I took Italian in college, it was a beautiful experience to be able to talk with my father in our family’s language and then after I entered the real world, I lost it because I moved two hours away from my family. That is going to change. I know my grandparents don’t have a lot of time left and for once, I want to be able to have a real conversation with them.
Also, I recognize that if I want to succeed in my career, I need to learn how to speak Spanish fluently…because I don’t want to end up like Michael Bloomberg. I took Spanish in college but I wasn’t very good at it because I kept reverting back to French, which was the first language I learned in high school. When I was in Montreal, even though my French was very rough, I was still surprised at how much I retained. Since I’m interested in living in Quebec one day (Montreal est dans mon couer), I really want to be fluent in French as well. I was so good at it in high school and honestly, I wish I went farther with it.
These are lofty goals which is the reason why I’m not giving myself a deadline. The great thing is that these are romance languages so they’re all related to each other but like I mentioned before, it is very easy to get them confused. It will be a journey, but I know that this will be so fulfilling. It’s a big ol’ world out there and it’s time for me to go and explore it!