Alex in Transit(ion)

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so here’s a couple of goals I have

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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! 

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Author: Alex

Hello! My name is Alex but you can call me Alexandra if you're feeling fancy. Here you'll find my adventures about exploring my new city of Hoboken, NJ, scurrying over the Hudson River to NYC, my bicycle excursions, and how I'm learning to embrace in medias res.

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