In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Study Abroad.”
If I had this choice before 1970 I would have said to study in Hungary to learn Hungarian. My mom’s parents were Hungarian and it would have been nice to be able to speak it with my mom. Here in the present time, I think I would like to learn Spanish. Not the language of Spain, but of Mexico. We had neighbors, who took their kids to Mexico many years back to be immersed in the language. I had never thought of it like that before. More recently I know someone who Majored in French in college but then years later went to France for a month to re-immerse themselves in the language.
So why Spanish? Spanish is becoming a second language here. Many social welfare jobs now require knowing Spanish. I’ll be retiring in a couple years and there are many areas where a person could volunteer and I think this is something I would like to do. I don’t know if it will ever happen, thanks to this prompt it gives me something else to look forward to.
Are you wondering why I didn’t learn Hungarian as a child? My dad’s parents never taught him Russian or Ukrainian. My parents only spoke English.
Did you grow up knowing two languages? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Have a good week!