Reading Romance…

Languages. What else did you think I meant 😉

I can now read a lot of Spanish, but with this I’ve found I can read Catalan, Portuguese, Italian and French a bit better. It helps that English has a good dose of Latin in it.

You’d think, English being a West German language I could have a head start with German or Dutch, but I can probably read Portuguese more than those.

Still, realising that just by understanding one language I can understand some others my world opens up before me! So, once I have Spanish (language of the country), Catalan (language of the region) and French (language spoken at home) under my belt what next? Should I learn another Iberian Romance language: Leonese? Asturian? Aranese? Aragonese? Galician? Portuguese (which a cousin speaks)? Extremaduran? Fala? Or perhaps leave the Romance alone and learn some Basque? Or go beyond the peninsula and learn Italian, Romansch, German or Greek? There was a moment, before Spain, I was trying to learn Scottish Gaelic, so maybe… Or maybe learn Arabic or Chinese? outside of Europe even!

There’s no stopping me now with a whole world of languages to speak with!!!

But first I think I should at least become fluent in Spanish before branching out, shouldn’t I? That might be sensible…

Diccionario Español

My Spanish has improved to the extent that I don’t need to look in my Spanish-English dictionary to see a word, I can now go to the Real Academia Española and read the meaing of a word in Spanish.

Un día podría ser que abro un blog que voy a llamar “Un druida en entrenamiento”… but not until I’ve improved my written Spanish and can speak fluently.

In the meantime I can watch my sobrino overtake me in Spanish and then teach me. It’s amazing how the young mind is a sponge for language, not like the older mind, which is a sponge, but it can already be “soggy” from previous learnings lol. I’ll just have to work hard at it is all (erm…tengo que trabajar ¿duro se puede decir?… bueno, mucho para aprender… yes, still a bit to learn)