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My Language Learning Journey

If you’ve seen my blog before, you know about my passion for languages and translation. Up until now, I’ve only been discussing translation, but not languages or language learning, even though I’ve wanted to make these topics a big part of my blog. I’ve already made a post on my language learning methods, so now I want to show you my progress in different languages with these methods. Over the next months (I say months, but in all honesty, I have no idea how long it’s going to take), I’ll be writing about my study progress, both with languages I already have a good amount of experience in and languages I know nothing about. Now, which languages will I be studying? The short answer: way too many.

Languages I’m already familiar with:

Japanese

Japanese as a language is very important to me. I have a BA degree in Japanese, and it’s one of the few languages I want to get to the highest possible level. I’m planning on taking the JLPT exam (日本語能力試験) for level N2 next year, so I’ll be studying the grammar and kanji required for that level. This means I won’t be studying Japanese from scratch, but I’ll still try to make my progress understandable for those who don’t know Japanese.

German

I learned German in middle and high school up to a B1/B2 level, but my reading and listening are definitely stronger than my writing and speaking. This means I will be mainly working on those skills around the B1/B2 level.

Hindi

Hindi is a language I’ve been slowly working on for the past few months after studying it in uni for a bit. My Hindi is still at a very elementary level, so it should be fun to see how my Hindi improves over the course of the next months.

Completely new languages

Filipino

I’ve gotten interested in Filipino after hearing and seeing it used by some Filipino classmates when I was an exchange student in Japan, and finally decided to buy a textbook and start studying it.

Finnish

My dad’s an electrician at a company that fused with a Finnish company a short while ago. Last Christmas, he received a card from his work with the holiday greetings in both Dutch and Finnish, and the Finnish looked so interesting to me! I know nothing about Finnish at all, so I’m curious to see how well I’ll be able to understand it.

Greek

Greek is an interesting choice for me. I studied Classical Greek (specifically Koinè Greek) in middle and high school, and loved it, so I decided to pick up modern Greek. My biggest fear is honestly the pronunciation, as it has changed quite a lot compared to Koinè Greek, and I’m afraid I’ll fall back to the old pronunciation on a regular basis. But that aside, it might be the new language I’m most excited to study!

That’s all for this post! I’ll try to write an update post every week or every two weeks, where I explain which methods I’ve been using for each language, some of the new grammar and vocab I’ve learned, and what was difficult for me to grasp and how I tackled those difficulties. I’m looking forward to starting another language learning journey, and writing about it should be a good motivator! I hope you’re all looking forward to it as much as I am!