So, as of late, I’ve been running through a few Assimil courses, refreshing my French and Russian. In regards to my language learning, for a long time, I would beat myself up over the fact that I’d go through spurts of activity followed by spurts of… well, lots of inactivity. At this point, I’ve just accepted it as normal (for me, anyway), and approach it as a routine thing: I let my languages go for a bit, and then need to do some tidying up with them, to get them to at least a respectable level. I’ve mentioned elsewhere on my blog that I was surprised to find that when going back to a language I had neglected, it wasn’t nearly as much work as I expected, to get back to where I was before. Dormant, yes; lost, no.
As usual, Russian is proving far trickier than any of my other languages. The vocabulary is as slippery as an eel. I learn it, I forget it. I relearn it, I think I’ve got it, and… then I forget it again.
C’est la vie du apprenant d’une langue, n’est-ce pas?
Elsewhere on the language map, I’m getting a serious craving to do a bit Italian. I’ve got the Assimil Italian course waiting for me. I blame this recent language lust on my having just finished playing through Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, starring Ezio Auditore da Firenze. Voice acted by an American, with (from what I’ve read) a less than stellar Italian accent, but still. Enough Italian present to make me want to learn a bit, and hey, Italian’s sexy.