How cool it is to know that you are practically there with speaking a whole new language!! Thanks to the help of the awesome professors here at UNCP as well as the resources they have given me, I have almost accomplished my goal of speaking and reading fluent Spanish! Learning a brand new language and becoming fluent with it is just as exciting as learning how to read. Every day is a new learning experience for me and an enjoyment. I love the looks I get now when I am speaking with my classmates in Spanish and getting responses like, “You can speak Spanish!?” or “Are you bilingual?” It feels so amazing.
Not only is the learning experience great, but there are other opportunities offered that allow students to pick up Spanish easier—such as traveling out of the country! I have already traveled to Spain! It is because of that trip that I am able to understand the language a lot better…and this time frame was only a month! I picked up so much while I was there, even if I didn’t realize that I was. When you are immersed and surrounded by something (in this case, Spanish- reading, writing, music, signs, streets… EVERYTHING!), you can’t help but pick it up and learn it. It is the way we adapt to our environments. After I graduate, I am going to go out of the country again and immerse myself to learn the culture, language, and the way of life.
I have also recently become involved in “La Voz”, a new Spanish club that allows anyone who wished to communicate in Spanish to join—even if you don’t know a lick of Spanish. Here, we can express our ideas and just have a casual informal conversation on a specific topic for that day. As we speak to each other, we learn new words we are unfamiliar with and learn how to use and utilize certain fixed phrases in Spanish.
My goal is to become a translator or interpreter. I haven’t decided exactly what kind just yet, but I have thought about also learning Japanese and translating songs from “Anime” into English and Spanish (I like to sing Japanese songs too, so this works perfectly!).
I notice how much I am picking up. The other day when I was trying to read an instruction manual, I went straight to the Spanish section (didn’t even notice that was the first place I went to instead of the English section) and started to read, not even realizing it until a few minutes that I was understanding almost everything I was reading! If anyone wants to learn Spanish, UNCP is the place to be to learn it!
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Updated: Tuesday, October 9, 2012
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