My PassionMy passion is languages. When I was 13 I was wandering around in the library looking for a book to finish a report, and stumbled across a book titled "Teach Yourself Biblical Hebrew", it had never occurred to me before that I, me, could learn a languages. The next two months was spent teaching myself the alphabet, and random words, and trying to put sentences together in biblical hebrew of all things. Later on would come many many more languages, it wasn't until highschool that I was allowed to take a real language class, and all they had was french, german and spanish, I wasn't particularly interested in any of those, but german promised to be somewhat interesting. College was heaven for me. Arabic, chinese, japanese, farsi, korean, all available for me to learn. I spent more time in language classes than I did taking my required major class :P
I've tried teaching myself sooo many languages in the last 8 years:
But I never really got very far in any of them, I would learn the script, the basics, hello, how are you, yes, no, and figure out how to put a sentence together before I would find a new language I wanted to learn, I'd say the furthest I ever got with any of them was egyptian hieroglyphics, and I didn't know anymore than maybe 800 words..
In college though I was able to take real courses, and officially learn a couple of languages, and managed to fit in two years of arabic, a year of chinese, and a year of german. My Japanese friends taught me Japanese on the side.
Currently the only language I can speak fluently (besides english) is chinese, and that is just because I've been living in china for a year. Next year though I am going to Japan and will learn Japanese! And after that maybe Egypt to improve my Arabic!