Friday, February 23, 2007
The Game Is Afoot
Or so Sean Connery would have you think.

The Challenge:
Four languages. Four months.
Can it be done?

The background: Some of you may already know that the Rachel Summer European Tour '07 kicks off this July. I will be visiting a number of countries, but will spend the majority of my time in Germany, Italy, Spain, and France. The challenge? To learn as much colloquial German, Italian, Spanish, and French as physically possible in four months time.
They say it can't be done. But to them I say, Nay!

As of now, I can speak about two sentences of badly pronounced French and have started brushing up on my five year-old high school Spanish. Given four months, I hope my language skills will improve some (but worry not, the majority of my focus is still on learning Chinese - I mean, it would be nice to get into graduate school...). It will be mostly self-taught, though I do have friends here in China that are French and Spanish, so that will be of great help. As regards German and Italian, I think I'm on my own. But we shall see if that can't be changed over the coming months.

Let the games begin!
posted by Rachel @ 11:11 AM  
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