Today Liza of Jumping Jacqueline tagged me in her post answering questions about her journey in language learning. As I really enjoyed reading about her experience, I’ve gladly accepted her invitation to talk about my langauge learning adventure (:
What would you consider your native language?
What was your first language learning experience?
The first language I started studying is English, because it’s a compulsory subject in Italian schools. During the years of elementary school I was taught the alphabet and some basics expressions. Then, during middle school I started studying also grammar and vocabulary and by the third year oh high school I reached a grood proficiency in reading and listening.
What languages have you studied and why did you learn them?
Putting aside Japanese and English, I also studied Spanish and dabbled in Korean and Russian.
During middle school I had to choose a second foreign language to study between French and Spanish and I went for the second because I thought it was easier. My Spanish teacher was really competent, so after the three years of middle school I could hold a conversation in Spanish quite smoothly. However, after entering high school I stopped practising it, thus now I can’t speak it, but I manage to read texts written in Spanish because it’s similar to Italian.
I learnt Russian during the third year of high school because there was the opportunity to attend Russian lessons in my school. I was taught the alphabet and some grammar rules, but now I remember only the alphabet lol
As for Korean, there isn’t much to say because I blogged about my experience here (;
How does your personality affect your language learning?
Well, this question is preatty difficult. Generally, I can’t say that my personality influences my language learning positively because I’m a quite reserved person, so when I get in touch with Japanese a native speaker I’m reluctant to ask him/her to have a chat in Japanese since I feel that it would looks like I want to be in touch with him/her only to improve my skills. As a result, my speaking skills suck because I hardly ever practise ahah
Do you prefer learning a language in a class or on your own?
On my own! If you are a self-learner, you can study what you want when you want, thus you can organize your learning journey as you prefer.
What are your favourite language learning materials?
Grammar textbooks and novels.
How much time do you learn a language per day?
It depends on how much schoolwork I have to do, but generally I study 30 minutes per day during the week and 1 hour during the weekend. When there isn’t school I study more. The time I spend in Japanese learning increases if I include the time I spend watching dramas almost everyday (;
What are your short-term and long-term language goals?
My short term goals are to improve my speaking skills and to reach the N2 level.
The long term goal is to become fluent in Japanese.
What is your favourite language?
Japanese, of course.
What is the next language you want to learn?
I’m quite unsure about the next language to learn. I’d like to start studying Korean properly, but I’m also interested in Chinese, German and French. However, as for now, I want to focus just on Japanese and English. I’ll choose my third foreign langauge when I feel ready to start a new language journey.
What advice could you give new language learners?
Don’t hesitate to practise your target language whenever you have the chance to do it! (;
Here I tag some language bloggers I’d like to invite to write about their own experiences 🙂