Linguistics

To learn a language is to love a language.

To learn a language is to fall in love with that language.
You’ll learn its ways. Its movements. You’ll obsess over its texts. [1]
And being in love is perhaps the best way to learn because in this state learning becomes natural. You naturally devote attention to the things you love. your beloved is no chore or check on a to-do list.
You are never done with your beloved.
And you are never done learning a language, even if you achieve ultimate, maximum, beyond 9000 fluency. If you don’t maintain that language, it will leave you. [2] You have to stay in touch. You have to maintain that relationship. You have to be humble enough to accept your own shortcomings. You’ll have to make sacrifices. You’ll have to pay the cost,
but it’s fun too. Like a relationship, its not all commitment and sacrifice. Sometimes its coffee or movies or traveling.

 

1. See what I did there?
2. Ask any polyglot.

Read More or Die!!!!!

Read More or Die (ReadMOD) is the mother of all immersion contests. This game is not for the faint of heart…. Ok, maybe I’m exaggerating all of that. It can be as intense as you want it to be, but if you want to win you better be one hardcore immersing ninja.

In this reading contest, competitors from all over the twitterverse come together to see who can read the most in their target language(s) in a month. You can set personal goals or go for the gold, but beware the Black Dragon.

I love this idea because it encourages people to put down the grammar books and just start playing with the language. The best part? ReadMOD is happening right now! After seeing it, I immediately registered and picked my German copy of Lord of the Rings, Die Zwei Turme to be exact, and submitted an entry. I don’t have much of a prayer of catching up, but I’m going to set a personal best that I can challenge next round. I hope you’ll join me! Do you summer reading in a different language!
Learn how to play here: http://readmod.wordpress.com/category/how-to/
Register here (it’s free of course!): readmod.com

My inaugural ReadMOD submission:

I’ll be reading in German, Greek, and Latin (shhh….).
If you want, you can stalk my German progress here: http://readmod.com/rounds/201406/de
Greek: http://readmod.com/rounds/201406/el
Latin: http://readmod.com/rounds/201406/it