Amid a flurry of spring cleaning I uncovered the journal from my first trip to Europe, a six-week journey across the continent with a borrowed backpack and a Eurail pass.I’m struck with the desire I declared in the 1980s — to be fluent in:
- Scandinavian languages
Last year I pared the list to a top three of French, Spanish and Italian for now. I’m preparing for a May trip to Paris + Provence and am eager to brush up on my high school/college French. Gotta start somewhere.
Recently, I discovered Livemocha, the online language community “committed to helping every person on earth achieve fluency in a new language.” Wow! Plus, they say:
Research shows that learning a second language can exalt cognitive functions, by building IQ and improving attention switching abilities, and even postpone Alzheimer’s and dementia for years. … This ultimately enhances the health and wellness of the individual and aids longevity.
Learning new things, through technology-enable language instruction for example, is proven to help keep your brain young!
I’m getting started avec francaise. Et vous?