Friday, October 29, 2010

Odds and Ends and Why are Ends Odd?

I love words. I love the sound, the imagery, and the complexity of them. I love language. Not always the diva of communication, however, but I try. I've been known, in the midst of a conversational exchange to ask, "Where do you suppose that word came from?" This tends to make all but my close friends shy away as if I'm harboring some sort of communicable disease.

However, words are fun. I've just bought the entire Rosetta Stone program for German and am valiantly slogging through it. I've lost a great deal of my vocabulary over the years (one of the major problems of living in a country that parades English as the ONLY LANGUAGE WORTH KNOWING OR SPEAKING. Ahem...

When I was a child, Danish and German were spoken by the adults around me. I listened and learned the speech patterns, but children were spoken to in English. So now I am determined to reclaim the language I heard but couldn't use as I was growing up. It's tougher now but I've got a goal. Next year we're going to Europe (my first time) and I'm determined to have my German (Deutsch) up and running at top speed. Working on it every day.


  1. That's so cool! I'm trying to learn Mandarin Chinese using Rosetta Stone and some workbooks . . . but learning another language isn't easy! At least you've heard it spoken before.

  2. This is such a good idea, KK. I brushed up on my high school and college French before going there for the first time, and it helped a lot.

    Unfortunately, I did not do the same before traveling to Norway. I missed a lot of conversation opportunities because of that.