Language acquisition and learning are subjects that I’m interested in.
Over the years, I’ve worked very hard to acquire knowledge a detailed knowledge several foreign languages. I’ve lived in several countries, and have never had a problem conversing in the local language. And I’m not just talking about rattling off a few survival phrases, either.
Those who have read Thirty-Seven and Pantheon know that I sometimes like to use original quotes from great authors, translated by me, to help make a point. I don’t rely on filters, buffers, or other “interpretations” of the great thinkers. (Thirty-Seven also contains two chapters of detailed suggestions on foreign language learning).
I go right to the original sources. With no filter or buffer.
Not many people know how to do this. But I want to share what I’ve learned over the years, because I know that someone out there is struggling with the same things that I used to struggle with.