Posts Tagged With: Language

Counting Down

My time left in Canada is only comprised of a handful of hours now. After 223 days of planning, I will board a plane for a year in Belgium. I’ve been able to avoid thinking the immediate nature of it up until today. Now my stomach is turning as I think about what to do with my last hours. Continue reading

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Language Part 2: How I’m going to learn Dutch

I should absolutely be sleeping, but no matter what time of night it is or how tired I am; late night is when I’m most productive.

Last week I wrote a post about why not learning Dutch was the one regret I had during my summer away.  It only seems right that I talk a bit more about the steps I’m taking to right that wrong.

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How to not learn a language

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I was in Europe for 90 days. Before I left home, I knew that the mother language of my home base in Belgium was Dutch, specifically the Flemish dialect. I poured over books, websites and Rosetta Stone with great ambition, sure that I would know enough Flemish to get by for a summer in Belgium. This lasted a few weeks. Native Belgians and friends who had traveled the area told me that almost everyone could speak English. I stopped studying, comfortable in the fact that I would be just fine and learn as I went.

Big mistake.
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