One question that I am frequently asked is “am I too old to learn Spanish?” or “am I too old to learn a foreign language?” The answer to that question is “no, you are never too old to learn a language.” But these are actually excuses for not a foreign language more than they are inquiries about learning a foreign language. Let me borrow a story from history that I hope will encourage you to eliminate your excuses and start learning your language of choice.
So, it’s not simply the number of words you know, but how you use each one that’s important. And it’s not at all about impressing people, improving your professional prospects or building scholarly achievement.
Firstly, one needs to understand that English was not originally a written language. There was no English writing until the Romans conquered England and introduced the Latin alphabet. The latin language had only 25 letters and 25 sounds, composed of 5 letters for 5 vowel sounds and 21 letters for 21 consonant sounds. The letter ‘y’ was borrowed from the Greek language and was called the “Greek y”. In English, it primarily functions as a consonant at the beginning of words and a vowel in the middle or ending of words.
Omnia in numeris sita sunt. These latin words, when translated, reveal to us that “Everything lies veiled in numbers.” These words of ancient wisdom let us begin to realize that there is much information hidden in numbers. In ancient times, symbols were used to represent thoughts and objects; today we still use many symbols to communicate, even though today we call them numbers and letters.
Classes and software programs vary greatly in price. This might seem like an obvious consideration. But, some people don’t take the time to do the comparative shopping. They assume that all programs cost about the same.
quotes in latin Another historical finding, or what the patient relates to me, is the fact that they awoke with it in the morning after sleeping with the air conditioner or cold air blowing in the room in which they were sleeping. Often times as well, you may have just finished having a cold, or flu virus. Lastly, trauma such as a motor vehicle accident may cause a Torticollis as well.
Probably the best way to learn how to speak Spanish (or any language) is to actually take a class in a class room setting. However I don’t know many people that have that kind of time. The second best thing is to find a program or class you can take online that is interactive. Something that requires a microphone where you speak the words they tell you and it will let you know if you are pronouncing the words correctly. All interactive programs will force you speak out loud and learn how to carry on a conversation.