Six years to accomplish 30 things. Seems easy right?

As I look into the future, the big milestone is so far away—and I have so many other milestones before then. Getting married. Turning 25. Graduating. And the list gets bigger and bigger as life continues to reveal itself to me.

Although 30 is so far away, I need some strategery. After sizing my list up, I’ve realized just how big some of the items are.

One of the items that I’m most excited about—and most scared of—is learning another language. I spent hours last night just trying to decide WHAT language I should learn. Look at how many options there are on Rosetta Stone—and that’s only like 2% of all the languages in the world!

Should I relearn all of the French that I used to know and love (only to forget it all again because I have no one to speak it to)? Should I finally give in and learn Spanish—something that is actually useful when I move back to Texas? Or should I go with something off the wall, like Russian or Swahili?

Well, I guess that last option is pretty much off the table. Joie de vivre doesn’t mean impracticality!

So, what do you think? French or Spanish?

5 Comments on Learning to be a world citizen

  1. Alex
    June 16, 2010 at 4:43 PM (8 years ago)

    Man, Norwegian wasn’t even on the list. But I feel ya; no one to speak it with!
    Go with French. Or Spanish. I really don’t know. It’s a toss up.

  2. Jenna
    June 19, 2010 at 10:22 AM (8 years ago)

    That’s a hard one, but why do you want to limit yourself? I think you have plenty of time to relearn French and learn Spanish… maybe you could get Ru to learn French, too, since he already knows Spanish, and then you can speak it to one another in crowded rooms where you don’t think anyone else knows it.

  3. juliaandruswilliams
    June 28, 2010 at 5:21 PM (8 years ago)

    I decided on Spanish–good for the resume, and all.

    I don’t know about you, Jenna, but I don’t think I can learn to speak 2 new languages fluently in 6 years! Maybe I’ll put learning French (or Norwegian!) on my 40 before 40 list!

  4. Heidi
    January 23, 2012 at 12:57 PM (6 years ago)

    I know this question has long since passed but I vote Spanish. In high school I refused to take Spanish like every one suggested and took French. Loved it. Then I moved to West Texas and began my career in agriculture. Sure could use a little Spanish right now… and its amazingly difficult to translate from Spanish to French to English but it can be done!

    • juliaandruswilliams
      January 23, 2012 at 3:35 PM (6 years ago)

      Agreed – Spanish is very much needed around here! I actually got the Spanish Rosetta Stone for Christmas and am making my way through lesson one!


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