I am yet another new contributor to the Blog. I, like Ian and Asad, am a student at the George Washington University. I am pursuing my BA in English with minors in French and Creative Writing. In the coming months, I hope to become the voice of the Francophile on LexiBlog. Besides studying French as a foreign language, I have recently started learning German. While I do not have as much experience with German as of yet, I also hope to contribute to the general understanding of Germanic linguistics, or at least bestow unto lucky readers some whimsical insight into the study of one's third language.
My relationship with languages is a long and intimate one. At twelve years old, I picked up Dutch on the streets of Amsterdam on a family vacation. At sixteen, I did the same with Spanish in Cuernavaca, Mexico. While I've never studied Spanish formally, I've picked up quite a bit on different excursions to Mexico and Spain. The best way I can explain it is that I have a knack for languages and linguistics. So I figure, my brain just categorizes language better for me than for other people.
I've studied French since middle school, and along the way, I've learned to look at the history of language, to see how the languages relate to and diverge from one another, how they share roots, etc. Understanding the way we've formed a language over time is absolutely crucial to the true grasp of a foreign tongue. The latest connection I've been able to draw is to Shakespeare, written in early modern English. Well, after learning French and perfunctory German, Shakespeare is a lot easier to understand because of the proximity of the continental European languages to English in Elizabethan and Jacobean times. Cool, right?
On that note, look forward to posts from me on this topic. I predict Shakespeare will be making an appearance at LexiBlog in the near future.
Bisous! (meaning basically "xoxo" in French)