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Mother tongue

You hear a lot of people talk about how easy it is to pick up a new language when you’re immersed in it, but that hasn’t really been my experience. I mean, I’m learning. But it has been far from easy, and it’s not something that has fallen into place without concerted effort. Without making myself go do intimidating stuff and then come home and write down the words I didn’t understand, the conjugations that would have been helpful, the difference between two words that we use one all-encompassing word for in my first language. Forcing myself to watch a show in Spanish or listen to a Spanish podcast to be immersed a little longer when I’d rather relax and give my brain a break by consuming media in English.
I suspect that my experience as a second language learner varies a lot from someone who is perhaps more extroverted or less self-conscious, or someone who new languages come very naturally to. I, on the other hand, spend a lot of time worrying about saying or doing something the wron…

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