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3 Cities & 3 Languages

15 Dec

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In the moment I feel like obsessed with particular one city in Europe. It’s like a “Must-see”-city. But I’ve never been there yet. As the title says there are actually 3 of them. Just in particular one I’m obsessed with. Also I’m kind of nerd. I would love to add 3 more languages to my list. As in one of my previous posts I’m learning Catalan. And right now you may be thinking of what cities and languages I’m talking about. What city would have my next adventure, or which part of the world, I can’t tell yet. Or what language will be the next I’ll be struggling with.

“It would be nice to travel if you knew where you were going and where you would live at the end or do we ever know, do we ever live where we live, we’re always in other places, lost, like sheep.” janet frame.

To be honest I don’t know where I’m going in this world. I left my home country, I live in Spain. And I’m realising that I don’t want to live in Spain for the rest of the life. So as Janet Frame says, I’d rather be like a lost sheep. But then again, where do I want to live? The world is huge and filled with opportunities. You just have to grab them! But I would lie if I said that I didn’t love Spain and Barcelona. I love the language, the history.

3 languages I’d love to learn

And with this, you’ll probably see where this is going. The languages have in some point something to do with the places where I want to go, maybe live.

3. Italian. Somehow I think it’s a funny language. Maybe I’ll go Rome to live someday or an Italian village, having Italian wine and eating spaghetti till I die!

2.Portuguese. To be honest I’ve been dying to learn Portuguese! I know I could go to Portugal… or maybe go to Brazil, exploring the Amazonas, dancing Samba, go to the beach everyday!

1.French. I actually never thought that I’d be saying French. I must admit that I was pretty skeptic about French. To be honest maybe just testing if it’s true what people say about the language. Is it really more sexy than Spanish? I assume it is. I guess that I’m just saying it now when I live in Spain.

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3 cities I’d love to visit

3. I would difinitely go back to London! (Maybe villages in England could be interesting too!)

2.Some village in Southern France, more specific Provence! (Drinking wine, eating fromage and bread!)

1.Paris! Of course! I’m not much of a fashionista though. But as written previously in this post, it’s a “Must-see”-city. I’m already thinking of those french words I know, in my head it sounds good, probably not in real life. Paris is difinitely mon amour in the moment!

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I will just quickly recommend a blog. I love Liz Carlson’s travel blog, and if you’re looking for travel inspiration or just want to read a great blog, this is the perfect place!

A aprendre Catalá!

27 Nov

Time to get started with Catalan! Just about time. I always like to give myself a new challenge by learning a new language. The reason… well, I live in Barcelona, which is reason enough. The fact that I speak Spanish helps, but I think that pronunciation is going to give me a bit trouble though.

I think that it is important to learn the “local” language. In this case it’s Spanish AND Catalan. It’s an important part to get integrated. It can also be a bit frustrating because sometimes Spanish is not enough in Catalunya. In the other hand, I recognise the problem of integration also from Denmark. And I don’t want to be that part. So I have to get rid of all negative thoughts and just learn. Also the fact that for me it has always been easy to learn a new language. So Catalan will be no exception! (I’m kind of looking forward to be able to change the number from 3 to 4!!)

I really wanted to go to have classes and meet other people. (I know that I can have classes for free). But in the end I decided to borrow some books at the library and get started. I think that teaching yourself something can be better than a class. I mean, you can just take your time learning! But the negative thing about it is that if you have questions or doubts, there will be no teacher. I guess it depends of the way you like to learn.

 

 

The more that I open this book, the more crazy I think I am!

 

Incredible! I actually managed to find a Danish – Catalan dictionary!

 

 

So… A aprendre Catalá!

No entiendo…

19 Nov

My favorite phrase in Spanish. But the fact is that I really do understand what they say. But it’s also a fact that it can be pretty intimidating to speak a foreign language. In the beginning I panicked for no reason and of the simple thought of talking to a Spaniard. Today, almost 4 months later, a lot of television and some experiences I finally feel ready to open my mouth and… well just talk. Besides it’s also an essential thing if you want to have any chance of getting a job.

  Matter in fact I don’t really have any ideas of what I can do to improve my Spanish. I mean, I have   everything I probably could have to practise. I think somehow it’s a shame that I have got used to the Latinamerican accent, which difinitely has been the reason of why I have found it so hard to understand the Spaniards. I should probably go out way more with my Spanish friend. Or just to get the local spirit! What have you guys done to improve your Spanish?

  After have been studying Spanish for 6-7 years, I would say that I speak it well. But as an uncle of mine once said: you’re actually just about to learn the language. All I can say is that he’s right! But I don’t think that those 6-7 years have been wasted. I just have to open my mouth… and SPEAK!