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View Poll Results: Do you plan to learn a foreign language or improve your foreign language skills in ER
Yes, it would be a stimulating hobby or activity 15 18.29%
Yes, I need the skills for living as an expat 2 2.44%
Yes, I want to enhance my foreign travel experiences 14 17.07%
Yes, if it will help me get a date 0 0%
Yes, for several of the reasons above 25 30.49%
No, the time investment is too great 4 4.88%
No, I anticipate too few opportunities for using the skill 9 10.98%
No, I already have enough skill for the anticipated opportunities 2 2.44%
No, I will avoid activities where a foreign language might be needed 0 0%
No, for several of the reasons above 11 13.41%
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Old 02-24-2014, 08:14 PM   #21
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Learning Spanish in ER, but that's because I moved to a Spanish speaking country.

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I've never been good at languages. I took 3 yrs of French in high school. Many years later I was able to navigate through France passably as a tourist. I took an intensive summer course in German but never got to use it. While in Germany everyone insisted that I speak English.

I'm pretty sure my brain isn't wired for languages. I tend to pick up the grammar but I can't remember vocabulary. The worst of all is memorizing word genders.

If I was going to pick a language to study it would be Spanish since I'm an avid salsa dancer. But it's not going to happen . . .
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I started Mandarin Chinese classes soon after retiring. I'm planning to take a Teaching English as a Second Language course, and then go to China to teach English and take an immersion course in Mandarin. I really don't need the job, but I like having a reason to stay somewhere for a few months to a year, and also have a reason to interact with the locals. For the most part, I'm just enjoying the challenge.
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I started Mandarin Chinese classes soon after retiring. I'm planning to take a Teaching English as a Second Language course, and then go to China to teach English and take an immersion course in Mandarin. I really don't need the job, but I like having a reason to stay somewhere for a few months to a year, and also have a reason to interact with the locals. For the most part, I'm just enjoying the challenge.
Very cool. I'd be interested to hear where you decide to do your immersion course.
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I have Spanish down pat (including a BA in Spanish Language and Literature) although I've lost some fluency and vocab over the years. I still know how to conjugate a verb if you know what I mean.

I have been using duolingo to learn French since retiring. I do a lesson or two per day on when I get around to it. I'm at level six or seven I think. It's fun, like a game. I see others like duolingo as well.

I voted "fun hobby/interest" and "enrich travel experiences". We were on an international cruise a few years ago and I was grossly embarrassed by my limited ability to speak French to a particular family we saw on occasion. I'd like to at least be able to carry on a basic conversation in poor broken French at some point.

German sounds interesting too, although of more limited use?
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