I’ve been studying German for a while now. I’m still working toward my goal, but I’m itching to learn some other languages.
So in the interest of having a little fun, I sat down and wrote out my “Language Bucket List.”The concept of a bucket list is a list of things you want to do before you kick the bucket.
So here are things I’d like to do before I go up to the language school in the sky:
1. Have a conversation with my mom in Tagalog.
I discussed this in a previous post, but this one has been weighing on my mind a lot lately. This is really important to me, and I’ve even been considering taking a break from my current program to do it.
I’ve picked up a few tricks and have a good idea how to get to a conversational level. I think I could be at a point where I’m having short but real conversations at the dinner table in 3 to 6 months.
2. Spend a summer in France speaking French.
Different people have different experiences in France. Some people have had unpleasant run ins with the locals. But I visited Paris and the southern coast, and for the most part the people were very kind to me. Yes, some people were unmistakeably rude, but in my particular experience, the nice people vastly outnumbered the rude ones.
I’m pretty reserved and a little shy around strangers, which I think is well received by people who value propriety. On the advice of a travel book, I made sure to say “bonjour” before speaking to strangers, and people were really accommodating to me and my family, even in downtown Paris. I had been expecting the worst, so it was a nice surprise.
I’d love to spend a summer in France speaking French, like Bradley Cooper, but with a little less hair, money, and charm.
3. Speak to Brazilian tourists in Orlando.
I live in Orlando, which has become a tourist mecca for Brazilians. Whenever I take my son to Disney World or Universal, I hear the familiar tones of Portuguese all around me.
I’ve love to be able to have conversations with some of the visitors. I’m also a lifelong on-again/off-again/off-again student of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and it’d be awesome to go down somewhere to Brazil and train for a month and be able to communicate.
4. Read Faust.
Back in high school, my AP Literature teacher told us about this wild legend called Faust, popularized by a German writer named Goethe. He explained how it’s the story where we get all the “deal with the devil” stuff in movies and Bugs Bunny cartoons.
I have no idea why, but I’ve always wanted to read Goethe’s version in the original German, long before I got seriously into learning languages. I’m pretty close to being able to crossing this one off the list.
I guess my list is pretty short, but that’s what’s on my mind right now. What’s on your lists? I’m curious what you guys are planning.