French– I want to read French philosophy. Foucault, I’m coming for you. And Camus, Ricœur, and de Beauvoir– you’re next. Also, I want to eat crêpes in Paris.
Irish– it’s a heritage language for me. I have been to Ireland once, and we went to my maternal family’s town. It’s in the Gaeltacht so there are people speaking Irish. I want to go back and be able to talk to them. Maybe I’ll find some new relatives!
Esperanto- I love dissecting languages and how cool would it be to learn a constructed international auxiliary one?
Japanese– We’re planning a big trip for our tenth wedding anniversary. Japan is our top choice for location and I want to be at least conversational. For that reason, this will probably be my next project.
Hebrew- I’ve done ulpanim (Modern Hebrew immersion classes) three times and I’m still not past a beginner level. I just took a class on Prayerbook Hebrew and really enjoyed it, so I’ll probably focus on that.
Spanish- I’ve been learning it since elementary school, spent time in Mexico, studied abroad in Spain, and majored in Spanish. And my father speaks it fluently. Yet, I still freeze up when a Spanish speaker starts a conversation with me. This happens frequently because people (especially older ladies) approach me and ask for directions. And they’re always Spanish speakers. I don’t know what vibe I’m putting off, but I’m going with it. That means polishing my Spanish and speaking it all the time. I’ve taken to narrating my day in it. My cat is very impressed.