This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
jump to last post 1-9 of 9 discussions (9 posts)

Have you learned a foreign language?

  1. Bronson_Hub profile image61
    Bronson_Hubposted 7 years ago

    Have you learned a foreign language?

    If yes, what triggered the pivotal moment when it made it all make sense to you?  Or still waiting for that moment?

  2. the50marathons17 profile image83
    the50marathons17posted 7 years ago

    Once you learn a foreign language the next one becomes easier and easier.

  3. ezhang profile image
    79
    ezhangposted 7 years ago

    I don't think there's ever a moment when it suddenly "all makes sense." I think it's more of a never-ending experience that you just have to go through. I've taken Japanese for 3 years in college (and even got a minor in it) and I still wouldn't say that it all makes sense.

    I've noticed however, that I began to pick up more and more parts of the conversations. As an example, I first noticed that I can pick up the easy greeting phrases, "good morning" or "thank you". Slowly, I began to understand phrases like "Where is the bank?" and "I am going to school".

    As my classes continued, I began to pick up more and more parts of the language, till the point where I can understand 60% to 70% of everyday speech.

    Never has it all suddenly began to make sense, and I feel that if I were to continue my studies in the langauge, it would be the same process, where I will slowly notice myself capable of understanding more complicated parts of the speech.

    Long answer short, I don't think it's as easy to just have the language suddenly make sense entirely. I see it as a continual never ending process.

  4. profile image0
    Ruach Eishposted 7 years ago

    Yes, I have learnt Biblical Hebrew, German, Old English and am now doing Portuguese.  It is a very rewarding exercise, learning another language.

  5. rhondakim profile image73
    rhondakimposted 7 years ago

    I majored in Spanish about a million years ago in college, and I am pretty much fluent now.  The one thing that got me here is SPEAKING IT.  I've never embarrassed to make a mistake (in this arena anyway, lol) - instead, I'm always excited to learn more and more.  And people love when you make any attempt to speak their language.  I've never met a Hispanic person who didn't take pleasure in helping me.  I think they get a kick out of my efforts. 

    I don't remember the exact situation, but yes, there have been a few times that I thought to myself:  "Wow!  I just spoke Spanish to someone, and it flowed so naturally!"  However, whenever I don't speak Spanish for a few weeks or so, I notice I start to get rusty.  So it's imperative to keep those muscles working. 

    There is nothing like the rush of becoming fluent in a foreign language.

  6. vox vocis profile image84
    vox vocisposted 7 years ago

    I started learning English at the age of six, Italian and Latin at the age of 14, German at the age of 28 and Spanish somewhere in between. If I had the time, I would just learn one language after another, but I am a perfectionist and it takes time to learn a language perfectly! And, it all makes perfect sense to me :-)

  7. languages4free profile image60
    languages4freeposted 7 years ago

    I am always learning languages and improving my language skills. I teach languages for free to anyone who wants to learn. The more I teach, the more I learn. I created a website to facilitate in the teaching process, because I am too busy to teach to everyone. So my pivotal moment was about 14 years ago when I decided that in 10 years I would like to know a lot of languages and to share my teachings with the world.

  8. JoeOmnicient profile image61
    JoeOmnicientposted 7 years ago

    yes! When i got the tenses and genders thing down without thinking. That really helped.

  9. Paul Kuehn profile image94
    Paul Kuehnposted 7 years ago

    In my life I have studied many languages:  Latin, Spanish, German, French, Chinese Mandarin, Chinese Haw, Taiwanese, and Thai.  Unfortunately, I have only learned three languages to any level of proficiency.  These languages are Chinese Mandarin, Taiwanese, and Thai.  To answer your question, the pivotal moment for these three languages took place when I lived in Taiwan and Thailand and became immersed in the language every day.

 
working