sirgregory wrote:Greetings. My name is Gregory and I like languages. In early adulthood I spent some time in Latin America where I learned Spanish. I stumbled upon the HTLAL site around 2006. Francois's material inspired me to try to learn French through self study. I spent a few months studying it with Pimsleur and a few books. I was learning it quickly but I was never able to get much practical experience with it or get much beyond a very basic level. Since then, I have been on a bit of a break, shall we say. About 13 years thanks to school and professional distractions. But just within the last few months my interest in languages has made a comeback. I've decided to restart with German. I'm finding it somewhat more of a challenge than French (I felt like I was getting a enormous discount there) but still very enjoyable. I'm really loving the similarities to Old English.
As this site seems to be the successor to HTLAL, it looks like the right place for motivation and self study techniques.
I got really interested in learning languages when I discovered the HTLAL forum around the same time as you in 2005. I found the website when I was trying to decide what language to study in university as my elective. I wanted to study Russian but it didn't fit with my schedule so ended up studying German for a year. First year university level German was really far too easy after using the techniques on the forum. I used Pimsleur, FSI and Assimil to build up a foundation in Spanish, French as well as dabble in Swedish and Russian. After I finished university I stopped spending time learning languages, but my wife is a native Spanish speaker so I have advanced in Spanish the most just by having more exposure. Now I want to start to revive my French and German but first to take my Spanish to C1 level...think I am pretty close