Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Tin Roof - Rusted
It was something I always said I'd do, that I'd get around to it one day. One day still hasn't arrived. It's hard enough to find time in a day to get exercise, much less go to a class or study or do homework when you have a child, a full-time job and a home to run.
I took an intense interest in what my son was learning - a little to his dismay. Often, I would say to him "I wish I could start this education process all over again and use it to the max this time around." I'm sure he's getting a little tired of that, as he's not as interested as I am.
So now, I'm trying something different. I'm working on learning a completely different language. Korean is beautiful to hear and to see, but my European tongue has been doing some amazing gymnastics trying to get the sounds to come out of my mouth.
A cousin graciously loaned me her Korean Rosetta Stone program. I've been through two of the lessons several times and gotten my score up to 100% on pronounciation, but my grammar is awful and my writing is worse. Vocabulary is okay. I've also been listening to a CD in my car every time I go somewhere. You would think that I'd be well on my way by now.
It seems that my brain has become a sieve. I was wondering why nothing seemed to be sticking when I realized... I haven't tried to learn anything really NEW since I was in high school! I don't count things that have a physical component - I learned to fly a plane, how to rock climb, how to mountain bike - but a purely mental effort at learning? Nothing since I was in school! It was a stunning revelation.
My brain is out of practice. In fact, it's rusted.
Perhaps learning Korean is the first step to getting my well-oiled brain back. I'm sure I'll be barely conversant (if that much) by the time I go, but I'm not giving up. Come November, we will have Koreans in our family and I want to be able to talk to them in their language. So after my trip, I will continue to study Korean. And once I get a handle on that, maybe Spanish. Then perhaps Welsh, just for grins.
Once my brain starts working the way it used to, who knows what I can learn?