It is very popular here, to learn another language over the phone that way. A lot of people have to learn, or brush up on their skills in english for
business purposes, and there are countless agencies that fix you up with a person you have a call with twice a week or something, to practice
conversation with. I have considered doing it myself. But I hate talking on the phone.
I love learning languages, but I think I am not that fascinated with the words themselves. I see them as practical and necessary vehicles for
communication of thoughts, and it is the exchange of thoughts which is the truly interesting part.
Like the origins of a word is not interesting to me because in using it now, those origins are not part of the concepts it is carrying from one person
to another, so they are irrelevant.
However, I do like to explore the subtle connotations and implied meanings in words (and how they are evolving) because I think those have a HUGE
impact upon the way the exchange will happen. Especially in learning french, I found that even if the word you use is literally correct for what you
have to say, if it has some subtle associations for them that you didn't know, you can cause a totally unexpected reaction. Or steer your exchange
into a path of increasingly severe misunderstanding.
Those implied meanings and associations also give you the biggest hints about the culture- especially the deepest roots of value and meaning that the
people all have in common, but some may not even be consciously aware of.
All that said, I just love the sensation of using different sounds with my mouth. Seriously! I will sometimes talk to myself while at home, and use an
accent, just enjoying the way my tongue and throat have to do different gymnastics.
I started studying Italian for a while, because I love the sound of it, but didn't keep up with it.
ETA - the word "bibliothèque" used to make me laugh , just because of the way it feels on the tongue . It tickles.
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