I made a video on Art Museum Etiquette. It was decent, you should see it:
Liam, an internet friend of mine who also makes videos for the YouTubes, commented on this video:
"hahaha. next, can you teach me how to speak french?"
No, Liam. No I cannot.
You see, learning foreign languages has been somewhat of a nightmare for me. I like the idea of learning foreign languages, I wish I could learn foreign languages, but it doesn't seem to work out whenever I try.
It started in high school when I took Spanish. Spanish I was a big learning experience. I felt like by the end of it I could carry on a short conversation with a Spanish-speaking person, and it was great. Spanish II, on the other hand, was a different story. My teacher decided all we needed to do was learn Spanish songs like "Donde esta me Gato," "Me Gusta La Playa," and "Billy La Bufanda," which were entertaining, but no good at learning actual language skills.
(P.S. - I dare you to google search "Billy La Bufanda." Just...yeah.)
Once I transferred to my current college I learned I would have to take even more foreign language courses, so I chose Italian. I love opera and Italian culture, and I figured it was close enough to Spanish that I would be in good shape.
I was not.
My professor was FROM Italy, and she pretty much spent most of class time saying "Oh, you know this, you know this" because she didn't realize that she never actually taught it to us, and SHE just knew it because SHE IS ITALIAN.
I came out of two semesters knowing practically nothing, and I decided to switch this past semester to Portuguese. I've been to Brazil twice and plan on going back soon, so it was a logical choice (one I would have made from the start had it been offered.)
The Portuguese professor almost never writes anything down and expects us to retain everything after just hearing her say something once, and she doesn't quite seem to grasp that as an adult learning a different language, repetition is mildly helpful.
In any case, Liam, I cannot teach you French because that would require me learning French myself, and while I am decent at pronouncing French words when I read them, my French skills probably aren't going to go much beyond that. Even if I tried to learn it at this point I would probably scramble the Spanish and the Italian and the Portuguese and the French together in a way that would resemble a really crappy word salad.