I’m a AB/DL medical student, originaly from Norway, now living and studying in Hungary. I’ve been lurking around the net for years, but this forum seemed so great, I just had to register. Also some of the stories I’ve read here rank among the best on the net, in my opinion.
Just wanted to say hi =D
Oh, and please forgive me if my english isn’t perfect =p
I also enjoy learning languages, and I speak french allready. (Kind of =p)
Not only don’t hungarian not share latin roots, but it’s not really related to any (current) languages. Everything about it is so different from what i’m used to. I think it would be fun to be in hungary just to learn the language, but with everything else i have to do i never have the time to focus properly on it.
I learned a bit of Spanish and a reasonable amount of Italian once. I remember very little of them, but I speak pretty decent French and keep meaning to learn Mandarin. But fitting that around a full time degree and some of the other stuff I do is a little difficult and more importantly, just not top of my list of priorities when I’m exhausted!
And sudenly Hungarian dosen’t feel quite as difficult! From what I gather from your other posts you are a priest, or work with something connected to the church? Do you need to know the original biblical languages to become a priest, or is it just a personal interest?
And you people seem to know a lot of different languages, or at least you knew them once. Is it common to have second or third languages at school in the US?
Hm, seems like my introduction has turned into a post about languages…
I know they spoke Aramaic around the time of christ, but is any of the scriptures actually writen in it?
I know a fair bit of latin, but I didn’t think to mention it. We had to have a year of latin, mostly to understand (european) anatomical terms, and the names of diseases. Our teacher was a real nazi though, so we ended up learning much, much more than we were supposed to. But I think latin is kind of fun (to know, not to learn).
I’ve got a couple of americans in my class, and they seem to have a hard time learning languages. I thought it’s because they’ve never really studied foregin languages before, but I might be wrong =p
Sorry, It’s a minor pet peeve of mine to compare anyone who is semi-strict or who expects a lot out of another to a Nazi. I realize this is usually used in Sarcasm, but being asked to work harder is far, far different from being worked to death or shot to death and having those two as your only options.