|My Husband and Daughter|
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Hope for When You Still Don't Speak the Language
It’s easy to get discouraged about language learning, especially when you still don’t speak the language after five years! During our fifth year, Turkish neighbors asked my husband, “So you’ve been living here a long time now. How come you don’t speak any better than this?” They didn’t mean to be unkind, but we were left speechless and discouraged.
My husband Javier is my language learning hero. Although he scored in the 25th percentile on a language aptitude test given by our organization, he came to Turkey at age 48, determined to learn Turkish. It’s been a long road, and we’ve learned some things
together about language learning: