I'm thinking of learning a language. I'm torn between which one I want to learn. I figure re-learning French shouldn't be that difficult - at least not on a conversational level. I used to be almost fluent in French - maybe not in writing literature/term paper quality, but I was able to read, write, speak, understand, watch TV & movies in the language. It was one of those things that sat in the back of my brain somewhere and (usually on a vacation to Canada) when I started hearing it spoken or on the radio and seeing the signs, a decent working ability would come back. Now, there are scraps and pieces, but not a full conversation left in my head. I started trying to "brush up" on it using an app on my phone a couple of years ago - but I would get all gung ho remembering things, then I would get to the next section and be completely lost. I thought about turning on the French audio on some movies and see if that helps me remember any of it... maybe if I could figure out where the French shows are on cable, I could do that too - but movies might be easier - especially if I've already seen them in English.. ( I think my Muppet Movies have French soundtracks)
Then there's Italian. I've always thought it would be cool to learn Italian. But, while I used to work with a few people that were native Italian speakers, I don't anymore- and if I never converse with anyone, I don't think I would retain it for very long. The last language I would love to learn is Gaelic. I can just picture (ok first I'd have to picture winning the lottery) spending a summer in a thatch roof cottage in the Irish countryside..... Once again - the issue would be having no one to talk to, and from what a few people have told me - they pretty much speak English, with an Irish accent with a few Irish words here and there in Ireland anyway.
In the class I took, there was a bonus video with Benny Lewis "the Irish Polyglot" He had a lot of trouble when learning language in school, but after he left school, he became fluent in 7 languages, and can converse in 4 more. He wrote a book ( I have a request out for it from the library - so when I get it there will be a review) Fluent in 3 Months.. and he has a website with a free 7 day starter When I figure out what language I'm going to try the 7 day thing and let you know how that goes. There was another bonus video with Scott Young - who took a year off and went to 4 different countries to totally immerse himself in 4 different languages. I'll be writing more about him in the future - his "The Goal of Learning Everything" and his Holistic Learning concept fascinate and intrigue me.