I’ve recently picked up Rosetta Stone for Spanish. It’s been incredible. I’m picking it up, I’m feeling confident, and I can’t wait to spend my 30 minutes a day learning.
However, there is one issue I have with Spanish. I have the equivalent of a speech impediment. In Spanish speaking countries, it leaves me wondering if I’ll actually be able to communicate clearly.
I cannot roll my R’s.
This comes up whenever there is a double R, and while I’m sure they’ll understand me to some degree, it makes me stand out. It makes it obvious that this is not the language I grew up on. For someone who values language, it’s a little humiliating. It’s humbling. It’s a reminder that when speaking that language, no matter the proficiency I reach, there will be a lacking.
No matter how much I improve and learn, I will never be able to seduce the Spanish woman of my dreams, for she’ll always know I lack mastery of my tongue.
Joking aside, it is a very humbling moment. The act of trying to learn another language is very humbling because it takes so much effort, but add to it that I likely will never be capable of mastery, and it’s another weight. Not that I will stop trying. I want to teach kids in Guatemala, I’d love to teach them English, and I won’t let this set back stop me. Moses had a speech impediment and he lead thousands out of Egypt. If you’ve ever learned Hebrew, the joke my pastoral brothers have made is he talked normally, and that was the issue. It’s a very throaty language.
Anyway, if you’re thinking of learning a language, I highly suggest Rosetta Stone. It’s been four days and I am retaining more information than three years of Spanish left me with. And I’m having fun. How do you beat that?
Do you have some issue in your life that you need to overcome? Something that reminds you every day that you’re inadequate, but you strive anyway? I hope you do, because no one loves like someone forced to be humble, and no one strives like someone without natural ability.