But the odd thing is, I've never been a particularly good student of languages.
Traditional methods of learning languages, through formal study of grammar in particular, have never worked for me.
I've had to learn languages my way.
And it turns out that when it comes to problems like grammar, avoiding the traditional classroom is quite a smart move!
When I learned my first foreign language, French, my first experiences speaking with people were infuriating.
There was a "disconnect" between study and real life.
It didn't seem to matter how much I studied grammar by myself at home...
• Conjugations would slip my mind
• Similar tenses would confuse me, and
• The grammar in my textbook didn't seem to match what people actually used
I would always fall back on English grammar and English thought patterns to rescue what I wanted to say.
My French was slow, I hesitated a lot, and I sounded like a book!
No wonder people would often switch to English...
It saved us both the embarrassment!
I don't miss those days...
But I'm glad they happened.
Because as a result of that frustration, I discovered another way to learn grammar that would completely transform the way I learned languages.