As luck would have it, today is my 29th birthday since I am one year away from a huge milestone, I have reflected on many things and at the time of writing I am tipsy so if what i am writing is somewhat more incoherent I am sorry. You can expect me to post more heartfelt, detailed and somewhat pretentious post about what I have achieved and what part language learning has had in my life.
Anyway, I am extremely grateful for lingq, when I truly think about it I have had truly two passions in life language learning and football. I forged my strongest childhood friendship because of football. Football for the longest time was a huge passion, something that influenced my life and defined me for a long time in both positive ways and bad ways.
I am a Swedish-Finn who grew up in a unilingual middle-class family (Swedish-speaking) with Russian heritage. My surname is the only real connection to my Russian heritage that I have, despite growing up in Finland I have always felt myself more European. While football has become way more popular than when I grew up, icehockey was the most popular sport when I grew up.
April 2009 is a watershed moment for me it was "the day that football died" Barcelona (my favourite team) played Chelsea in the semi-final of CL. They won by a controversial goal and would go on and win the tournament. About one year later I would catch up with my childhood friend after about a 6 years hiatus.
After I lost interest in football I started gaining interest in linguistics, my mom always touted that language learning was good, and as I had to learn three languages form a young age, language has been a huge part of my identity.
Around Christmas 2013 I found, Steve Kaufmann’s channel and after about a month of watching his YouTube videos I signup in 2014.
I have always been very ambitious but lacked confidence, learning languages (overcoming difficulties with subjunctive, cases, etc.) has help me a lots and largely thanks to Lingq I might reach highes by my 30th birthday that I would have found unachievable only 6 month ago.
Happy belated birthday my friend, thanks for writing such a lovely piece. Btw, I couldn't smell the booze when sniffing your post, but my brother has always said I have a bad sense of smell ;)
I've thought about your post more and it made me realise: the magical thing about language learning is that it is ENDLESS. Because we can intake so much content from so many different sources, covering a vast array of topics, we will literally never run out of new things to enjoy.
Although I am not into sports too much, I strongly believe that language learning has many more "doorways" so to say compared to a sport, or compared to many other activities for that matter.
Another thing that's so great about LingQ is the ability to import from so many different places with seemingly no cap on how many things you can import. I've literally programmatically imported dozens of GBs worth of content to LingQ, some of which I wish I could delete to save LingQ some storage space now lol. It's amazing what this platform enables you to do!
I am quite enjoying being present in the moment and enjoying learning my first second language. I do plan on learning French a few years down the road once my Mandarin is solid as Iraq, and I know I'll be doing it on LingQ ;)May 29 at 03:17