Thursday, October 31, 2013

Never to old to learn a language

I was heartened to read today that 71-year-old soon-to-be-ex-NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg, when asked what he planned to do in retirement, said he was determined to become fluent in Spanish. I worried that I was too old to learn French, when I started studying at age 57 -- a mere tyke by comparison. Of course, Bloomie's got a head start; he's already semi-decent in Spanish, although the press likes to poke fun at him.When I tackled French I was saying things to taxi drivers (I love to talk to French taxi drivers) like, "Do you think it will cry today or make sunshine?" (Hmm. Come to think of it, I still...never mind).

My book about learning French in middle-age will be coming out in September 2014. While you're waiting, learn a language. Or at least start. Read some of the articles on this site to see the techniques that I used. To get a note when the book is published (and absolutely nothing else from me, ever!) send an email to 

Au revoir/arrivederci/adiós.  (And go, Mike!)

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