Sometimes I develop an intense interest in something, pursue it and then either drop it outright or let it fade away. I stopped trying to learn Spanish (I have Spanish ancestry), although I still enjoy listening to music in Spanish. I also stopped trying to improve my French, which I did study in high school (I also have French ancestry), but I still listen to music in French on Canadian French-language radio stations. For reasons unknown to me, so far I’m sticking with learning German.
My husband was of German descent. (After his stroke, he was temporarily unable to speak much English but remembered the German he had learned as a child.) Three of his four grandparents were immigrants to the U.S. from Germany, and both of his parents spoke nothing but German until they started school. And recently I discovered through DNA that my great grandmother was not Dutch at all but was German.
I took German in college but remember almost none of it. So I’m using Duolingo, the language-learning website/mobile app, and also listen to German pop music every day. I don’t know how long this interest will last, but so far I’m having fun with it and progressing through the lessons very well. And just as an aside, I’m not young. They say it’s much harder for someone older to learn a language than it is for someone younger, but I’m approaching 70 years old, and I’m doing okay.