By Kristy Ojala
My brother once told me a great joke: "What do you call someone who knows three languages?"
"What do you call someone who knows two languages?"
Me: "Duh, bilingual. Where is this going?"
"What do you call someone who knows one language?"
Me: "Uhhh, unilingual?"
Ba dum bum.
In all jokes lie some grain of truth, and this one may be painful to hear. But there's no better time to make good on that New Year's resolution or long-standing-since-college vow to really, truly learn a new language. You'll appreciate it when you travel (and feel less helpless/stressed out) or meet someone and get to practice your new-found language skills.
For me, that desired fluency is Spanish. It's fast, furious, passionate. It's easy to pronounce and it doesn't require you to learn another alphabet. It's the No. 2 language in the United States and rapidly rising: Currently more than 35.5 million people over theRead More »from Language Lessons: How to Learn Spanish the Easy Way