So, I just had a “weird” experience.
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I just went to the movie theatre here in Chile and watched a Spanish movie (w/o subtitles).
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It might not seem like such a weird thing, but that’s the best word I could think of to describe it.
It made me feel weird because I’ve been living here for 3 months and hearing Spanish everyday, so it’s become normal to me.
But, going to the movie theatre was a similar experience for me that I forgot I was even in Chile.
I just watched the movie in spanish and my brain hardly had to think about it (the words just made sense in my brain).
I mean, sure, there were pictures, which definitely did help, but, even in moments when the people were just standing still talking, I understood what they were saying like it was normal.
It was only after the movie that I realized that I had just watch an entire Spanish movie with no subtitles or translator and I actually understood it.
I actually laughed at the jokes when other people laughed (which is how I knew I was laughing at the right time and how I knew that I actually understood what was happening in the movie).
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So, you’re probably wondering why I’m telling you all this.
Well, one: Because I felt proud of myself and wanted to share it with someone.
And, two: Because I realized that I can maybe inspire someone out there to learn a new language.
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Now that I know that after 3 months of listening and living in Spanish I can watch a Spanish movie and understand it, it gives me hope that I can one day become fluent. And so, that’s what I’m trying to do.
After the movie, I really started trying to listen to people around me and actually respond with full sentences, not just one word. And, it’s actually been so worth it because it makes me feel happy to know that I understand what people are saying and that I can respond and be understood.
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And, that’s why I think everyone should learn another language.
It takes a lot of work and dedication, but in the end you will feel so proud of your accomplishment that you will want to continue to learn the language, and maybe even have the courage to try another new thing.
Thanks for reading! (Gracías por leer!)