Is it enough to want to do something, despite a lack of talent?
I don’t know why, but language fascinates me. The ability to communicate my ideas in English is wonderful, but what about all the other people out there? I know words are cheap and often a very poor way to describe something, but it’s all we’ve got for the job. I really want to be able to express myself articulately to everyone.
The problem is my lack of talent. From what I’ve ever read, people who deal with language are generally really good at picking them up. I wouldn’t really know though, would I? I’ve been speaking English all my life, and been hearing German as long as I can remember. I was in a really poor learning situation for Spanish too…
I really want to take French next year, and in college, as many other languages as I can. Am I a freak?
> “Be that word our sign of parting, bird or fiend!” I shrieked, upstarting–
> “Get thee back into the tempest and the Night’s Plutonian shore!
> Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken!
> Leave my loneliness unbroken! — quit the bust above my door!
> Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!”
> Quoth the raven, “Nevermore.”
– Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven