I wanted to learn German as I had tried it for a semester at university, and some of my heritage is German, so I thought it might be a good idea to try continuing with it. I don't remember much of it at all, but thought there may be some scraps of it hidden in the depths of my memory that would make learning it again a little easier.
I thought French might be a good idea as I've been considering moving to Canada, and given French is Canada's second language (I hope it is not offensive putting it that way, I'm sorry if it is!!) I thought French might be handy.
Lastly, I'm not exactly sure where Spanish came from but it popped into my head the other day. It sounds so songlike and pretty (in my head) and thought that it might be more "attractive" for me to learn. I also heard that it is quite close to French and Italian, so they might be easier to pick up after learning Spanish. I have also wanted to visit Central and South America since forever, and of course Spain, and would love to be able to speak to the locals in their native tongue.
In the end, after umming and ahhing and tossing the ideas around with some friends, I settled on Spanish, deciding to let passion win over practical application, something I rarely do in life. I can already feel it changing my life, this is so unlike me!
I started learning on the weekend, and have used two resources so far. The free part of http://www.spanishprograms.com/ gave me a great introduction. Then I downloaded the Michel Thomas Method app onto my iPhone (on recommendation of a friend) and have been using that ever since. There are so many great free and cheap resources floating around the internet, hopefully they will make my language learning a cinch. I would also love to go to some conversational classes as I begin to be able to form complete sentences on my own. I'm already getting through most of the content that's been presented to me fairly easily, so I hope to get to that stage soon. I think it would be a great way to make new friends. Funnily enough, I got to work today and chatting to a colleague, discovered he started learning Spanish on the weekend too! Hopefully he sticks with it so we can talk about everyone else in Spanish so they don't understand what we are saying.
If anyone knows Spanish or has any tips or tricks, I would love to hear from you!
¡Quiero comer paella y tomar sangria en España pronto! ¿Quiere ir? Por favor, perdón por mi terrible Español.
And here's a random photo of mine because I don't have anything related to Spain, Latin America or languages, and I like photos. Need to figure out what those weird spots are in the middle of the photo.