About

I am an aspiring polyglot and lifelong learner.

This blog was started to share with the world my obsessions, musings, curiosities, insights, affairs, infatuations, and flirtations relating to language.

Sprachlust [ʃpʁaːxluːst]
‘Sprache’ is German for ‘language’ and ‘lust’ is, well, LUST. While it can mean lust, it also means such things as desirepleasurejoy, and even inclination.
The name of this blog was conceived (pun soo intended) from this double entendre – my perennial tendency of being unfaithful to one language and the pleasure and joy I get from dabbling in all things relating to language. Because languages are so much fun, I would find myself learning one language, but then be tempted away by the sounds of some exotic language or ensnared by the seductive beckoning of the words of some curious language.

Guess you could call me a dabbler, but as of late, I’ve been trying to focus on one or two languages, and not stretch myself too thin.

At present, I speak six languages, listed in order of faithfulness proficiency:

  • English (Strongest language)
  • Korean (mother tongue)
  • French (intermittent self-learning + 1 year in Togo)
  • Spanish (3 yrs of high school and conversation clubs in uni)
  • Indonesian (10 years in-country, but haplessly not fluent)
  • Mandarin (2 semesters in uni, on and off practice with friends, HSK prep, convo classes)
  • German (bits and pieces from learned from exchange friends and via studying from LingQ).
  • Japanese (3 months of basics + 1 month of conversation class)

I also unabashedly admit that I have

  • lusted after French (update: can speak now) and Swahili
  • flirted with Brazilian Portuguese, Italian, Latin, modern Hebrew, Russian, Bosnian, and Hawaiian, Brooklyn English, Scottish English, and
  • infatuated about Catalan, ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Czech, Japanese (update: can speak now), Cantonese, Sanskrit, Hindi, Nahuatl, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Turkish, Arabic, Farsi, Romanian, Mongolian, Dutch, Yiddish, and Afrikaans.

I studied Linguistics in uni, and am interested in the following fields:

  • First Language Acquisition
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Phonology
  • Historical Linguistics
  • Comparative Linguistics
  • Linguistic Typology

 

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3 thoughts on “About

  1. Haha, you’re even more linguistically promiscuous than I am! Have you tried Duolingo yet? Great app for learning the basics and some more of a language. Has helped me to get beyond my rudimentary Italian.

    • Hi Gaston! Thanks for dropping by on my blog 🙂
      It’s great to meet fellow language enthusiasts online.
      I did try Duolingo, and tried learning some Portuguese on there. I see you’ve written a book. Would be interested to check it out. What language are you working on at the moment? I’ve been trying to focus on Mandarin.

      • Hi ‘Sprachlust’ (or ‘taallust’, as my native Dutch would put it). At the moment I’m working on Italian and a bit of Danish. As soon as Duolingo offers Polish or Russian I’ll switch to that; not being able to read Slavic annoys me a great deal. Asian and African languages are certainly fascinating, but I think my own little Europe offers sufficient challenges…

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