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.
‘Sprache’ is German for ‘language’ and ‘lust’ is, well, LUST. While it can mean lust, it also means such things as desire, pleasure, joy, 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
- 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
- Historical Linguistics
- Comparative Linguistics
- Linguistic Typology