Kan du prata Svenska?

I broke down and bought Rosetta Stone.

Why, do you ask?

Well now seems like the perfect time to learn a language and I’ve heard that Rosetta Stone is the best.

I have three months to learn as much Swedish as I possibly can from my lessons.

Why Swedish?

The Swede is long gone and happily married.

Well it’s because I already started learning Swedish so I figure I might as well continue.

My Norwegian Great Grandma Inge might be rolling in her grave at the thought of a great grand daughter who can speak no Norwegian but is fluent in Swedish.

But I get ahead of myself.

There’s only two other languages that I’m interested in learning right now – French and Spanish.

French, because I studied it for 13 years and still have trouble speaking it.

Spanish because WHO CAN’T USE SPANISH?

I’m probably an intermediate French speaker and a beginning Spanish speaker, though my dad speaks it fluently given that he was born in Chile.

My dad could have taught all his kids Spanish as we grew up but chose not to because as an immigrant, he wanted his kids to be American, not South American.

I deeply regret not asking him to speak Spanish to me when I was old enough to understand how useful being bilingual would be.

My dad speaks more than just English and Spanish.

There’s also German and Arabic.

One day, I decided I would get to the bottom of which language was my dad’s dominant language and I asked him, “What language do you dream in?”

English.

Same.

The good thing about learning a new language through Rosetta Stone is that it’s all online and you practice speaking it as they give visual clues to identify words.

It’s pretty remarkable.

I wish I had a coupon code I could share to let readers sign up to learn any of the 24 languages they offer.

But they do have a great introductory offer right now – $11.99 per month for 3 months to learn one language of your choosing.

So get on it folks – being bilingual is SEXY!