What languages do speak?
English, I sort of speak Spanish.
Do like learning languages?
Absolutely. I don’t know. It’s kind of fun to know a little bit about a language, a little bit about the culture a little bit about the people. It also makes you sound very sophisticated.
Do have any languages on the back burner?
I started learning a little bit of Farsi during Winter Term last year, via YouTube tutorials etc. And over the summer, just for fun, I started Turkish on Duolingo. Oh, and Catalan. I also started Catalan on Duolingo.
So you would describe yourself as a language enthusiast, right?
Yeah I think so. In as much as I like to pronounce languages. I kind of like to know a little bit about everything in general, but you know.
Do you think that Duolingo changed you learn languages and other people learn languages?
I guess that’s hard to say. I started using Duolingo to practice Spanish. It’s sort of difficult to say because I already knew more or less the Spanish I was learning, it’s just the practice, not learning new grammar. I could be that it’s about the similarities between English and Spanish. I found it’s different for when I was learning Turkish. It’s not like a classroom environment. I had to think really hard to learn anything at all. It’s a faster process. In that way, I think less of a learning tool and more of a practice tool.
What’s your major?
Do you think that your background in math informs your perspective on language?
Umm, I’m not sure. There’s a lot of mathematical, kind of computational approaches to understanding language and grammar, etc. I guess in a sense, the ability to interact with math is in and of itself a linguistic capability. You know? But in general, when I’m taking a language class, formulas aren’t really running around my head or something.
So you would say that you speak math?
I would say that I speak math, absolutely.