The New Year is still new, and resolutions are still being resolved! One thing that frequently makes an appearance on a resolution list? Learning a new language.
Studying a foreign language can be daunting! Even if you have some fuzzy memories of that Spanish 101 class back in high school, you might feel intimidated at the thought of tackling it all again.
One of the wonderful things about having both new and used books in the store is finding books for all sorts of interests. Our foreign language section certainly reflects that, from books that cover basics in French and Spanish to ones that delve into Hebrew, Greek, Russian, Turkish, and Dutch. If you move beyond the basics, we even have a selection of foreign language fiction and other works, including a selection of children’s books.
There are plenty of benefits to learning a second language. In addition to having better concentration, those who speak more than one language also have more acute memories and tend to be better listeners and multitaskers. Bilingual children generally have quick mental development, while adults who study foreign languages may delay Alzheimer’s and other memory problems by 4.5 years.
People often have an attraction to a certain “type” of language. For some, it’s the suaveness and drama of the romance language. Some are fascinated by the ancient cultures of Greece and Rome. Some students even dive into a new writing system and tackle Chinese, Japanese, or Korean.
Others find themselves attracted to foreign language study for other reasons. One of the best things, for example, are those untranslatable words, bringing new meaning to concepts we haven’t always been able to express in our mother tongue.
If you think of a snappy retort just after leaving a heated argument, you’re experiencing l’esprit des escaliers, or the spirit of the stairs. Feeling a niggling happiness at someone else’s unhappiness? That’s a classic case of Schadenfreude, or damage-joy. And everyone has gotten their fair share of dapjeongneo: rhetorical questions with expected answers, a la: “What do you think of my new haircut?”
Whether you have a fascination for linguistics, a longing for other cultures, or just want to start a new hobby, stop by BookMarx to browse our foreign language section. Give Raven a scratch between the ears as you go – she’s sure to be nearby.