Welcome to Logos Adventures! A place where I invite you to join me on my adventures in learning languages. Here I will share my goals and missions, tips and advice, philosophies and ramblings.
(This is a rather long “About” section, but I felt that it was necessary.)
So who am I? I’m Veronica Nelson, a 25 year old living in Montana. I’ve lived here all my life and I love it. I like reading, cooking and doing things outdoors like hiking, swimming, camping, etc. I can play guitar, but have not practiced in a long time and I love singing. I am currently living with my parents and younger sister, I have another younger sister, but she is married now. I am currently attending a local college. When I have some general education credits I will (hopefully) transfer to Briercrest College in Canada where I hope to get my TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) degree. I have a calico cat named Sweetie Pie who I absolutely adore and my younger sister also has a calico, named Holly. We also have 7 chickens: Tori, Mable, Gabby, Sassy, Sadie, Lexi and Grace.
I am a passionate Christian who loves Jesus and I wish to glorify Him in all I do. I fail at this often, but I press on towards the goal. With this you may be tempted to leave, but I humbly ask you to stick with me. Yes, my belief permeates all I do, but it is not the main thrust of this blog, language learning is. I welcome all and am happy to converse with everyone. Even my critics. 😀
So why “Logos Adventures”? I decided on the Greek word logos (pronounced LAH-gahss) because I appreciate it’s connotations. According to Wikipedia it has “many different notions and meanings and nuances. Some of them being on the one hand, language, talk, statement, speech, conversation, tale, story, prose, proposition, and principle; and on the other hand, thought, reason, account, consideration, esteem, due relation, proportion, and analogy.” I love this idea of a combination of language and reason. The word also has a special meaning to me as a Christian. In the Bible in John 1:1 Jesus is referred to as The Logos, The Word.
My Language Journey
Up until about about 2 years ago the only language I spoke was English and a few of Japanese words. I have had a fascination with the Japanese language and culture (especially manga and anime) since I was 15. I studied the language on and off, but never really did anything serious with it. I was raised in a very monolingual home, so learning languages didn’t seem that important. Besides, everyone speaks English, right?
So I went on my happy, American, monolingual way. In 2008-2009 I went to Montana Wilderness School of the Bible (an experience which changed my life) and shortly after that I felt that God was calling me to be a missionary to Japan. So I began to study Japanese. But again it was only half hearted and I didn’t make much progress.
In 2010 I discovered All Japanese All The Time. This blog revolutionized my thinking when it came to language learning. I studied kanji for almost a year and then began learning the language itself. I have since put Japanese on hold for several reasons, the biggest being that I want to learn several other languages before I leave for Canada (and possibly Japan later). I felt that now was the time to do it since I don’t have many responsibilities to worry about.
Recently I was bitten by the polyglot bug. That is the reason this blog exists. How did this happen you ask? It happened through a series of events (divine providence? maybe) the first of which being that I received a book from my sister’s mother-in-law that she picked up at the thrift store. It is called “How To Learn Any Language” by Barry Farber. This book challenged me deeply and showed me that knowing multiple languages is within my grasp. The next thing was finding a list of goals that I wrote down when I was 14 or 15. On this list was a list of languages I wanted to learn. Finding that rekindled my desire to learn them. And the last thing that contributed to my “polyglot bite” was finding the blog Fluent in 3 Months. Benny has challenged and inspired me greatly. I highly recommend you read his blog.
And so here I am, with an intense desire to learn many languages. I hope you will help keep me accountable and join me with your own language learning adventures.
Let the Logos Adventures begin!