I'm looking for others who have participated in Peace Corps (while in later life) to hear more about your personal experience. This is something I have always wanted to do & would like to hear from others who have done so. I am 66 & still employed full-time but plan to retire in near future.
So far, I am just starting my homework on the Peace Corp...To date I have read some materials and attended a Peace Corp Orientation meeting. Have not completed the application yet. "Mitch"
2nd Language!! That has always been a challenge for me (Part of the reason for my hesitation to date)! Although I have advance degrees, I have always had difficulty with languages.... I have 2 years of high school Spanish (with tutoring required) & 1 semester of college French. Any advice on an effective language training program?
Thank you!... This sounds like a really good idea! I will explore this. MITCH teryng said...
I had the same problem with foreign languages growing up - Japanese when my dad was stationed there, German while living in Berlin in the mid-60's, Spanish in high school, and, finally, French on my own. I just couldn't get them down. And then I joined the Peace Corps in my late 30's and learned Samoan without too much trouble. The difference? Living the language, being immersed in it day after day. Hearing it from sun up to sun set and into the night.
Don't let the fear of learning another langauge put you off. It will come to you. While it may be true that languages get more difficult to learn as we age there are some characteristics, I think, that make some better learners than others: a willingness to make mistakes and an ability to laugh at yourself are two of the most important. Good luck.
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