Here are my language achievements…
(2013) Learning Preterité — memorizing the Spanish preterite tense with the help of my Librito de Preterité that my teacher had us create in class.
(2016) Memorizing Hindi characters: I memorized the sounds of the devanagari vowels and consonants, after a month of living in Panchgani, Maharashtra, with my own little flashcards.
(2018) Understanding pronunciation of Portuguese letters after reviewing words with the same letter patterns.
(2019) I had a full conversation with my friend Julia, who knows a good amount of Portuguese herself — even if it wasn’t perfect. I had never taken a Portuguese class!
(2020) Learning very little Indonesian Bahasa for a LanguageJam.net weekend — I realized that there are many similar cognate words with Hindi, Spanish, and Arabic. I think I even cried saying, “Wow! We are all connected.”