Language Learning At A Farm?

I had more dreams but now I can only barely remember part of the end of my last dream which took place early in the morning as the sun was probably still rising.

The dream took place outside at a farm, I probably was not in the dream, but I am not sure.

A tall thin man with light-color skin wearing a hat and probably denim work clothes was walking among some crops, I assumed that he was the owner of the farm, and the entire dream was shown from a fixed angle like it was from the point of view of a camera that was set up and a news film crew had the camera set up and there was a female journalist with light-color skin wearing a women’s suit (whatever) with dress skirt with the film crew.

The news crew were setting things up and filming shots like they were doing a news story about the farm, and I assumed that they would interview the owner and some of the farm workers soon once they arrive.

As the owner walked around checking his crops it seemed that he would say something out-loud sometimes, and I assumed that he was learning a language using an audio course so I assumed that he was listening and repeating phrases.

I assumed that he was probably learning Spanish because I assumed that most of his farm workers would be from Mexico (Mexican), but that was just my guess because he was too far away to know for sure.

Slowly some farm workers arrived and they started working, most seemed to be from Mexico (Mexican) and they had medium-color skin, and they also seemed to be learning a language as they worked because I heard them also saying phrases out-loud and I assumed that they were learning English.

Only two of the farm workers that I saw had light-color skin besides the assumed owner, and they also seemed to be learning a language and I heard them repeating phrases and I assumed that they were learning Spanish because most of the other workers spoke Spanish.

At some point the female journalist started her news story I assume and then she interviewed the assumed owner, and then she started to interview some of the farm workers starting with the two workers with light-color skin who spoke English but I woke up.

This dream was possibly inspired by me doing an Esperanto lesson using Duolingo before I went to sleep, I have been doing at least one lesson a day recently.

Here is an example of someone doing an Esperanto lesson on Duolingo:

The end,

-John Jr

By John Jr

Hello, I am John Jr, welcome.

14 comments

  1. So cool, I’m currently using Duolingo for language learning too. 😀
    Its great for testing yourself but I find using multiple platforms more rewarding in language learning. Memrise is my favourite 🙂 (But I may be biased because of a book I read a while back called Moon Walking with Einstein haha).
    Anyway, what made you interested in taking on Esperanto ?

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    1. Hello Sissh,

      Yay! There is finally someone else trying Duolingo!

      Feel free to send me an invite (https://www.duolingo.com/goodjohnjr), I am curious to see if following someone else’s progress at the same time will help reduce the chances of both of us or at least one of us from giving up before finishing the entire tree of which ever language or languages we are learning. 😉

      Yeah, Duolingo by itself is definitely not enough and can not compete against a combined approach, but doing more than one course at a time will probably increase the chances of me giving up as usual. 😀

      Thank you for sharing that, I have heard of Memrise before but I have never tried it and I probably have not seen any reviews of it recently to remember how it compares to other language learning services (at least the free version), and I have never heard of that book Moon Walking With Einstein or maybe I did but I am not sure.

      Years ago I first learned about Esperanto when I was comparing languages and looking for language learning recommendations on a website called How To Learn Any Language (http://how-to-learn-any-language.com/e/languages/index.html) as I was trying to decide which language to start learning.

      What I liked about Esperanto was that its goal of being an international auxiliary language, that it is supposed to be easier to use, that it is supposed to be more regular and logical, that it is mostly based on the romance languages so learning it will probably make learning a romance language easier if I started learning one after learning Esperanto, the sound of the language, et cetera.

      As usual I never did get far into learning it unfortunately and I gave away my learning materials unfortunately, recently I started trying Duolingo again for French but I decided to try High Valyrian and Esperanto also briefly, and I decided to take a break from French and focus on trying Esperanto because it is supposed to be easier and I was curious about how far I will get trying to learn it.

      I hope to at least learn one other language, even if it is only Esperanto and even if I have no one to use it with, if I do learn it I think that it will be a good bridge language to help with future language learning especially if I decided to return to French and / or Spanish again later.

      If you do not mind, which language or languages are you learning, and have you ever heard of Esperanto before?

      Thank you for commenting,
      -John Jr

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  2. I’ll definitely be sending you an – invite it’s so hard to keep that streak going, lol the longest I’ve had I think is 7 days? Anyways, heres hoping we can egg each other on! 🙂

    You should totally get your hand on a copy of that book – its quite an interesting read. And it just might be useful to your language learning journey as well.

    And yeah, I have heard of Esperanto before but never really paid it much attention. Partly because I didn’t really believe it would prove to be useful (as the website you linked to mentions)- when I found it was man-made I grouped it together with fictional languages which are quite fun (I’ve tried some Sindarin ^_^) but they hardly have a large enough number of speakers.
    The way you speak about it though, I think I might like to give it a go as well. I’ve tried studying French (I pick up my study material every now and then but I still count myself a beginner), Portuguese (Brazilian), Italian and Spanish and I agree they are pretty tough to get around. Perhaps Esperanto really would be a great entrance language to getting a grip on the others as you say.

    Some other languages I’ve also studied are Japanese, Norwegian, and Welsh (which is kinda almost like Sindarin but can be used in the real world lol). I don’t know what it is about languages but I thoroughly enjoy learning them (and about the cultures and countries they are native to), I’ve even considered going back to school for a degree in linguistics but it feels a bit much considering I (too 😉 ) don’t get very far with my studies. Lol.

    I love talking to people who find the thought of understanding multiple languages exciting, it’s awesome that you are one of them! ^_^

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    1. Thank you Sissh, I wish that Duolingo users could send each other words of encouragement and communicate beyond the forums (maybe you can but I do not think so) or at least have more option when it comes to following like getting updates by email and notifications, and I wish that you could automatically share your progress on social media and WordPress.com after every lesson; either way I hope this helps.

      Thank you for the recommendation.

      That is one of the reasons that I gave up on Esperanto because I gave in to all the people talking about it not being useful or very usable, which was a mistake on my part because it can be useful especially if you see it as the recorder of languages used to help introduce you to language learning and quickly and more easily learning a language that can be a bridge to others and between people, I am not familiar with Sindarin; that is an impressive number of languages that you have tried, some of those are a bit hard I hear (though Spanish and Italian are said to be easier) well done.

      Yeah, once I try to learn a language things fall apart, but with a better approach with someone to help and someone to communicate with et cetera I think that we would do better.

      I may not find it exciting like I used to after failing so often, but I do like to hear of others who would like to be able to know and use another language and it disappoints me how few people seem interested at all so it is nice to meet people who will at least give it a try and thought.

      I wish that Duolingo had an English for English speakers course so that Native English speakers could try it to see how good it is and to at least be able to say that they finished a tree on Duolingo 😀 ; I saw that you have it, which of the English courses do you have on Duolingo?

      Thank you for replying,
      -John Jr

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      1. When I read that last part of your reply I was confused for a bit because I had no idea English was listed at all. On my dashboard it doesn’t come up, but when I had a look at my profile I found it! I have no idea how that happened though, or why its there, lol. Its not listed on the “Reset/remove languages” page either so I cant remove it. Pretty weird :/…

        I get what you mean about loosing steam along the way – it sucks when you get excited about a language and you’re going at it for a while but then you get to the point where nothing is sticking as well as at the beginning.
        I think that without interaction its really hard to make anything you learn stick long-term. Its possible but just that much harder, I think.
        I totally agree, Duolingo would do well to add a user interactive section/aspect to their site.
        So far for me its been really helpful to watch youtubers who speak the target language (since Youtube sometimes feels like interacting with friends/people you know, its a good tool). Reading (books, comics, websites, articles, etc) and Watching shows and movies also helps a lot (with lots of pausing to look through dictionaries and writing notes in between lol), but having someone to bounce off of is really great.

        There are lots of other sites, though, where you can join communities and find people to practice with (like, Unilang, Linguaholic, iTalki, etc, but being an introvert I haven’t actually tried these myself though I hear they are really useful). I’m also gonna put myself out there and say you can email me if you’d like to practice writing/conversing in maybe French? I’ve just started the course in Esperanto so maybe that as well, haha! 😀

        Anyways, heres an interesting article with tips about keeping motivated http://www.fluentin3months.com/speak-multiple-languages that I find very useful. Hope you do too. 🙂

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        1. Hello Sissh,

          That is strange, you might have to report that to Duolingo. 😀

          Those are some recommended ways to improve your language learning experience, and so you are on a better path than me so well done.

          Yeah, I have not tried anything like that either yet because of my social anxiety / shyness / cautiousness et cetera, but oddly I would try something like an in-person class or an in-person tutoring with someone I at least slightly know.

          Thank you for offering that Sissh, if I ever get to the point that I am ready to try that I will try to remember you, I am currently doing Esperanto only to avoid overwhelming myself and to use it as a foundation/bridge(?) to future language learning if I decided to move on to French and / or Spanish again.

          Thank you for sharing that link, Benny has a pretty inspiring story, he makes it seem so easy; he is fortunate that he is not the shy type and not suffering from social anxiety, and that he had clear and strong motivations and willpower.

          Good luck and eventually I would be curious to know how easy does learning Esperanto seem in comparison to other languages that you have tried.

          Thank you for commenting,
          -John Jr

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          1. Yeah, looks like I’ll have to report that. Thanks.

            I completely understand how debilitating social anxiety can be, it can be really hard to get going with your dreams because of it – I know this struggle personally and deeply. But I do wish you all the best in your learning journey and that you find ways to overcome the things that stand in your way! 🙂

            Lets hope Esperanto proves to be what we hope it to be – Good luck! ^_^

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    1. Hello My Long Post Titles,

      Well actually it is Esperanto and not Spanish (Español) that I am learning, but they do sound similar and have a lot of things in common I imagine which you will probably recognize instantly thanks to your current knowledge of Spanish if you were to check out the language one day; and learning it would probably be easier for you compared to me thanks to your knowledge of Spanish and thanks to various language learning methods that you have probably tried and got further in than I ever did. 😉

      Thank you for commenting,
      -John Jr

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  3. My bad, I totally misread; that dream makes more sense now xd

    Esperanto . . . I never gave it a thought before but sounds interesting. Does it provide a good base for learning other languages, considering it’s a mix of some sort? (If I’m right) Anyways, you must be enjoying learning something not among the usual suspects. ‘Cause I’m always on the lookout to learn something off-beat and even remotely unique 🙂
    Happy learning!

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    1. Hello My Long Post Titles,

      No problem, I can definitely understand especially since Spanish was one of the languages being learned in the dream. 😉

      I think so because Esperanto (which is a constructed language) is easier, more regular, and probably more logical than most natural languages and it was meant to be an international auxiliary language that people could easily learn and use along side their native languages (not meant to replace them) to communicate with people who do not know their native languages to function as a bridge language to allow people around the world to communicate with each other in a more neutral language (though it is mostly European) that is not the language of any particular country.

      Some people describe it as the recorder (music instrument) of language learning, that it could be used as a tool to help more people learn about languages and language learning, and possibly get them at a higher level in a language since it is easier to learn and use than most languages; and that could help them in the future when moving on to learn another language, especially if they get advanced or fluent in Esperanto before moving on.

      Thank you and thank you for commenting 🙂 ,
      -John Jr

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