“The limits of my language are the limits of my world.”Ludwig Wittgenstein
My husband and I each have a grandmother who immigrated to the United States as an adult and did not speak English as her first language. My maternal grandmother is from Germany and his paternal grandmother is from the Philippines. We both grew up with a second culture at home and appreciation for the world outside of the United States.
When we met, hubby had never been on a plane – much less outside of the US. Now we have been to 10 countries on five continents together. Of all the places we have been, the place we visit the most is Panamá and we are constantly drawn to Latin American countries for their food and culture. We plan to live in Panamá full-time in the future and we feel like the only way to truly experience living there is to speak the language.
We both started taking lessons via Skype with tutors we found on iTalki earlier this year. It is SO MUCH HARDER THAN I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE! It has really given us both a whole new appreciation for our grandmothers. But I know it’s going to be so rewarding to be able to have real conversations with people on our next visit to a Spanish-speaking country.