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Foreign Language Doc Review as Retirement approaches.

Thoughts. I was thinking of learning Italian. Is it hard to bcls07/18/18
Duolingo. You’ll be an expert in no time. esquirewalletsmatter07/18/18
Is there still a market for Japanese doc review? shuiz07/18/18
It really depends on your age. Assuming your are talking ab whiskeymystic07/18/18
Actively learning foreign language is as easy as doing 8th g themapmaster07/18/18
Discipline is the thing that makes alot of things happen (or whiskeymystic07/19/18
Interesting dichotomy on the ease (or not) of learning new l wutwutwut07/18/18
if u learn a foreign language, there are more things to use whiteguyinchina07/19/18
Italian is one of the easier languages for an Anglophone to shithead07/19/18
bcls (Jul 18, 2018 - 6:26 pm)

Thoughts. I was thinking of learning Italian. Is it hard to learn a foreign language?

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esquirewalletsmatter (Jul 18, 2018 - 6:45 pm)

Duolingo. You’ll be an expert in no time.

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shuiz (Jul 18, 2018 - 7:11 pm)

Is there still a market for Japanese doc review?

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whiskeymystic (Jul 18, 2018 - 7:13 pm)

It really depends on your age. Assuming your are talking about retiring at normal retirement age (late 60s-early 70s) expect the task to be extremely difficult. Like probably it's better to just blow your brains out difficult. Unless your some lucky outlier who has the mental acuity of a 25 year old it will be very very tough for you. If you're retired you have the luxury of time and also having several good learning programs on the market (more so than at any other time in history, perhaps), but that won't be enough to make it easy.

If I could go back in time and punch my 25 year old self in the face for not learning Spanish back then, I would. Learning it in my late 40s has been probably been only moderately less frustrating than the first semester of law school. No lie.

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themapmaster (Jul 18, 2018 - 8:40 pm)

Actively learning foreign language is as easy as doing 8th grade algebra. The difficult parts are forcing yourself to practice and finding the time to if you’re a busy person. This is an area where discipline is everything and IQ is secondary.

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whiskeymystic (Jul 19, 2018 - 8:48 am)

Discipline is the thing that makes alot of things happen (or not), true enough. But almost any expert on the science of learning will tell you that it gets significantly more difficult to learn a new language after about your early to mid-30s. Don't get me wrong, it can still be done but it is much more difficult. Much.

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wutwutwut (Jul 18, 2018 - 9:30 pm)

Interesting dichotomy on the ease (or not) of learning new languages.

Any of you guys ex- military who took DLAB?

They pulled me out of the middle of boot to take this test.

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whiteguyinchina (Jul 19, 2018 - 6:04 am)

if u learn a foreign language, there are more things to use it for than just doc review. and the reward of doing doc review will be low compared to the cost of learning.

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shithead (Jul 19, 2018 - 1:48 pm)

Italian is one of the easier languages for an Anglophone to learn. Words are pronounced as written, and there are thousands of cognates with English. Italian and French are very closely related, although Italian spelling is regular.

If it's your first foreign language, you'll need to learn how to learn a language, along with the language itself. Subsequent languages will be much easier than your first non-native one.

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