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Why and How I'm Learning All the Languages

Before going to Romania, I decided I'd try to learn a bit of Romanian. By almost any measure it's sort of a pointless language to learn, but I figured I'd get a kick out of pretending to my I didn't speak any for a couple days, and then all of a sudden surprising my friends by speaking it.

My friend Brian did me a huge favor by going to the library, checking out the Pimsleur Romanian I series, ripping it, and then sending me the MP3s. After finishing the first lesson, I was struck by just how much I enjoyed doing it. I've used Pimsleur tapes to learn Chinese, Japanese, and French (which I never finished and consequently don't remember), but it had been six years since I'd started one.

The returns on learning the first bit of a language are huge. While I don't have nearly enough vocabulary to have an actual conversation in Romanian, doing one half-hour tape every day for a month left me with enough to be able to ask directions, order things at a restaurant, exchange pleasantries with strangers, and buy things. I think I successfully made a joke in Romanian, too.

So after all that, I decided that I'm just going to learn every language. Pimsleur has a list of over fifty that they support. I'm going to start with the ones I'm most interested in that have ninety tapes instead of the thirty that they had for Romanian. I did the full ninety in Japanese, and it got me to the point that I could have actual, if a bit kludgy, conversations.

The Rainbow In Our Lives

On Devotions

Noah endured the flood because of his obedience towards God and ultimately the grace of God was over Noah. Evidently, God's grace towards all humanity. Without Noah surviving, none of us here. Not even your grandma.

God and Noah went through an intimate relationship after this flood. After the flood, Noah performed a sacrifice which God loved. Inasmuch that He made a covenant with Noah saying that it's a promise of love. One that involved a rainbow which represented God not destroying man with a flood again.

In my relationship, I realize my love for my girlfriend is great. A "rainbow" in our relationship is our gifts. I have letter that she has given me, and each time I read it I'm assured of her love for me. In the same way we have a "rainbow" with God. That rainbow is the love letter He has given us: the Bible.

The biggest message that the Bible proclaims is one of love: Jesus Christ dying on the cross for you. His death is my rainbow for salvation showing me that I will not be forsaken or alone.

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