Every language I know has a story attached. I grew up bilingual and have picked up a couple of other languages since I was young, including Chinese (Mandarin), Portuguese, Italian, and French. I have received awards and certifications for my Mandarin and had the opportunity to practice both my Chinese and Italian in their respective countries of origin. Along with being used to interpreting English to Spanish and vice-versa for family members since I was young, I volunteered during all four years of high school at my city's local adult learning center.
As in the other aspects of my live, my love of technology has also bled into my writing. Currently, I write tech articles and how-to's for Maker.pro and create projects there as well. My other hobbies include translating video games and sharing my knowledge in different languages on Quora.
Of course, these brief paragraphs aren't the full stories. If you want to know more about me, feel free to shoot me an email.
After writing about the projects I created for different competition, I decided to start sharing my knowledge with others. Maker Pro is a place for makers to design and collaborate with one another, with the goal to take their product to market. Here, I write articles about microprocessors, microcontrollers, and how to get started making hardware and software like I do. I also share my projects here to collaborate with others.
So far, Quetoo is the only game not developed by me that I have translated fully from English to Spanish.
"Quetoo is a Free, standalone first person shooter video game based on id Tech2. Our goal is to bring the fun of oldschool deathmatch to a more contemporary platform, and perhaps to a new generation of gamers. Quetoo is multiplayer-only. There is no single-player or offline gameplay mode. If you have no Internet and no friends, Quetoo might not be for you."
Quora is a question-and-answer site where questions are asked, answered, edited, and organized by its community. This is one of my favorite pastimes as it is relaxing and helps me hone my skills in the writing craft. I've been improving my writing there since 2015, and have answered more than 120 questions about animals, technology, humanity, and video games. My answers have been viewed almost 50 thousand times. Recently, I decided to write answers in Spanish and French as well to not only share my knowledge with a wider audience, but to practice my written skill in these languages.
I am a native speaker of both Spanish and English, but Spanish was technically my first language. My parents started teaching me Spanish before I was even born, and spent the rest of my childhood doing the same by reading and speaking to me in only Spanish. After having a strong base, I started to expand my knowledge of the language by reading and looking up any unknown words in a bulky dictionary I carried around at school. Thank goodness I have an app that helps me with that now.
Though my parents taught me Spanish at home, I learned English by reading, watching television, and practicing at school. From 2nd grade all through 8th I read a new sci-fi or fantasy book almost every 3 days, including Eragon and Harry Potter. These greatly enhanced my vocabulary and also nudged me further towards technology development. Being an avid watcher of Spongebob I learned new idioms as I polished my sense of humor. After I learned my first two languages concurrently, the stage was set for more.
Since my parents had taught me advanced math when I was young and I read enough for a lifetime, school was never a challenge for me. I was that kid that didn't pay attention and told jokes in class but still got all A's. When I was 12 or 13, my parents decided I could use a challenge, so instead of taking piano classes (ended up teaching myself later) like most kids, I started learning Chinese(Mandarin). Back then I thought it was boring, but now I realize how useful speaking Chinese really is. I could redo my whole website in Mandarin if I could afford the extra server space. In high school, I also had the opportunity to travel to China with the Texas A&M(TAMU) Confucius Institute, where I got to visit the Great Wall, Beijing, Qing Dao, and other cities all the while practicing my Chinese by speaking to locals and bartering in markets. I beat our chaperone (a Marine) running all the way to the top of Lao Mountain, but that's a story for another time.
Almost an American rite of passage, I learned French in high school. Kind of. I was moving to a new school and had signed up for the French course. I was told it would be extremely difficult since I knew nothing of the language, so I assumed most students already spoke French. I proceeded to study intensively over the summer, only to realize on the first day of class that it was a beginner-level course and no one but me and the teacher spoke French. I've only used this language to impress the ladies so far, but I would love to use it in the field some day!
After I realized I'd been duped into learning a language over the summer, I needed a new langugae to take up my studying time. In a car ride once, my mom suggested Italian or Portuguese. This was way before that Taco Bell commercial, but I still said "Why not both?". That's the real reason I learned Italian, though I may tell friends it was to read the original Divine Comedy or to enjoy Nutella more. Right after I had gotten accepted into the honors group at TAMU(a couple of years after starting with Italian), I was chosen as one of the 35 people to go on the annual honors trip to Castiglione Fiorentino in Italy. I have a hat to prove it. I also greatly improved my Italian there, becoming fluent in two weeks. I have been able to use this language in Texas before by interpreting for someone who only spoke Italian and couldn't be helped by the other Spanish interpreters.
As stated above, I learned Italian and Portuguese concurrently. This is my favorite language in terms of how cool a language sounds. The nasal tones are absent in all the other languages I know and provide a unique flavor to this one. Nasal sounds are to Portuguese as tones are to Chinese and useless letters are to French. Admittedly, my Portuguese skills are lacking when compared to the others on this list, on account of the fact I've never gotten to use it before. Like my French, I'd love to have the opportunity to test this out in South America, Europe, Africa, or at least somewhere in the U.S.
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