Dante the Linguist: Dante enjoys the continued intellectual growth of learning foreign languages. Although there are many studies substantiating the benefits of learning foreign languages.

  • More flexibility in thinking, greater sensitivity to language, and a better ear for listening
  • Improve of his native language
  • Ability to communicate with people he would otherwise not have the chance to know
  • Opens the door to other cultures and helps him to understand and appreciate people from other countries
  • Increases job opportunities
  • Improves cognitive abilities, memory skills, problem solving abilities, and verbal and spatial abilities

 The following languages have been a cherished influence in Dante's life:

  1. English (Native Language) - formal training
    Began studying in 1964 - Current
  2. Spanish (California/Puerto Rico, Socially influenced) - formal training
    Influenced beginning in 1969 - Current
    Began studying in 1976-1978
    Began studying in 2005-2006
  3. French (French-Canadian Heritage - Familial influenced)
    Influenced beginning in 1975-1979
  4. German (Socially influenced)
    Influenced beginning in 1985-1989
    Influenced beginning in 2001-2003
  5. Italian (Familial influenced)
    Influenced beginning in 1975-1979
  6. Chinese (Mandarin - Kung Fu influenced) - formal training
    Began studying in 1985-1986
  7. Japanese (Bujinkan Budo influenced) - formal training
    Began studying in 1996-1990 - Resumed in 2008 - Current
  8. Korean (Kumdo friends influenced) - formal training
    Began studying in 2007 - Current

 

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