Difficulty Level:Moderately difficult

Interests:Interest in the Deaf community; medical and social work; special needs education; ministry and volunteer opportunities; working as a translator.

These languages represent just a few of the many options available to you. There are a great many more. Mandarin Chinese, for instance, is the most common primary language in the world, though its characters and complexity make it difficult to learn. The study of ancient Greek and Hebrew helps equip students more accurately translate the Scriptures for themselves. If you are interested in other options such as these, you should take time to research them for yourself. Remember that the goal is to find both a language you can learn and a language you can love.

Amelia Harper is a homeschooling mother of five and a pastor’s wife. She is also the author ofLiterary Lessons from the Lord of the Rings,a complete one-year literature curriculum for secondary-level students. In addition, she is an English tutor and a freelance writer who contributes regularly to newspapers and magazines. For more information, go to http://www.HomeScholarBooks.com/.

Copyright, 2011. All rights reserved by author.

Originally appeared in The Old Schoolhouse®Magazine, Winter 2010-11.

Used with permission. Visit them at www.TheHomeschoolMagazine.comand view a sample copy of the magazine.
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