I learnt French at school, and at one point I could read in French. Now I wouldn’t be able to write in French. I can remember a few phrases, count up to twenty, and ask how much something is.
Another language I have learnt is braille. I supported a student with a visual impairment. To be able to adapt their work, I needed to learn how to read and type in braille. Using a book, I self taught, along with a course for the visually impaired. Part of that was wearing glasses and walking around with them on. It was extremely difficult to walk around, but the more we wore the glasses, the better we coped.
I could type in braille, using a brailler, and had a basic understanding of written braille. Again, it is something I haven’t used in a long time. I doubt I would be able to understand it now.
It is the reason I am writing my manuscript about a visually impaired, female, disability advocate. It is a work in progress. I have written the whole thing, but there are some major changes, so it may take a while.
I would like to learn another language as I think it is important. I know that many who travel to the UK are willing to learn our language, so we should learn theirs.