Today I gave an oral presentation in class. 15 minutes for content with five minutes for questions. It was the longest presentation I’ve ever had to give in French, but I think it went well. I spoke about descriptive linguistics, how to analyze languages, and then gave everyone a chance to try it out with a data set from Swahili. Everyone seemed interested in the content, and I got compliments (in three languages) after class.
It was a good experience, especially since once I was up there, all the nervousness disappeared and I was able to communicate why I was excited about this topic. I love languages, and understanding them in terms of their phonological and grammatical systems makes sense to me. I feel like there is so much to explore within a language; it’s like opening up a good book and becoming absorbed in the story, even with all its twists and turns.