Now I’m back from my trip to Singapore and Indonesia, I’ve finally managed to complete the first of two further videos in my “Basque Intensive!” series. As regular readers will know, I’m learning the Basque language. This is an ancient but very much a living language among about 750,000 people in the Basque Country (on both the French and Spanish sides of the western end of the Pyrenees).
I spent the whole of September on an intensive residential course at the Maizpide “barnetegia” (residential language school). I did two, two-week courses, one after the other. That was six hours a day tuition, plus early evening activities through Basque. In the new video, you’ll get a real flavour of what it was like for me and how a summer language school might be for you, in Basque or another language.
I’ve also included brief interviews with quite a few of my fellow students. They were at various stages of their own Basque journey. They talk about how it was for them and explain their reasons for learning the language.
For more, you can also check out my “half way” and “end of course” dairy blog posts and also the video I made of the journey. There are also earlier blog posts about my experience learning Basque as part of the Add1Challenge on-line learners’ marathons. Don’t forget to let me know in the comments section below or by email (address on the “About” page) if you have any questions or feedback on my project or the video. I love to hear from readers and viewers 🙂
In the final video, I’ll get out of the classroom and travel around the Basque country….and there will be more student interviews too. Keep a look out but first, here’s the “inside view”: