My First Song
This is where I turn into a cheeseball and tell you that my favorite moment came when I realized I learned an entire Greek song--as in, figured out and memorized the lyrics-- ALL BY MYSELF. Like, with understanding and everything. In less than a week! There was one word I didn't know, one word that I thought was something else, and a phrase that I was unsure about, but when I verified with online lyrics I understood what it was saying.
BUT I FIGURED IT OUT THIS SONG.
I've memorized songs before, but that required a combination of listening to it a hundred times, reading the lyrics, translating the lyrics, and then learning it again.
This was just different. It felt like a big moment for me.
I think the reason it was so momentous is because I generally listen shallowly Greek music, assuming I won't know the meaning of the song with the exception of a few words. So I don't really try. But I finally started paying attention, and actively listened, and I was surprised to not be as dumb as I used to be.
As a side note: I'm re-reading Liz Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love, and--mind you--this is the book I credit with changing my life (sort of). But when she's talking about all of her Italian speaking accomplishments, I'm like, "Okay, okay, I get it. Stop." So, I apologize for being that way now.
[Sweet Lord. I AM turning into Liz Gilbert.]
Anyway, in case you're curious, this is the song I learned. It's a realllyyyy romantically cheesy slow song, which is probably why I understood it. Sorry in advance.