My trip to Vietnam in December of 2017 is now booked, kicking into high gear my motivation to learn Vietnamese. With just three short months left to learn this completely new language, I find the task to be a bit daunting. Unlike Spanish or French or Greek, Vietnamese is completely unconnected to anything I know. I dive in and try several different language programs and on-line applications. However, I think my favorite part about learning a new language is what it teaches me about how it connects to San Francisco. Learning Vietnamese has given me an opportunity to learn and connect more with the vibrant Vietnamese community living in my beautiful city by the Bay.