Languages we speak...
• New Zealand
31 May 08
I have been "picking up" Italian for years.... I love it, really love it. I am not very good at it, but I am keen. I have noone to practice it with so I think it to myself. I mentally translate and if I find I don't know a word, I look it up. I think foreign languages are very fascinating. And exciting. If you read this, and speak Italian well enough to criticise and correct me were we to communicate, please email me at email@example.com I could help you improve your English. I'm good at that! (used to get first in class!)
31 May 08
Here it's obligatory to have English as a subject at school and take exams in it, regardless of any other subjects you might choose. In the lower grades at school they teach French as well as German. Then there comes a level at school where you have to choose what subjects you want to have for the final exams. Although I have to admit that recently there was a big uproar that there was an uproar about the quality of the English lessons being given. People who get a passing or a good grade can hardly communicate in the language. But that's not very surprising when you consider that they aren't very good at their own language (Dutch in this case) either.
• United States
2 Jun 08
My goodness... English, French or German... Here in California... it is English for everyone and now Spanish is needed too as there are so many Spanish speaking peoples here that to not speak it puts a person at a disadvantage... I am one of those who went to school prior to the latest influx of spanish speaking people so I unfortunately did not learn anything except English. Thanks for posting.
2 Jun 08
I write and read mostly in English (but my English listening is poor). I speak and count in Indonesian. Sometimes I mix the language with Hokkianese when I talk with my parents. And ... when it is the language course lesson time, sometimes I would use mixture of Indonesian and Chinese words for communication. LOL. To tell you the truth, it’s not too good for us to know too many languages, sometimes when I have forgotten about certain word in a language, I would only remember the word in another language, and if my opponent doesn’t know that language, it would be ... miserable to explain the exact word I meant. LOL.