Q-Do you speak a second language? Are you fluent? What inspired you to learn?
A-I was born and raised in an English speaking household, and I guess I should consider myself fortunate, as “English” is apparently the hardest of all the languages to learn. In 10th grade I was required to take 2 years of a foreign language. I wanted to take German, but my ghetto school didn’t offer that course, so I was stuck choosing between Spanish or French. I ended up going with Spanish, as I felt it would prove more useful than French would in my life. I learned enough to get through the class, but have retained VERY little over the years.
When I moved overseas I felt that I should make it a point to learn the language of my new country. I spent a lot of time studying, and was able to get to the point where I could go to the grocery and KNOW the ingredients that were in my purchases (I loved shopping at Kaufland’s and at Aldi). By no means am I fluent in a second language, but my dabbling has made life a bit easier. It also helped having a German girlfriend when I lived over there. She taught me SO much!
The one problem that I ran into on occasion, was jumbling the 2 languages together. Do you have that problem?
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