Back in the early 70's in Victoria,French was the second language which we learned at school/I never saw the point of it,and would have preferred to learn Indonesian which was starting to come into the curriculum as I was finishing my high school years! I did adore my French teacher though! She actually WAS French so we learned properly.Unfortunately after the second half of the 3rd year with her,she developed a tumor behind her eye which took her life within a few short weeks.I never forgot this beautiful and gentle woman,and I am certain none of her other students did either.
I learned Italian in high school and went to Croatian night school for four years. I speak the latter well enough for people to ask when I arrived in Australia. My response, I was born here, seems to shock some.
Had a choice of german and indonesian and chose indonesian. Loved the cultural aspects but was hopeless at remembering the vocab which is a bit of shame given indonesian is probably one of the easier languages to learn..
Languages great fun. Was born in Denmark, learnt English,German,French, Latin at school. Married a German, emigrated to Australia so those languages practised, lost French but took year 12 exam in Spanish. Now enjoy speaking English, practising German and Spanish on language exchange websites but losing my Danish !!!!
I learnt Indonesian in prep (it was a tiny school where I shared the same room as grade 1-4), then in high school I did italian and japanese. As an adult, I can't speak any of them fluently, but I only remember what I was taught in prep! I think the younger we are taught a language, the more likelihood thatvit will stay.
Yes - German and Latin for four years. Although Latin is a dead language it was very useful in the many positions I had working as a medical secretary both in the hospital environment (really helped with spelling of medical terminology) and working as a medical practice manager for many years.
donjo - FYO: Academics consider a dead language one which is no longer used as a main language, but which can still be used as a part of legal, scientific, medical or religious terminology. Latin fits this criteria.
Yes. I learnt French, Italian, Indonesian, Spanish and Portuguese. I can understand French and Italian if it is written, but I am not that good at speaking them. I did use my French whilst in New Caledonia recently and managed okay. The other languages I haven't used so I have largely forgotten them.
We were taught Latin at school, but i only lasted a week at that. Later we were taught French, but I was hopeless at that as well. Our eldest grand-daughter has been learning Mandarin since she started kindergarten, & even though it's only been 1 & 1/2 years, but she's very good at it.