Friday, September 19, 2014

Life of a Blogger: Languages

Life of a Blogger is a weekly feature hosted by Jessi @ Novel Heartbeat.
Every week we talk about a non-bookish topic, so that we get to know each other on a more personal level.

This week's topic: LANGUAGES

Well, considering I'm ITALIAN, it's pretty easy to guess which language I speak waaaay too fluently, huh? ;)
Besides that, I clearly know ENGLISH, which it has become my second language since I moved to UK.

Other than those two primary languages, let's see...I studied GERMAN for three years in junior high school and I still remember some of the basics, but that is not enough for me to engage in a conversation or following one properly. I also took a couple of SPANISH classes at Uni, but I didn't keep up with it afterwards. I may not speak it, but I do understand it and I think it's mostly because it is similar to my mother tongue.

Speaking of studies, I come from a classical high school so, among those languages I know, I can add LATIN and GREEK, which I can still manage to make some translations from.

14 comments:

  1. I would love to know some Italian, but I don't think I could pronounce half of the German words ;)

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  2. LOL you're even better than me. I would say English is ok but I'm not fluent at speaking. I don't speak that much but I'm ok. I'm perfect at French (wonder why lol). I used to love spanish and well I'm near Spain so it helps too. I studied it during many years, like latin.

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  3. Verra nice. I have Spanish (took 7 years in school up to AP Lit then passed my AP exam and promptly refused to ever speak it again lol) and then German a year in high school and a couple in college. I can read both better than speak them at this point--It's been 14ish years.

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  4. You should have told me, I could have helped you, Chanzie! Anyway, if you ever want to learn some phrases just give me a shout! ;)

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  5. Always happy to help with Italian, Michelle! :)

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  6. Well, I suppose it's because you tend to write it for the most part. Living in UK, I have to speak English every time I go outside, so I'd say it's basically a matter of practice. ;)
    Would you believe I've always considered French too complicated? After all those languages I mentioned it sounds 'silly', huh? And yet, French kinda scares me... Kudos for you!!

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  7. Yeah, I can relate. 14ish years are a lot...I should have kept practising, argh!

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  8. I think this was just before I started blogging :) I'll keep it in mind for next time!!!

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  9. See? Blogging really helps with the right connections! LOL Please, do! :)

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  10. That's wonderful you have knowledge of or can speak so many languages, Silvia. I took Spanish in school beginning in first grade and minored in it in college. But I'm nowhere near fluent since you tend to lose it if you don't use it. :) My kids are studying Spanish though so I get to practice with them.

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  11. Franny @ Mind Reader30 September 2014 at 11:12

    You know very well I don't like German.
    I studied Latin for a couple of years at that language school, but it just wasn't for me. :P

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  12. Wowweee.. I tried to learn some phrases in Italian when I entered a competition to win a trip to Italy to watch the Italian Grand Prix - sadly I did not win but it was fun. I speak English as my first language and Afrikaans as a second :)

    Another silly thing I did in high school was switch my cellphone language to Italian - so that no one could snoop on my phone *ha ha* loved it!

    Chanzie @ Mean Who You Are.

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