I speak 3 languages. Well actually 4… ah make it 3 again. Born and raised in Switzerland you grow up in a country that has 3 main languages (German, French and Italian) and a very ancient one only spoken in a small region in Switzerland (Rumantsch). Growing up in the German part we ‘had’ to learn French in school. In the French part it was German and in the Italian part as well, I suppose. And then you could also take English and Italian if you wished to. As far as I know nowadays English is compulsory too now.
Anyhow… long things short: I speak English, German, Swiss German (as it is totally different to German, a very strong dialect that most of Germany would not understand…) and French. Or better, I used to kind of speak French.
Unfortunately I never really used the French language and now living in Australia even less. So I feel like it is disappearing. I do understand it but, boy, do I struggle to find the words. It feels like my brain makes kind of a fruit salad with the different words from German, English and French and throws them in the mix trying to figure out which one would be right. And that takes so much time that I usually just give up on French and use English instead… What a shame.
I guess that is what happens if you never really used a language you only learned in school, or only for a little bit. The Swiss German will of course never disappear and the German too, as all the books and TV, Radio, you name it was in German. English is now the language of my daily life and so this will only get better and better.
I wish I could pick up my French again. Get it to the point where I feel comfortable speaking and writing it again. Where I can have a proper conversation without struggling to find the words.
I also wish I would have not been so stubborn in my life and would have taken the chances to learn Brazilian Portuguese, Italian and Spanish too. Those are for sure languages I would still love to learn. I guess Italian would not be too difficult as I understand a lot of it already. So that is definitely a project for my future.
I love languages and I encourage my children to learn as many as they can. Right now they speak two languages. Both of them learning a third (French) respectively a fourth (Korean). I just feel it opens up the world to you.
In response to the Daily Post Daily Prompt – Take That, Rosetta