|Quote, originally posted by JAS40T5 »|
|Since Volvo owners are typically well educated, I trust that there are alot of multilinguals here! |
Well, I had to learn languages since I grew up in Europe and learning languages was a "vehicle" that almost guaranteed you some kind of a job. Therefore, my parents insisted that I learn at least two other languages (which I did).
So, naturally, I am fluent in Greek and also in French and English (actually, I learned French before English).
In college, I minored in Italian and I ccan still get by fairly well. As a result of my knowledge of French and Italian, I can understand when I read Spanish (and when I watch soccer games in Univision or Telemundo, I understand about 75% of what is going on); I also took 3 full courses of Spanish in college.
I also took 4 full courses in Russian and, when I was a graduate student, I could get by very well. Now, I can read Russian very fast and with no problems but I cannot hold a conversation. The Cyrillic alphabet is pretty close to the Greek alphabet and their grammar is almost identical to Greek grammar (read: not easy!).
I am now in my second month of learning Swedish through the Rosetta Stone system. It is a goo system but requires constant studying. My goal is my New Year's to "graduate" and start advanced conversations in Swedish.