Have you learnt any foreign language?

Have you learnt any foreign language?
Language learning is something that most people always want to do. As we know, it is only through speaking a particular language that we can get to communicate with the people from a particular place. There are people that can be able to speak English, Chinese and German, while their native language is French. Have you learnt any foreign language?


As I am staying in a multiracial country (Malaysia), we are required to study at least Malay language and English in school. While I am a Chinese, Chinese is my native language, hence we have been learning three languages since we were young. I am not sure if English is considered as a foreign language to me, as it's a compulsory subject in school, perhaps it's like second language to us. We have been using English in our daily life quite often too. I haven't really learn any other foreign language, though I started to self-learn Japanese for some time. But since there were no other friends to communicate in Japanese with me, and I don't really use the language, I slowly forgot about it. I think we really need to practice more in order to learn.
Posted by kaka135 on 12-11-2018
I would like to learn Chinese, but it seems so confusing to me, that I'm scared that I can't handle it, get frustrated, and drop it. We have an academic institute, where apparently they teach Mandarin, but I have no idea how good or bad is it, and I guess for such a different language, a very good teacher is required. Specially, because Chinese seems like based in voice tone.
Posted by ballyhara on 12-14-2018
Yes, the best way for a language to be retained in our mind is to have a conversation in that specific language that you are learning. Memorizing it is not enough
Posted by theresajane on 12-16-2018
Filipino is one of the foreign languages I have learned since I have been staying here in the Philippines for over 10 years. English has been my mother tongue so while I was here in the Philippines it was very hard for me at first to speak it but understanding and when people talk to me in Filipino is very easy due to the fact that my family speaks Tagalog (a certain Filipino language) back in the U.S.
Posted by YoloBoy on 12-12-2018
Back when I was in high school, we were taught of Spanish and Latin aside from English. I was in a seminary back then and we were required to learn Latin although it has been considered as dead language because a lot of old church documents are written in Latin. We were required to learn Spanish because we have a student transfer program with another seminary in Spain. Yet through four years of them, I could never master both of the languages. During my adulthood, I got fascinated with Japanese culture and architecture, and I am in the process of learning their language.
Posted by emiaj55 on 12-12-2018
I have thought of learning a foreign language but I haven't put any real effort into it. I am researching as to which one would be more profitable probably an European language would suit me better. It is good to have multiple languages under your belt so that when you visit abroad you would have more options of conversing with people around you.
Posted by kaushikangara on 12-12-2018
I learned to speak English from watching shows and cartoons. English is also part of our school's curriculum. I had to learn Arabic as well as this was also part of the curriculum. When I was in the university I tried to learn Chinese but it was too hard for me so I switched to Japanese since my cousins are Japanese anyway.
Posted by knnon on 12-12-2018
I tried of learn Spanish and practiced it for a week before I got busy and wasn't able to continue it. I speak 2 languages and 2 different dialects which in some case is like an entirely different language. I think it is easier to learn a new language when you also get to use it everyday, my plan is to find what I would call a "new language buddy", so that we can practice and talk to each other using the new language we are learning.
Posted by pencilneckgeek on 12-12-2018
Yes I have learned new language aside from English. I learn Nippongo and Mandarin back in y under grad days since it's offered on our course. It's fun to learn new language, it makes me understand more about their culture.
Posted by luv2xacosta on 12-12-2018
I am a Filipino and my native language is Tagalog. We study English in our school from Grade school to College that's why many Filipinos are very good in this language because we treat English as our second language. But this year, The Department of Education is planning to add Korean language to our School curriculum. So far, English is the only foreign language that I can speak, read and write.
Posted by burgosmichael2407 on 12-12-2018
Yes, we are very thankful that we have the opportunity to learn English at such a young age. This is why other Asian countries envy us because of the incorporation of the English language in our curriculum.
Posted by theresajane on 12-16-2018
I learned Mandarin just because I would think it would make it easier for me to travel abroad. Traveling to non English speaking countries like Taiwan, Hong Kong and China is so hard if you don't know the dialect. You'd also be surprised as Japan and Korea have started translating their signs to have a Mandarin translation below the native language on signs. Mandarin is really useful.
Posted by rlpzbeermoney on 12-12-2018
I sadly haven’t. As a native English speaker we did have time at school where foreign languages were part of the curriculum but so many of us didn’t stick with it. I wish I had the time these days to focus on learning a new language but there just are so many other demands on the hours in my day.
Posted by amelia88 on 12-12-2018
I can speak and write French at an average level. I can say things like "Je peu bien parler et écrire en Français. Au moins d'un niveau assez moyen" If you did not catch that, I basically translated my first sentence from English to French. It is weird however, that I feel more comfortable writing than speaking French.
Posted by Franzel2oo on 12-12-2018
I have always been interested in foreign languages. My only problem is the amount of time I have to dedicate for it. I simply lack of that time due to school and home responsibilities. As of now, I am learning Irish,and mandarin. Two very beautiful languages. Oh and Sign language as well, people tend to discriminate this very astonishing language and it annoys me greatly. It is seriously one of the languages that I really appreciate
Posted by Yumyan on 12-12-2018
Wow! I live to learn sign language. I guess, I have to learn it. It's a different kind of language that will always be important to everyone.
Posted by theresajane on 12-13-2018
That's awesome. I would love to learn Irish, because I have some kind of attraction to Ireland, even though I've never been there. Also, sign language would be really great lo learn, I've noticed people with hearing issues always get it hard to communicate, when there's no one around to do sign language, and honestly people never gets patience with them.
Posted by ballyhara on 12-14-2018
Yes. Learning new language is fun and exciting. I am not a native English speaker since I am a Filipino. So English is a foreign language for me. I studied English since school days, from nursery until I graduated college as part of the subject/curriculum. Until now, I still study English language for fluency.

Here in the Philippines, English is our secondary language since English is considered to be international language and mostly used language all over the world.

Learning English language is very important because of these various reasons:

  1. It opens new career opportunity. For instance, I like to work as a nurse in UK and one of their criteria is to pass the english proficiency exam so that I can apply in their hospital. If you want to study abroad, most of the university for foreign enrollees need to pass an exam for english proficiency like IELTS. English is essential in the field of education.

  2. You will enjoy Hollywood movies since they are using English language. Surfing on the internet is more enjoyable if you can understand english. Most books are also written in English. English is the language of Hollywood, international banking and business.

  3. It makes you smarter. you can able to understand and communicate well to most of the people around the world. You can share your ideas and thoughts with others freely on an international level.
Posted by rubeth1726 on 12-12-2018
The only common language I know is English. I can speak a little bit of Japanese but not in point of being able to construct my own sentence in Japanese. I always wanted to learn Japanese, most of the words I learned came from my years of watching anime. There is a technical school new my house where they would teach the Japanese language and I am thinking to enroll there.
Posted by antonToledo on 12-12-2018
I have duolingo installed. And I am learning Spanish language through that. I have mostly learned some of the spanish language through the interface. I have seen that some of the apps allow the spanish learning interface. But I think duolingo and the rosetta stone both apps are good. And it can be fun making use of those apps.
Posted by overcast on 12-13-2018
Good to know, and whenever you want to practice, I can help you out because Spanish is my native language. I also have used Duolingo, but I think that's a very repetitive app, and it's not very objective. The best way to learn, is by talking and writing to a native person with that language, because they will teach the proper way to talk it and handle it.
Posted by ballyhara on 12-14-2018
We have a trip to Tokyo next year in time for the famous cherry blossoms at the end of March. On our first trip last year to Japan I was not able to practice the Nihonggo that I studied because most of the Japanese I met wanted to speak in English. But for this next trip I will surely learn more Japanese and I will test my learning by speaking Nihonggo with the people I meet there.
Posted by Corzhens on 12-13-2018
Have you learnt any foreign language?: In my college days we have a subject foreign language and I choose the japanese and spanish one but I can't say that i can use it fluently, I just have an idea and do understand ig what they talking. Having an idea for me is a plus to start to communication.
Posted by mhingnhormz on 12-13-2018
English is not my native language. In fact, it is our third language, not our second. I'm just so glad that it's taught here in our school ever since kindergarten. Currently, I'm learning another foreign language, and it's Korean. I want to visit South Korea someday and be fluent in speaking and asking for directions from strangers.
Posted by theresajane on 12-13-2018
English is not our native language but I have learnt it every since because it is considered to be necessary and very useful. i have also schooled at a Chinese school and so I have basic knowledge of it and can converse but not very fluent. I believe that we shouldn't just limit ourselves to the language in our speech community but continue to explore and learn other languages for it can be an individuals edge and could be very useful in certain situations.
Posted by menchuuy58 on 12-13-2018
Our native language is Filipino, but most of my fellow countrymen knows how to speak english. It is simply because english language is being taught to the children every since gradeschool. We have recognized it as our second language. It seems that it is important for us to learn english as it is considered to be the universal language.
Posted by ajahcuizon on 12-14-2018
I've tried learning French, I think it's a very beautiful language but I can't, I have the time but I don't have the motivation to learn it. I even downloaded every app, ebooks and watched YouTube tutorial videos but I really can't, I tried so hard but I find it impossible for me to learn any foreign language.
Posted by ivandelrey on 12-14-2018
I tried French also, and I think it's a beautiful language, but unfortunately I didn't have the time and the money to do it. Also, it was kind of hard to practice, because I didn't know someone else that spoke French besides my teacher, and it was complicated for us to meet, due to our busy schedules.
Posted by ballyhara on 12-14-2018
I have tried learning Hangul. I have fallen in love with the Korean culture and tried studying their language, but I was unable to continue my progress. I was only able to learn how to write Hangul and speak common phrases, but I did not progress beyond that anymore. It's difficult for me to dedicate time to learn a foreign language.
Posted by astraherondale on 12-14-2018
Well, I can speak and communicate in English very fluently in spite of the fact that it is not my first language. Other than English I can speak two more native languages of my country. I have also learned Russian for a year, but I am not able to communicate fluently in Russian.
Posted by jpk0007 on 12-14-2018
So far, Spanish is my native language, and I had Italian lessons for about 5 years during elementary school. Unfortunately, I couldn't keep practicing it, but I have a vague notion. Then, I learn English between school and private lessons, and when I could afford it, I went to USA and learned it in a proper way. There, I met some brazilians friends that made me get interested in Portuguese, which I can handle at least in a basic way. And right now, I would like to learn Chinese or Japanese, something completely different, but very interesting.
Posted by ballyhara on 12-14-2018
I have a German GCSE qualification and am also fairly fluent in Urdu, which is the language spoken in my home. I am also currently in the middle of an Arabic course at University, which I hope will be beneficial to me when I pursue a career in the future. Wish me luck!
Posted by Osamah7 on 12-16-2018
Yes, I’ve actually learned a couple of languages over the years. I’m originally from a Slovakian town in Eastern Europe, so my native language is Slovak. That being said, I moved to the United States at a very young age and went to school there, so I actually speak English better than I speak my native language.

While I was in the U.S, I also learned Spanish for three years while I was in High School, so I used to speak Spanish fairly well (not so much these days due to a lack of practice). I currently live in Serbia and am beginning to speak Serbian quite fluently, and I’ve also picked up learning Japanese on the side, just for fun.
Posted by Denis_P on 12-17-2018
My mother tongue is Serbian, but I am bilingual in English, since I have learned it from a extremely young age! Also I have leaned German throughout the years, and a bit of Hungarian and Spanish. My next endevour is Dutch!
Posted by blindwitness90 on 12-18-2018
Yes, I've learned French during my college days. It was hard at first since my native tongue is actually Filipino. I've learned basic writing and speaking during that time and I actually aced it but as time goes by I forgot the things I've learned because I don't have time to practice and study it again. But if given an opportunity, I would like to study French again comprehensively as well as the other languages. I like to learn Korean and German language as well.
Posted by heyclowey on 12-18-2018