Originally Posted by Moot
Since this thread has already been hijacked, I will continue down the new path. Learning a second language can be a very “trying” experience. Most Americans have never even “tried.” However, as others have said, your English is just fine. Never be embarrassed. The first year I lived in Germany, I wanted to give my landlords a small Christmas present. I knocked on the door and said: “Herr und Frau Rucker, Ich habe ein (momentary pause as I searched for the right word) Gift zu Weihnachten für sie.” There was a moment of stunned silence before both they and I realized the mistake I had made. In German “das gift” translates as “poison”. The word I was searching for was “Geschenk”.
Normally small nations are more gifted to learn languages. We, Latvians, are only ~1,000.000...
I can speak and write - latvian, of course, russian - speak free, with just a specific accent, write - so-so (that блооду кирилица ис киллинг ме
), english - I can speak better than I write here
Lithuanian - can understand, if they speak slowly or if it is written. I have not spent a day learning this, but it is not a VERY similar, but still there are a lot of common words with ours.
I have spent a 1/2 year in Germany, but that was 15 years ago, and since I don't use it every day it is half forgotten. My brother now live in Berlin (BTW - 2 km frm motorrad factory
), and he says - sometimes germans ask - from which area he is
Now I am on my way to study italian, becayse have a lot of business with them.
2 foreign languages in school for most of EU is not an option but a must...