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started learning languages while I was in an English-speaking Welsh secondary school (USA: high school). There are two types of schools in Wales, one that teaches in Welsh, or in English. They are both very well established but it depends on the student & parent whether they want their child to speak Welsh well/fluently at home. My mother decided to choose an English speaking school as neither I nor my family can speak any Welsh. This worked out well for me, as I never liked the language anyway.
My real journey with languages started when we had the option to learn German or French in the 3rd year of secondary school. Up until then I was learning French, took 1 German class and hated. I choose to take French as a GCSE class & loved it. In the 3rd year we travelled as a big group to France and being in the country I loved it but had a bad experience with the people I went with (don’t ask – arguments).
After leaving school at 16, after GCSEs, with 7 decent results including a C in French, I decided not to carry on learning. This was a bad move, as after 10 years I have lost most of the grammar & words I learnt over 5 years. French is still a big part of me & I still want to learn the language 15 years on from my original GCSE choice.
As of 2018/9 I have missed learning French & in 2020 I hope to go to classes & re-learn my French, then get back to the level I was at 10 years ago. If I had the chance with a close friend or family member I would love to travel to France again to see lots of tourist sites, speak the language & meet others. So far, I have bought reference books to practice at home & use Apps on my phone.
Roll on to 2017,
I decided 10 years after leaving school, I wanted to learn a language again. I didn’t want to re-learn French. I wanted to start from scratch. Many people recommended Welsh (which I never liked) or Spanish (the most common language in the world) but I choose a different path. I choose Italian – or should I say it choose me!
Italian started as a hobby to learn a new language. Both the tutor and class I am in, are amazing. I have been taking weekly classes in Italian for 2 years so far & enjoying them. We all get on, help each other, laugh and cry together & spur each other to reach new goals every term. The tutor I can not praise enough, she is brilliant with us. A real Sicilian lady who promotes our progress constantly and tells us of real life and celebrations in Italy/Sicily & how the language works.
I have been learning Italian for just under 2 years in September and can’t see me stopping any time soon. On the European guidelines for languages, I would say our class are coming up to the A2 level (A1-2, B1-2, C1-2) and I would love if I and our class could get up to B2 by the time we finish classes. The tutor has said she is happy to teach us for as long as we as a group would like her to.
My ultimate goal is to be trilingual – English, French & Italian.
I want to be able to talk, read & write fluently & be able to watch real foreign (mainly Italian, some French) films & TV. Also, I want to travel to Italy & France on holiday & enjoy the experience; be more like a local, not a tourist…
or maybe even live there one day, in my 40s?