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My Journey with Languages, in 2019

I This post was written before: published & then deleted… Let’s try again!

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.


FRENCH:

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.


ITALIAN:

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.


GOALS:
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?

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