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How Did You Learn English?  
User currently offlineSukhoi From Sweden, joined May 2006, 373 posts, RR: 8
Posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4284 times:

Hi Everyone!

I started to learn English when I was ten and I really hated it! Me and my father went on a road trip to Germany, Belgium, Holland, France and Great Britain in 1990 when I was twelve at one gas station in GB I had to go to the toilet and you had to ask for the key very embarrassing I asked "Key, toilet!".

We where camping outside London and I wanted to buy some stuff behind the desk and I could not speak English so I just went behind the desk an grabbed the things I wanted!

And now I have travelled a lot around the world and my English is great and I speak English every day at my work at ARN airport. I have learned Spanish aswell! what about you?

Sukhoi

[Edited 2006-07-11 20:58:24]

45 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31684 posts, RR: 56
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4274 times:

Luckily In BOM English is very Common & is Taught in Schools from Kindergarden  Smile
regds
MEL



Think of the brighter side!
User currently offlineLegoguy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 3313 posts, RR: 39
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4266 times:

I learnt english when I was 3 Big grin because I'm english.lol. Honestly though, I would love to be able to speak to languages fluently! I did learn abit of Irish, German, and French at school, but I can't remember any of it now. I need to reserve brain space for other things now!


Can you say 'Beer Can' without sounding like a Jamaican saying 'Bacon'?
User currently offlineJetmatt777 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2799 posts, RR: 33
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4258 times:

I learned my first word when I was like 1 1/2 it was dada and mama. then I started to learn more words in kindergarden like Legoguy.

BTW: Legoguy. what is your real name?



No info
User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4245 times:

Luckily for me, it's the main national language here Big grin

I was born with it  Wink


Lee



Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offlineTRVYYZ From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 1371 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4225 times:

At age 3 in Kindergarten and all my education the medium of Instruction was English.

User currently offlineLegoguy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2006, 3313 posts, RR: 39
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4223 times:

Quoting Jetmatt777 (Reply 3):
BTW: Legoguy. what is your real name?

Dave Henderson Big grin



Can you say 'Beer Can' without sounding like a Jamaican saying 'Bacon'?
User currently offlineRolfen From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 4223 times:

We got taught english at school, starting at age 11.
French is my 1st language though.



rolf
User currently offlineHBDAN From Switzerland, joined Jan 2006, 661 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4213 times:

I started english courses at school when I was 13. However I had the chance to stay 2 months in Cambridge UK and 2 months in Perth... and a month in an english speaking country is better than 10 years at school!  Big grin
Also use it every single day at work!

Regards,
HBDAN



Next flight: hopefully soon...
User currently offlineJap From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4204 times:

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 4):

I was born with it

Yet still you make no sense...

 stirthepot 


User currently offlineDAL767400ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 4198 times:

Started to "learn" English from age 2 on, thanks to my parents taking me with them to the US on a regular basis. School English was mostly just rehearsing what I had already learned  Silly .

User currently offlineFly727 From Mexico, joined Jul 2003, 1789 posts, RR: 19
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 4156 times:

During the 4th grade on Elementary School and then again in highschool. Every single year, whether because I changed schools or new teachers got hired I got stuck with like 5 years working on the verb to BE.

I am, you are, he is, she is, it is, we are, you are, they are...

My pronunciation improved a lot watching sitcoms with the close-caption feature and talking to tourists in Cancun where I used to live. Finally, I lived in Texas for some time,

Y'all have a good one! Big grin

RM  Smile



There are no stupid questions... just stupid people!
User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7958 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 4151 times:

Discussing profound topics on a.net, such as "Is Boeing better than Airbus?", "When will NW get rid of their DC-9s?" or "Show a picture of your pet".

I still have trouble asking for directions, though.



I support the right to arm bears
User currently offlineMD11junkie From Argentina, joined May 2005, 3148 posts, RR: 57
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 4141 times:

Started when I was in Pre-school - I was 4. All the way up, till graduation, I was in an intense 8-hr a day english-speaking environment. Our school was british, our teachers were too.

Also, thanks to my TV for providing endless hours of sitcoms and drama series like Commander in Chief, Will and Grace, One Tree Hill, etc.

I think the TV helped me improve my understanding of the culture which takes someone to improve the language that they are speaking, when not native.

Cheers! wave 
Gastón - The MD11junkie



There is no such thing as Boeing vs Airbus as the queen of the skies has three engines, winglets and the sweetest nose!
User currently offlineCarmenlu15 From Guatemala, joined Dec 2004, 4762 posts, RR: 30
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4125 times:

Just like Gastón, I started in preschool (only I was 3  Silly ). Half of my classes were in English, so I was talking rather fluently by the time I finished 6th grade.

After graduating from high school, I decided to continue my language studies and enrolled in an English - Spanish translation program. I'm not studying English at the moment, but I deal with it every day at work; that helps me keep up with my skills.

Saludos  airplane 



Don't expect to see me around that much (if at all) -- the contact link should still work, though.
User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6330 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4123 times:

Namibia, while it has English as an official language, is not a big English speaking nation (only 6% or some number like that speak it). I learned English because my parents are both Americans, from the western suburbs of Chicago actually, and came to Namibia just a year before I was born (they came in 1982, I was born December 1983), and English was spoken at home growing up. Therefore, despite my being non-American born and raised, I speak with a perfect American accent...Chicago to be exact (Chicaaaago)

User currently offlineDc10s4ever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 4119 times:

I have not yet learned English, but I do speak American quite well. It almost sounds English, but without the accent.

User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 17, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4089 times:

I started with English in 5th grade, when I was 10, and then with Television and all that, I started to get the hang of it very quickly. Nowadays I'm doing English to German translations.

User currently offlineKFLLCFII From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 3303 posts, RR: 30
Reply 18, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 4083 times:

No hablo inglés.  Sad


"About the only way to look at it, just a pity you are not POTUS KFLLCFII, seems as if we would all be better off."
User currently offlineGunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3506 posts, RR: 10
Reply 19, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4059 times:

Technically, English wasn't the first language I learned...my first word was in Finnish!

After that of course, it was all English. I still jokingly refer to it as my second language though...



Next Flight: 9/17 BFI-BFI
User currently offlineAirbusA346 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2004, 7437 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4053 times:

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 4):
I was born with it

 rotfl 

Quoting Jap (Reply 9):
Yet still you make no sense...

 rotfl 

Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 18):
No hablo inglés.

 laughing 

For me.... Same as Lee  Silly

Tom.



Tom Walker '086' First Officer of a A318/A319 for Air Lambert - Hours Flown: 17 hour 05 minutes (last updated 24/12/05).
User currently offlineTheSunseeker From Netherlands, joined Apr 2006, 218 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4035 times:

my parents plugged me to the computer and loaded me with some languages via my personal USB port. I wont tell you where it is though Big grin my HDD is almost full, I find it difficult to improve my english into the details...


RSA: Dont drink and drive - take the train and get mugged
User currently offlineEWS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4031 times:

Quoting Jetmatt777 (Reply 3):
I learned my first word when I was like 1 1/2 it was dada and mama.

Hey, in all seriousness thats darn impressive...



































Because.. i think everyone else here started to mumble "airliners net guh gah" around that stage!  stirthepot 

Lew  gnasher 


User currently offlineAirbusA346 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2004, 7437 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4031 times:

Quoting TheSunseeker (Reply 21):
my parents plugged me to the computer and loaded me with some languages via my personal USB port. I wont tell you where it is though my HDD is almost full, I find it difficult to improve my english into the details...

 rotfl 

Tom.



Tom Walker '086' First Officer of a A318/A319 for Air Lambert - Hours Flown: 17 hour 05 minutes (last updated 24/12/05).
User currently offlineTom12 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 1078 posts, RR: 13
Reply 24, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4022 times:

Quoting EWS (Reply 22):
Quoting Jetmatt777 (Reply 3):
I learned my first word when I was like 1 1/2 it was dada and mama.

Hey, in all seriousness thats darn impressive...



































Because.. i think everyone else here started to mumble "airliners net guh gah" around that stage!

lol  rotfl   



Yeah lol, i am one of the arrogant few who expects everyone else to speak it just because i was born into it.

In all seriousness i would love to beable to speak a few other languages fluently, did learn some french at school.

Tom

[Edited 2006-07-12 22:20:32]


"Per noctem volamus" - Royal Air Force Bomber Squadron IX
25 Post contains images EWS : You mean like English? Not Scotish! Lew
26 Post contains images Tom12 : haha not quite Scottish .... two t's :P Tom
27 Post contains images AirbusA346 : Are you trying to wind people up tonight Lew. Tom.
28 Post contains images EWS : Yep, with A and T in the middle and a S on the end Just yankin your chain.. Lew
29 Tom12 : ha bloody ha lol :P Tom
30 Post contains images Atrude777 : Nor do you, you ASS I spoke with sign language first actually . But hated it, quickly dropped it, and I took 3 years to learn English/American w/e it
31 Post contains images AirbusA346 : Tom.
32 AirPacific747 : Started learning english in pre-school from 5th grade I think it was. I've also lived in Canada for 8 months so it helped expanding my vocabulary too.
33 Post contains images EWS : Take the two T's, add a W and a A in the middle of them and add a S on the end. Lew   [Edited 2006-07-12 22:51:32]
34 Post contains images Prebennorholm : Fourth grade, ten years old, I was handed a school book with the title "English of Today". Later came business school and employment in a British mult
35 Prebennorholm : Another way to learn English..... I have a niece - pure Danish - who is married to a Londoner. They decided before their first child was born that mom
36 Post contains images Prebennorholm : Yeah, I think you are right, at least about European a.net users. But what about our American friends? Their first two words must have been "Airbus"
37 Andaman : My language history is most typical in Finland: I started to learn English at school when I was nine, four years later I started with Swedish (all Fin
38 Post contains images B747_A340 : I started learning English at the same time I started learning Spanish. The problem is that I never really cared for English that much until I moved t
39 Post contains images AirbusA346 : Good on ya!!!! Tom.
40 Alphafloor : Started with computers, then books, music lyrics, movies and now work in an english environment.
41 B747_A340 : You bet... I went to high school in Arizona and I would get marked down for "misspelling" things. I just told my teacher that then I was bound to fai
42 Post contains images Jap : Hate to burst your bubble, truder, but Kevin wrote that- ARSE
43 Post contains images Atrude777 : But it wasn't directed at me, it was for Lee So you STILL don't make sense anyway My dear Alex
44 Post contains images Jap : I make more sense than you- and you know it
45 Tango29 : I learned it as a baby but i seem to forget some of it when i drink too much!!
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