An-225 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 3950 posts, RR: 45 Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 779 times:
I am originally from Moscow, Russia and I did study English there. The problem was - our teachers would quit in the middle of the semester, so we would not finish the program for the year. The next year - we would start over from the alphabet, get to somewhere around Present Perfect, and the same thing would happen. So when I moved to Denver, CO in 1996 I could not say a word, even though I understood some stuff. School was tough, since I did not understand what the teachers were saying. But after 5 months I could speak it relatively well, and then I did not have any problems. I still have my accent, it will not go away. Now I enjoy writing stories, poems and songs in both languages - English and Russian.
My brother - Vafi88 came without the language. After around 4 months, I noticed him speaking PERFECT English while asleep, but when he was awake, he would not be able to say a decent phrase. Now he speaks without an accent.
Money does not bring you happiness. But it's better to cry in your own private limo than on a cold bus stop.
Mandala499 From Indonesia, joined Aug 2001, 6209 posts, RR: 74 Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 734 times:
My mother tongue is Indonesian.
I started learning english by reading airplane books and encyclopedias in english.
Went to school in UK for many years, and now I'm having difficulties in writing Indonesian (so much so that one staff is my translator by job desc).
When losing situational awareness, pray Cumulus Granitus isn't nearby !
SIA Fan From Indonesia, joined Aug 2000, 728 posts, RR: 1 Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 723 times:
My mother tongue is Indonesian. I started to learn English when I was 8 years old but of course it didn't really work so my parents put me in a language school with Brits native speakers instructors when I was 12 (that really worked). I stayed in that school until I was 16 when I took the Cambridge First Certificate in English examination and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), both of which I'm glad to say I performed very well. I continued to hone my skill by reading my father's Newsweek and other news magazine.
Off to US to go to school and I can't believe it's been almost seven years now. In high school I didn't have to take anymore ESL class as I passed their ESL tests but it came as a regret as I had to endure English and American Literature classes .
One time, I was talking with a guy and at the end of the conversation he asked how long I had been in the US (that time I had been here for only a year) and when I told him the answer, he was shocked and mentioned that he thought that I had been born here since my English was very good. I tell you, it really made my day!
Marco From United Arab Emirates, joined Jul 2000, 4161 posts, RR: 17 Reply 9, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 722 times:
My mother tongue is Aramiac so I was naturally taught that as a kid. I learnt English in Canada when I started school there, and continued to be in English-speaking schools even when I lived in Dubai. I'm in McGill now, which is an English uni. I also speak French, as most Montrealers do!
Sabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 708 times:
My mother tongue is German, I learned English at school but in my opinion do you really learn English when you must speak it, for example when you spend your vacations in a country where English is the official language. I wish that I could live for a year or longer in an country where English is the official language!
KL713 From Netherlands, joined Aug 2001, 765 posts, RR: 1 Reply 13, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 693 times:
my mother tongues are Dutch, Bhojpuri (South-Eastern Indian dialect) and Surinamese......learned English at school at age 10.....and by reading a lot of books, watching TV programmes....and Internet ofcourse....
AirAfrique From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 139 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 656 times:
My mother tongue is French with a mix of wolof and cape-verdian Portuguese.
In Senegal where I come from, English ( British) at school is the second language ( mandatory). During the 7 years of high school you will take English class.
English helped me a lot when I went to school of Electronic and Electrical engineering because the best books were written in English. At school I always had friends from Gambia, Nigeria or Ghana to help me practice.
Listening to BBC, Voice of America, watching CNN and MTV on satellite helped me
also when I was in Senegal.
CGK From Indonesia, joined Oct 2002, 51 posts, RR: 0 Reply 16, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 655 times:
My mother's tongue is Indonesian. I also go to a language school with native speakers as instructors for about six years. I must say it did help me a lot but still you have to read books and magazines in English if you want to become more proficient. I also had the chance to visit my brother often when he was still a student in the US, and I found that watching tv shows with the caption on also helped me to learn English especially those words that people use in everyday's conversation.
Petertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3239 posts, RR: 13 Reply 17, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 651 times:
My mother tongue is Dutch (the Achterhoek version ). SO the average Dutch persion may have difficulty understanding me!
I started learning English at school aged 10. The first two years the teacher was Crap (note the capital C). It helped with speaking and reading, but my writing was really bad. Later one I got another teacher who was really good. He learned me how to write the right way.
At the moment I am doing a placement in London so that will only improve my English (well, sort of). Most my English I learned from TV and magazines though!
I also speak some German and French, as well as Flemish (which is really just Dutch, but I noticed a lot of English persons do not realise that so saying that makes me sound nice and smart ).
TWAL1011 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 194 posts, RR: 2 Reply 18, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 647 times:
Learning another language is tough. Seems like the best way is through immersion.
I took Spanish in high school, but lost most of it for lack of useage for so many years. I've had the chand to start learning it again as there are a few Hispanics here at work, and my step-mother is fluent. I can understand most of what I read, a good deal of what I hear, and can usually get my point across.
GRZ-AIR From Austria, joined Apr 2001, 573 posts, RR: 4 Reply 19, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 642 times:
Hi all !
First language - German..
I learned English when I lived in the states as a 6 and 8 year old both times going to school in those times. Here in Austria I visit a Bilingual School which means that every subject is taught in English and German. Besides that I have French (4th year) and Spanish (2nd year). It's a little difficult if you have tests and stuff in all the different languages however I might profit from it in the future - hopefully so that all the "$???(=$ studying wasn't for nothing !!!