I am very fortunate with languages... I wish most people were at ease like me.
Was born in USA, father was Irish-American, mother was Belgian.
I spoke English with him, French with her.
My father got assigned to NATO, Paris, I went to school in French...
Then NATO moved to Brussels, we moved there.
In schools in Belgium, in addition I had to study Flemish, a Dutch dialect...
Besides all that, I had to suffer Latin and Greek classics...
Took a couple of years of German...
Went back to the U.S., first Air Force, then PanAm...
After PanAm's bankruptcy, settled in Argentina, got married there.
I learned Spanish, our primary language at home.
All our vacations we spend in Brazil, there I am learning Portuguese...
End result - I speak -
English, French, Spanish, some Flemish/Dutch, Portuguese, German.
With Flemish/Dutch, I can understand/read some Afrikaans...
Thanks to Latin/French/Spanish/Portuguese, I can understand/read Italian.
Background of German/Dutch helps understand Scandinavian languages.
Greek also helped me read words in Russian alphabet...
French helps me a lot to understand Creole (Haitian)...
A mix of Spanish/French/Dutch helps me with Papiamento (Dutch Antilles)
My kids are fluent in Spanish, English and French, can handle Portuguese.
My wife speaks Spanish, Portuguese and Guarani (tribe of North Argentina).
We are at ease with languages.
If you speak in Magyar/Hungarian, I have no clue as to what you say.
Same if you speak Arabic, or Urdu, or Cantonese...
We smile at you, and we ask you "where are you from", welcome to Argentina.
We know you do not speak about us... you have the right to speak YOUR language.
We do have the right to speak ours. We are not rude to you.