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Another Ahab

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Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Ha! Indeed.
We should get some Finns involved here, they can be pretty good with languages!

My kids went to school locally with the kids from an ex-pat family here from Finland.

The Dad told me everybody in Finalnd learns at least (4) languages for their primary education:

- Ancient Finnish

- Contemporary Finnish

- English, and THEN

- an elective language of their choice

That's something, right?!
 

COMMANDCAR34

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We should get some Finns involved here, they can be pretty good with languages!

My kids went to school locally with the kids from an ex-pat family here from Finland.

The Dad told me everybody in Finalnd learns at least (4) languages for their primary education:

- Ancient Finnish

- Contemporary Finnish

- English, and THEN

- an elective language of their choice

That's something, right?!
YES !
it's not like the French who for most of the time only speak French ...😊😉
 

glcaines

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We should get some Finns involved here, they can be pretty good with languages!

My kids went to school locally with the kids from an ex-pat family here from Finland.

The Dad told me everybody in Finalnd learns at least (4) languages for their primary education:

- Ancient Finnish

- Contemporary Finnish

- English, and THEN

- an elective language of their choice

That's something, right?!
Don't forget Swedish. Learning Swedish is compulsory in Finnish schools because it is a legal language in addition to Finnish.
 

Another Ahab

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it's not like the French who for most of the time only speak French ...
There's the joke that goes:

- If you speak 2 languages you are Bi-Lingual, and

- If you speak 3 languages you are Tri-Lingual, and

- If you only speak 1 language, you are American!

(My ice hockey buddies from Canada always gave me grief for calling myself "American" being as they were North Americans also)
 

Another Ahab

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Well, I dont know. I speak two languages, and would starve to death in two more. Didnt you take a language in school?
It's just a joke. But not far off the mark!

Yeah, I took French.

Had a teacher made us memorize Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, in French. That was a hoot!

My mother was a war bride, and grew up in Paris. She tutored two of us in Spanish and two of us in French, for our schooling.

She spoke about 5-6 languages (including German, which was not her favorite), and I guess that was part of growing up cosmopolitan in the City of Lights.
 
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