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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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Robo McDuff

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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?!

For big countries, yes. For us small counties, that's about the minimum what you learn, either in school or pick up.

Actually, French and German are the two languages where translate.google.com does not make a complete BS story from your text.
 

Robo McDuff

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You know why the Dutch used to be so good in languages?

Because we had all TV in original language with subtitles. Weaning children on Donald Duck and Woody Woodpecker in English with Dutch subtitles and the situation very clear definitely helps children to get better in languages.

In addition, we had 3 or 4 German TV stations (ARD ZDF NDR and .. I forgot), BBC1 and BBC2, and some Belgian-Dutch and Belgian-French stations. They had nice programs also (MOnty Pyton, Der Alte), so we looked there also.

Most kids playing computer games now have the same here in the Czech Republic. They know English because the game is in English. Shocked me out of my boots to hear my 14-year old grandson shouting WTF (like abbreviation) to his co-player doing something stupid in an online multi-player game.

My new ending, in honor to our new French member

Après moi, le déluge :mrgreen: :beer:
 
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