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  •  I have heard (14+ / 0-)

    that after your first three languages, adding more is a cinch (this from Norwegian-Americans who spoke both English and Norwegian as well as German and probably French).

    And yes, they started adding languages as children.

    English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

    by Youffraita on Sun Jul 27, 2014 at 09:02:49 AM PDT

    •  Learned French and English as a youngun (13+ / 0-)

      Added Russian in high school, added 9 other Germanic, Romance and Slavic languages living abroad for a year.

      It does help open one's mind.  It helps one learn to think about problems in a more inclusive manner.  It also helps to identify cultural differences and how to shift one's communication style to bridge those differences, if one is so inclined.  

      Often, here in the States, I do a lot of smiling and nodding then walking away when I realize these people already think their cup of knowledge is full; they cannot take in more knowledge because they already know everything there is to know in their limited worldview.  I look at their world, how small it is and am grateful for all the opportunities to continue learning I have been given, the huge world in which I get to play.  Seeing the world in such stark black and white is most unfortunate when there are so many brilliant colors and subtle shades of gray.

      •  Yes. (1+ / 0-)
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        FarWestGirl

        I studied French for many years, and (briefly) was sorta-kinda fluent in it.

        That didn't last long: use it or lose it.

        BUT I think if I studied, I could pick up Spanish very easily b/c the languages are so similar in terms of sentence structure, gender, etc.

        Italian and Portuguese look more difficult. But Spanish?

        Yeah, I could at least get semi-competent (if I didn't have to be Gabriel Garcia Marquez, LOL.) And, of course, depending on which dialect I'm trying to speak (I think Mexican is easier than Puerto Rican, for example).

        English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

        by Youffraita on Mon Jul 28, 2014 at 12:08:16 AM PDT

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