How and where did you develop your passion for language?

Hi guys
Just curious how it was for you guys ?
I realized my passion for foreign languages when I was around 15 Yeats old and did an exchange hear in England. I started to read a lot of books in english and watch movies in english which helped me a lot.
Having traveled a lot to France on vacations, french was also very fun for me.
Lastly I moved to México because I married a mexican so living here I learned spanish very fast.

I would like to learn italian so that is my future project.
Im curious to hear about your experiences!!

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I started learning languages, specifically English, when I was 6 or 7 years old! I was attending classes with native speakers and had a lot of children books which I enjoyed so much!

As an adult, I learnt French and lived there for a year or so. I loved being able to go to the supermarket and order food in restaurants, for example. It was like I could “touch” the language! I think that was the moment when I started developing my passion for languages.
Then I also started traveling and living abroad in different countries where I could, again, “touch” the language and interact with people!

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I grew up bilingual: German and Spanish are my native languages. So I already had a good start :wink:. The first foreign language I learned at school was English, when I was 11 years old. I remember our teacher being very, very strict! No mistakes allowed! And of course we hated it in that moment but then we were grateful to have learned all the past tenses by heart :crazy_face:. swim, swam, swum, right?

Then came French… and I loved it! At that point, when I was 14-15 years old, I thought I was quite proficient… the first time I actually spoke to a native speaker was when I was 20 years old… and yeah, I couldn’t even order a croissant without having a panic attack :scream:. Où sont les toilettes ?

My passion for languages originated from the desire to communicate with other people in their native language. I remember when I went to China and was so lost (in translation :wink:) that I even got sick with fever because I wasn’t able to understand one word! This for me, speaking a couple of languages, and being able to understand all Romance languages to some extent, was very difficult. After that I decided that the next time I go to China I’ll be at least A1 :face_with_hand_over_mouth:.

Languages meant entering a whole different world for me and being able to feel at ease in different situations.

My next language will hopefully be Quechua. Since I’m Peruvian I think it’s really important for me to learn this language and understand the different concepts that shape the Quechua culture. Since, as we know, language shapes the way we experience the world around us. Or is it the other way around? :wink:

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