Have you heard about this 17-year-old boy who can speak many languages? I just watched it on youtube.
This inspired me somehow to think over what I have done with languages in my life. I have to say when I speak Indonesian, it’s full of slank and not standard. I sometimes find myself use some words that I don’t even know how to explain it with other words. 😛
My English is surviving. I chose to write this blog in English, because I was thinking that most of my Indonesian friends can understand English pretty well, while for others, yeah it’s a universal language these days, isn’t it? I wish I could speak British English, but despite my two-year-very-exciting-full-of-lessons-in-life stay in UK, I apparently didn’t really pick up the accent very well. Blame my growing up with Doraemon and American sitcoms?
I studied German at university back in Indonesia for 5 years but I am little confident to use it intensively. I meet Germans pretty often, not sure it’s a luck or a curse, but I often find out either they speak pretty well English or Norwegian, so why to use German? I know. Excuse.
And now I am studying at a university college in Norwegian. Heaven knows how I can be so confident like this. I am struggling, for the better.
I still remember one full sentence in Russian meaning ‘My Russian is still bad’, which is the wrong sentence to remember when you are willing to learn the language very well, I reckon.
When at university in Indonesia, I took Turkish for 2 semesters. It was interesting because it was given by native speakers and the possibility to get A mark very big. Which I did. Unfortunately nothing remains. What a shame. I know how to say thanks, though. And err…I still remember some swear words spoken by a Turkish speaking resident whom I looked after in London. Don’t you dare ask me the words. 😛
Despite my first 14-month-stay in Trondheim, the third biggest city in Norway, many years ago, I realised that I never knew swear words in Norwegian. Now this is my second back and third year in this winterland, and that I moved even further to the north, hearing swear words is not something rare anymore. No offense, that is the truth. Am I good at it yet? Haha don’t challenge me. 😛
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