How did I learn French ? (part 2)

I have a weakness for big ideas. Unfortunately, life is short, so I cannot realize every big idea I that comes into my head. This means I can choose only the best ones. In September 2002, around the time I began actively learning French, I got the big idea to walk...
How did I learn French ? (part 1)

How did I learn French ? (part 1)

French is the fourth language I have learned (including my native English), and the second foreign language I have learned well. My level of French is pretty respectable- I can easily read and understand most newspapers, I have read several unadapted books in French,...

How did I learn German ? Part 2

One of the first things I did when I arrived in Berlin in September 2003 was to buy a newspaper (yes, back then, people still frequently bought paper newspapers). I was shocked to find that, in spite of the fact that I had studied German for four years and been able...

How did I learn German ? part 1

If Spanish was the first foreign language I learned, German was the first foreign language I learned well. Out of the four foreign languages I know, German is the one I know best. According to my German-speaking friends, I have a strong vocabulary, make few mistakes,...

How did I learn Spanish ?

How did I learn Spanish? Spanish was the first foreign language I learned. My parents are both native speakers of English, but both of them can speak some Spanish, and when I was a kid, they spoke Spanish with each other when they didn’t want us to understand what...

How did I learn English ? (part 2)

My mom taught me to read when I was three, a few years earlier than most other kids. One of the reasons I have a large vocabulary is that I spent eighteen years in school, reading, discussing and writing about books.     I had a special advantage early in my learning...

How did I learn English ? (part 1)

   How did I learn English? (Part 1) I was lucky- my family spoke to me even when I was a small baby. This helped me learn all the different sounds of English very early, and to grow my vocabulary. People also read to me, both in preschool (when I was 3 or 4) and at...