I wondered whether we have people interested in studying foreign languages on this board. Most of you probably speak English as your first language. Did you learn another, or even more than one foreign languages in school, on college or just for yourself? If yes, which language is that? Are you fluent, or have you forgotten most of it? And those of you who don't speak English as first language, what is your native language? Do you speak other languages besides English and your mother's tongue? Is the cliché true that English native speakers usually don't even bother studying a foreign language, because they expect everybody else in the world to speak English? If you speak more than one language, what do you think? Was studying a foreign language hard for you? What do you think of the respective grammars of the languages you studied -- did you find one language much easier to learn than another? As for me, German is my native language. I learnt English and French in school. As you can see, although my English isn't perfect, I'm rather fluent in English. My French is not as good as my English, but it's decent enough to get along with people in France and to have conversations which aren't too complicated. Last year, I have started studying the Polish language, but I am still at the beginning. I know way too few of the Polish vocabulary and grammar to have a conversation, and basically no speaking practise at all. But I'm working on it. Judging from my experience, I'd say English is rather easy to learn. The grammar is rather simple, there is hardly any flection of verbs or even nouns. Just the tenses are tricky, since unlike in German or French, English got these progressive tenses. The irregularities when it comes to the pronounciation vs. the written words is a bit tricky too in the beginning. Certain sounds are unusual for German speakers too, like the "th", I easily confuse "w" and "v", or the English non-rolled "r". French was considerably more difficult than English for me. The grammar is more complicated, you have different cases for direct and indirect objects and an according flection. But since German is my native language and these things exist in the German language too, it wasn't all that unheard of after all. Many French words are similar as in English or even German, because all of these languages have at least part of their vocabulary taken from Latin. Personally, I find the French pronunciation much easier than the English pronunciation. Polish certainly is the most difficult of all languages I have studied so far: There are even more flections and more cases than in German, and for each flection, you have to consider a dozen things -- not just one of the three genders, but also whether an object is considered animate or inanimate, personal or non-personal ... and the cases are hard to determine, since there is much difference to the German cases. Then there are so many pronouns which are hard to memorize and even harder to apply. It will probably take me years to even remotely master all of that -- I'm glad enough already when I recognize them when I read a Polish text. The pronunciation is probably rather difficult for English or French speakers -- there exist not only nasal vowel sounds in Polish like in French (the "en" and "on"), but also a hard and a soft "ch" as in German (which many speakers who have studied German, especially from English speaking countries, hardly ever manage, but replace with an English "sh" or "ch" most of the time). So what about you? Any interesting experiences about learning foreign languages to share?