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smootwater

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  1. I grew up multilingual, I am Hungarian who grew up in Romania. From first grade I had 3 languages, Hungarian, Romanian and German taken in school. Hungarian and Romanian every day, German 3 x a week. We had only 4 hours of school a day, 50 min long classes with 10 -15 min recess. In middle school, from 5th grade, I had to take Russian too, twice per week and Latin in 7 and 8th grades. In middle school we had 5 or 6 classes per day, same format with 50 min class and 10-15 min recess. In high school the school dropped Latin, but all the other 4 languages stayed till the end. During high school we had usually 6 classes , if we had 7 classes it was ART or PE class that day and we schooled 6 days a week. Since I attended a Hungarian school all the classes were taught by native Hungarian teachers, the Romanian by a native Romanian, but the German and Russian languages were not native teachers, but were excellent professors without any accent. All classes were conducted only in that corresponding language, rarely did the teachers instruct us in our native language. All the languages had, phonetic instruction in elementary, lots of reading, poetry memorization, grammar, literature, copy work, narration, talking in class, outside in the real world, lots of translations in German and Russian, essays... We were also tested orally and in writing, but not multiple choice questions :) After high school I traveled a lot, and living in Spain I picked up Spanish in a month. I learned English when I came to the USA but I still have a strong accent! 4 Year college here was easy, it corresponded to a high school level education back home only in English. When I went to Indonesia several years ago, I met several tour guides; one in Borobudur had excellent English accent. I asked him where did he learned to speak so well? He said he never left Indonesia, or his hometown, he learned it watching BBC and other TV channels that he had access to. Amazing, what people can achieve if they want it. My son, 10 yo, currently learns 3 languages, English, Hungarian, Latin. He wants to start French (that I do not speak at all:) and Spanish too.
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