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post #1 of 39 (permalink) Old Mar 11th, 2002, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
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A Question For European Posters


I notice that you all speak English quite well. I realize, however, that this is not your native tounge. I was wondering if you were required to take courses in English in school or what? If not, how did you manage to learn and why?

I was educated in the United States and we were not required to learn a second language and, as a result, I did not! I regret not learning a second language. At any rate, I speak only English and I am curious as to why and/or how you learned to speak English!
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post #2 of 39 (permalink) Old Mar 11th, 2002, 07:29 PM
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Here in Flanders French and English are compulsory courses. Some students also have German.
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In all Flemish schools, French and English are compulsory. We start learing French in 5th grade, English in 8th grade and most people get German in 9th grade.

No films are dubbed here (only children's movies), everything is subtitled. That helps a lot as well.

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English is another subject at school here. Its an obligatory subject in most of the school i think. You can learn a second language as French or German, but i think English is always 1st in most of the school or high-school.

Anyway not every one speak it very good...

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In Yugoslavia you have to learn at least 2 languages in school
English of course and you can chose German or French and you can also learn all 3.

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Here in England (it's in Europe, dammit), we speak English quite well.

Seriously, I'm very impressed by the English of the French/Belgian/Spanish/German contingent here. My french/Spanish isn't nearly as good...
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ooohh..... Hehe, Good Q Barrie!
Well, here in Norway kids begin to learn English in 3rd grade or something. this contunies till Second year of high school. ( we only have 3 years of HS) Then it's optional. at 8th grade, you have to chose another langiage (german or French) this continues throughout HS. So... it's cool to know several languages!

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I had french courses from 3rd grade as I went to school in Brussels.
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post #10 of 39 (permalink) Old Mar 11th, 2002, 08:25 PM
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In the Netherlands are outside from Dutch also English French and German compulsory.
I don't know how to count the years in the English/American system, but I think I learned English from 5th grade (primary school), French from 7th grade (first year secondary school) and German from 8th grade (second year secondary school).

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i learned english at school, but before i started to post here on the board my english was more worst then now.
but i learned by reading the board and my dictionary beside.

now i´m very angry with myself, i was to lazy at school.

but i hope i can improve my english more and more.
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we had to take another language - Spanish, french or german.

i found it hard at first to learn english because i had all my jamacian words and when i came here originally we moved into an area largely populated by black people and i learnt street first and i was using words in essays like trippin' and i was getting marked down. it wasnt really my fault, just the influences around me!

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I used to learn English by watching MTV a lot! Actually I still watch it a lot and I also listing to music daily...and of course English is a subject at school here in Holland, but the only thing we do there is....reading some magazine called "wasp" which features very dump articles...

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I'm amazed at the level of English on this board. English is my first language and I will be the first to admit it's not the best!

Take VivalaSeles for example. Your English is exemplary. I guess the schools around Europe are of a better standard than in the UK.

I took French and German at school - and failed badly. I did speak Greek quite well at one time (due to living in Greece for a while)

When I read some of the posts on here I assume the posters are English. I'm amazed to learn that English is their second (and sometimes) third language.

I tip my hat to you all. Puts me to shame!
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I started to learn english when I was 7 years old - my parents wanted me to study english in language school. It was when I lived in Croatia.

Here in Czech republic you have to take English or German in basic school. And later you can also take French. At my high school (its not high school like in US, its 4 years, but if I have to explain school system here it will take long time you have to take both English and German. And later you can take French or Spanish. I will start to learn Spanish next year

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