Originally Posted by CharlieD
CW, I am ambaresed to even mention the fact that I speak more than one language, standing next to you. My gosh, all those languages. In school and college, and even many years after, I did really well with Spanish. When I lived in Italy, for 6 month, I picked up enough Italian to get by. But when I came to America and started learning English, it was like all other languages got wiped up from my head.
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CharileD--I was very good at languages--I was exposed to Spanish and Swedish as a child and had a good ear, ability to mimic, and a good memory. I was able to take German, French, Latin, Spanish, Norwegian and Ojibway classes back to back (gifted student--allowed to go to the local university from 10th grade on) and not mix up the languages when in high school. In university from 10-2 p.m. every day I was in different language classes, and didn't mix up my languages then either. According to my hs Spanish teacher who picked on me in front of the class, "one in a million" people are able to do that. I ran out of class after 15 minutes. The rest of the class followed me. I don't believe that, but I do know I can't switch from French to German as smoothly as I can from English to German or French to English. Of course, I didn't learn French from German. English is definitely my first language. Sadly, other than living in Quebec, Germany, and spending a summer in Sweden, I never really got to use these languages and develop near native fluency.
It was this language training that started in high school and continued until my late twenties that has made it possible for me to remember details without having to take notes. I can remember up to 12-14 items on a shopping list just by repeating the list aloud three times.