Happy New Year from the state of Kentucky in the United States of America!
BTW, I am amazed at so many guys from different parts of the world that speak the English language so fluently! Is it your first or secondary language (aside of the fellows from the U.K. and Austrailia of course)?
In Sweden all kids have to learn English in school. If you study on a college or univesity, much litterature and even lessons are in English. We also don´t dub films like they do in continental Europe. In Scandinavia we use subtitles.
I learned my English at 11 when I got my ST-600 watching films. You get the meaning by seeing and hearing what is on screen. I got 5 in English in school and 2 in Norwegian :-/ I used quotes from films to impress the teachers :-)
Happy New year to all,
I think in Britain we have always been lazy with other languages, i wish very much that i learned a few European languages, i am trying to self learn Spanish as we do go to many resorts for Holidays and i at least like to try.
Very interesting to know that about language requirements in schools abroad. When I was in high school (late 80's), all that was offered as a foreign language was French. I flunked the course! Right now, I'm trying to learn some American sign language.
In Greece also,English or French or German is tought in schools. And ,thankfully, foreign films are shown with subtitles. Unless they are "childrens films" (i.e. animated features) which are dubbed, but most of the time (but not always) are also available with subtitles.
I wanted to learn english and took extra lessons because I wanted to read Popeye comics in their original english (..avast ya swab.. etc)!