I studied German for six years at secondary school from the age of 12-18 (1982-1988). I chose to study it because I enjoy learning languages seem to have a talent for it. After four years of learning German I wanted to continue with my studies but no one else in my school did so I had to transfer to a different school. Outside class I practiced my German by listening to German language radio stations and reading German books.
My first visit to Germany was in 1984 when I spent a week in Darmstadt, near Frankfurt, with some friends of my neighbours in England. Since then I have been back to Germany once and to Austria a couple of times.
Originally I was planning to continue my studies of German at university. Then it occurred to me that studying a more unusual language, such as Chinese, Japanese or Arabic, might be more interesting and might enhance my future employment prospects.
I can still understand, read and speak German fairly well, and try to practise using it as often as I can, particularly in the polyglot conversation group I run.
Welsh, French, German, Italian, Icelandic, Japanese, Portuguese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Taiwanese, Korean, Scottish Gaelic, Spanish, Esperanto, Hungarian, Turkish, Arabic, Czech, Irish (Gaelic), Latin, Manx (Gaelic), Russian, Urdu, British Sign Language (BSL), Hindi, Breton