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German (Deutsch)

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.

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Other languages I've studied

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

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