My native language is English, and I’ve studied quite a few other languages – French and German at secondary school, and Chinese (Mandarin) and Japanese at university. I taught myself all the other languages, though have taken short courses in Welsh and Irish. Here’s a summary of my language knowledge:
Mandarin Chinese, French, Welsh and Irish (Gaelic)
German, Scottish Gaelic, Manx (Gaelic), Japanese, Spanish and Esperanto
Basic conversational ability
Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Cantonese, Taiwanese, Czech, Russian, Cornish, Danish
Arabic, Breton, British Sign Language, Dutch, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Korean, Latin, Romanian, Scots, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Toki Pona, Turkish
Since 2007 I’ve sung in a number of different choirs in Brighton, London and Bangor, and attended singing courses and workshops in Wales, Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man. I’ve learnt songs in many languages, including English, Irish, Welsh, Scottish Gaelic, Manx, French, Spanish, Italian, Corsican, Latin, Bulgarian, Church Slavonic, Croatian, Czech, Russian, Greek, Romani, Georgian, Mingrelian, Zulu, Xhosa, Northern Ndebele, Tswana, Sesotho, Yoruba, Japanese and Maori.
Current language use
The language I speak most often at the moment is English. I also have fairly regular opportunities to use my French and Welsh, and occasional opportunities to use my other languages. Since 2010 I have been going to a French conversation group every week. I use my Irish in Ireland every summer, and speak Scottish Gaelic when I visit Scotland, and Manx when I visit the Isle of Man. Apart from that most of my language use involves listening and reading.
Ultimately I’d love to be fluent in all the languages I’ve studied or dabbled with, and in many others. I know that this is perhaps overly ambitious so am concentrating on maintaining and improving the ones I already know reasonably well.