Who here is proficient in a foreign language? I've often been (pleasantly) surprised to find out some GTers I wouldn't have expected are quite at home in foreign languages. It occurred to me to ask because of the Pandora stream I'm listening to that I can hardly pick up a word from. - I had Spanish in high school, a one-night-a-week basic Spanish course as a young adult, and then used the Pimsleur CD lessons. At various times I've spent a week or so in Latin American countries that gave me some reinforcement despite having interpreters for our work, and eventually lived in La Antigua, Guatemala to study Spanish for a month. From the start, I conversed only in Spanish, day in and day out, discussed politics and software with my instructor (with the help of a dictionary), and read the newspaper in Spanish (with the occasional help of a dictionary. And now I'm listening to Spanish music of which I can hardly understand a word. - I've picked up some Japanese over time due to interest and lots of time with Japanese media. I'd say I know as much Japanese as I do Spanish, but I'd be far less functional with it since it is such a different language. Spanish is almost the same language as English, but with Japanese none of my English experience carries over. - I studied Esperanto for a very, very brief time in high school. As in, a few minutes with a sheet of grammar rules and a couple of hours practicing with the vocabulary. That much practice made me as proficient with Esperanto as I am now with Spanish (although my Esperanto is now very rusty since I dropped it due to it being close enough to Spanish as to be confusing). I believe that every school in the world should make Esperanto its first foreign language. I have never heard any argument against it that held any water. - I'm OK with English. I also happen to loathe French and Portuguese. At least the retardation that is some more advanced Spanish conjugation is not found at all levels of the language as it is with those. Don't get me wrong--English is no better. It makes me ANGRY to think that people could be irresponsible enough to let such idiocy become the very standard of their language (English included). When my Japanese and Spanish are better, I intend to study Hebrew and Mandarin. I don't believe that there is any "age cutoff" for learning language. I think there is enough counter-evidence to file that as a myth. There are simply issues of frame of mind and motivation. What are the experiences of you other foreign language learners? Is there any one here who is against the learning of foreign languages, as I've seen insinuated at times?