For some, it's Love at First Word
In the following stories, you'll hear from language learners who were just blown away by their favourite language right from day 1.
Aidan O'Rourke loves German more and more
"My favourite language is German, I much prefer it to French. I love German. I’ve loved it since I started learning it aged 15, I got an A in O and A level and went on to study it at Trinity College Dublin (with French).
German is the most amazing language, I feel it is part of me but sadly I am not a native speaker, though I aspire to that level. I love hearing German, especially on MDR radio and the Tagesschau.
I think I am more enthusiastic about German than at any time in the past! The longer I use it, the more I love it. I've learned a huge amount of German through teaching it as a private tutor over the past few years. There are many things I regret in live but one thing I don’t regret is learning German! Everybody should learn it!"
Aidan is the author of Stargirl of the Edge, a new anglo-chinese novel. You can watch him discuss language learning with me in this video.
Chimene Elessa learnt that other People don't know what she will really love most
"In my school (at age 13), we had the choice between Spanish and German as a third language -- after French (my native language) and English (my second language). When I asked what my third language should be, people advised me not to take German because it was "difficult". So I took Spanish just because people around me were learning that language.
Many years later, I subscribed to cable TV where there was one German channel. I started to watch programmes in that language and I liked it. So I decided to learn German so much so that I now tend to neglect my Spanish because I'd rather study and practice German.
Today my level in German is more advanced than my level in Spanish (which I have been studying for a longer period of time).
My explanation is that I was more motivated when I decided to learn German. Furthermore, I want to add it to the languages I use for my work as a translator.
I still like Spanish. If I take into account years of practice, it is my third language, but in fact it is the fourth if we talk about preferences."
For some, the first love stays true
For many of us, the first foreign language remains special all throughout our lives.
Chiara Grandola will always love British English best