What Foreign Languages Do You Speak?

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  1. Hal Pollner

    Hal Pollner Very Well-Known Member
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    I speak Spanish...light conversational, not technical or in depth. I use it when ordering meals at Steer and Stein, from Juan, our favorite waiter.

    My granddaughter is studying German in high school, and her younger sister, a Track Star, is studying Spanish.

    My grandson is the youngest; he likes Math and is studying Piano.

    Their Dad teaches high school Math & Science, and their Mom (my daughter) is an English Literature tutor and a published author of Poetry.

    They live in the Chicago suburbs.

    Haroldo
     
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    @Hal Pollner
    Year of high school German, met and married German-born Polish Susanne, which enhanced my German as well as Polish!

    Might I ask where they live in the Chicago suburbs? I spent my first 30 years in Berwyn, the second town west of Chicago along the main street known as Cermak Road, named after Mayor Cermak, assassinated by a bullet intended for President Roosevelt (FDR).

    I ask because the suburbs became near and dear to me while spending half a lifetime there.
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    None. No need because everybody speaks my native language.:D
     
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    French, some Spanish, a smattering of Turkish. I can natter away in Latin, but it doesn't come in handy much. I can't remember the last time I heard the announcement: "Attention! Is there a Latin-speaking passenger on the plane?"
     
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    :):):):)
     
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    Though I am ready to step in if Father Mulcahey gets the laryngitis again...….
     
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  7. Hal Pollner

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    They live in a town called Lindenhurst, not far from the Wisconsin border.
    Hal
     
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    That's a new one on me; of course, it might not have existed 45 years ago when I still resided there. Many new suburbs sprang into being during my 30 years outside Chicago, many the result of Mayor Daley bringing old Orchard Airport into being O'Hare.
    Frank

    EDIT: "Lindenhurst's first stop light was erected at Grand Avenue and Sand Lake Road in the 1980's."
     
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    I can speak Hebrew because my mom is Jewish.
    I speak it in a southern accent because my dad is a southern Baptist.
     
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    Having worked in Customer Service my entire adult life, sometimes I feel that speaking English is like speaking a foreign language.
     
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