Take That, Rosetta!

This post was inspired by the Daily Post: That That, Rosetta!

If you could wake up tomorrow and be fluent in any language you don’t currently speak, which would it be? Why? What’s the first thing you do with your new linguistic skills?

My favorite language is Italian, but I wouldn’t choose it because I already can understand it quite a bit thanks to my native Spanish tongue and a few years of French classes.

Plus, Italian isn’t very useful unless you go to Italy or at an Italian restaurant in London, well, not even then. When I lived in London, I used to walk by an Italian restaurant that was on the way from Paddington station to my flat. There was a waiter there that would hang out outside the restaurant and he would talk to me whenever I walked by. It didn’t feel like he was hitting on me at all, it was just friendly talk. But the point of the story is that he would talk to me in Italian, I would respond in Spanish, and somehow we would have a conversation. Oh and we both spoke English but we didn’t use it. I think it’s really cool how that can happen.

Anyway, to answer the question, I would like to wake up knowing fluent Hindi because it is the number 4 most spoken language by native speakers in the world, and I have a long history with India and believe it will continue. I would love to go back to India and be able to communicate in Hindi instead of English.

I am currently fluent in English and Spanish, followed by knowing the basics in French and Italian, followed by knowing how to read Russian (but can’t understand it), followed by knowing a few words in German and Hindi. It would be awesome to wake up one day being fluently trilingual.

Here is an FYI:

Top 5 languages spoken in the world by native speakers (source):

languages world spoken

How about that? I had no idea Spanish had higher numbers than English. I really don’t know why Spanish isn’t a required class in American schools, being so close to Mexico and having so many Hispanics immigrating to the country. Even my husband refuses to learn. Well, refuse is a strong word, but he’s just not interested. He says he tried and failed years ago and he never thought he would marry a Mexican.

This reminds me of a joke you might have heard before:

“If you call someone who knows two languages “bilingual” and someone who knows three languages “trilingual,” what do you call someone who knows only one language? —- An American.”

Which language would you choose?

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