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#21 HermioneP.

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 11:39 AM

The German school system is facing several reforms right now, so I'm not sure if my information are totally correct, but I will try.

We don't learn a foreign language until entering secondary school (which is on from the 5th grade at the age of about 10). Most schools start with English.

At the beginning of 7th grade we get to learn another language. French is the most common, and if you are enrolled in a grammar school, you usually have a choice between French and Latin. If your school is close to the border to another country, that language is often offered as well (e.g. if you live in the very north, you might be able to choose Danish).

When entering college grade (which is simply a part of grammar school here) you have the option to pick up ANOTHER language. The kind of it usually depends on what teachers at the school have to offer, so it variates widely. Since almost every school has a teacher for French, you often have the option of going for that if you didn't before. Other popular options are Spanish, Italian and Russian (the last one especially in the federal states that used to be part of the German Democratic Republic of course).

During the past years it became more common to teach young children a foreign language while they are still in kindergarten or elementary school, but I don't think this takes place everywhere. If they do, this language is English.

Phew - my school system is difficult to explain! :D

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 01:30 PM

I learnt english, french and dutch at school :)

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 07:14 PM

In israel everybody learns english since 2nd grade in elemantary school, in middle school most of the students start to learn arabic or french...

#24 Sgt Harbinger

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Posted 11 August 2011 - 07:25 PM

This is an FYI post:

If you go into the military, you can make extra money just by knowing another language fluently. I'm not by any means trying to influence you guys in any way; I'm just stating one way language education can help you. I'm sure there's other ways too.

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Posted 14 August 2011 - 05:57 AM

I just wanna learn a second language so some people around here won't know what I'm saying. :P

Maybe you can think about learning Chinese. :D
In China,teachers teach students Chniese and English.If you go to languages school(middle school),you can learn English,French,Russian,Japanese,Korean,Spanish and German.Some colleges offer more than 20 languages.

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 05:45 PM

In Finland everyone starts to learn English in third grade (age 9). Swedish begins at fifth grade or seventh grade (age 11 or 13) depending on your choosing. Those two are compulsory throughout the school system (primary & secondary). Then you can pick extra languages depending on what the school has to offer. Most popular are German and Spanish but other ones are taught as well.

Every student has a right by law to study his or hers first language. So now that there are lots of immigrants more "exotic" languages are taught as well.

Finns tend to be rather good at English but they can be shy to speak it. :P *generalising*

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Posted 15 August 2011 - 08:54 PM

Maybe you can think about learning Chinese. :D
In China,teachers teach students Chniese and English.If you go to languages school(middle school),you can learn English,French,Russian,Japanese,Korean,Spanish and German.Some colleges offer more than 20 languages.


Chinese seems too hard to learn. It just looks like a bunch of symbols when I look at Chinese writing lol.


In Finland everyone starts to learn English in third grade (age 9). Swedish begins at fifth grade or seventh grade (age 11 or 13) depending on your choosing. Those two are compulsory throughout the school system (primary & secondary). Then you can pick extra languages depending on what the school has to offer. Most popular are German and Spanish but other ones are taught as well.

Every student has a right by law to study his or hers first language. So now that there are lots of immigrants more "exotic" languages are taught as well.

Finns tend to be rather good at English but they can be shy to speak it. :P *generalising*


So, say someone wants to learn Swedish first. Do they have to learn English first, or do they have the option to learn Swedish first if they so choose?

Also, you speak of "exotic" languages. What do these "exotic" languages consist of?

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Posted 21 September 2011 - 10:30 PM

Well I live in Croatia. When you start primary school (around 6-7 years old) you learn english. In higher grades of primary school you start with German (so its now english+german). In high school you continue with those two and add Latin (and if you go to classical grammar school like me and ancient Greek too :D ). So english+german+latin+ancient greek.

But most high school offer additional foreign language like Spanish, Italian, French, Russian if you like :D

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Posted 29 October 2011 - 01:17 PM

I know we have many different nationalities on these forums, and I would like to ask you something about language education in your country. What languages are taught at school? Are people overall good at English?

Foreigners often say that Dutch people are very good at languages. It is true most of us speak English quite well, if I may say so. In secondary education, Dutch, English, French, German and sometimes Spanish are taught. In grammar school, from which I recently graduated, one also follows Latin and Ancient Greek (I did the latter).

So how is this in your country? Are foreign languages taught and spoken well?

When I saw this topic,i know that i HAVE to come in. :rolleyes:

I agree with you.When I transferred my flight in Amsterdam,I felt no obstacle to communicate with Dutch people in english,and i believe that they can understand me well.Really no offence I mean,things became quite opposite in France and Spain.Problems always occurred when I wanted to buy something.I can just speak few French words like bonjour,merci or oui.I thought the Europeans were all fairly good at english.But it turned out to be a misjudgment.

In Shanghai,we learn English as the first foreign language.But the problem is that,we lack oral practice,because the education and examination system forces students to concentrate more on the written part.
Besides,we cant compare the english teaching models in different countries for we have different first language.It is said that people who are native German speakers(sorry if im mistaken.im not 100% sure of it)tend to learn english more easily.but i have to claim that,people in shanghai speak Shanghainese whose pronounciation is a mixture of chinese and english.And i regard it as my first language.


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Posted 25 November 2013 - 08:13 AM

I think its good to attend language courses, but the best way to learn language is to go to the native country.



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Posted 25 November 2013 - 02:12 PM

Maranao is my dialect.


So I studied Filipino, English and Arabic.




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