I’ve just been to the Balearics (and I visit frequently-ish) and the languages I heard were Spanish, Romanian, French, Catalan, Dutch, German, Italian and Polish.
The languages that I could have used in various situations if I had spoken them were Romanian, Polish, Dutch and German.
The only language I used (Spanish speaking country so not all bad) was Spanish.
And here I am learning Afrikaans.
I am in a quandary because although I’m keep talking about access to culture through reading, and that speaking isn’t always important, at the same time, there comes a point when I want to actually use a language.
The top eight most widely spoken languages (as native speakers) within the EU are more or less follow the demographics:-
Germany. 65 million
France. 60 million
UK. 60 million.
Italy. 55 million
Spain. 47 million.
Poland. 46 million
Romania. 16 million
Greece. 15 million
Netherlands. 13 million
And so what do I do? Shall I continue with Afrikaans or flit like I normally do?
My language journey (on the right) indicates a startling lack of staying power, and one of my reasons for logging it was for precisely this reason. It would or should make me think about what I’m doing – or not doing. Admittedly I’ve not up until now spent a huge amount of time on this, but I would like to make some progress.
I need to prove to myself that I can learn another language … and the two which really jump out from this list are German and Polish.
What shall I do??????