Hi there. I started thinking, after reading the what do you do for a living thread... it is a good and fun idea to learn things about each other. I find it makes us all a bit closer every day. So how about... What Languages do you Know? This can be speak or read/write. Let's start with me. I speak English- surprise surprise. I also am becoming rather fluent in Italian, and I am a brilliant Latin scholar, according to my teacher of many years, who has studied in Rome with the Pope's own Latin translator. I truly love both of those languages, but I must say the passion of my linguistic life is Latin. Ever since my principal at elementary school gave us an etymology presentation, and we began learning about latin roots, I had wanted to take it. When I graduated from that school and moved on to my current school, Gulliver, in 7th grade, I could finally take that class. And so, in 2001, I began Latin I-A, with Mr. Juan Carlos Garcia. I didn't realize I was to learn from a master with such a deep passion for Latin. He instilled in me that passion, and under his tutelage I have mastered the language. I had him as a teacher for Latin I-A, I-B (8th grade), III (summer class, between 9th and 10th), IV-Honors (10th), and now AP Latin Vergil in my junior year. Our class is small, the two of us, plus my best friend. We have always been his top students, and both of us do not waver in our duty. In fact, as soon as I finish this post, I'm right off to my room to translate up to line 380 of Book I of the Aeneid. Italian I have also become very good at. The similarities to latin made it an easy transition at first, and by getting a good grasp early on I have been able to maintain my firm hold on it. I am now in Italian IV Honors. They are offering now an AP Italian Exam. We will either take it at the end of this year, or establish a new AP Italian class for next year. I understand a fair amount of Spanish, can write it down, but I can't compose, I can't speak it properly....most ofwhat I know are simple commands, statements, and a few bad words :redface: Kinda odd considering that my mother's side of the family is from Cuba (prior to that, from Spain). They came over permanently just after World War II...my mother and grandmother speak spanish to each other quite often...I just never got good at it despite good teachers at my old school. Likewise I can also understand (to a far more limited degree) French. I'm hopeless at speaking it though. I can read and write Hebrew (it is a bit rusty) but since I only needed to read it and had pre-done translations for my bar mitzvah, I never learned the language itself. I know a few phrases in several other language....a very small number in japanese, a few things in german, several more words and phrases in Russian, I just wish I had time to learn them all. I realize i've probably bored you a bit with my long tirade about my languages...I don't even know if anyone will even care abut this thread. But its worth a shot. So what about you? Tell us about your languages and maybe a bit of how you got to know them.