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Winter break

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I've never been on holiday during the winter - I very rarely go on holiday during the summer either (been 3 times in the last 10 years...), but this year I'm making an exception since we've been invited on a family winter break in the next few weeks :)

This will be D's first holiday, and although it's only to an activity centre place for a few days, I'm really looking forward to it. Can't wait to walk through new areas with him (er, in the cold. Hmmm), can't wait to do the sensory activities that they run, can't wait to take loads of pictures of possibly snowy scenes, can't wait to get away for a while and relax.

Mmm. Anyway, yes, that's not yet. Back to day to day life for now...

Learning another language

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Today's NaBlo prompt continues on the theme of languages:

If you could instantly know any language in the world, which one would it be?

I guess... All of them? Is that greedy? :P I really feel awkward going to a country where I don't know the language. So far that's only been Germany, but I felt really bad asking people if they spoke English and then not knowing what to do when they said "nein!", heh. If I knew more languages, I'm sure I'd feel more inclined to visit other countries (providing I have the money... Haha).

Failing that, I'd really like to know Spanish. I think it's such a beautiful language :) So far though, I only know hola, donde esta el hombre and hablas Español (all of which may or may not be grammatically incorrect). Not a great start!

On languages and stuff

Do you speak more than one language? How did you learn the additional languages?, asks today's NaBloPoMo prompt.

I do. Or I did. I was brought up bilingual, learning French from my parents and English from my grandparents. At some point though I stopped actually speaking in French, even though that's the only language my parents have ever used in the house... They'd ask me something in French, I'd reply in English. Over time, I sort of lost the ability to speak French, though I still understand it. That was made worse when I moved out of my parents' house and stopped hearing French around me every day :(

I try and keep things as refreshed as I can by keeping up to date with French news sites, forums and other sites, but I really must do more - how will D be able to learn French from me if I don't speak it to him? :P I really enjoyed having two languages to work with, so to speak, so I'd really like it if he can have that too. Learning from birth is far easier than learning at school... Never did get very far with my German, hah!

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