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My Experience in speaking and learning four languages

Updated on October 1, 2018
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Devika enjoys sharing her work with a friendly community. Writing is a big part of her life. Online work has improved her lifestyle.

Learning a foreign language was my most challenging effort

South Africa has eleven official languages.

Most are spoken in various regions in the country, my first language, English.

During the apartheid system Dutch(Afrikaans), was the first spoken language, but over the years lots has changed.

English is my first spoken language and is one of the widely spoken languages.

Dutch(Afrikaans), I was good at the Afrikaans language during my school years, and still am, as it was a mandatory language to learn at schools.

I had good grades in the Afrikaans subject.

We didn't speak the language at home, only at school, and if required I can speak the language fairly well even after all these years.

Living on the farm for the many years gave me an opportunity to speak the Zulu language.

The daily contact with Black people gave me that chance to go on learning another language I did not not expect to speak so fluently.

It didn't take me a long time before I started speaking up.

A few months of listening to conversations and I started speaking up faster than I had thought so.

The Croatian language, is my fourth language, I am so proud of how I have come this far in learning one of the most difficult languages.

I am learning daily, and feel good about my achievements.

When I hear of how many people have issues with language skills, I feel more encouraged in learning more each day.

The Indian language not never spoken at home therefore, have not spoken the language. I grew up in a Westernized world and did not pay attention to my cultural language.

I am familiar with many words and haven't failed in trying to learn more.

Languages are interesting, and it increases the individuals thoughts. The power of learning improves the brain greatly in all aspects.

My goal is to learn something new daily, and I make sure I do just that from reading, or browsing on line, and from my skillful writing.

Learning the first three languages was easy. it was all part of the languages spoken in the Republic of South Africa. Afrikaans was the first spoken language, and English the second language.

The Croatian language is difficult, but I accomplished a great achievement by learning, and speaking a foreign language in the way I approached the situation. I had not spoken a word of the Croatian language and had progressed perfectly.

Most foreign women stayed for a short period in Croatia, and had left in failing to speak the language.

Understanding the concept of the language is not simple.

People with different mentalities are not easy to understand each other.

Communicating is the key to get to know one another, and I use communication to get around with ease. I

Life in South Africa felt easy, and is one of the cheapest standard of living in the world. Most people got by with their monthly or weekly wages.

We had a fair standard of living and always had our basic requirements in my past life.

My childhood was a happy one, and had made me more of a positive person as I got older.

As difficult as it was to speak a foreign language. I remained in my own shoes and made my own life in learning how to cope with the different people. Of those who I have met along the way had pressured me into learning the Croatian language.

Manual work was tough in the beginning. I managed to go by with all my strength and with every bit of good health.

I had to make my place a comfortable and presentable one.

When I knew it was time to move in, I let down my hair and got on with it.

Life is not always easy, and is full of surprises.

One is not able to accept changes but can cope if given the opportunities.

If individuals want to learn a new language, the best way for them is to start on their own.

You don't have to be a genius to learn a new language, basically, you just have to pay attention to others speaking for you to grasp the new words. Once you understand the daily words used, the process can get simpler.

If you are able to listen to the new words, and hearing it daily should make it easier to understand.

· Listen, and be alert

If you don't listen to the words you can get lost in conversations. Think about when babies learned to talk, it came from listening to their parents daily conversations. That is how individuals when adults learn to speak other foreign languages.

Keep practicing awareness, discipline yourself to pay attention.

A keen individual will be confident, and have an attitude to learn. Be curious, speak out, and show interest in knowing more. Every new word spoken is another step forward for you to speak more of a foreign language.

The new vocabulary learned daily will allow you to know the grammar, and to make new sentences. Reading follows afterward, and the new sentences made by you would allow for the greater improvement.

It is never an easy step, if you don't get into learning with a full mind. Use the dictionary when you hear a new word the translation explains it all.

Using the dictionary to increase the new meaning of words, it can be a frustrating effort, but in time you will see good results.

Don't rely on a single method, like by only focusing on the listening of the new language spoken learn in other ways.

The subtitles from television viewing, and by trying to communicate with another are also, helpful ways.

There are other ways to know more from, tuition do help, the daily newspapers, from videos, and going shopping, the daily contact with people are key points to learning a language.

I felt insecure in speaking, afraid I would make a mistake.

I could not avoid making mistakes as being corrected was all part of learning. I speak with an accent and not many local people could understand my words. It was another issue but a minor one.

I didn't stop learning when I made mistakes; I continued learning in my own way.

Practice leads to perfection.

Don't be afraid, or shy to speak up.

Shying away from speaking does hold you back from learning and speaking a new language.

You can try to write in a new language as much as you like, but without speaking the language there would be no sign of good communication.

It is normal in not pronouncing your words properly in the beginning, which is all part of what you do when learning a foreign language. The obvious mistake that you can make is to not get it all right from the start.

If you don't give it a try, you will never know what you are capable of.

Avoid feeling embarrassed when speaking new words.

At the end of the day you got to do what is going to make your life simple and happy.

I could not do what others wanted me to and I had to do what I wanted to, and what felt was right for me.

You can only choose the best for yourself.

· If you had an opportunity how would you approach learning a new language?

Learning a new language takes time, and lots of effort. It is most interesting to cope with the many changes in life, if you give it all you got.

Never give up on your chances of knowing more about languages, or about life itself.

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    • DDE profile imageAUTHOR

      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      mr-veg you are so right and I have not given up on the Indian language thank you for sharing your thoughts here

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      4 years ago from Colorado United States

      Thats nice DDE that you speak 4 languages !! you are fast learner i believe.. think you shouldn't give up on Indian language and pick that up as well ?

    • DDE profile imageAUTHOR

      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Thelma Alberts great experiences are better learned by great minds thanks very much for stopping by at my hub I really appreciate your efforts enjoy the rest of the week.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      5 years ago from Germany

      Speaking many languages is great although hard at the beginning and it´s very helpful when you are travelling. I speak 4 languages too, as I count Bisayan/Visayan(the language in the south of the Philippines) as a language not a dialect, besides Tagalog (Filipino), English and of course German fluently.

      Making mistakes during learning is a part of a learning process. I still remember my first year in Germany when I used my both hands and sometimes feet (LOL)besides using an English - German dictionary. It was hard, but I succeeded through practice and using the language by communicating with the Germans...Thanks for reminding me those funny memories. Have a great day!

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      tsmog so true learn by experience or from experiences, and thanks for sharing your views here, I am so glad you found this hub motivational I had many challenges and found my new life and with a new language. Have a lovely day.

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      Tim Mitchell 

      5 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Great article, DDE! This interesting work grabbed me by the shirt collar with curiosity. A friend of Sweden, Sannel, speaks English, Swedish, and Greek. I have always pondered the complexity of seeking simplicity of languages. I joke about I know more languages, yet they are really argots of English within hobbies, career paths, and trades.

      I will be journeying to Learn Swedish later this year. I have some learning CD's to begin with. Hopefully a local or near to tutoring or group to laugh together with as we share new adventures.

      This article is motivating toward the end of any seeking a second language or more. I believe to be true is the saying "Experience is the Best Teacher" and this article does offer immense opportunity with both worth and value for such an endeavor of Learning a different Language.

      From the oddity of the Cosmos I offer a big thank you . . . do have a great day one smile at a time . . .


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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Writer Fox so good to read a comment form you have a lovely day.

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      Writer Fox 

      5 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      I really admire people who can speak more than one language. Unfortunately, I've really only mastered one. Kudos to you!

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      ooquendo thanks for stopping by at my hubs have great day.

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      5 years ago

      Learning foreign languages opens up many opportunities to advance in the world and gives you an edge that others may not have. Great hub, DDE.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      ChristyWrites thanks for the votes up and I am so glad you stopped by and commented speaking four languages and still learning more on the CROATIAN LANGUAGE.

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      Christy Birmingham 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      That is awesome that you speak so many languages!! I am so proud of you for this accomplishment. Sharing and vote up.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      vespawoolf a very interesting part of my life learning that many languages and still learning more about the Croatian language thanks for sharing your views here

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      5 years ago from Peru, South America

      We are also embarking on a new language journey. Your attitude is so positive---that it's good for our brain and gives us something new to learn everyday. How nice you've been exposed to so many languages! I enjoyed reading about them.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I hope you cleared your issues and did notice your absence from HP take care and getting warmer here in CROATIA

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      5 years ago

      I am so proud of you for being able to master four different languages.

      I have enough trouble just mastering my own, lol.

      I missed you my friend so it's good to see you back and I was away myself for about two weeks because of mental and physical health issues.

      Sending you sincere warm wishes and good thoughts from Colin and his cats at lake erie time canada 1:25pm (just woke up after night shift sleep)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      5 years ago from Nepal

      I believe learning language is a difficult process. I could not learn more than two language.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Devika, that's good to hear. Learning should be a continual process in life. Great to know you try to learn something new everyday.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Thanks for commenting and languages are most interesting

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      hawaiianodysseus learning four languages has opened my mind to many new adventures thanks for your wholehearted comments.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Hi, Devika!

      Thanks for sharing more about your roots and the languages that you speak. That's fascinating! I grew up speaking pidgin English, got drilled in school about using proper English, had two years of French in high school, and know a little Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, Filipino, and Hawaiian...just enough to get me into trouble. Aloha!


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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia


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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Thanks it takes courage and intelligence glad you stopped by

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I understand your view and thanks for the constant support have a good day.

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      5 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      We have a few things in common DDE! English is not my first language. My husband is Dutch; I understand quite a lot but I am afraid speaking it so I can understand some Afrikans because of it.

      Because I lived for a few years in Africa as a kid, for a while I was mixing up Swahili words with my French ;-)

      I think knowing several languages makes life interesting when you travel :-)

      Thank you for sharing DDE!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That is simply amazing to me. I only speak English. I tried French in college and was lost....oh wait, I speak Latin. LOL I had four years of that in high school and can actually understand most of those all is not lost for me. But four languages??? Like I said, that is amazing.

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      5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Wow...I can't imagine that I'll speaking four language. Thanks for writing yourself experience and sharing with us. I hope we can follow your step in learning other language, beside English as an international language. Up and useful :-)


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      Just call me, Rick 

      5 years ago from Asia, and all over

      You wrote such encouraging words, I thank you.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      chinared, thanks for the vote up and interesting and for taking the time in stopping by at my hubs,

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Deepak Chaturvedi thanks for such a kind comment and have a good day.

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      Deepak Chaturvedi 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very good and best achievement of your I think.It natuarlly make you feel special amongst the others.

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      Just call me, Rick 

      5 years ago from Asia, and all over

      You're a much better than I. I can count to 10 in eleven languages, does that count for anything? haha. I speak some Danish and Spanish, but that's about all. I'm trying to learn Chinese when time permits, but it's not a part time process. I applaud you for learning so many. Voted up and interesting.


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