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How many languages do you speak?
Non UK people – an average of 3
UK people – an average of 1
From The Naked Coach – Abridged
I arrived in Venice, and was met at the airport by a young woman, who asked me:
“Would you mind if we spoke English please?”
Not being fluent in Italian, I said an enthusiastic “Yes”.
I asked her how many languages she spoke she replied:
“Not many. Five I think – German, French, English, Russian and Spanish.
“And Italian?” I suggested.
“Yes, of course” she said with a smile.
“And you?” she asked.
“English and a little German”. I said, in an apologetic way.
“I think you speak more – do you know the word for yes in French?”
“There, you can speak French”
I said: “Only a few words”.
Then she asked me: “How many words do you need to know, before you say you can speak a language?”
Mine was, up to that moment: “I can only speak a few languages. I only ‘speak’ languages I am “fluent” in”.
Her rule, which is a rule taught in many schools in continental Europe, is simple, and it is this – the moment you know one word in any language, you can speak that language. All you have to do then, if you so choose, is learn a few more words.
Con il mio amore e i migliori auguri a tutti, e grazie per aver tradotto questo.