has to be implicitness to mention, that all these languages I speak
are on different levels, one more in reference of business use, some
others in reference of personal respectively privat use.
you think I would speak one of them perfectly, would you? Okay, in
German we could discuss about, I think I speak it really well, but
perfectly? My sight of view is, that almost no-one is able to speak a
foreign language perfectly. Later on at this site I will give you some
examples, please be patient until then.
am a so called "typical Viennese", which will only understand
those people, who are a bit closer to Austrian
history. In particular it means, that my grandparents by two
parts were Czech workers, by one part Austrian farmers and by one
part Hungarian bourgeois. That sounds to be a good mix, isn't it? Two quarters Bohemian polka, one quarter Hungarian csardas and one quarter Viennese waltz.
you think, I could have been able to profit from linguistic heredity?
No, I am sorry, that's wrong. Here are the examples therefore:
language: As I have had five years I have spent half a year in an Czech
Kindergarten, but never before and never between this time I did speak
any Czech. What a pity, when I remember back to the time many years
later, when I have been learning Czech for professional reasons.
language: The first time I was in Budapest I was two years old. In my
school years in my holidays I have spent many weeks there too and I know
this beautiful city very well and I like it much. (The same as with Prague.) But as for the
language I really did'nt like it. This has changed completely when many
years later I was in Budapest for visiting a football-match Hungary
against Austria in 1973, when I have met my later wife. Then it was
necessary to learn and afterwards to appreciate this language much.
the other languages I have learned step by step then and with each of
them my affection for foreign languages has grown more and more. So I
found my own and efficient way to learn them.
of the parts to this way I want to show you too, so that you personally
can share this way too. For me it was and it is a way of fun and of
self-determination, so why should'nt it work with you too?