That’s right! What is the first language that you learned as a second language – second to your native tongue? The first foreign language I learned was Spanish. In order to communicate with native speakers, I focused on understanding it and trying to say every little bit I could.
The purpose of learning my next foreign language, French, was strictly academic. I had little opportunity to speak outside the classroom. Although a good language to know, the purpose of learning it was very different from learning Spanish. With French, my focus was directed towards grammar and composing essays.
Many years ago, I took a trip to Germany. Guess what? I learned just enough to enjoy the trip. Today, though, with advanced studies and interaction, I am more competent in German.
What language would you like to learn next?