Thank you very much, speaking is much easier than writing
all the best from,
I feel the opposite way. For me, reading and writing
a foreign language is easier than speaking it.
I am a third generation American of Italian
descent. My grandparents emigrated here from Italy
. I have always been fascinated with the Italian
language. After English, it is the language I am most familiar with. I took 3 years of Italian
language courses in high school. But I forgot most of it within a few years. Ironically, my interest in ancient coins
has re-awakened my interest in the Italian
language. And I am slowly re-learning it. But I still
find it very difficult, if not completely impossible, to speak Italian
. I really struggle with speaking it. Maybe it's just the way my brain is set up. I'm a "science and math guy", and I come from a science and engineering background. When I was in school, languages, including English (my native language), were always my weakest subjects.
That being said, I very rarely have trouble understanding Forum members
in foreign countries who struggle with English. Maybe it is because I was a physics and engineering major in college. Most of the graduate students who assisted my college professors were from foreign countries, and many of them spoke "not so good English". But I had
no trouble understanding them.
Additionally, most people in foreign countries are better at understanding English than most Americans are at understanding foreign languages. And I am a perfect example of this. I have a cousin who lives in Genoa, Italy
. We communicate regularly. Her English is much better than my Italian
. And I am the one who is the intellectual.
So, as Joe said, "Don't worry, be happy!!!"