Thank goodness I understand English. Not being able to converse in several languages make me feel like an idiot. I could blame our schools or ethnocentrism, but the fault is ultimately mine for not taking advantage of opportunities. I'll keep trying anyway even at this age.
Jon I also struggle with languages...languages were not a big focus in Australian schools when I was young. I do understand a tiny little bit of Italian from a previous life with my ex's family. I struggle with the Icelandic language which is compounded by no readily available classes in this small town, plus I live alone, not in the local workforce and nearly everyone here also speaks English so it is very easy to get by...I must try a little harder. I love the sound of the Icelandic language, as I do Italian and French. If I can eventually understand it in conversations and make myself basically understood...I will die happy!