In the span of 15 years, I somehow learned and lost 6 languages, and yes you do lose languages. Governments don’t give language lessons to spouses or kids, even though, in reality, they actually need it more. I spent hours in front of the t.v. and reading magazines in other languages, you would be surprised how much you can learn about a culture just from commercials.
In one country, we only had 10 t.v channels, and none were in English. The best shows, well, there weren’t any…
So, I learned some hip and happening sayings by watching Knight Rider:
I am not sure how much good it did me, but it was hilarious, and in a weird sort of way, comforting after school. Never did understand the 80’s crush on David Hasselhoff.
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There is something pretty awesome about Mr. T in Spanish. The A – Team language actually helped me in a couple of sticky negotiations when I was working for Foreign Affairs, yeah, while everyone one else was learning the names of food, animals and parts of the house, I was learning the words for dynamite, tactics, and law.
Have you watched any t.v shows in other langauges?