I don't speak too many lanuages. The only foreign language I'm confortable with is obviously english.
I didn't learn it in school. I basically learned english translating Green Day's lyrics (and other music) and then I learnd how to use it properly here on buzznet, since 2006. Since then I've been able to communicate with all my buzznet friend, study a whole lot of exams on english books for the awe of my teachers, write a reasearch on metallurgy only basing my dates on english articles and I had been able to travel a lot, alone or not, and having a great time chatting with other people.
It is not an usual thing for an italian, even if a young one, to know a foreign language. Italians usually have a really narrow knowledge of even their country's language, let alone a foreign one.
It angers me a lot to know this big limit of my country. I'm hurt when I see a foreigner trying to communicate and finding a wall of nothing. Even if I have to admit that then italians are very able to communicate in other ways, by facial expressions or by hands: do you ever had a close encounter with a typical Roman citizen?
Some years ago I started learning Finnish all by myself. I went until the middle of the book then stopped because more important studies got my attention, but I'm planning to resume it this summer. I love that language, since I love Finland, but it also is so unique and special, it's a lone language and I would love to be able to speak it one day.
Today, finally, I decided to start learning German in a serious way. My teacher almost treated me with an endless hell if I don't start to speak, or at least understand, German soon. I need it for my new reasearch on south-east Europe's early metallurgy, since the majority of the pubblication on this subjects are in German. I'll do that...I hope in a short time.
Other languages I know are...dead.
Yeah dead. As nobody speaks them anymore.
I know how to read and traslate Accadian, Sumeric and Phoenician. I also have a good understanding of Etruscan and Ancient Greek, while I'm a bit worse in Latin. If this sounds strange for you, just think that I'm an archaeologist and I have to know pretty much...everything!!