Out of curiosity, does your family use words on a daily basis in another language? My family speaks English but we use words like Kabouter and hoeveel instead of the English counterpart. I wonder if we're just crazy...
Just wondering, do you find it annoying or anything to have to use a language that isn't your native? There's a lot of pressure to learn Spanish where I am (for jobs, daily life, etc.) and I'm not fond of learning the language because of the demand for it.
Personally, I really like the English language to start with and learning it came naturally from movies and games. I also love languages in general, I've dabbled in basic Russian and some Japanese back in my early college years. The only times where not being able to communicate in French really bother me is when I go to a store or restaurant and that the clerk doesn't speak French at all, even though it is the native tongue here. Just learning some basic words/phrases related to your line of work seems enough to me
I also agree that people should speak the language of the area especially when they work there! It just seems like it would be an implied requirement. I'm also fond of languages, I have spent some time on and off over the years learning Japanese and I tend to get addicted to learning random phrases and words in different languages. Oh, I did take French in jr. high but unfortunately I didn't keep very much of it. =\
My family and I sometimes speak odd words/phrases in Welsh, sometimes we just say things because of the sound, not because they actually make sense! I take French and did a bit of German for a few years and my sister takes Spanish so there's always a good little mix of languages in our house!
Unfortunately I don't have any family living abroad, but I do have a very close friend living in Hong Kong that used to teach me small words/phrases in Mandarin (I think) but I can never remember! XD
I've always lived in Wales with my family and where I live the vast majority speak English so I've never really bothered with it too much. It's so difficult to grasp too, I think there's about eight different ways of saying 'yes' and 'no'!
Some of the most common words I use are probably 'na drueni' - what a pity, 'bendigedig' - fantastic and 'hwyl' - cheers. There are many more but I can't actually think of them haha!
Annigonol ydy un iaith - one language is never enough!!