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...
True that would be annoying (both the talking and the job thing).
I guess I've never been around enough non english speakers who want to talk about me in their language yet, so I can't relate to that, though people who did speak english seemed to enjoy chattering about me. Doesn't help I'm almost the only dark haired person in an almost blonde community, or that I look like I haven't gotten enough sleep in 30 years (dark circles under my eyes make me look intimidating.)
Can't say I'd enjoy having to learn a second language, not that it wouldn't be cool or anything, but I have zero passion for most languages out there. And the ones I do, have little to no practical application in my area anyway.
Oh, just today I was at the library and I was thinking this would be the best place to understand what I was saying. I didn't have a camera but basically I heard some Spanish and there was a group of refugees speaking whatever language they speak. Also, tomorrow there's an international public market not far from my house that I might be going too. lol, so much cultural experience.
I don't really mind so many cultures and languages, but the job market is the absolute worse. Even jobs at places like Walmart prefer someone who can speak both English and Spanish.
What languages are you interested in? I've taken to learning some basic in quite a few, including Esperanto (which I've got no use for).
I'd say a lot of culture, I have to drive three hours in a car to get even close to that type of culture.
I'm currently interested in Japanese, the problem is I'm horrible at pronouncing or adding...what's the word I'm looking for, I suppose it would be the equivalent of rolling one's "R's" in spanish for other languages. I've spent a little bit of time trying to learn it, though real life dragged me away for a bit. Though I do find a lot of interest in other Asian languages too. But since I'd have the most use for Japanese it seems like a good start. (Watching Subbed anime, it would be nice not to have to read the subtitles and be able to just know what they are saying. )
I have to say this is the first time I've heard of Esperanto, looks to be an interesting language though.
Japanese isn't difficult to pronounce after a little practice. You could try Live Mocha (very helpful and free) or Mango Languages (free through my public library) That's what I love about the language, it becomes very easy to speak it from the Romaji. The other Asian languages (mainly Korean and Chinese) are much more difficult, in my opinion. Although Chinese is fun to speak.
I was going to try learning Ido but more people speak Esperanto so I figured it would be best to learn that one. It's quite an interesting concept, developing language from many other languages. ^^
We always have a mix of some different language at home (due to my dad's previous constant relocating) but English is the language my siblings and I are most comfortable with. Often times you can hear words from Arabic like 'yala' or Indian like 'jaldi' being thrown around in our house. Sometimes you may even hear Japanese words like 'kawaii'!