Language Learning Autobiography
I was born and raised on a small island in the Pacific Ocean, where my parents spoke to my sisters and me in our native tongue at home, and grew up as a simultaneous multilingual.
I acquired the English language from growing up in a community where English was the dominant language spoken and through my formal education.
Formal language school of Mandarin lessons took place twice a week after my regular schooling. Although I had earned a diploma at the age of seventeen, certifying my language proficiency equivalent to an elementary level, I have forgotten most of what I had learned.
In addition to learning Mandarin Chinese...
I chose to learn the Japanese language in high school to fulfill my foreign language requirements; I studied four years in high school, including honors program senior year, and four quarters in college.
I also took a quarter of American Sign Language in college for fun. I wish I took more classes.
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