1. What languages do you speak and at what level?
I speak English fluently. It is my native language and the one that I use the most frequently. French comes in close second. It is one of the languages that I speak at home, but I don’t use it as often as English since I live and work in an English-speaking country.
After French and English, Mandarin is the language that I speak the best. Even though I’ve only studied it for a year (the shortest time I’ve spent with other languages), I’ve really worked on it intensely, so my ability in the language progressed much more quickly than languages I’ve studied longer (or that I’ve let slide).
Croatian, German and Italian are languages that I’ve studied in the past but haven’t done a great job of keeping up. I was working quite hard at Croatian up until recently, but I decided to take a break from it to really focus on Mandarin.
Lastly, I’ve recently started studying Russian. I don’t spend a lot of time with it because my focus is still Chinese. I also find it more difficult than the other languages I’ve studied, so my progress is quite slow. Despite my snail-like pace, however, I really enjoy studying it and look forward to spending more time on it after I sit the HSK exam for Chinese.