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Foreign languages have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.  One of my best friends is half French and couldn't speak English until he was three. We grew up across the street from each other and sometimes his mum would babysit the pair of us.  I didn't actually learn any French but I think hearing another language when I was so young must have triggered something that made my brain accept foreign languages more easily than most.  My family would often take summer holidays in France and also the occasional long weekend too.  The easy access from Portsmouth to the Normandy and Britanny coasts of France gave me plenty of practice too.

I started being taught French at school from the age of ten and I haven't stopped learning since.  I studied French throughout school, A-Level and University too.  in the autumn of 2008 I also took a residential language course in Antibes whilst I was looking for work at Sophia Antipolis.  The interviews went well in fluent French but the work wasn't what I was looking for at the time so I came back to the UK.

From the age of 13 I started learning German and also studied that throughout school, A-level and University.  Although, strangely there was more exchange and excursions to Germany whilst I was at school than during my entire time at University.  I also studied Italian as part of my MA Linguistic Studies degree.

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