What Country Are You From!?

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What Country Are You From?

America
324
31%
England
86
8%
Austraila
60
6%
France
18
2%
Germany
71
7%
Russia
37
4%
Canada
83
8%
Brazil
13
1%
Ireland
14
1%
Other
347
33%
 
Total votes : 1053

Re: What Country Are You From!?

Postby serenity » Mon Oct 31, 2011 1:41 am

I'm from Belgium and speak 4 languages: Dutch (mothertongue), french, english and german.

All 4 languages are mandatory subjects in high school (though technical schools may vary from this)
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Re: What Country Are You From!?

Postby meowool » Mon Oct 31, 2011 2:15 am

ouch. the only one that is complusory in England to take at GCSE is English Language/English.
Okay most schools encourage you to take at least one foreign language but if you need extra help, (as in you opt for some lessons that aren't a particular subject, so you can concentrate on others better and try and get better grades. It's really only for people who have bad grades or learning disabilites.) then they use the lessons that you'd normally have for a language. So some people only end up with a qualification in their first language.
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Re: What Country Are You From!?

Postby serenity » Mon Oct 31, 2011 7:04 am

on of the (dis)advantages of living in a country with 2 (or 3 depending how you look at it) official languages: dutch and french (with poss of german for a limited area).
I'm from Flanders, the dutch speaking part of Belgium. We learn dutch immediatly, french in 5th grade (around 10 years old), english in the second year of high school (age 13) and german in either fourth or fifth year of high school (age 15 and 16 respectivly).
Mind you our scholing system is different then in the US. First is kindergarden, then six years of primary school (6-12) and finally six years of high school (12-18)
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Re: What Country Are You From!?

Postby meowool » Mon Oct 31, 2011 7:23 am

So's mine. I'm English.

In the south (mainly Dorset, Somerset and West Hants) of england school goes like this:
nursery= 2.5-4yrs
First school= 4-9yrs (reception-yr4)
Middle school= 9-13yrs (yr5-yr8)
Upper school= 13-16/18yrs (yr9-yr11/13)


But in the rest of the country it goes like this:
nursery= 2.5-4yrs
Primary school= 4-11yrs (Reception-yr6)
Secondary school= 11-16/18 (yr7-yr11/13)

Don't know why there's a difference, there just is. (because we is specshule!!)

Started learning english ASAP, then i started when i was in yr5 (age 9-10) although most people start in yr7 (age 11-12) then i started german in yr9 (age 13-14). In my school i think me and this other guy are only two people doing both subjects at GCSE. (you can choose to stop learning one, but i really didn't want to do Geographie as that's just colouring in.)
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Re: What Country Are You From!?

Postby serenity » Mon Oct 31, 2011 8:11 am

You're lucky, we are only able to chose directions not courses in itself in high school
most courses are common so you just can play with the amount of hours you have that course. I myself followed Latin-Modern languages (wich meant 18h of languages a week - latin included), I chose that so I could avoid 6h a week of math plus 2h of physics and 2h of chemistry (I only had 4h of math and 2h of physics with 1h of chemistry)
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Re: What Country Are You From!?

Postby LyJaysa » Mon Oct 31, 2011 2:05 pm

Buon Giorno!

I'm from Australia,
Although the Poll doesn't say many Aussies are on here... *Or just this topic*
Any ways, I speak mainly speak English but thanks to school I know Italian also. I was born here and I have never left the country but later this year I leave for China.
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Re: What Country Are You From!?

Postby meowool » Tue Nov 01, 2011 2:24 am

serenity wrote:You're lucky, we are only able to chose directions not courses in itself in high school
most courses are common so you just can play with the amount of hours you have that course. I myself followed Latin-Modern languages (wich meant 18h of languages a week - latin included), I chose that so I could avoid 6h a week of math plus 2h of physics and 2h of chemistry (I only had 4h of math and 2h of physics with 1h of chemistry)

but you can choose to have less hours of core subjects like maths. (or physics. it's hard to breathe in that lesson cos he stinks and the class room used to stink now, but it's getting knoked down starting tomorrow!!) I have 6hs or maths every timetable cycle and on average have about..4.3h of Physics. (I would have 8hs but because i do triple i have an extra 5 hours, so that's 13hs of science every two weeks, divide by 3=4.3h (on average i don't actually get that amount for physics, i get.. 4hs))
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Re: What Country Are You From!?

Postby SammieTheSinger » Fri Dec 02, 2011 3:01 pm

Wow I hadn't checked this forum in a long time and was suprised to see how
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Re: What Country Are You From!?

Postby SammieTheSinger » Mon Dec 05, 2011 1:26 pm

If you guys could travel to anyother country, which country would you go too?
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Re: What Country Are You From!?

Postby chikentoast » Mon Dec 05, 2011 4:21 pm

Hablo espanol y ingles y tu? I said i speak spanish and english what about u?
I only speak two languages but know a little french! :)
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