Multilingualism: Flemish, English and German

Growing up I have lived all around the world, Belgium, The United States, Thailand, Singapore, Germany and now Japan. Spending five years in Belgium, I picked up my now-mother tongue, flemish. When I moved away from Belgium, I took many language courses, to allow me to strengthen my Flemish, speaking, and writing, overseas. Now, every time I visit Belgium again, I do not feel outcasted, since I am able to speak the local language. It is very important to me to keep up my mother tongue so I do not forget my heritance and the culture of my home country. Additionally, after living in Germany for so long, I have grown to love the country as if my home country. Exploring the language and culture to fit in with the society. Again, I followed many German courses whilst my stay. To not forget this part of me, I have continued to learn German after my move to Japan so I can conclude I am partially fluent in German now as well. Furthermore, part of my family lives in California, and when I would visit, I would attend camps that allowed me to broaden my English vocabulary. However, it was not until I moved to Germany and attended an International School that I became fluent in my English. The importance behind linguistics is to be able to meet many more people, solidify friendships and potentially help out in the future when starting a career. For example, last summer, my Belgian cousin took me out to meet her friends, however, then she wanted to talk to a person in private. This was not a worry for me, because I used my fluency in Flemish to meet more of her friends, and friends of friends and connect with them all! This was such a fun experience because I could talk about how I live in Japan and no one believed me because I sounded like a local. This proves that learning new languages can lead to many things, such as making new connections and feeling at home all around the world.

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