I would count English as the only language that I can speak, write & read fluently. That’s a shame! I know. I can speak Malayalam, my native tongue, fluently but I can’t read or write. Big shame, I know! I can barely get by in Hindi, like a lot of people in the state and can understand a lot more than I can speak back. And I haven’t written in Hindi for a long time so I don’t really count that.
I do find it odd that I never learned to read & write Malayalam but…..I was born in Kuwait and grew up learning English & Hindi and a smattering of Arabic (which I have all but forgotten many years ago). We came back to India when I was 11 and when I was enrolled in school, my option after English & Hindi was Special English (just advanced reading with more importance on grammar & poetry) so I ended up not learning Malayalam at all. I can get by easily without being able to read the language at all and have been doing it for 34 years. But I still wish that I had spent some time when I was a kid in learning the language.
And I’d love to be able to speak other Indian languages like Tamil, Kannada and ofcourse other languages like Spanish, German and FRENCH! Ah, French is the most beautiful language in the world. It’s just amazing to hear & the expressions that they have. I’d love to be able to speak French well.