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Message 33 of 3516 February 2013 at 5:43pm | IP Logged
|100 % of Finns learn as their first foreign language Swedish, an Indo-European language, and as a second foreign language in 99 % of the cases, English, also and Indo-European language. In the case of the Hungarians it is the same: and average Hungarian child learns in the school always an Indo-European language as a foreign language (usually English or German or French or Spanish, and at a lesser grade Italian or Russian or Latin or Greek, etc). So the concept of "foreign language" is linked to the Indo-European logic. This is why when Hungarians want to learn Finnish, they search there an Indo-European logic too...
I'm not sure what the exact figures are but for the great majority of Finns, English (not Swedish) is the first foreign language they learn, both formally and especially informally. That being said, I very much agree with what you say about foreign languages becoming associated with the Indo-European way of thinking. I had to break out of that mindset when I started learning Japanese and it definitely didn't happen overnight. I suspect Hungarian would feel a lot like a "second Japanese", if I ever decided to take it on. As an amusing sidenote, Estonian too defies my instinctive ideas of what foreign language are, because it's so similar to my native Finnish. ;-)
Edited by sans-serif on 16 February 2013 at 5:45pm
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Message 34 of 3505 July 2015 at 12:50pm | IP Logged
My apologies if this has already been requested before, but I love these language-family profiles and I wonder if there is any chance a North Germanic Profile might ever see the light of day. I would be very interested in reading something like that.
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Message 35 of 3505 July 2015 at 8:17pm | IP Logged
The nearest thing for now is the Germanic profile.
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