Four years French and three years Latin - High School
Two years French and one year Russian - College
Took one college course entitled Italian for Vocalists which didn’t actually teach the spoken languages, only the lyrics to songs written and commonly performed in Italian, so not certain if that counts.
I took Spanish for two years in high school and basically learned nothing except a few colors and how to count plus a few simple phrases. My university forced everyone to be conversant in another language within 3 semesters so I was thrown back in Spanish again. College Spanish 101 should have been called “Spanish for people that already know it pretty well but want to start off slowly”. I didn’t fall into that category and the professor had no mercy. I clawed my way up to the only ‘C’ I ever made in college. The next two semesters were better even though they were full immersion and tons of work. I made it out of my 3rd semester with a B+ and the ability to read full Spanish novels and give a 45 minute academic lecture in Spanish with a question and answer session at the end (I got a full A on my lecture!).
Alas, today I can still read a fair amount of Spanish but can’t speak it except for some of the simpler phrases. I thought I was doing fairly well in Costa Rica last year until we stopped in a tiny isolated town where the people didn’t speak any English at all unlike the vast majority of people everywhere else we went. I tried to use simple sentences and pronounce words correctly to no avail. I ended up using sign language to buy a bunch of things at the only store in town. Those three semesters of grueling work did not pay off when I needed them to.
I’m British. Spanish and French at school. French I stopped when I was 14, Spanish I took to 16 (“GCSE” level).
I live in Sweden so have taken many different courses in Swedish, giving me (allegedly) the equivalent to what a kid gets when he/she leaves school. Well at least as far as I applying to University goes. That is to say I am qualified to do university courses in Swedish (and indeed have done).
Yes, my son took Latin as a freshman in his public school. That was about five years ago, though it is becoming more rare. At my daughter’s high school (we moved) they don’t offer it, despite offering a large number of other language choices.
3 years of French and 3 years of Spanish in High School. I can usually suss out the written stuff but only catch a word or 3 in either when spoken, now, almost 30 years later.
My 3rd year of both languages was taught by the same teacher in the same classroom. I had a different seat for each class. More than once I had to return to my locker and get the other set of books, folders and notebooks. A few times I was allowed to correct a test because I used the opposite language’s vocabulary.
German in high school, and I spoke it with my grandmother. I was almost functional in it, but not so much now. Two years of high school French, and one year of Koine Greek later on, so I could read the New Testament in its original language. The Greek was probably not fair - I know the NT so well that I can usually recognize a passage and work back and forth to puzzle out the Greek.
A professor of ancient Hebrew said that when he went to visit Israel, he could read the signs and newspapers OK, but people would laugh out loud when he tried to speak it. I got the same reaction when I tried to speak French the only time I was there.