I'm interested in what the Europeans have to say on the subject but first I will give my personal experience dating back some 40+ years.
2nd languages were not taught in our public school system until we reached 7th Grade (age 11-13)
The languages offered were Spanish, German, French, and Latin.
Spanish was the most popular.
following in the footsteps of my two older brothers, I chose German.
I remember almost nothing of those 2-4 years but I think once a week we had to recite 4 or 5 lines of dialog.
Following is 2 lines of one of those dialogs that are stuck in my brain ... forgive my spelling..
Wohin gehst du jetzt Helga?
Wir gehen ins Kino, Und einen?
Where are you going Helga?
We are going to the movies, and you?
Getting back to the Europeans... when did you start to learn English?
or share any other experience about learning a second language.
Best to respond in English however .. die Gestapo Forum beobachten