My name is Lewis Macdonald, and I’m a trainee broadcast journalist based in Cardiff.
I studied French in school and for a year in university without much success. In the end I dropped the subject because I didn’t feel I was getting anywhere.
Five years ago I started learning French again, using a mix of classes, reading and listening on my own, and using online resources. I felt more confident about my abilities in French, and moreover, really enjoyed learning and using the language – something which I had not before.
I moved to Freiburg in the south of Germany for a job in 2013, where I began to learn and use German, which I now speak well. I also began learning Italian as I met many Italians in Freiburg, both in my work and as friends. Now that I’m back in the UK, I’ve begun a Spanish class at the university.
My experience abroad brought home to me the fact that the rest of the world doesn’t see speaking a foreign language (or two, or three) as anything unusual. It’s also not something that only a few people are capable of – pretty much anyone can do it, as long as they find a way that they enjoy and that works for them.