I was able to maintain relative fluency only in three languages at a time. Switching between more languages is not practical for me. Now I use only four natural languages on a weekly basis. But at various times, I was fluent in five in total.

I love you. Я тебя люблю. Ich liebe dich. Я тебе кохаю. Te quiero.

Before I was five, I spoke mainly a Ukrainian dialect and a good Russian. By twelve, I spoke a street Spanish dialect, fast but badly, and my trying to revive it and learn castellano fifteen years later had failed. Now, living in Southern California, I hope to pick up some of it again. With German I started in 1999, and become fully fluent by twenty-eight, and my decent English fluency came around 2010, although I studied it in schools previously, and used as my main language during first years in Germany.

In the past, I tried to learn French, Chinese, and Japanese -  to read poetry in original and to improve my calligraphic stroke, but I did not give myself enough time to achieve much at all. I am also very attracted to Sanskrit, Thai, and Arabic, but life is too short for all languages I want to know well.

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