“How many languages do you speak?”

I love languages, learning languages, and learning how to learn languages. Languages are my “thing I can talk about for hours without getting bored.” And yet, I usually find myself at a loss for words whenever people ask me how many languages I speak.

  • I'm currently learning Swedish (A2/B1).
  • I speak and read Italian (B2/C1 before I stopped practicing it).
  • I learned Latin throughout high school and a bit in college. (Can say “Semper ubi sub ubi”.)
  • I learned Nyanja through osmosis and through translating song lyrics and fables. (Can identify why so-and-so is crying and the role of Kalulu in a story.)
  • English is my first language.

All in all, if I had to give a number, I’d say at least one.