I didn’t start a foreign language until 8th grade, and it’s one of my greatest regrets. While I had the opportunity to take years of French and participate in an exchange, I always wished that I’d started sooner, and at this point, while I understand French, I haven’t spoken it in so long I’m not sure I could if I had to. At my high school, they also offered Russian my senior year, which I took both there and in college, as well, and enjoyed very much, but I can’t claim to remember much beyond the alphabet and basic conversation.
Oh, and Cheburashka. How could you forget him?
He’s so cute!!
In our area, especially, you find loads of bilingual kids. I think that it gives children such an advantage to start languages early, and, of course, if you have a parent in the home who speaks two languages it makes things really easy. For those of us without that advantage, we have to look elsewhere if we want to snag our kids some quality language instruction.