There's a school in Cardiff, the capital city of Wales, where more than twenty languages are spoken. That's a truly multicultural school!

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How many different languages do students at your school speak? Do you speak different languages at home and at school?

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Martin159 26 July, 2016 - 02:59

In my school we learn just english, and at my home, my mom than is english teacher, often speaks my sister and me in english.

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MatiasP 25 July, 2016 - 13:16

My name is Matías. I'm from Uruguay, a Spanish speaking country, but I have been learning English since I was a baby.

In my school we speak Spanish and English. It's a bilingual school. When I was a child we spoke in English 50% of the time. Nowadays I have 9 hours of English lessons per week (Language and History)

My father speaks a lot of languages because he is a Travel Agent, but we only speak Spanish at home.

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ALESIA 17 April, 2016 - 08:25

In my school, all the pupils speak Italian, but there are many different cultures, there are people from China, Africa, France, and Germany... at home and at school, I speak the same language, but I'm studing English, German, Spanish and French

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Silvermist 3 February, 2015 - 17:00

My classmates speak about three main languages- English, Sinhala and Tamil, in addition to the learning of a bit of french. I speak two languages at home. mainly my mother tongue(Sinhala) and English

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jagalskarfotboll 29 October, 2014 - 21:57

actually there are many languages in my school. I can speak three languages Swedish and Arabic I can them fluently and I speak English very well. At home my family use Arabic most of the time, but outside i used to speak Swedish.

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dzeni 8 April, 2014 - 13:46

Students at my school learn mother tongue, English, Italian and Russian. In some other schools students also learn French and German.

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mona 15 July, 2013 - 05:12

I want to know about other countries having many kind of languages.It's interesting to go one of them and make a lot of friends!

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Hitomi.Y 15 July, 2013 - 03:51

It seems like a different country! My friend used to live in Cardiff as well!!! She is Asian

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Tricia 13 July, 2013 - 15:35

I think it is a good environment to grow up with people from different country.
Children can learn and experience a lot of things through such a situation.
I would like to try to communicate with a lot of foreign people.

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chie250 11 July, 2013 - 15:51

I felt happy to see people who have different cultures coexist. :)

Can't wait to go to U.K!

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Toma English 8 July, 2013 - 01:48

it's only one language , it's Arabic ,, but we are learning English and French in our schools :)

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Nyama 5 July, 2013 - 08:03

We learn English, French, Chinese, and Korean, but we speak only in these classes.
I speak English at home sometimes. However my family can't speak any other languages.

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tasmania 8 April, 2013 - 12:39

In my school students use only Russian for talking, but sometimes we must use Ukrainian language and English for special lessons. At school and at home I use Russian language, but when we have guests from the UAE - my cousins - I use English language.

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Natalija 2 April, 2013 - 18:15

I speak Serbian at school and at home. I lived in Spain for 8 years, and first year I came to Serbia, my home country, I went to one school where I spoke Spanish the whole time, until I was ready to join to Serbian school. I got used to Serbian, and it's not a problem for me at all to follow the classes. Student here speak mostly English and French, because we study them at school, and Serbian is our native language. Some schools offer Italian, German, Spanish, Russian and Chinese, but I speak English, French, Spanish, Turkish and Serbian. I've started to learn Arabic, and the most popular language in Serbia is English.

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Bora F 3 March, 2013 - 17:08

we learn just english ..but i like to learn many other languages as chinese language german language and spanjoll language

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NASTYAP 1 March, 2013 - 16:05

Hello, Jonathan! I'm glad that you answer me :) I want to know French language too because I like French accent. And do you know languages other than English?

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Ilaaana 27 February, 2013 - 12:21

Thanks for this video, it's interesting as well as informative. In my opinion, multinational school is a great idea. In my school students study Russian and English, I think that maybe some of them try to learn third language. Last year I tried to study German, but words from two languages mixed in my head, so I decide to stop for a time.

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JoEditor 27 February, 2013 - 08:49

Welcome to all the new users from Russia who have watched this video! :) Thanks for your comments. Did you watch the video together in your English class or are you using LearnEnglish Teens at home?
Jo (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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woobwoob 26 February, 2013 - 19:28

Thanks for this video).
There`re some pupil in my school,whom speaks on another languages,like French,English and other.
I know only 2 languages:Russian and English.And I try to practise my second language everyday)

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Valery 26 February, 2013 - 17:43

This video was very informative for me. I knew some interesting facts about British people.
In our school, all students speak on Russian, except for the time when we have English lessons, in which we of course practice English. At home, I also speak on native Russian. Soon I'm going to study German.

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Elizavetka 26 February, 2013 - 17:20

I'd like to say thanks for this useful video.
Students in my school have really different roots from Tatars to Armenians. Ofcourse everybody of them has their national language. if I'm not mistaken many of this people know it very well and sometimes use it to communicate with their relatives. However in every day life all people speak russian independently of their nationality.

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Mary Kropotina 26 February, 2013 - 17:18

This really interesting video. I learned more about multicultural Britain and about some reasons of migration to this country.

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kondakovamariya 26 February, 2013 - 17:14

At my school all students speak Russian, excepting English lessons of course.
Sometimes I speak English at home, for example when I need to practice for oral examination, but in the rest of the time my family and me speak Russian.

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mary salnikova 26 February, 2013 - 16:44

Thanks for this interesting video!
I don't know students in our school who speak foreign languages ​​except English and Russian. I speak English only in our lessons and sometimes with my friends. To my mind, it is exiting to speak foreign language.

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KarinaSolo 26 February, 2013 - 16:15

At first, thanks for this great video. I found much information, really interesting for me. I like a story about multicultural and multinational school. It`s an amazing school! Pupil here study not only subjects, they study to be more friendly, don`t pay attention on appearance of other people and make some unfair judgments of this. Nowadays, schools, like this, are really important.

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NASTYAP 26 February, 2013 - 16:10

It's very interesting video for me/ Now I know that there are a lot of immigrants in Britain but the other people think that immigrants are citizens of UK. I think people from UK very friendly and can communicate with the other peiple with help of different languages. I want to know 3 languages but now I know 2 languages: english and russian. I commenicate with people with help of English language on English lessons and with help of russian language on the other lessons and at home.

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Jonathan - Coor... 27 February, 2013 - 03:15

Hello NASTYAP! It's great you're interested in languages. So, which other language would you like to learn, and why?

Jonathan (LearnEnglish Teens Team)

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