English: Richard was staying in Oslo with Cristina. She makes rose jelly and shared it with Richard who had never heard of such a thing before visiting her. Cristina thinks that most Norwegians speak English very well and children start learning the language very early on. In fact, Cristina is shocked by how well her daughter speaks, but Cristina thinks that she knows more vocabulary than her daughter.
French: Cristina started French at the age of 14. Cristina wanted to be a lawyer, so her mother sent her to France to work on the language, but she doesn't speak it that often now-especially in Norway. It seems that she speaks it mostly when she travels two or three times a year to France.
She went to L'ile Maurice last year for two weeks and really liked it there. Apparently at HTLAL, because of the super challenge there, she started watching films in French.
German: German is the only language that she only learned in school (contrast with French where she learned the language by being in the country where it is spoken. ) and she claims to speak only "a little German". All Norwegians study German in school and her mother speaks fluent German, but she admits to needing more practice. Richard agrees that it's a matter of practice with German and that there are people who study other languages in Great Britain for five years, but they can't speak them/can't hold their own in a conversation. Cristina thinks that German is rather easy for Norwegians and her father was a German teacher and that helped her a little. In addition, she spent two weeks in Munich learning German.
Italian Richard starts off with "You lived in Italy, right?", but Cristina corrects him gently. She was in Italy for only four or five weeks, but she loves the language. Richard talks about the difficulty of practicing languages in Great Britain and Cristina also finds it difficult to practice without having anyone with whom she can speak Italian in Norway.
Spanish. Spain is Cristina's "second country" thanks to her mother who thought that Cristina should learn an additional language at the age of eleven. She has spent a lot of time there, starting with a homestay. Crisitina's daughters are also learning Spanish in Spain. Spain is also a language that is dear to Richard's heart.
There are some other details, but I have to do something now.
I caught some of the Swedish, but if someone can do a summary of the Swedish and Norwegian, I'd be appreciative. If not, I'll just try to listen on my own and see what I can get.
I'm not a linguist. How did I do? Thanks, JayB. I think this shows that although there was a lot of language talk, there were some other topics as well.