Thanks for all your kind words!
@ Sharalee: at highschool we learn at least 2 foreign languages. English is an obligation and for the second you can choose: German or French. But I know there are also schools you can learn Spanish. English is the language I can read, speak and write well, I speak a little German but understand it well, not that good at writing it. I did have French at school too, but I must say that I only learned a few basics...but when someone starts talking French, hahaha I have no clue!!! Because we go to Norway every summer and the language is "family" of Dutch, I can read it okay, speak a little, the Norwegian around Oslo speak in a way that I can understand a little, slowly speaking.
If you really want to, it isn't that hard to learn a new language. But you must keep up with it! As for English that isn't a problem, there are so many television shows and movies in English. It is subtitled, but you hear it all the time. (As for Germany, they have a lot of the original English programs and movies synchronised, hahaha that is so weird! You see like Sean Connery but he's speaking German, hahaha)
In the Netherlands it is quite common to teach English in primary school, young children learn fast!
Oh and again a loooonnggg post... But you keep asking me questions, so I have an excuse
One last thing, Sharalee, did you get to see your youngest grandchild yet? Ehh, Briella I think??