Native Languages

One line through four generations:

  • My dad's mom's native language was Polish.
  • My dad's native language is German.
  • My native language is English.
  • My son's native language is Japanese.

All four of us were born in the United States of America.


My four grandparents all had different native languages: one each with Polish, German, French, and English.

Three were born in the USA; only the native English speaker, my maternal grandmother, was not (she was born in Canada).


All 5 comments so far, oldest first...

Hi Jeffrey

Is your father coming from “Sudetenland” My Wifes Grandma has also the Name Friedl. The lived near the city formerly called Karlsbad.


I believe that my great grandparents on my dad’s side emigrated from Bavaria. I can check the details when I get home in a few days. —Jeffrey

— comment by Klaus on December 18th, 2018 at 5:44am JST (5 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Thanks for shareing.

My father is Welsh. My Mother was German. I was born in England. I live in Berlin. I have a British passport. My wife is Bulgarian. My son has a German passport. I’m a bilingual European. Brexit is stupid.

BTW: The spelling of Friedl sounds Bavarian or Austrian to me. In other parts of Germany it would more likely be written as Friedel. As to it’s etmyology it’s probably just means someone who’s fathers name was Friedrich.

— comment by Daniel on December 19th, 2018 at 5:52pm JST (5 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Here my native language is English, wife unit’s Japanese and son unit, well when we were living in Japan, he spoke Japanese. While we lived in Japan I made it a point (and based on observation of others) not to speak to him in Japanese. So while his main, go-to language then was Japanese, from an old video recording made when he was pre-K, English lurked beneath the surface.

Now that we live in the U.S., English quickly became son unit’s go-to language. While he has good aural comprehension(thank to mother unit speaking to him only in Japanese) , his spoken Japanese now lags. Something though that would probably change if he spent a few years back in Japan.

— comment by Former Japan Hand on December 22nd, 2018 at 10:43pm JST (5 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Nice blog! I following you. 🙂 From Turkey

— comment by Berat on December 27th, 2018 at 2:39pm JST (5 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

My dad’s native language is Italian.
My mom’s native language is Polish.
My parents spoke to each other in Alsatian.
My native language is French.
I learned German, the language of our neighbors,
living on the other side of the Rhine

I like your blog, following it since many years.
Happy new year, Jeffrey! Bonne et heureuse année!


— comment by Serge Michelon on January 2nd, 2019 at 4:15am JST (5 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink
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