Languages for work and fun
I have often been asked how many languages I speak, being a professional conference interpreter and all. Before I answer that question, here's some interpreting 101: During their studies, interpreters usually learn several (or at least one) foreign language (the so-called passive or C language) from which they work into their A language (aka native tongue or equivalent). They choose one foreign language which they master at a very high level close to mother-tongue and into which they can provide fluent and accurate interpretation from the A language and vice versa, and this is called their B language (or retour language).
So, to answer the question from the beginning: Technically I speak German, English, French, Spanish, and Italian. HOWEVER, the languages that I studied to become an interpreter and translator are German (A language), English (B) and French (C) only. I learned Spanish and Italian just for fun, in my free time, and I definitely do not converse at a professional level. But it's enough to get around on holiday and to understand the lyrics of a song.