One of my characters likes to learn new languages and speak in them pretty well. Too bad for me I can’t and have to use online translators and feel guilty about it around the people that DO speak those languages. *ducks and hides in a corner!*
This a thousand times over. Ivan grew up in a household with two German immigrants (AKA his parents) who were fluent in German and used it around the house. The only reason why he does not speak more German in his everyday life and why it’s just little blurbs shown in nicknames (that I can look up and cross reference with several internet websites), is because any translator is a bitch and I never took German. I took French but there’s no way I could write a dialog in French.