Meanwhile, Ian also put himself through Mandarin Chinese IGCSE in 2011 (after some further dealings with a Chinese TEFL homestay student) - also self-taught from selected materials in barely 6 months’ study and reportedly missed an A-grade by just two marks. As an experienced (mainly European) linguist, he nonetheless knows from recent experiences how it feels to be tongue-tied in a formal oral assessment!
He also has a reading knowledge of Italian (principally by way of an adjunct to his musical activities) and has studied some elementary Russian.
Latin is also supported occasionally to ISEB 13+ level. English as a foreign language deserves mention here. Ian has worked in EFL in Europe and with homestay students of a wide range of ages, from Europe to the Far East.