That's actually my sixth language. I also learned spanish over the years and has a pretty decent grab on Moroccan arabic since I spent a year studying in Rabat.A doctor who speaks 3 languages and learning a fourth? Man, you should be proud of yourself, not apologizing. You sir are an inspiration!
Language is the best weapon you can have on the field to understand what's going on in a community. That's a must have to take the best decisions. Hebrew is next on the list since we have a vibrant jewish community in Montreal. With the most conservative communities, it's always difficult to get pertinent infos to understand how and why a patient is living with a condition. They're scared, most of the time not believing in what you're doing. So they back off and they shut up. Yet, I must know what's up with them to give them proper care.
You'd be surprised at the way people are so much more interested in talking with you when you speak the language. Their eyes are suddenly wide open. "Shit, he gets what i'm saying and what i'm going through. He's one of us". And there you go, they speak and I can finally do my job.
So yeah...long explanation to say that a proper doctor must understand what's going on to save lives. Oh, and to congratulate a patient when he gets through a life changing health issue (that's the best part of our job).