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User currently offlineRussianJet From Kyrgyzstan, joined Jul 2007, 7623 posts, RR: 23
Posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2195 times:
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Which languages do you speak and to what extent?

Which is your favourite and why?

I speak:

English (native)
Russian (fluent)
French (fairly good)
German (basic)

I know smatterings of words and phrases in other languages too, and there are several I either want to learn or am trying to learn. I am currently trying to embark on a serious attempt to learn Yakut. It is extremely hard though, and I don't expect progress to be particularly rapid.

My favourite is Russian, simply because I love the way it sounds and feels, and it is such a different way of expressing ideas from the way we do in English.

So, tell me what you know and why you like it.  smile 


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User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2189 times:

English & German (Native)
French (OK)
Spanish (not great)
Yiddish (I can understand 'bout 90% but I'm not conversant)


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26493 posts, RR: 58
Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2183 times:

English Native

Greek Good Would say fluent but my Grammer needs patching up.

German Basic ( forgotten alot of it )

French Just a few sentances and words. I learnt it for a year at school then dropped it.

Irish Just basic words and sentances. Self taught Via a home course.

Want to learn :

Urdu and Arabic

My favourite is Greek its such an expressive language.



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User currently offlineRGElectra80 From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 359 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2179 times:

English & Portuguese (fluent)
Spanish (intermediate, I can read and talk for the most part but I am still learning how to write in it)
Arabic (I'm trying to learn, I managed to learn most the alphabet already but right now I really need to focus on finding a job more than anything else)



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User currently offlineRussianJet From Kyrgyzstan, joined Jul 2007, 7623 posts, RR: 23
Reply 4, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2182 times:
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Quoting Dtwclipper (Reply 1):
English & German (Native)
French (OK)
Spanish (not great)
Yiddish (I can understand 'bout 90% but I'm not conversant)

That's a fine list - which is your favourite and why?



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User currently offlineAjd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 2172 times:

English - Native
German - Read but not spoken.


User currently offlineDc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2199 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2166 times:

Romanian (native)
English (excellent)
French (very good)
Italian (alright)

I can read (and somewhat understand when spoken), but not really speak:
Spanish
Portuguese
Dutch
German


User currently offlineJanmnastami From Italy, joined Apr 2008, 826 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2150 times:

Italian (native);
English (I hope to improve my knowledge);
French.

I can read Spanish (it's quite similar to Italian) but I can't write in Spanish.


User currently offlineAero145 From Iceland, joined Jan 2005, 3071 posts, RR: 21
Reply 8, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2135 times:

Icelandic : native
English : fluent
German : learning and doing fine
Danish : learned but have gotten much worse after starting learning German


User currently offlineRussianJet From Kyrgyzstan, joined Jul 2007, 7623 posts, RR: 23
Reply 9, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 2131 times:
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Quoting Aero145 (Reply 8):
Icelandic : native
English : fluent
German : learning and doing fine
Danish : learned but have gotten much worse after starting learning German

Does the fact that you are an Icelandic speaker help or hinder you in learning Danish?

Also, I would be grateful for some more general opinions from everyone on what in particular they like or dislike about their languages.



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User currently offlineMidcon385 From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 570 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2095 times:



Quoting RussianJet (Thread starter):
My favourite is Russian, simply because I love the way it sounds and feels, and it is such a different way of expressing ideas from the way we do in English.

I agree.

Quoting Dc9northwest (Reply 6):
I can read (and somewhat understand when spoken), but not really speak:
Spanish
Portuguese
Dutch

Same here. I can read/speak/write English (my native language), can do well in Russian and, to a lesser extent, German. I have limited experience in several other languages, including Greek. I have studied Russian for over ten years and am able to read it extremely well, but don't have nearly as much experience or confidence in speaking it, though I can introduce myself and have a basic conversation in it without much difficulty. I can also write Russian fairly well.

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User currently offlineQantasA333 From Australia, joined Jan 2007, 537 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2085 times:

English: native
Indonesian: learning it at school, i'm OK at it I guess..
French: basic words and phrases
Japanese: basic words, dropped it after moving schools


User currently offlineTZ757300 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2866 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2080 times:

English (Native)
Spanish (Relearning it, so basic fluency)
German (3-4 words, haha)

I Like Spanish because it shares such a commonality with English it just makes me think.

I would love to learn:
French
Russian
Polish
Afrikaans



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User currently offlineIFlyTWA From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 2074 times:

English - Native
Macedonian - Native

German - Learning

I would love to learn:
Russian
Polish
Italian

Favorite is Macedonian.



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User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2067 times:

These four I had at school:

Finnish: native
English: ok
Swedish: basic (the 2nd official in Finland)
German: very basic

Spanish, Italian, Estonian, Sami: some

I suppose like for most, my native language is my favorite. I like to way Finnish is different from most other European languages, like the grammar doesn't separate genders, for an example.
Would be cool to learn Hebrew and Russian.


User currently offlineLuckyone From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 2129 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2063 times:



Quoting RussianJet (Thread starter):
My favourite is Russian, simply because I love the way it sounds and feels, and it is such a different way of expressing ideas from the way we do in English.

I agree it sounds very interesting. I spent a month in Armenia (a lot of Russian spoken) and then a week in Moscow this summer. I swear I turned my tongue inside out and spat a gallon on myself trying to pronounce some of the words. The worst ones seemingly had seventeen consonants in a row with no vowels in sight! At the same time I found it easier than Armenian which is very guttural, which many of the sounds coming from the back of the throat.


User currently offlineRussianJet From Kyrgyzstan, joined Jul 2007, 7623 posts, RR: 23
Reply 16, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2054 times:
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Quoting IFlyTWA (Reply 13):
Favorite is Macedonian.

Македонски! Great choice, I like the way it sounds. I understand it's almost the same as Bulgarian - is that really the case? I do know a little Bulgarian.



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User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 17, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2044 times:

For me, I'm not the polyglot that some of you are.

I'm native in English and almost fluent in French (Canadian, tabarnak !  Smile)

As a native speaker, I do enjoy the English language. It's a versatile, expressive language that has a large vocabulary that can capture certain nuances.

I'd love to learn German. Many English speakers find it a harsh, ugly sounding language but I find something really pleasant about its flow when spoken by a native speaker.

LH423



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26493 posts, RR: 58
Reply 18, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2034 times:



Quoting LH423 (Reply 17):
Many English speakers find it a harsh, ugly sounding language but I find something really pleasant about its flow when spoken by a native speaker.

My Sister also says that but I love German and especially Swiss German which is very nice.



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User currently offlineRussianJet From Kyrgyzstan, joined Jul 2007, 7623 posts, RR: 23
Reply 19, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2028 times:
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Quoting OA260 (Reply 18):
especially Swiss German which is very nice.

I'm kind of neutral on German really, don't love it, don't hate it, but I have to agree that Swiss German sounds way cooler than ordinary Hochdeutsch.



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User currently offlineIairallie From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 2028 times:

English (native)
French (fluent as a child, not conversant anymore)
German (basic ie can function shop, read menu, instructions)
Studied in school very basic...
Spanish
Russian
Latin


User currently offlineCanuckpaxguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 2009 times:

I can speak and spell in English (my native language), as well as French and Greek (although I struggle with proper grammar with both). For some reason, I seem to understand Italian, although I can't speak it.

G


User currently offlineRadiopolitic From Canada, joined Jan 2009, 113 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1990 times:

English (native)
Turkish (native)
Persian (moderate fluency)
Arabic (poor)
French (poor)

I can understand a good portion of spoken Azeri, Uzbek, Turkmen, Uyghur etc. but reading and writing is virtually impossible.

Trying to pick up Mongolian and Old Persian (cuneiform).

Would like to learn Hungarian and Finnish.

Favourite language by far is Persian stripped of the Arabic words. It is incredibly intonational and melodic, it just rolls off the tongue.


User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1979 times:



Quoting Radiopolitic (Reply 22):
Would like to learn Hungarian and Finnish.

Thats interesting, do you have Hungarian/Finnish speaking friends?

For me the Hungarian language has a familiar melody, but thats about alI I can recognize. It's amazing Finnish and Hungarian belong to the same language family being so far from each other geographically.

My foreign friends in Finland are struggling with Finnish more or less, not easy to learn it seems, so we use English or 'Finglish' most of the time.


User currently offlineTIA From Albania, joined Mar 2006, 524 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (5 years 2 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1965 times:

I'm just participating so I that mention a new language.  Smile

Albanian - native
English - fluent
Italian - conversational
Spanish - very, very little

I really regret stopping taking French lessons years ago because now I have forgotten even what I knew back then.


25 Lfutia : English (Native) Dutch (Intermediate) Hindi (Basic) Spanish (Very very little) Favourite - Dutch -- Easier and different from German (just add ge or i
26 Radiopolitic : Unfortunately, I don't. My father has Finnish and Hungarian colleagues though. Geography isn't much of an indicator for linguistic similarity. I can
27 Andaman : Yes thats correct what comes to Finnish and other Finno-Ugric languages, though the genetic background of native Finns is more mixed than believed be
28 Allrite : Native speaker of English - had also to learn the Queensland dialect to communicate with classmates in high school. Just means dropping words of more
29 Wolverine : german- native english- fluent french- basic dutch- I understand many words, but I can't conversate. Want to learn it.
30 Signol : English - native French - used to be fluent, when I was living there, but not so much now, mainly lack of practice German - reasonable. Haven't offici
31 Superfly : English My favorite is Thai and I have a basic knowledge of Thai and still learning. Another language I like is Tagalog (Filipino), Mandarin, Cantone
32 JJJ : Spanish & Catalan (native) English: fairly good French: less so Portuguese: about the same as French, I can speak it quite fluently after years of vis
33 Toulouse : Totally agree with you, I love the accent of Swiss German. So my languages: English (native) Spanish (fluent) French (I think "fluent" is not the rig
34 Iairallie : I also did esti school as a small child. Estonian language my mother is a native speaker. I remember maybe 10 words and phrases now. I love German. I
35 RussianJet : Then they should have taught you to write Eesti!
36 FatmirJusufi : Albanian (native) English (fluent) German (learned three years in high-school,read well, speak a little) Want to learn Arabic (learned writing and rea
37 GrahamHill : I speak: French (mother tongue) English (good level, I studied it and I've been living in Ireland for almost 5 years) Spanish (average level, I studie
38 Aero145 : It helps me of course! But still, it helps me more with learning German than it did with Danish when I was learning it. I like German way more than D
39 Sabena332 : German: Native English: Fluent Spanish: Quite ok Dutch: I can read it and understand it when slowly spoken I can confirm that, your German ist already
40 Post contains links FatmirJusufi : Yeah me too. Love it. Here's a Pimsleur Method learning Swiss-German: http://www.pimsleurmethod.com/pimsleur-swiss-german.html Also you can check for
41 Aero145 : Why, thank you Herr Potrafke!
42 OA260 : Äbä, genau
43 IliriBDL : Albanian (native) Serbo-Croatian (I'd say about 75%) English (fluent) German (learning, planning to be fluent in about 2 years) I'd love to learn Gree
44 Aero145 : Good to hear!
45 IAirAllie : Oops missed that extra E.
46 Flyboyseven : English(native) Spanish(functionally fluent) French(understand a lot) German(know the most basic basics) I plan to start learning German. I also reall
47 Aero145 : Kudos!
48 Kiqaboy : Albanian( native ) Swedish( second language, i started first class school in Sweden) English ( Fluent ) Serbian ( fairly ) Turkish ( fairly) I would l
49 FatmirJusufi : Çok güzel.
50 Rogerbcn : Hola! Catalan (native) Spanish (native) English (my language at work) German (my other language at work) French (fluent, 4 years at French school + lo
51 Dba4u : German (Native) English (quiet ok) Polish (improving) Used to know quiet a lot of french and spanish, however it's all gone while learning polish. Don
52 HAWK21M : English Hindi Marathi I read/speak & write the above fluently. I can understand Gujarati Punjabi Haryani Odiya Bangla Tamil Malayalam Kannada Konkani
53 Superfly : Is that what I hear when I call customer service? Jet Airways played up that lingo in their radio advertisements here in San Francisco last summer. I
54 FatmirJusufi : Are these languages or Hindi dialects? Is that mixture what speaks Apu in The Simpsons?
55 OA260 : Yes its funny also. You are wathing a movie ( for me with English subtitles) and then a few words break in with English.
56 Superfly : ...and sexy. Especially if she is; 5', 3" 34DD Silky black hair Cute smile Pouty Lips Thunder thighs 200-230lbs Small waist Untamed bush down there G
57 DocLightning : I speak English as a native and Spanish fluently and I was raised speaking both. I prefer Spanish because it feels better to speak. But I express myse
58 OHLHD : German - native Finnish - fluent English - fluent French - basic I understand Norwegian quite well but I can´t speak it.
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