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What Languages Do You Speak?  
User currently offlineipodguy7 From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 366 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1961 times:

What languages do you speak? How many polyglots are out there on Anet?
Currently, I speak
English
Spanish (4 years of classes)
French (1 year so far)
Russian (just enough to get by in Moscow haha)


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User currently onlineAirstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2688 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1938 times:

English, eighth-grade Spanish (thanks to my high school's "Honors" Spanish program, which I was in for all four years, and wherein we read Carlos Fuentes's The Death of Artemio Cruz...in English), and liturgical Hebrew.


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User currently offlineMudboy From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1167 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1938 times:

Listed in order of strength:
1. English
2. Spanish (Large vocabulary, but not fluent, I have to think of everything before I say it)
3. Hungarian (in the process of learning, since my Fiance is Hun) Very difficult!
4. German
5. Italian
6. French
7. Bosnian
8. Hindi
9. Punjabi
10. Arabic
11. Georgian

I can greet someone in :
English, French, Italian, Hungarian, Spanish, Arabic, Bosnian, Albanian, Russian, Georgian, German, Portuguese, Hindi, Punjabi, Swahili, Napali, Hawaiian, Japanese, and Ebonics 


User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8184 posts, RR: 26
Reply 3, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1932 times:

1. English (have good understanding of British dialects, Aussie and Kiwi despite being American)
2. Japanese (conversant in topics not involving science, medicine, politics, philosophy, metaphysics, etc can read equivalent to a 4th or 5th grader lol)
3. Spanish (three years of HS education, reduced probably to survival level now)
4. Thai (basic survival, can get help, greet people, discuss age/where from/what I like to eat/do)
5. Korean (basic greetings)
6. Mandarin (basic greetings)
7. Hawaiian pidgin (no longer lost but still sounds crazy to me)
8. French (vocabulary from literature only)

In an entirely different category:

9. liturgical Hebrew (as with many US Jews, have fairly extensive Hebrew vocabulary but not at all conversant)

[Edited 2011-04-07 22:58:33]


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User currently offlinecpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 37
Reply 4, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1932 times:

Speak American a bit - thanks to the wonders of computer technology.   (see if you can work out what I'm getting at there - and yes, I know there is no such language as that).

Apart from that, I can read and speak a bit of French, just not as well as I'd like.

Other than that, English (in the British manner).


User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 2997 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1917 times:

English, Spanish, and Armenian, ok- not super fluent, but I can get by decently in Yerevan.


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User currently offlineairtrainer From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 1559 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1912 times:

French,
English, not fluent but trying to do my best...
And being from the north of France, I speak "ch'ti"  



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User currently offlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7565 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1905 times:

English and really really bad Norwegian.

User currently offlineQantasA333 From Australia, joined Jan 2007, 538 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1888 times:

In order of experience:

1. English (native)
2. Indonesian (6 years of learning)
3. Swedish


User currently offlineCXB77L From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 2644 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1871 times:
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English. It's my second language, but after living in Australia for more than 20 years, I've become more proficient in English than in my native language, which is Cantonese. I'm starting to lose my Cantonese to the point where I sound like a foreigner when I go back to Hong Kong, and sometimes I struggle to understand a native Hong Kong person because they speak so damn fast! Also, I can no longer read or write in Chinese.

I also studied Japanese for five years when I was in high school - which was a long time ago and I've forgotten most of it. I can still read hiragana, and make out a few words here and there but I can't even construct a sentence together in Japanese. Incidentally, why do the Japanese even use kanji? It's far more complex than hiragana or katakana.

I'm not even sure if I'm truly bi-lingual anymore, let alone tri-lingual. I used to be, though  

[Edited 2011-04-08 01:51:38]


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User currently offlineajd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1861 times:

Fluent British English, pretty pathetic German/French. I can get by in German if a waiter doesn't speak English, for example, but that's it. My French is limited to "Un, Deux, Trois", so that's useless to me.

I can read a little Danish/Swedish though. My written/read German isn't actually too bad, considering I've not had a German lesson in 3 years and I haven't been to Germany in 2, which helps there.

[Edited 2011-04-08 02:26:23]

User currently offlineAustrianZRH From Austria, joined Aug 2007, 1389 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1856 times:

Vorarlbergish (native, a Swiss-German-like dialect and hardly understandable even for German native speakers)
German (almost-native)
English (pretty well)
French (I was pretty good at the end of high school but haven't used it extensively since then so the only thing coming naturally without big thinking is the vacation vocabulary)
Luxemburgish (I am able to understand it, but not to speak it)



WARNING! The post above should be taken with a grain of salt! Furthermore, it may be slightly biased towards A.
User currently offlineEDICHC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1837 times:

English (Scots dialect-native tongue)
French
German
Italian

The three above are very rusty as have not had much use since my schooldays (which wasn't exactly yesterday).

Learning Tagalog as my missus is from Central Luzon


User currently offlinetravelavnut From Netherlands, joined May 2010, 1630 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1826 times:

Quoting Mudboy (Reply 2):

Holy crap!! In what language do you dream?

My list in order of strength;

1. Dutch (duh)
2. English - as fluent as Dutch, I sometimes think in English (worked in London for a while)
3. German - can make little small talk, survive by being able to buy bread and beer 
4. France - enough words to get a girl to come home with me, not enough words to continue the conversation when coming home (but who would want to)   
5. Spanish - Holla! Que?! Donde esta? ..that's about it  



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User currently offlineMudboy From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1167 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1817 times:

Quoting travelavnut (Reply 13):
Holy crap!! In what language do you dream?

These days Hungarian 


User currently offlinetravelavnut From Netherlands, joined May 2010, 1630 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1815 times:

Quoting Mudboy (Reply 14):

Aww nice going Mr Mud  



Live From Amsterdam!
User currently offlinestlgph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9412 posts, RR: 26
Reply 16, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1812 times:

American English
Franglais
Bastardized French
Chicago Cab Driver



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User currently offlinetk747 From Australia, joined Sep 2009, 341 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1809 times:

In order of ability

English
Macedonian
Serbian
Russian


User currently offlineQuokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1796 times:

Quoting Mudboy (Reply 2):
3. Hungarian (in the process of learning, since my Fiance is Hun) Very difficult!

Ha ha, that reminds me of a female acquaintance that I have in Budapest who said that the only time any sensible man wants to learn Hungarian is when he is in love with a Hungarian woman. "Only trouble is", she said, "by then he is no longer sensible." Sok szerencsét!

Mind you, she also said that she was told that Hungarian is related to Finnish, but it only took three weeks in Finland to realise she couldn't understand a word anyone was saying.  

I suppose English is obvious:
لقد ولدت في ليبيا
German because my Mother is from Hamburg, I went to school in Germany and I worked for a German company for a while;
As a result of living living in Singapore and Malaya as a child with a Malay amah and from subsequent visits, I have a smattering of Malay which enables me to understand some Indonesian (the two are not identical but share some similarities);
French because I learnt it at school and on subsequent visits to France found that falling off a bike is more painful;
I tried Croatian but as they insisted on replying in German I switched to Italian. That'll show them!


User currently offlineeinsteinboricua From Puerto Rico, joined Apr 2010, 3185 posts, RR: 8
Reply 19, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1794 times:

Spanish and English (Spanish in my native language and English is the second language). I'm equally fluent in both, though I have a preference for English.

I have a couple of years in French so I may just survive in a French speaking country. That's about it.



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User currently offlineQuokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1785 times:

Quoting einsteinboricua (Reply 19):
I'm equally fluent in both, though I have a preference for English.

That is interesting. Is it because of the US link and because it may afford greater opportunities or is it for "aesthetic" values? The reason I ask is that because to me some languages sound more musical, for want of a better description.


User currently offlineBoeing744 From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1840 posts, RR: 23
Reply 21, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1782 times:

In order of strength:

English - native
German - functionally fluent
French - conversational functionality

Spanish - basic conversational skills
Japanese - some basic sayings and words (very little)

My German has been getting worse and my French has been getting much better as a result of having moved to Ottawa. I hope to improve my French to a fluent level and then I suppose learn more Spanish while maintaining my German. If I can get those 4 languages under control I would like to learn Arabic or Russian.


User currently offlinepdxtriple7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 695 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1777 times:

English - Native
Spanish - More or less fluent. It was my second major in college, I spent a semester in Madrid, and worked in Santiago de Chile for a summer (Chilean Spanish is basically another language though)
Arabic - Took classes for a year. I've forgotten most of it.
French - Very little. Enough to get around.

I'm jealous of the people that speak 5+ languages. I wish I had started younger and learned more. I still want to learn French and improve my Arabic.


User currently offlinetarheelwings From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 209 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1772 times:

English - fluent
Spanish - fluent
French - used to be fluent, could regain fluency easily through practice

The above are the advantages of growing up in a household with a Chilean father and a French mother. As a kid, I would speak English with my brothers and sisters and French and Spanish with my parents.


User currently offlinefxramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7311 posts, RR: 85
Reply 24, posted (3 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1772 times:
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I speak Texan English.

Quoting stlgph (Reply 16):
Chicago Cab Driver

Brilliant!   



I miss the old Anet.
25 Post contains images WildcatYXU : Slovak - native Hungarian - fluent. Nobody knows if I spoke first Slovak or Hungarian English - with strong accent, but usable Russian - suffered heav
26 Post contains images travelavnut : Haha indeed, good one!! So any non-Dutch here that speak Dutch?!
27 Quokka : Not by any means fluently, but I did find that when I lived in Rheindahlen and went shopping in Roermond and Venlo a mixture of German and Dutch suff
28 tarheelwings : ?????? I have to disagree, other than accent and the typical slang differences, the Spanish spoken in Chile is not that different than what's spoken
29 LFutia : English (duhhh live in the States!) Dutch (self taught for the last 8 years) Bosnian ( a little bit still learning thanks to friends) Polish (same as
30 AM744 : Spanish English basic French (can read newspapers, watch newscasts, but I can't really express myself fluently nor write it beyond very basic stuff)
31 YYZflyer : I am fluent in: English Sarcasm Also, I can read French and kind of figure out the general idea of what they're saying. Not fluent in any way.
32 Post contains images Revelation : Fluent in US English, can follow most conversations in Lithuanian but not speak it (parents and grandparents were fluent, so I mostly learned commands
33 pdxtriple7 : There is so much more slang than other Spanish-speaking countries and the lack of pronunciation makes it different. I prefer formal Castellano in Spa
34 Post contains images tarheelwings : Having lived in Chile for a number of years I know what you mean .....but I still wouldn't go as far as calling it a different language. As far as th
35 Post contains images iakobos : Salut biloute ! Count me in. Flemish (various dialects) and Dutch (basically the same of course, only, due to their big teeth the Dutch have difficul
36 Post contains images bgm : Tried, failed and my throat never recovered!
37 Post contains links Derico : That's Rioplatense Spanish which is the dialect of about 50% of the population true, but still for your own safety never tell someone from Cordoba or
38 BOStonsox : I speak English as my primary language. Tuve clases en Espanol por seis anos en el colegio y la escuela media. Mia zia viva in Italia y ho imparato pe
39 goblin211 : English French 3yrs in HS i only remember a little. I can say airplane in English, Russian, Spanish, French, Chinese(mandarin) Italian, Arabic.
40 Post contains images CXfirst : If you can read a little Danish/Swedish then you can read a little Norwegian, so you can add that to the list! I can speak: Norwegian (fluent) Englis
41 comorin : Tamil - Language of my soul, Namaskaram! English - Oy! Defines my thoughts and action. German - Broken. Ich war in Hamburg fur drei jahre als Kind...
42 HAWK21M : English Hindi Marathi
43 Post contains images Revelation : Porn!
44 Fly2HMO : 100% fluent in both US English and Mexican Spanish. Learned both simultaneously whilst growing up. Ah the perks of being an expat. I can also easily h
45 Severnaya : In order of ability: - Dutch - English - Russian - German - French - Spanish - Finnish EDIT: and I forgot that I know also pretty much Nedersaksisch/N
46 Derico : Hold the phone guys. I'm not taking anything away here from both of you, and I think many of the languages people claimed to speak are limited to set
47 Aesma : Parisian French with abilities in both slang and literary variations. A mix of American and English English. Some Italian as most of my family is Ital
48 Post contains images Fly2HMO : Now you're just over analyzing.
49 Zentraedi : English (native) Japanese (high school to university level reading ability. Depends on the subject. Science, mathematics and other technical subjects
50 Post contains images Derico : Why? The question is how many languages do you speak? There is probably some stretching here of the definition of what that means, although some have
51 directorguy : You were born in Libya? :P I speak: 1) English. By far the language I'm most comfortable speaking, or writing in. A weird mash-up of American and Bri
52 Post contains images RAGAZZO777 : Being able to say "one, two, three" or "hello" in another language does not mean you 'speak' that language. Back to the original question, I speak: *
53 JCS17 : American English - as my mother tongue French - Took courses in high school. Not fluent or conversational, but I can get what I need and can read it -
54 Post contains images andz : English (native) Afrikaans (fluent) German (passable) French, enough to introduce myself, ask the time and count to 20. Je parle Français comme une v
55 bookishaviator : 1. English (my native tongue) 2. Croatian (a sort of second native tongue, having been raised by Croatian parents) 3. Japanese (only to a very basic l
56 CXfirst : Speaking a bit of Spanish, I can say that Norwegian is much closer to Swedish and Danish than Spanish is to Portogeuse. For instance, there are a num
57 parton87 : Swedish Norwegian Danish English Hungarian German Also some French and Dutch
58 Derico : That is what I thought, thanks. Spanish and Portuguese are about 82% similar, or so I have read, whereas the Scandinavian languages are probably 90-9
59 KingFriday013 : I speak English (native language), French (took courses for 7 years), and German as of recently (am taking my second introductory course at the moment
60 Continental : English, Croatian, German (though only 4 yrs in high school - I can hold convos with German speakers when I'm in Europe).
61 ghost77 : Fluent writing, speaking, reading and listening: Spanish English Italian g77
62 Midcon385 : Fluent in American English. Have a decent vocabulary in Russian. Know some Lakȟótiyapi (Lakota Sioux). Tim
63 Post contains images RobertNL070 : In order of ability and frequency of usage: Dutch English French Spanish and just recently I picked up a smattering of Arabic
64 Post contains images WingsFan : Aapla manoos! In descending order of fluency Marathi English Hindi : Other languages I have learned while in school, but don't speak any more Sanskri
65 Post contains images AM744 : I have to agree with you there. If anything, learning a language closely related to your own, like Italian or Portuguese in our case, can play games
66 Post contains images Derico : Exactly, like I said above, learing German and Portuguese has been more fun exactly because of how the approach has to be different. Eu apago o arqui
67 Carlisle : English (my native tounge is southern Indiana despite the fact I know many dialects.) French (many people from France think I speak like a native whi
68 lewis : 1. Greek - native 2. English 3. French 4. Spanish
69 Post contains images iakobos : This Sir is because in France, delicately praising a chap who makes the effort is a touch of class that is not usually teached or practiced in Canada
70 Santi319 : English - Fluent Spanish - Fluent Arabic - Just some not much... Those above are because of my ethnic background, however I can understand 100% Portug
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