Airstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2863 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (3 years 11 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1995 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.
Mudboy From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1167 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (3 years 11 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1995 times:
Listed in order of strength:
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!
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
Aaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8431 posts, RR: 26
Reply 3, posted (3 years 11 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1989 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]
If you need someone to blame / throw a rock in the air / you'll hit someone guilty
CXB77L From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 2731 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (3 years 11 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1928 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
ajd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (3 years 11 months 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1918 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.
AustrianZRH From Austria, joined Aug 2007, 1415 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 11 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1913 times:
Vorarlbergish (native, a Swiss-German-like dialect and hardly understandable even for German native speakers)
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.
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
Quokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (3 years 11 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1853 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!
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.
Boeing744 From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1859 posts, RR: 22
Reply 21, posted (3 years 11 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1839 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.
pdxtriple7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 695 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (3 years 11 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1834 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.
tarheelwings From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 210 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (3 years 11 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1829 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.