USAirways737 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1026 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1875 times:
I have to give it to the rest of the world. You have us Americans beat when it comes to foreign languages. It's an event when an American knows ONE other language other than English, let alone 6 and still trying to learn more.
I took German for four years in High school and just started Spanish 101 this semester. Other than that, English is all I know, which sadly lets me blend in just fine in the good ole U S of A.
Petertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3270 posts, RR: 12 Reply 9, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1868 times:
Fluent at Dutch and English.
I can read and understand German without any problem. Speaking is reasonable too. I can't write it though as the grammer rules are too hard. When speaking that is no problem, talk fast and noone notices (or cares) about grammer errors!
MD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13602 posts, RR: 63 Reply 13, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1837 times:
Fluent (considered bilingual) in German and English.
Can hold a conversation in Spanish, though with mistakes (lack of practice).
So-so in French, can make sense out of Italian, Portugese and Dutch.
Can read Danish, Swedish and Norwegian.
Understand basic Tagalog and Cebuano (if I hear Filipinos talking, I know what the topic is)
Studied Japanese years ago, but forgot almost everything due to lack of an oportunity to practise.
Foreign languages I learned in school:
English, french, Spanish
QIguy24 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 16, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1827 times:
I think it's a very interesting language. And we need it more and more with all the arabic refugees coming up to Europe. So it could be a benefit. Especially since you can earn a fortune as a translator for a couple of hours.
MD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13602 posts, RR: 63 Reply 19, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1814 times:
My younger sisteris currently going for her masteral in Arabic and Turkish history, as well as the history of Islam.
She is a non-Muslim herself, but, besides real interest in Arabic culturem she figures that during the next few years there will be a demand for non-Arabs and non-Muslims, who speak the language and know the culture.
BTW, she is looking for some opportunityto stay in an Arab country for 6 months to one year to improve her language skills and at the same time experience daily life. She´s been staying in Egypt before.
Leviticus From New Zealand, joined Oct 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 20, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1811 times:
I am fluent in English, Swedish and Hungarian, but my German is getting rusty. I also know some basic Dutch. (And of course with all these "Nordic" languages I also understand, and can make myself understood when in Denmark or Norway).
FlyingColours From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2315 posts, RR: 11 Reply 23, posted (9 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1803 times:
Does US English count as another language???? lol
I can speak;
English (UK) - My Mother Tongue
French - Very Patchy now (Since I stopped French around 5 years ago)
German - Enough to get by but still patchy
Dutch - Learning it but it's not too bad
Spanish - I have temporarily held off learning it, I can say a few sentences and other words and thats it for now
Russian - My vocabulary is about 20 words long but I'm learning
Cantonese - I'm learning this alongside Russian, I really need to know how to actually pronounce words.
Thats about it.
I'm thinking about Arabic next or maybe Icelandic.
[Edited 2004-09-20 20:43:34]
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