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How Many Foreign Languages Do You Speak?  
User currently offline707cMf From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 29
Posted (10 years 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 2701 times:

I speak English and French (almost) fluently , a bit of German, a tad of Japanese and some Elbonian. Also my work made me learn a lot of words and expressions in Spanish (although what I really need there are the swear words for those stupid Spanish phones we handle !)

Who else is at least bilingual ?



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User currently offlinePilot kaz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 2697 times:

I speak the following:


Hehe  Big thumbs up

User currently offlineTriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4695 posts, RR: 42
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 2693 times:


German (duh)
English (fluently)
French (basic)
Spanish (basic)
Latin (now that would have really helped me 2000 years ago!)

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User currently offlineUTA_flyingHIGH From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 2682 times:

French (both chatié and lascar)
Spanish (a little less proficiently)
A little Hindi
A little Korean
A little Arabic
Irish...pog mo thon Big grin


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User currently offlineKEno From Malaysia, joined Feb 2004, 1842 posts, RR: 27
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 2679 times:

I consider English as my 2nd language rather than a foreign language. Most businesses are conducted in English despite Malay being the only official language.

I've been learning French for many years now so that's the only foreign language that I can speak at a good level of confidence. My lame and often shortlived attempts in Japanese, German and Mandarin don't really count...

Indonesian is very close linguistically to Malay, so I'm able to understand them quite easily.

I can read and write Arabic & Japanese but not necessarily understand them.

User currently offlineIFLYMCO From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 482 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 2676 times:

German (4 years of study)
Spanish (6 years of study)
A little Dutch
A little Farsi (Persian)

Now it should be "IFLYDCA"
User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 2676 times:

Unfortunately, I don't consider my proficiency in any language to be of sufficient standard to be considered fluent. I guess that is a side effect of growing up in different places around the world.

Hindi (almost-fluent)
English (almost-fluent)
Marathi (above-basic)
Gujarati (above-basic)
French (basic)
German (beginner)
Spanish (beginner)

Plus about a dozen others where I can communicate in specific situations but not enough to be considered even beginner proficiency.

I envy those folks who claim to speak a number of languages fluently.

User currently offlineQR332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 2668 times:

I speak two languages perfectly fleuently: Arabic and English.

User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4714 posts, RR: 50
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 2666 times:

Dutch (like duh)
English (quite ok)
German (can manage quite well, tho less then english)
French (If I'm really desperate I'll use it)

and some variations on English and Dutch

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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 2658 times:

Dutch (fluent read, basic speak/write/understand)
Italian (basic read, v basic speak/understand)
Spanish (basic read, v basic speak/understand)

User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 2653 times:

English (native)
Spanish (basic)
Thinking about taking a 3rd language here in college...


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User currently offlineWietse From Netherlands, joined Oct 2001, 3809 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (10 years 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 2647 times:

Dutch (native)
English (fluent)
French (average)
German (above average)
Italian (learning)
Spanish (basic)

Wietse de Graaf
User currently offlineAMS From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1691 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (10 years 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 2622 times:

English (Native)
Dutch (Native)

User currently offlineXpat From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 634 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 2620 times:

English (fluent)-Technically this would be my "foreign" language
Hindi (passable)
Gujarati (less than passable  Smile
German (beginner level i.e. 3 year old level)

[Edited 2004-11-17 12:21:55]

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User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11953 posts, RR: 46
Reply 14, posted (10 years 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 2609 times:


All fluent appart from German.  Smile

I also know some cursing in italian... does that count?


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User currently offlineBritish767 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 284 posts, RR: 21
Reply 15, posted (10 years 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 2605 times:

English - fluent
German - average (been learning it for 6 years)
Italian - extreme basic

Did know some French but i've forgotten it all.

[Edited 2004-11-17 12:24:49]

User currently offlineBraniff Place From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 1125 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (10 years 1 week ago) and read 2588 times:

Apart from aussie english i can speak, read and write in two dialects of Japanese (both tokyo ben and kansai ben)


User currently offlineFritzi From United Arab Emirates, joined Jun 2001, 2762 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (10 years 1 week ago) and read 2583 times:


Swedish (fluent)
German (fluent)
English (fluent)
French (basic)


French (basic)
Danish (most of it if their accent doesnt suck too much)

User currently offlinePyh From Finland, joined Oct 2001, 146 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 years 1 week ago) and read 2575 times:


User currently offlineWhitehatter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (10 years 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2562 times:

Spanish (a little)

and my boss reckons I'm extremely good at talking absolute bollocks

User currently offlineDamirc From Slovenia, joined Feb 2004, 726 posts, RR: 7
Reply 20, posted (10 years 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2556 times:

Slovenian (obviously)
English (fluent)
German (fluent)
Croat (fluent)
Bosnian (fluent)
Serbian (fluent) ; actually. Croat/Bosnian/Serbian used to be one language  Big grin
French (understand, can get myself understood with trouble)
Spanish (.... same as French ....)
Italian (.... same as French ....)
Slovak (understand 90%, speak very little of it)


User currently offlineDl021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11447 posts, RR: 75
Reply 21, posted (10 years 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2552 times:

English and American (Two nations separated by a common language)


GI Spanish

College German

Read most Romance languages, and get around an airport in most.

Can say thank you, please, wheres the bathroom please, and I'll have one of those in 7 or 8 languages.

I'm lost in Greek

And erfectpay Ipgay Atinlay.

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User currently offlineBoeing767-383 From Denmark, joined Nov 2001, 86 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (10 years 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2547 times:

Danish (native)
English (fluent)
German (fluent / basic)
Spanish (basic)
French (basic)
Norwegian (fluent)
Swedish, (understand it fully, can only speak it under the influence of alcohol Big grin )

User currently offlineJasepl From India, joined Jul 2004, 3582 posts, RR: 39
Reply 23, posted (10 years 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2542 times:

Can speak 6 languages overall, of which only 1 is really foreign: French. Though I've surprised myself by the amount of coherent German that I manage when In a situation!

And I can say the following in a few others:

Please / thank you / sorry
Where's the toilets?
May I have a beer please?
I don't speak...

User currently offlineAirplay From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (10 years 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2530 times:

English and American (Two nations separated by a common language)

Next time you have a flat on your lorry while you're away from your flat, get your torch and tyre out of the boot. Some have the jack and spanner under the bonnet mate. Careful..don't bang the wing.

Or you can have someone else labour over your colourful auto while you enjoy some bangers and mash and maybe some spotted dick at the food stand. great flavour that!

Well...I'm off to the off-license then to the chemists to pick up a dummy and nappies for my son.

25 Post contains images BREmer : Wow I didn't know so many people speak (or try to speak) German here. Interesting.... My portfolio: Fluent: German (duh) English Basic - Average Spani
26 Post contains images Thom@s : Ah... my list should of course look like this: Speak: Norwegian English German Understand: Swedish Danish (Even though they sound like they talk with
27 Post contains images SXFAN : For me it is: Greek (Mother tongue) English (Proficiency) Albanian (Basic) Italian (Less than basic) And of course Ancient Greek (Not that much though
28 LO231 : For me it would be: Polish (mother tongue) English (fluent) Dutch (fluent) Russian (poorly) LO231
29 Saxdiva : I'm the worst example of an American with crappy language skills... English (at least I'm good at one) Spanish (passable) Italian (I'm learning this i
30 Ual747 : Chinese (Minor in Undergrad, fluent) Lived in Beijing. French (Minor in Undergrad, fluent) Lived in France as well. UAL
31 Asbg : Hebrew and English. Both fluent. Sam.
32 Post contains images Boeing4ever : English (Mother Tongue) Polish (Parental Tongue Thus fluent) German (conversational) MATLAB ("The Language of Technical Computing" or so the manual sa
33 Mdsh00 : Mine are English (most fluent), Gujarati (fluent..except for reading and writing), Mexican Spanish (somewhat fluent...I can understand it much better
34 Post contains images Flyboy36y : Pilot Kaz, You must be quite ignorant to be one of the few people who speak all of those languages and not New Zelandain also. I speak: English, Russi
35 SlamClick : savvy pointy-talkee pidgin all talkee same-same Any kimmies here harp Boontling?
36 Klaus : German (native) English Latin (slowly fading away) Assembler C(++) Perl PHP ...
37 Iakobos : In no particular order English (all versions) Dutch (Dutch and Belgian versions) French (all versions) all enough to read, write, speak and shout back
38 Lan_Fanatic : Spanish (native) English (fluently) Italian (70%) French (50%) Portuguese (30%)
39 PPVRA : Portuguese (Brazil) (native) Deutsch (basic conversation) Spanish (can understand most of it) English (fluently)
40 Cory6188 : I speak English fluently (it's my native language and would be very difficult to do without in the US), and I'm fluent in Spanish from studying it in
41 Cadet985 : English (native) Spanish (2 years of it in HS, probably going to take another 2 here in college) Hebrew (basic - except for some curses, which is sad,
42 Airways1 : English (native) Chinese French German French and German are getting rusty from lack of use, but the Chinese is improving since I am living in China f
43 Avek00 : Native Languages English (fluent) Ebonics (above-basic proficiency) "Foreign" Languages Spanish (above-basic proficiency) Mandarin (a handful of basic
44 Post contains images MattCLE : English (Native speaker) German (Learning it...in Germany! ) -Matt
45 Mia : English - Native Spanish (Cuban, Venezuelan) - Native German Italian
46 Andrej : Hello all, OK, I speak Slovak, Czech and English fluently. I can speak German, and very little French. I understand, Polish, Ukrainian, Serb-Croatian.
47 Jcs17 : English Spanish (Mostly fluent, I have trouble when people are speaking to me in Spanish, but I can read it and write it) French (basic, still learnin
48 Aa61hvy : I know Spanish pretty well, my pronunciation is not very well, but I've been told by native Spanish speakers, my memory for vocabulary is amazing.
49 DeltaMD11 : English (native language) Spanish (6 años) Latin (3 annos)
50 Lfutia : English - Native read/ write/ speak Dutch - somewhat fluent can read/write/speak Hindi - i know some words... write in English/ speak my mom knows mor
51 BOEING747-700 : Canada's two, English and French.
52 Marambio : Spanish (native) French (fluent) English (fluent) German (semi-fluent) Dutch (basic) Portuguese (basic) Italian (basic)
53 Post contains images OYRJA : For me the following languages are: Fluently: Swedish Danish Norwegian English German Understandable: Swiss German French Spanish Jive
54 Post contains images Thom@s : For me the following languages are: Fluently: Swedish Danish Norwegian English German Oh I seriously doubt it... Thom@s
55 Post contains images OYRJA : You wanna make a bet? It's not fair though if you start with Ny Norsk.
56 Post contains images Thom@s : No no, I mean any form of Norwegian. No offence, but it's normally quite easy to identify a dane when he tries to speak norwegian. Thom@s
57 Post contains images OYRJA : Well. Speaking both Swedish and danish fluently makes it very easy to speak norwegian as well I thought you knew that. hehe
58 767-332ER : Speak both english and spanish fluently. I can understand and read italian comprehensively. Regards
59 BNE : None, nada, because I don't consider English foreign, did study French at school for 3 years, but didn't get much from it, could count to 10. Everyone
60 Post contains images Vio : Fluent: Romanian (mother tongue) English (i think I speak it better than Romanian, since I lived in Canada half my life and most of my adult life) Som
61 Aloges : German Brazilian Portuguese (fluent) English (quite close to fluent) French (getting me "there") Spanish (getting me "there") That's it. Oh, and if yo
62 Christian : Swedish Norwegian Some Danish, very hard to understand. English The very basics of German, only study it for 1 year, which I regret now when I work wi
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