TWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 52 Posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1400 times:
Hello everyone. Bonjour. Buenos Dias. Guten Tag.
I know this site is used by people all over the world. It is obvious from reading messages here that some people know English much better than other people...but I give those who do not know English credit for trying
So, I was wondering what is your native language ("mother tongue")? How many languages do you speak??
Although I don't speak any other languages fluently, I have studied Deutsch and Francais a little bit. By the way, a cool website for translation (you can even translate an entire web site instantly!!!) is:
N4KHGirl From United States of America, joined May 1999, 297 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1107 times:
Well my mom's from Honduras, and my parents both went to medical school in Guadalajara, Mexico, so i spoke Spanish before i learned how to speak english.. but if i ever spoke to any of yall, i bet the first impression would be, "What a damn redneck!" LOL..
Turbulence From Spain, joined Nov 1999, 963 posts, RR: 20
Reply 14, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1096 times:
La meva llengua nadiua és el Català
My native language is Catalan.
Catalan is a latin language, spoken by ten milions in different ways, in Catalonia (north-east of Spain), Valencia (east), Rosselló (South est of France), Balearic Islands and L'Alguer (Alghero), one city in the Italian isle of Sardinia.
Although most of Catalan Speakers find themselves in Spain, Catalan is much more similar to other languages than to Spanish itself.
(EN=English, FR=French, IT=Italian, CA=Catalan, ES=Spanish)
EN table: FR table, IT távola, CA taula, ES mesa
EN window: FR fenêtre, IT finestra, CA finestra, ES ventana
EN speak: FR parler, IT parlare, CA parlar, ES hablar
EN bed: FR lit, IT letto, CA llit, ES cama
EN leg: FR jambe, IT gamba, CA cama, ES pierna
EN peach: FR pêche, IT pesca, CA préssec, ES melocotón
In French, the circumflex accent (^) shows that in the evolution of the language, a vowel has lost a following "S", like "fenêtre" from "fenestre", "pêche" from "pesc(h)e" (for the above comparation to Italian and Catalan) and also "hôtel" from "hostel" or "hostal" or "maître" (pronounced metre) from "mestre" (either "master", "owner" or "teacher")
In the evolution from Latin, some Us and Vs get confused or turned into each other, like "taU(o)la" and "taV(o)la" (also seen above) or the topic title "natiVe" in EN & FR "natiVa" in ES & IT, and "nadiUa" in CA.
Also, there is something that should be said about the "Spanish" language. The word "Spanish" is quite an "imperial" word, since it is actually not "spanish". The Catholic Kings, on which name America was discovered and conquested, were not "of Spain", but "of Castilla", being Castilla just one more of the different kingdoms existing in the Iberic Peninsula at that time. So the original language should not be called anything that did not exist by then (Spain). It should be called what actually was the original place where it was spoken: "CASTILLIAN"
Some radical valencians claim they do not speak Catalan, but Valencian. This is as ridiculous as would be Argentinians, Chileans, Colombians, Mexicans, etc., claiming they don't speak Castillian; Brazilians, Mozambicans, etc., claiming they don't speak Portuguese; Québecquois claiming they don't speak French; New Zealanders, Australians, U.S., Canadians, etc., claiming they don't speak English, and people like Avion claiming they do not speak German. You can call it a dialect, a different way of speaking, but do not say it is not German: some of the most difficult people to understand for the Spaniards are the Andalusians. Their accent is very different from the accent from anywhere else in Spain and Latin America, but you will never hear an andalusian claiming he/she speaks “andalusian”. They speak Castillian. In a different way, but Castillian. The same way valencians and balearians speak catalan in a different way, and Swiss and Austrians speak German in a different way, too.
The other languages I speak are:
Almost as fluent as catalan:
Obviously, I also speak English very well.
Je parle aussi très bien Français.
Falo também muito bem Português.
Hablo tambien muy bien Castellano.
Parlo anche molto bene Italiano.
Μιλάω επίσις πολύ καλά Ελληνικά
(say "mee-'lah-aw eh-'pee-sees paw-'lee kah-'lah eh-lee-nee-'kah") (Louis, DO NOT LOOSE IT, if you speak Greek you have a treasure)
Much less fluent:
Auf Deutsch, habe ich fast alles vergeßen, entschuldigung, or
From German, I have forgotten almost everything, sorry.
Quite a little:
Izvinitjye, ya ni gabarit kharosche pa-Ruski, spaciva
I'm sorry, I do not speak good Russian, thank you.
Please excuse my verbal (written) incontinence (as know as verborrhea, or, in this case, "writorrhea", but my language is almost unknown even in Spain, and this was a good opportunity to explain something.
TWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 52
Reply 15, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1084 times:
Many thanks for the fascinating language lesson. I didn't fully know the history behing Catalan vs. Castillian. I am very envious that you speak so many languages. This is one drawback of being an American. In Europe, you have several different languages spoken in a relatively small area so it is necessary and useful to speak several languages, and you can use them frequently (which, as we know, is critical for learning a language).
In America, (especially the interior), this is not necessary. My goal is to learn two other languages. I am considering "Spanish" (Castillian), and debating whether to continue studying French or German (maybe both).
I was in Europe last September (Paris and Greece). I would have loved to have been able to communicate in French.
But, alas, English is so widely spoken and is continuing its destiny as the international language (I know many people are not happy about this, but, it is undeniable).
Otherwise, why would a Swedish web site be in English??
Julien.M From Belgium, joined Mar 2000, 143 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (14 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1074 times:
hi! or should I say "salut!"
My native language is French! but here in Brussels you are obliged to know French and Deutch (from Netherlands). Here in Belgium we have 3 nationals languages: french, deutch and german. héhé all of that for that small country!
but i would had prefered to be born speaking english! (
so I speak fluently english, french of course. about deutch unfortunately i'm very bad and my teachers too lol!