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User currently offlineTWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 52
Posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1369 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:
http://translator.go.com


An unexamined life isn't worth living.
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User currently offlineUKRAir From Ukraine, joined Apr 2000, 118 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1114 times:

My native language is Russian.

User currently offlineTWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1110 times:

Speciba (spelling?) UKRAir. Do you speak any other languages besides English and Russian?


An unexamined life isn't worth living.
User currently offlineUKRAIR From Ukraine, joined Apr 2000, 118 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1110 times:

Also I speak Ukrainian very well.
Do pobachenya !!!


User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 45
Reply 4, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1111 times:

Ingles es mi primer idioma.
English is my first language.

Espanol es mi segund idioma.
Spanish is my second language.

I also can do a little American Sign Language, but sorry I can't prove it on the keyboard 



Up, up and away!
User currently offlineKuba74 From Poland, joined Mar 2000, 432 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1104 times:

Polish is my native language- polski jest moim ojczystym jezykiem.
Others: English, German, a little bit Russian and Latin

Bye- do zobaczenia

Kuba


User currently offlineSAS 737-600 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1092 times:

Mitt morspråk er norsk
My native language is norwegian

Hilsen SAS 737-600
Regards from SAS 737-600  


User currently offlineAmerican_4275 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1076 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1082 times:

I have no accent at all, but my parents do...their main language is Farsi. I know it as my secondary language and i can speak it fluently.

User currently offlineAvion From Bouvet Island, joined May 1999, 2205 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1083 times:

My native language is swiss. It's like german but the germans cant understand swiss. The words are very alike but its pronounced differently. But i can understand german.

Avion


User currently offlineTeahan From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 5293 posts, RR: 61
Reply 9, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1077 times:

Well mine could be Swiss German (My mother is Swiss German) It's a different dialect of German

It could be French. I was born in Geneva and lived there until I was 10 or 11. I still often go to Geneva on holidays!

It could be English. My Dad is Irish and we spoke English at home!

Make your pick I speak the 3 of them fluently

Jeremiah Teahan 



Goodbye SR-LX MD-11 / 6th of March 1991 to the 31st of October 2004
User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1078 times:

My first is American English, while I do speak some England English, Ebonics, and Southern (so many dialects of the same language that don't sound at all alike! ;0). I also know basic spanish.

User currently offlineLouis From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1074 times:

It was Greek, but I forgot most of it now. I can still understand it well. I guess if you haven't been back in years, you lose it. We mostly speak English at home as my father is Canadian.

User currently offlineN4KHGirl From United States of America, joined May 1999, 297 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1076 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..

~*Camille*~


User currently offlineAa777dr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1058 times:

My native toungue is Español.

User currently offlineTurbulence From Spain, joined Nov 1999, 963 posts, RR: 21
Reply 14, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1065 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.

For example:
(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

Note1:
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")
Note2:
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.

Thanks everybody for your patience.

Best turbulences,
Jordi.


User currently offlineTWFirst From Vatican City, joined Apr 2000, 6346 posts, RR: 52
Reply 15, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1053 times:

Jordi:

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?? 

Au revoir



An unexamined life isn't worth living.
User currently offlineAvion From Bouvet Island, joined May 1999, 2205 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1049 times:

I didn't claim that my language isn't german. I forgot that the official designation is swiss-german. But it's a fact that most of the germans dont understand swiss german.

Avion


User currently offlineJulien.M From Belgium, joined Mar 2000, 143 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1043 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!
salut @+


User currently offlineLima From Argentina, joined May 1999, 1122 posts, RR: 15
Reply 18, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1061 times:

Hi,

My native language is spanish. I also speak english, portuguese some french.

Thanks for the translator tip. Do you know any translator for dutch-english on the internet??

Muchas gracias

Sebastian


User currently offlineGUNDU From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1045 times:

English: first
chinese: second

Singapore we have 4 official language : chinese,tamil,english,malay
national lang. : malay


User currently offlineLouis From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1039 times:

So, you speak with a British accent?

User currently offlineSabenaA320 From Belgium, joined Nov 1999, 114 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1033 times:

Hey All

My native language is Dutch. (Mijn moedertaal is Nederlands) I speak it fluently, because I'm Belgian. It's also spoken in The Netherlands, but there is a some difference, but not so much.

Je parle aussi un peu de Français. I speak also a little bit of French.

And I can speak also English. Well, who can't. You learn it at school here. You learn also French, Spanish and German.

Lima: Babylon translates English - Dutch.

C Ya, tot ziens, a bientôt, hasta la proxima
Ralf    


User currently offlineCricri From France, joined Oct 1999, 581 posts, RR: 7
Reply 22, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1032 times:

Native languages are German and French.
I can also speak fluently Spanish and English and can handle a bit of Italian, Chinese and Russian


User currently offlineBrissie_lions From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1029 times:

Native language is English, but know enough French, German, Italian and Spanish to get by, and a little Bahasa Indonesia

Я говорю маленький Русский также, хотя моя грамматика далека от совершенного. Привет всем моим Российским друзьям.


User currently offlineBrissie_lions From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (14 years 2 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1067 times:

Voor naar de persoon wie watertje zin te Nederlands vertaler, visite zulks terrein

http://www.tranexp.com:2000/InterTran

It translates 700-odd language pairs


25 Post contains images SabenaA320 : Hey Brissie I don't know where you get that sentence, but I'm Belgian and I speak fluently dutch and I couldn't figure out what this sentence means. I
26 Post contains images Brissie_lions : That sentence I used in Dutch was done using the translator...that is the problem with these translators, you have to speak formal formal language or
27 ZRH : Like Avion and Teahan my native language is - spoken Swiss German (a dialect which most Germans don't understand) - written and spoken so called high
28 Turbulence : It's OK, Avion. I just happened to remember many people “creating” languages. We have enough of them near Catalunya, as you probably read.
29 Post contains images Lauda 777 : Svenska era skithögar Swedish your bloody asholes! //Lauda 777, Vby
30 Jkelley480 : Have you been drinking, Lauda 777?
31 Jkelley480 : Have you been drinking, Lauda 777?
32 StarAlliance : My mother tongue-Cantonese, a kind of Chinese I know- English, Mandarin what I know have already covered half of the population of the whole world!!
33 Avion : Whats spoken in Austria and Southern Germany differs quite a bit from swiss german. Its not a huge differnce but it's not swiss german. Their pronounc
34 Lauda 777 : No...I just pretty irritaded just now...Sorry!
35 Post contains images Turbulence : I don't know if I understood too well you now, Avion. When I say that many Germans do not understand what is spoken in Austria, Switzerland and Schwar
36 Peter : English. I have also taken one year of French in school, but I don't know much yet.
37 Post contains images Thai747 : Hi Being a half Philippino and Thai living in Thailand. My native language is of course, Thai. Knowing few words in Tagalog ( Philippino ) and have be
38 Lindy : My native tangue is Polish. Jezu ale jestem pijany i wypisuje te glupoty hehehe ale bede mial kaca jutro Regards, Rafal
39 Post contains images CstarU : Thai747 I think you spelled it incorrectly. It should be Filipino in reference to the race and Pilipino for the language. Lindy I think I got the "heh
40 Post contains images Thai747 : Thanks for the correction.. shame on me
41 9A-CRO : Govorim Hrvatski, pa dakle razumem i Srpski, Bosanski, Crnogorski. My native language is Croatian, and due to enormous similarity I can also freely co
42 Post contains images 747sp_rulez : I speak English at home, but I also kow a bit of Zulu (a language here) and Afrikaans (another language here, similar to Dutch and Flemish) Tommy
43 JWM AIRTRANS : Hello! Ni hao! I speak English. Wo hui ying wen. I also speak Chinese. Wo ye hui zhong wen. (English First Language) Goodbye! Zai jian! Jack Ja Ker
44 Post contains images Lindy : CstarU you got it 9A-CRO nie chwalilem sie tylko napisalem ze jestem pijany. A teraz umieram bo mam tego kaca. Rafal
45 Carioca Canuck : I speak English (my native language) and "Parisian" French (as opposed to "Franglais" from Quebec) fluently. I am about 20 % fluent in verbal "Brasili
46 Polaris : I speak both of Canada's official languages - English and French. English is my "mother tongue". I also speak Italian.
47 LH423 : I speak English as my native, and primary language. I also speak french with fair accuracy (but I can read it much better). I can also speak a fair am
48 Marco : Mine is Assyrian we dont have a country but we have a population of around 3 million, assyria was originally iraq,lebanon,syria,iran and trukey, our l
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