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How many languages do you speak?


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#1 HydroLar

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 06:05 PM

When I look at the locations of some of the posters I often wonder how many languages people here can speak besides English.

I have to give you credit if you do speak more than one language...I can't, not really. When I was little my grandmother used to revert to a Finnish/Norwegian combination when she got really angry. To this day I can still understand a little of each of those languages - swear words mostly. <_<

At one point I could understand Swedish because I spent time in Sweden...but not anymore. I took the 'mandatory' high school French as I was growing up but can't speak French either.

College German and some practice when I visited Germany left me with some German but I read and write German much better than I speak it.

So what languages do some of you speak?
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Posted 08 December 2010 - 06:17 PM

I speak Spanish rather fluently in addition to English.

A lot of the MRT staff here are at least bilingual. :)

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 07:29 PM

Hi,

Due to life and other unforeseen circumstances I speak and write German, French and English fluently and more or less daily at the moment.
My Spanish has been suffering, it used to be quite fluent. However I am no longer using it and knowledge is dwindling.

It's got a lot to do with the necessity of speaking the language of the country you live in. English is the only language I speak without having actually lived in a country where it was the main language.

I know about 5 words of chinese, including "north" "south" and "walled city" form a history book. And I remember how to count to 10 on one hand too. That's all my chinese. :hysterical:

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 07:34 PM

English and Japanese

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and pig Latin too in both (does that count as 2 or 1)

Edited by Martel, 08 December 2010 - 07:36 PM.


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Posted 08 December 2010 - 07:50 PM

If you count foul language <_< then I speak 3.

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Posted 08 December 2010 - 09:11 PM

two, good english and bad english. :P

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Posted 09 December 2010 - 12:15 AM

The US version of English -- without the stereotypical New Jersey accent.

I drove my high school French teacher into an early retirement. Switched to Latin, took 3 years, and did pretty well. Unfortunately, no one really speaks Latin these days.

I took two years of Russian in college and squeaked by with a grade just good enough to graduate.

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Posted 09 December 2010 - 12:20 AM

Unfortunately, no one really speaks Latin these days.


I think you overlooked Pig Latin :hysterical:

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Posted 09 December 2010 - 01:00 AM

English, Polish, Russian, some German. Haven't practiced the last one for a while, so very rusty.

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Posted 09 December 2010 - 11:01 PM

I think you overlooked Pig Latin :hysterical:



I'm so-ooo embarrassed! I worked at Bell Labs back in the '80s and everyone else in my job description had advanced degrees in Computer Science and Software Engineering. I felt so left out that I bought a Masters Degree from Dr. Science. And it was, in fact, printed in Pig Latin.

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Posted 09 December 2010 - 11:04 PM

I would love to ooday atthey just to see if anybody noticed :hysterical:

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Posted 21 December 2010 - 04:16 AM

I speak English, so one, though I know an extremely small bit of Spanish.

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Posted 23 December 2010 - 04:34 PM

Ik spreek maar 1 taal en dat is Nederlands.
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Sorry folk, that I did that in Dutch.
I know that there are people they find it not good when someone write in another language then English.

I speak one language and that is my own language, Dutch.
I can little English with speaking and writing.
However, it is not important that someone can good speak or good write English, I will say, the case is, that you understand the other what the other tell to you.

Edited by RadioNorthsea, 24 December 2010 - 07:57 AM.


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Posted 08 January 2011 - 10:27 AM

Initially I wasn't going to contribute to this thread. Then I read the individual posts and saw that this may be fun.

The useful inventory of languages I speak is limited to Americanized English. I have devoted years to the continued improvement of my communication skills in both written and verbal form.

Many years ago in school I studied French for six years. The last year was French literature, including the likes of Victor Hugo and Jean-Paul Sartre. Since leaving school, I have had no opportunity or necessity to read, write, or speak French; so I have lost all but the ability to count and speak a few trivial sentences. In both French and Spanish I can say almost any number smaller than 1,000,000.

In the Mexican dialects of Spanish I can count and order food at local home style Mexican restaurants. On the OOPS list, there is a humorous misadventure. When visiting Mexico as a teenager, I got a little bit too cocky. I had noticed some similarities between French and Spanish and decided to show how smart I was (not). At a restaurant I ordered gateau and was served gato. My memory of the correct spellings may be wrong, but for those of you not familiar with either language here is the deal. "Gateau" is French for cake. "Gato" is Spanish for cat. I still laugh about this 45 years later.

I know a few words in German, mainly food and curses I learned from Grandpa. Grandpa was in the first generation of my family born in the United States.

On the lighter side: I speak a little pig latin, but my expertise is in snake talk. It can be a tongue twister, and there are certain words to avoid. I'll give an example of snake talk. You will be able to figure out which words don't work as intended. "Snake talk" translated into snake talk is "snalfake talfalk". You guessed it, duck is one of those words.

I respect those of you who have learned to communicate in more than one language.

This has been fun.

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 04:08 PM

English in the proper, redneck, chinese, indian, and ebonic variants. Some Spanish "aahahahyyy" and a little French "haugh haughh haughhh". :crazy:

I don't know why I forgot to include cajun since I've had a lot of fun with that over the years too. "I garrontee ayeee"

Edited by M332, 08 January 2011 - 09:29 PM.





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