How Many Languages Do You Speak?

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  1. Toto'sDad

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    I'm still struggling with the english language since leaving my home country of Alabama and coming to the United States. In Alabama we communicated with a series of grunts, clicks, arm farts, and the occasional real thing.
     
  2. Wailin' Tele

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    I speak Danish and Norwegian fairly well, I lived in Denmark for about 2 years, and my family is from Norway.
    I studied Spanish in high school and grew up in California. Im not as good as I used to be.
    I studied and lived in Saint Petersburg Russia, I did a semester there, about 4-5 months. Used to read Cyrillic pretty well.
    I studied arabic while living in Cairo for about 5-6 weeks. I just remember a few phrases now.
     
  3. hypnotoad

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    I speak and write 4 languages fluently. German, French, Luxembourgian and (American) English.
    There is a 5th one, Italian, that I understand fluently but I hardly speak it. That is because I am half Italian and my grandmother used to talk to me in Italian, so I grew up with it. Unfortunately I stopped speaking it at age 4 when I went to school and I found it to uncool to speak it. Stupid me.

    The one talent I do have is that I have no accent in any of my spoken languages. Whenever I´m the US, people think I´m a local (southwest) and on a few occasions people thought I was pulling their legs until I showed them my ID.
    Same thing in Germany.
     
  4. strato51

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    english, french, spanish and a little bit german....
     
  5. telex76

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    Does Pig Latin count?
     
  6. BigDaddyLH

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    I'm Canadian, so English and French. I learned a little Sanskrit in Uni and it actually came in handy when backpacking in India, deciphering Devanagari. I think learning another language is always a good idea because you never know when it will be useful.

    My kids have been going to French-immersion schools since kindergarten so they're French is better than mine. My older daughter is starting Japanese this year, too.
     
  7. backporch guy

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    1. English
    2 I can speak enough Spanish to order a beer, not enough to get laid.
    3; Even though I am half Cajun, and grew up in Cajun country, I cannot even speak enough French to order a beer.
    4; I speak fluent Bull****.

    :D
     
  8. rebelwoclue

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  9. gandsfjord

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    Apart from my mother tongue norwegian, I speak english and german.
    I've had extended periods of work in France and Italy, and learnt enough of those two languages to get around.
    However, the french and italian are mostly gone. I think learning a language in school - at a fairly young age - is the way to make it stick in the brain.

    PS. And as a Norwegian I of course can understand - and make myself understood - in swedish and danish. Very similar to norwegian when you just substitute a few, key words. DS
     
  10. GoodCleanFun

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    English, American, Australian, Kiwi, Canadian.
     
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    English is the only language I can speak with any kind of fluency. I can speak a little French and Welsh too.
     
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  13. JayFreddy

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    I can relate. Although English is my native language, I starting learning Japanese when I was a teenager, and Spanish came much later...

    Now it's as if there's two distinct language areas of my brain, one labelled "mother tongue" and the other labelled "foreign words".

    At this point in my life, the "foreign words" section is full of mostly Japanese words, so if I can't think of the Spanish word (which happens too often! :oops:), the Japanese word is usually the first one that pops out.

    When I was first learning Japanese, if I couldn't remember the Japanese word for something, I'd just substitute the English word, and sometimes it would work. For example, spoon, pencil, baseball, hamburger, coffee... I still remember the first time someone asked me if I needed a "naifu to fooku"...

    I had no idea what they were talking about! ;) :p
     
  14. DonMI6

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    My landlord is a Frenchman & I can chat to him well enough to be understood, but when his nephew was visiting from France & they spoke 'proper' French at eachother, I realised just how limited my grasp of the language is.
     
  15. octatonic

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    English (native)
    German (conversational, from when I lived in Switzerland)
     
  16. Coop47

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    English and a little French. Wanted to learn some Irish but its damn near impossible.
     
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    English,Spanish,Italian
     
  18. Lunchie

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    neH wa'
     
  19. Elkhorn

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    Swedish: mother tongue
    English: fully fluent
    German: very fluent with large vocabulary, but my grammar sucks
    Understand Swiss German (at least when from the Basel/Zürich region)
    Understand written/spoken Danish and Norwegian (not too hard as a Swede)
    Understand spoken Finnish to that extent that I almost get the topic, but not the specifics. I have only lived here 14 years...
    Italian, French and Spanish I can manage enough to read a menu.
     
  20. Five Fingers

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    I speak English (obviously) and I am fully fluent in German. My Spanish is terrible and needs seriously improving!
     
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