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« on: Jan 04, 2017, 08:05AM »

Just curious...
I can speak English, Chinese, and Spanish
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« Reply #1 on: Jan 04, 2017, 08:34AM »

Man.  I have enough trouble with English.  My British and Australian friends claim I don't speak it.

I can read French and understand a little Yiddish and German but I'd hesitate to say I speak them.  Although I worked for a week in a French company speaking mostly French with the line workers.
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« Reply #2 on: Jan 04, 2017, 11:13AM »

I speak fluent East Texan and American is my second language.
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« Reply #3 on: Jan 04, 2017, 11:49AM »

Arabic (Iraqi dialect) - which is my strongest.
English - little bit of struggling with comprehension.
Farsi - know little bit thanks to the loanwords in the Iraqi dialect.
Russian - decent understanding but I read better than speak.
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« Reply #4 on: Jan 04, 2017, 11:52AM »

English, 'Strine (fluent!), Kiwi (almost there), a little French and Indonesian, and a very little Chinese (working on this last one now).
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« Reply #5 on: Jan 04, 2017, 12:27PM »

English, a little French, some Gaeilge (Irish Gaelic).
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« Reply #6 on: Jan 04, 2017, 12:38PM »

English, and I can read French relatively well. Can't speak it for the life of me, though.
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« Reply #7 on: Jan 04, 2017, 03:48PM »

English, Spanish ( A Little ), & Texican.  ;-)
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« Reply #8 on: Jan 04, 2017, 04:05PM »

Nihongo shika wakannai.
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« Reply #9 on: Jan 04, 2017, 05:30PM »

Nihongo shika wakannai.
Do you mean you know everything except Japanese?
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« Reply #10 on: Jan 04, 2017, 05:40PM »

I know everything but Greek, and what Harrison posted is all Greek to me! :-P :-P :-P
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« Reply #11 on: Jan 04, 2017, 05:53PM »

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The author Douglas Hofstadter* once remarked that he's "pi-lingual", because if you added the 2 languages he spoke fluently to the fractions of other languages he knew, you got to 3.14159

As for me, hmmmm, if I add 1.0 English to 0.7 French, 0.4 Spanish, 0.3 German, 0.2 Dutch, and 0.15 Russian/Mandarin/Italian/etc, I guess I'm somewhere around "e-lingual" (2.71828)


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« Reply #12 on: Jan 04, 2017, 08:59PM »

Do you mean you know everything except Japanese?

Eigo ni yaku shite, tabun "I only know Japanese" tte iu imi ka mo ne.
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« Reply #13 on: Jan 04, 2017, 10:20PM »

Wow, yeah I got that upside down!!!  The grammar just doesn't work word for word the way we are used to.  Japanese is certainly not a 'Romantic' language.

How long did it take to learn?
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« Reply #14 on: Jan 04, 2017, 10:24PM »

.New York English and some Hebrew.
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« Reply #15 on: Jan 04, 2017, 10:58PM »

English.
German in High school.
Chinese in college, one year.
Internet French.
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« Reply #16 on: Jan 05, 2017, 12:04AM »

English unilingual, sadly.
Forgotten all my German, and I know some words in Japanese.

Of course my sister is fluent in Spanish and Chinese, working on Korean. She got all those skills.
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« Reply #17 on: Jan 05, 2017, 02:48AM »

Strayan  ;-)
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« Reply #18 on: Jan 05, 2017, 04:12AM »

Swedish, and I understand Danish and Norwegian well, especially in writing. As for languages I've studied I know English best. It is enough to make myself understood in most all day situations. I've studied German for five years and can handle a simple conversation, but also good enough to be able to read and understand most of the backside of a Deutsce Grammophone Record (vinyl LP).

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« Reply #19 on: Jan 05, 2017, 11:28AM »

English,
phom poot Thai
jao wao Lao
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« Reply #20 on: Jan 05, 2017, 11:30AM »

Swedish and I understand Danish and Norwegian well

Aren't the three more or less mutually intelligible, as long as you speak slowly and don't use slang? (Not discrediting your linguistic skills, just curious). A Norwegian friend once told me that the difference was sort of like having people from Mississippi, Glasgow, and Singapore in one room trying to communicate in English. ;-)

This was actually one of the little sub-plots in "The Bridge" (Swedish/Danish TV show - I can highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys dark crime thrillers; the US remake wasn't nearly as good) All the Swedes and Danes speak in their own languages, which occasionally leads to a misunderstanding...
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« Reply #21 on: Jan 05, 2017, 11:38AM »

Bulgarian
English
French (a bit rusty)
Russian (sometimes my vocabulary is deficient, but most of the time I'm doing good)
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« Reply #22 on: Jan 05, 2017, 12:00PM »

Wow, yeah I got that upside down!!!  The grammar just doesn't work word for word the way we are used to.  Japanese is certainly not a 'Romantic' language.

How long did it take to learn?


Yeah Object + shika + Verb-nai can be literally taken as "don't VERB except for OBJ" it's usually better translated into english as "Subject only VERBs Object"

"Nihongo shika wakarimasen" I only understand Japanese
"Aoi koneko-chan shika taberarenai" I only can eat blue kittens

As far as how long it took for me to learn Japanese? I am still learning and have been since 2006. Even though I read many written materials in Japanese and watch a lot of that country's media, I haven't and will never reach a native level. Most people who claim fluency would have you believe they are native speakers. No way! But it's fun!
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« Reply #23 on: Jan 05, 2017, 12:40PM »

My Chinese is very fluent since I've been speaking it since 4 years of age

My Spanish is not so great but understandable

I can also speak a few words in Russian, German, and Japanese, but that doesn't count
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« Reply #24 on: Jan 05, 2017, 10:25PM »

-English
-Mostly fluent in French
-I can read and understand (maybe speak?) very basic Italian and Spanish
-Does Klingon count?

I'd love to be able to speak fluently in Latin one day.
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« Reply #25 on: Jan 05, 2017, 10:38PM »

Apparently Klingon has gotten a following much like Esperanto did a generation or two ago.  It's spoken mainly by Star Wars Geeks.

I heard Hamlet's soliloquy (at least a part of it) from a translation of the play into Klingon.
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« Reply #26 on: Jan 05, 2017, 10:42PM »

Not this Star Trek geek.  'el roj!
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I heard Hamlet's soliloquy (at least a part of it) from a translation of the play into Klingon.

That is awesome, I'd love to hear that some day.

Not this Star Trek geek.  'el roj!

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« Reply #28 on: Jan 08, 2017, 09:48AM »

Aren't the three more or less mutually intelligible, as long as you speak slowly and don't use slang? (Not discrediting your linguistic skills, just curious). A Norwegian friend once told me that the difference was sort of like having people from Mississippi, Glasgow, and Singapore in one room trying to communicate in English. ;-)

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It is true the languages are similar. In writing this is obvious but dialects can be hard when spoken. Danish can be hard if they speak fast. Personally I find Norwegian a lot easier. Often you only need to guess a couple of words in a sentence, but there is a southern swedish dialect called "Skånska" that can be more difficult to understand than norwegian, especially if you are not used to it. I got a new collegue from that region at work and it took about six months before I completely got everything she said. Now I'm used to "skånska" and can not imagine why it was so hard in the beginning to understand her. 

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« Reply #29 on: Jan 08, 2017, 11:19AM »

I had an uncle whose WWII army duties included translating Norwegian into Danish.  :)
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« Reply #30 on: Jan 08, 2017, 01:12PM »

Native language is English (though it's a southern Scottish variant) :-)

A little schoolboy French (though according to my school exams I'm better at French than English !)

Some very basic German, a few words of Spanish and Japanese (doesn't really count).

My wife is Chinese so I speak some basic Mandarin.  We should realy specify which version of Chinese we speak as there are so many variants. :-)

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« Reply #31 on: Jan 09, 2017, 07:26AM »

We should realy specify which version of Chinese we speak as there are so many variants. :-)

Yes, I speak Mandarin too since I'm of Chinese descent
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« Reply #32 on: Jan 09, 2017, 08:14AM »

I'm a spanish native speaker and fluent in english.
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