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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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« Reply #27 on: Jan 06, 2017, 06:56PM »

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. ;-)

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...

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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