Languages You Speak?

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Languages You Speak?

Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
I know there's another thread out there for people that speak German, but as German as I am, I don't know a word of the language. But we have a pretty well educated and diverse population here so what do you speak? What languages do you want to learn?

I speak some French but read and write it very well - I took a few years of it just to be able to read Arthur Rimbaud in its original French so my focus was always more on being able to read it, not hear it or pronounce it.

I'd love to learn Latin and the Catholic HS I went to offered it but my father wouldn't let me take it because he thought it was useless - apparently he's not aware of how many English words can be broken down to Latin roots. I'd also love to learn Russian or Italian but haven't found the time yet. Spanish would clearly be most helpful, job marketability wise and what not, but the language doesn't appeal to me for some reason.
09/21/2010
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Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
Yes, I'm bumping my own thread - but only because I'm really curious about the answers and I posted it while it was super slow yesterday afternoon.
09/22/2010
Viktor Vysheslav Malkin Viktor Vysheslav Malkin
Russian, English.

Know a little french, a little Spanish.

Can type and much better than speak
09/22/2010
Chilipepper Chilipepper
I didn't answer because I'm horrible with languages. I know a couple of words (or a phrase) in about a half-dozen of them, but I can never 'get' them while trying to learn. I've taken Spanish, Latin, French, and German - and can't hold a simple conversation in any of them, nor read, write, and especially not understand another speaker. It's not out of American egotism, it's the simple fact that my brain is not wired to learn languages.
09/22/2010
Tori Rebel Tori Rebel
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Originally posted by Chilipepper
I didn't answer because I'm horrible with languages. I know a couple of words (or a phrase) in about a half-dozen of them, but I can never 'get' them while trying to learn. I've taken Spanish, Latin, French, and German - and ...
There's nothing wrong with that - I'm good with languages and history but anything scientific or the higher maths (calculus, trig.)? I SUCK.
09/22/2010
SEXY N DELICIOUS SEXY N DELICIOUS
I only speak Englise. I want to learn how to speak French and Spanish.
09/22/2010
Darling Jen Darling Jen
Besides English, I am fairly intermediate in French and still a beginner in Japanese. But I LOVE languages and want to learn more!
09/22/2010
Jobthingy Jobthingy
I am fluent in both French and English
09/22/2010
gone77 gone77
I currently only speak English, but I would like to learn others. Honestly, if I had the time and money, I wish I could be fluent in every language. I was the top student in my freshman French class, but I can only remember a few words from back then. lol
09/22/2010
Jul!a Jul!a
I speak just enough Spanish to half ass a conversation, and I would love to learn French.
09/22/2010
Viktor Vysheslav Malkin Viktor Vysheslav Malkin
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Originally posted by gone77
I currently only speak English, but I would like to learn others. Honestly, if I had the time and money, I wish I could be fluent in every language. I was the top student in my freshman French class, but I can only remember a few words from back ...
They make this awesome Nintendo DS Game, you might want to look into it, If you get a DS you can take this with you as you walk around campus. Then again time is hard to come by.

The DS French Teacher is awesome tool, right now it says I am at the "toddler" level

Love it, it really is a nice little learning took.
09/22/2010
Blinker Blinker
Ich spreche etwas Deutsch, aber ich bin langsam.

Luckily some people have tried to learn German after Inglourious Basterds came out, but I think the trend went away. Schade!

And I know enough Spanish to get by in most situations.
09/22/2010
Blinker Blinker
I think I had to draw and graph polyglots in my geometry class...

My boyfriend has been trying so hard to learn Mandarin in China but he's afraid he's butchering the language more than anything and has almost given up. He teaches children and says they have a great grasp on English, but he still tries to respect his host country by learning some of thier language.
09/22/2010
Chilipepper Chilipepper
I recall an experiment my anthropology instructor's family had done. He was fluent in French, and his daughter insisted that he speak nothing but French to her daughter (his granddaughter) while the rest of the family spoke English. The little girl grew up being bilingual but not aware she was bilingual. She spoke French with her grandfather and English with her parents, and she switched between the two extremely easily. She didn't believe she was speaking two languages at all, so this does bring up an interesting point about the brain's processing and shaping through language like Cynthia suggested.
09/22/2010
PassionQT PassionQT
English, French (almost fluent), some spanish and I used to be able to hold a conversation in Arabic years ago, but I've forgotten most of it.
09/22/2010
Envy Envy
English.

Then i used to know Danish and Japanese. Pretty much forgot it all, though. I also know very very little Spanish.
09/22/2010
~LaUr3n~ ~LaUr3n~
English, German, and a bit of Latin and Italian
09/22/2010
Andromeda Andromeda
English, and fairly competent in Spanish. I want to learn French and Italian at some point.
09/22/2010
namelesschaos namelesschaos
I'm Fluent in English and Spanish.

I also know a handful of words in other language due to playing around with Rosetta Stone
09/23/2010
deadpoet deadpoet
English. I do know some spanish, german, and japanese, but not enough to have a conversation
09/23/2010
El-Jaro El-Jaro
Quote:
Originally posted by Tori Rebel
I know there's another thread out there for people that speak German, but as German as I am, I don't know a word of the language. But we have a pretty well educated and diverse population here so what do you speak? What languages do you ...
I def. agree with your last to lines!

I had 3 1/2 years of German in college and have picked up some words and phrases here and there from other languages. My wonderful girlfriend is reluctantly and haphazardly teaching me Mandarin and Cantonese when I ask.

It doesn't seem that Spanish would be too hard to learn, plus it'd help you out with Portuguese.
09/23/2010
P'Gell P'Gell
Quote:
Originally posted by Tori Rebel
I know there's another thread out there for people that speak German, but as German as I am, I don't know a word of the language. But we have a pretty well educated and diverse population here so what do you speak? What languages do you ...
English. I know many Latin based medical terms. But, I don't "speak" it. Who would I talk to?

I know enough Spanish to get around in the Chicago area, which has a high Latino population, but I wouldn't say I "speak" Spanish, I just know enough to get by with Spanish Speaking people, I don't consider my butchering of the Spanish language in any way a Mastery of it. It's pretty sad, because I am mistaken for Latina all the time and people start talking to me in Spanish and I only know enough to say I only speak a little Spanish and then people laugh at me, thinking I should KNOW the language.
09/23/2010
Riccio Riccio
Italian and English, with some reading knowledge of Spanish.
09/24/2010
Kim! Kim!
I remember very little Spanish from 7th and 8th grade, I've taken about 6 years of French, and I am currently taking Japanese. I'm far better in English than any of those though.
09/24/2010
Jenniae09 Jenniae09
I have taken courses of French and speak it with friends. Also, when I'm drunk or really tired I speak French. haha. I used to know Italian, but going to high school speaking English and learning French I forgot my Italian. I am slowly getting it back since my partner and roommate are taking Italian.
I want to learn at least Spanish, ASL, Korean, Japanese, Turkish, Arabic and Vietnamese in that order. Learning Spanish since my partner and all my friends are of Hispanic origin and I'd like to learn Turkish since that's my heritage, but it's definitely interesting to learn. The rest are just for fun.
Right now I am in the process of learning Spanish and American Sign Language.
09/24/2010
P'Gell P'Gell
Oh, Jenniae reminded me, I "speak" ASL as well. I used to work with Autistic children and children with Communication Disorders and ASL was necessary. I also used it with my kids, when they were babies, but they learned to speak so early, that it wasn't really necessary. I'm not fluent. I know mostly things related to food, sitting down, "hurt?" "sick?" toileting words and of course. "I love you."
09/24/2010
lamira lamira
I know Italian, Spanish and French and I am currently studying Arabic and Chinese. Hopefully, studying will go well.
10/14/2010
Lady Venus Lady Venus
I fluently speak, read and write English and French.

I can somewhat understand Spanish...(thanks Dora!)
10/14/2010
mllebeauty mllebeauty
I used to be fluent in Spanish and French but I rarely practice so I lose it. When I'm immersed in the language it does come back to me.
10/14/2010
truelove truelove
I'm admiring these people who can speak more languages.
I have just English and Latin
10/14/2010
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