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    Any Multilinguals Out There?

    Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by JTheGreat, Jun 10, 2010.

    Just asking. I think it's awesome when you learn a new language.

    I can understand Tagalog pretty well, but I don't like speaking it because of me ever-so obvious American accent.
     
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    I speak fluent German with a decent accent. French and Spanish I can understand but I'm nowhere near fluent.
     
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    Many!!

    <-- English, Spanish, & Russian with fluency and a sprinkle of German and French.
     
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    I can speak English, French, and Greek. I speak and understand a little Spanish, too. I'm the most fluent in English, however, and would prefer to speak in it than in any of the other languages. I took two years of Spanish in school. French and Greek I learned from my parents (my mom's French and my dad's Greek).

    When it comes to writing, I stick to English.
     
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    Some Spanish, some German, plus odd bits from various other languages. Only fluent in English, though.
     
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    Fluent French and some German. I grew up speaking French and English and went to a French school (no English allowed) until 5th grade. I can still remember most of it too, and a half decent accent. I want to learn Russian next.
     
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    I'm fluent in Spanish and English, although those are practically the only ones.
    I know Japanese to a very basic level, though I seek to learn a lot more languages. I think I will eventually take the Languages (Or whatever the actual career name is) career at some point. (That and the writing career too, I'm strongly considering studying 2 at the same time, all for the sake of knowledge).
     
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    I speak English with fluency, and I have been learning Spanish for...ever. I actually grew up with Spanish in my home. I have studied Spanish formally since middle school (I just graduated high school a little over a week ago). I wouldnt call myself bilingual (and certainly not multilingual!) because it doesnt come naturally to me like English does, but I can speak with enough fluency and with a convincing enough accent that most hispanohablantes dont look at me like I'm stupid and dont usually slow their speaking. Which I consider to be a success. :)
     
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    The only language I can speak fluently is my mother language, the Portuguese. My English is very good, I believe, but I can't call it fluent yet.
    And I can understand a little - but I do mean little - Italian and Spanish.
     
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    In the process of learning Spanish and fluent in English, but God only knows how many random bits of other languages I know.
     
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    My mother tongue is Dutch and I would like to say I'm fluent in English, but I know I still make a lot of mistakes. I can understand and speak some French, and a little bit of Spanish too.
     
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    There's English, then there's Lynglish. :)
     
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    I'm fluent in English, French and Spanish and it takes me a couple weeks in Italy to recover Italian.

    I should speak Russian but I lost it for lack of use.
     
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    I can get by in French and German. I tried to learn Cantonese for a couple of years, but didn't get far beyond saying "hello" and counting to ten. I've managed to order food in Cantonese (by pointing and saying "One of those please") and to ask directions (I didn't understand the answer, but set off in the direction they waved towards and sure enough, what I wanted was down there).
     
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    I'm currently part way through a languages degree focusing on french and the english language. It touches on Spanish, which will be topped up to a diploma in Spanish afterwards, along with a dimploma in German. Latin and classic greek are also included but I think I'll have to take some top up courses to feel I have achieved an acceptable level of understanding in them, perhaps it'll result in another valid qualification.

    I adore languages and the art of words :)
     
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    Only fluent in English, but I can get by in Spanish.
     
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    Lydia, es loca!

    I know that Belgium has a few official languages, and I knew that you spoke Dutch, but I was certain that English was one of them (until just now, when I looked it up ;) ), and that you grew up learning it. You're fluency in English is fantastic. I never would have thought that it wasnt your first language.
     
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    Lol, thanks. Well, I kinda grew up learning it, but my parents made A LOT of mistakes (I still have to correct them now and then) so it wasn't easy- I had no idea how to write anything in English till I was about 12 years old, though (Except maybe 'I love you' :p).
     
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    But I am assured by Belgians that Dutch is not one of them. The fact that most Belgians would be hard pressed to tell Vlaams and Dutch apart is besides the point when it comes to national identity! :rolleyes:
     
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    Really? :eek: For the longest time I thought it was Dutch, French, and English, but when I looked it up I saw that it was Dutch, French, and German.

    (And I have no idea what language Vlaams comes from... :redface: )
     
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    As I understand it, Vlaams (Flemish) is what the Dutch speaking Belgians call their language. Not Dutch. No, it's certainly not Dutch...
     
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    Lol, let me explain. Dutch is the language that is spoken in Holland and certain parts of Belgian, but Flemish (or Vlaams) is simply a kind of Dialect on Dutch. It is the same language but the accent is completely different from that in Holland and certain words are not the same.
     
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    I can speak French and Russian aside from English, also a little Gallic, but I'm Scottish, so it does with the package.

    I can understand little bits of German and Greek; but really not much.
     
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    i speak/read/write french well enough to get along ok when i'm there, though i'm short of fluent... and i have enough basic italian and spanish to get by, as well... plus english, of course...

    oh, and a smattering of ελληνικά, deutsch, and portugues...
     
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    English as a matter of course, but I've taken AP level Spanish, so at the very least, I can get by with it. (Although I'm a much better reader than speaker and listener)

    Of course, I also pride myself with being to identify most languages, even if I don't understand them.
     

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