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What languages do you speak?

  1. NewYorker profile image80
    NewYorkerposted 6 years ago

    This interests me, since we're only allowed to speak English here.

    I, myself, speak English as a primary language. But I also speak Spanish, Icelandic, Swedish and Danish.

    Your turn! smile

    1. classicalgeek profile image88
      classicalgeekposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Well, that requires a definition of "language," and a definition of "speak."

      English is now my primary tongue, French I do well enough to translate professionally in, including poetry, Italian and Czech I get around in (as in I can live in those countries w/o help), I can read Latin, Spanish and German I can read technical documents in (German only in my own field), and then there's the debate about whether music is a language: it has its own grammar, writing system, vocabulary, and can even be said to have dialects. If you count that I'm probably as fluent in that as in English.

      1. classicalgeek profile image88
        classicalgeekposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        I forgot Provencal which I read well enough to translate into English without difficulty.

    2. LeslieAdrienne profile image83
      LeslieAdrienneposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      English is my native language and I speak Spanish.....

    3. de'Arab profile image61
      de'Arabposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I speack English Creole and proper English and some Spanish

    4. vox vocis profile image92
      vox vocisposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      English, Italian, German, a bit of Spanish and a South European Slavic language

    5. LaVieja profile image60
      LaViejaposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      English, Spanish, passable french, some portuguese and italian

    6. gramarye profile image61
      gramaryeposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Why do you say you are only allowed to speak English?

    7. Jeff Berndt profile image92
      Jeff Berndtposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I speak English as a native language, and am able to understand and make myself understood in French and German, though I would quickly get lost in an intellectual discussion, or one that used a lot of slang.

      And, alas, since I live in the USA, I have precious few opportunities to practice my French and German, so I'm pretty rusty. I haven't used them in the real world for several years.

    8. Jeff Berndt profile image92
      Jeff Berndtposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Oh, and this thread reminds me of a joke:

      What do you call someone who speaks two languages? Bilingual.

      What do you call someone who speaks three languages? Trilingual.

      What do you call someone who speaks one language? American. :-)

  2. theirishobserver. profile image61
    theirishobserver.posted 6 years ago

    Hublish, English and Irish.... smile

    1. NewYorker profile image80
      NewYorkerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Don't you speak English in Ireland?

  3. prettydarkhorse profile image66
    prettydarkhorseposted 6 years ago

    English, Filipino, (three local dialects --  Ilocano, Waray and Bicol --Philippines) little bit of Spanish

    1. NewYorker profile image80
      NewYorkerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Oh, I know a little bit of .. Tagalog, I think. You familiar with that?

    2. tobey100 profile image61
      tobey100posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Hey, I used to know a little Waray!  Not any more though.  I do still speak Thai, Burmese, Chinese (some), Dutch, Italian, French (some), Vietnamese, English (of course) and Southern.

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    lyricsingrayposted 6 years ago

    english and sign language big_smile

  5. theirishobserver. profile image61
    theirishobserver.posted 6 years ago

    Say you love me in Filipino smile

    1. prettydarkhorse profile image66
      prettydarkhorseposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Mahal kita, thats i love you in Filipino

      1. tobey100 profile image61
        tobey100posted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Ik hou ook van jou

        "I love you too" in Dutch   

        or

        "Anch'io ti amo" in Italian

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        china manposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        In Chinese that is   wo ai ni

      3. tamilanhub profile image79
        tamilanhubposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        In TAMIL  naan unnai virumbugiren

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    Home Girlposted 6 years ago

    who cares...

    1. NewYorker profile image80
      NewYorkerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Who cares about what?

    2. Uninvited Writer profile image82
      Uninvited Writerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Obviously you do or you wouldn't have posted.

  7. theirishobserver. profile image61
    theirishobserver.posted 6 years ago

    New Yorker, there are few places now in Ireland that speak Irish, but some speak English and Irish, most speak English - but we like to deny it, Hubish is the best - Hubtastic - Hublicious smile

    1. NewYorker profile image80
      NewYorkerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      The Hubber writes a Hubtastic Hub in Hubbish.

  8. Daniel Carter profile image90
    Daniel Carterposted 6 years ago

    I feel seriously stupid among all of you.
    I speak southern drawl fluently, but my uncle from Oklahoma says it's just a drawl and I "ain't from nowhere."
    I also speak pig-latin and turkey-latin.

    1. NewYorker profile image80
      NewYorkerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I can't speak Southern.. And I can't speak ghetto language either. All I can speak is English and Spanish (which you NEED to know if you're going to live in New York) and some scandanavian languages I'm not even sure how I learned, so don't feel stupid.

      And if it makes you feel any better, I don't have a clue what pig or turkey latin is.

      1. Daniel Carter profile image90
        Daniel Carterposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Pig-latin:
        Ancay ouyay alktay igpay atinlay = Can you talk pig-latin

        Turkey-latin
        Cobban yobbou tobbalk tobburkobbey lobbatobbin = can you talk turkey-latin

        Well, I also publish music in about 135 languages. Translators do the work, but I have enough experience in most languages to spot syllabic problems, spellings, punctuation, etc. I don't speak the languages, but I kind of know what's going on in a lot of them.

        But even with that, I have a hard enough time with English, most days.
        wink

        1. tobey100 profile image61
          tobey100posted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Danny boy, you speak southern, that's all ya need to get by in this world.

    2. LeslieAdrienne profile image83
      LeslieAdrienneposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I know pig-latin, but not turkey-latin....in fact this is the first I've heard of it....would you give us an example of turkey-latin, please big_smile

      1. NewYorker profile image80
        NewYorkerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Cobban yobbou tobbalk tobburkobbey lobbatobbin = can you talk turkey-latin

  9. EmpressFelicity profile image83
    EmpressFelicityposted 6 years ago

    English native speaker. Good working knowledge of German (i.e. I can read it and have basic conversations in it but you couldn't call me fluent by any stretch of the imagination).  One of the things I regret about my childhood is the fact that my mother didn't insist on speaking German at home (she was German).  She made one or two half-hearted attempts to make me learn it, but I didn't have the sense to pay attention.

    1. NewYorker profile image80
      NewYorkerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      It was actually different with my mother. My mom is half Icelandic, and when I was 10 years old, I had no choice but to learn that goddamn language, which I have never had to use.

  10. Mamelody profile image61
    Mamelodyposted 6 years ago

    Since I'm a mixture of four nationalities ( mum is Brazillian, Dad is Mexican, Grandad is Egyptian, Grandmother is Portuguese) I happen to be multi lingual and I can speak 11 languages fluently. I learnt how to speak and write English when I was 19. Other languages I speak include:

    Portuguese
    Spanish
    French
    Italian
    Greek
    Latin
    Arabic
    Japanese
    Swahili
    Afikaans
    Dutch

    I used to work as a translator for World Vision International so it was imperative to learn as many languages as possible.

    1. LeslieAdrienne profile image83
      LeslieAdrienneposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Fabulous....Do you translate for any other services?

  11. torimari profile image80
    torimariposted 6 years ago

    I tend to see a trend that people tell me they speak all these languages only to find they are do not at all fluently. So admire those who are honest about it whether they speak fluently or not. smile

    I speak Italian on an intermediate level, but read and write it better.
    I read German ok, but am a beginner at speaking it
    I know very basic Japan and some Slovakian since I visited often.


    Oh, and thanks to my random love for Russian music...I know minimal Russian but can pronounce it quite well in song~

    1. LeslieAdrienne profile image83
      LeslieAdrienneposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Don't be so hard on the people...

      fluency is relative to the situation....English is my native language, but I am not fluent in the language of specialized industries......

      plus, the question wasn't how many languages are you fluent in.....it just asks how many languages do you speak smile smile

      1. torimari profile image80
        torimariposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Just making a point and it does have relevance to the topic. Knowing a few words in a language and actually speaking it in order to hold a conversation are two different things.

        I'm not being hard on anyone and expanding on the topic.

        Meow.

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    L. Andrew Marrposted 6 years ago

    English (real English - not American english tongue)

    On a school level I also know:

    Spanish
    French (which I am currently trying to improve)
    Latin
    Old English
    Ancient Greek

    1. NewYorker profile image80
      NewYorkerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Latin?
      Ancient Greek?

      Oh my God, that just sounds amazing! yikes

    2. LeslieAdrienne profile image83
      LeslieAdrienneposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      The real English that spells organization with an "s" instead of a "z"?

  13. Cagsil profile image59
    Cagsilposted 6 years ago

    English

  14. artycraftyparty profile image59
    artycraftypartyposted 6 years ago

    Italian native speaker, married to english woman, living in England. Our three kids find difficult to adapt to the two languages, given I am with them only 25% of the time.
    Not giving up talking to them in Italian is the motto.

  15. earnestshub profile image87
    earnestshubposted 6 years ago

    English is my only fluent language. I understand Mandarin if spoken slowly and only if it is basic, and do have a pretty broad understanding of several specialist words used in such disciplines as mechanical engineering and psychology which sometimes uses German.
    I can understand a little Latin, French, Italian and Dutch.
    Some of you here leave me awestruck with your talent for language! smile

  16. IzzyM profile image86
    IzzyMposted 6 years ago

    I speak English with a Scottish accent, so loads of people don't understand me. I was up in court a few months ago (as a witness, I might add) and the Canadian interpretor couldn't understand hardly a word I said, so I ended up speaking Spanish just so he could understand me!!
    Oh, I speak Spanish too, but not confidently enough to speak in court, that's why they gave me an interpretor!
    I also learned French at school (mostly forgotten) but it's handy when trying to understand Valenciano, which is a mixture of Spanish and French which is spoken locally here.

  17. AEvans profile image70
    AEvansposted 6 years ago

    English first language, Spanish second tried to learn Chinese but just could not catch on. lololo big_smile

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    Crazdwriterposted 6 years ago

    I speak English, tiny bit of spanish and American Sign Language. ASL being my second language smile

  19. pddm67 profile image59
    pddm67posted 6 years ago

    English (well more like NY truck driver English) smile

    Spoke fluent Italian when I was a child but lost it as I got older. Can still understand some of it.

    I do regret that I no longer speak it sad

  20. yenajeon profile image82
    yenajeonposted 6 years ago

    English (of course), Korean, German and Conversational Spanish

    1. calpol25 profile image76
      calpol25posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Fluent English, Basic Greek, Fluent Dutch, Fluent German, Fluent French and British Sign Language , Good Croation, and Basic Slovakian.

      My Goodness I have been busy lol

      1. calpol25 profile image76
        calpol25posted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Forgot to mention Scotts Gaelic since childhood

        1. Alya rose profile image59
          Alya roseposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          English is my first,spanish,French,German,,Egyptian Arabic,sign language,Korean,Italian,and am now studying Latin.

  21. camlo profile image83
    camloposted 6 years ago

    Having lived in Germany for 22 years, I almost only ever speak German. Thank God for the Internet, or I'd never have the opportunity of using my English (with native speakers).

  22. Jersey Jess profile image59
    Jersey Jessposted 6 years ago

    I speak English! big_smile I studied Spanish for 11 years but I can barely speak any of it now.

  23. World Marketing profile image60
    World Marketingposted 6 years ago

    English but sometimes a little bit of spanish

  24. Alya rose profile image59
    Alya roseposted 6 years ago

    wow...I think I had way too much time on my hands.

  25. Uninvited Writer profile image82
    Uninvited Writerposted 6 years ago

    I speak English and a bit of French. I have such a hard time learning languages. I've tried to teach myself to be fluent in French but it just won't come. I failed French in high school smile

    1. calpol25 profile image76
      calpol25posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I had hell too learning french, but i spoke it from an early age however what my friend did was learn canadian french first as its easier than european french and worked on from there.  Hope this helps .

  26. megs78 profile image60
    megs78posted 6 years ago

    English and french.

    @Uninvited Writer:  I had a hell of a time learning french too.  It took me quite some time to be completely fluent, but I finally got it.  I think its hard for us because the soft, lilting accent goes against our hard and stacatto accent in english.  I had to convince myself that I didn't sound like an idiot speaking it before I finally got the hang of it. 

    and whats kind of weird is that I once overheard a German conversation at my language school and I was completely captivated by it and felt as if I identified with it.  strange huh?  I have never felt that way about the french language, although I have grown to love it.

  27. thooghun profile image86
    thooghunposted 6 years ago

    My English and Italian are both fluent without traces of an accent. My French is communicable though my written skills are rusty. Ironically, despite its similarity with Italian, my Spanish is obscene.

  28. west40 profile image60
    west40posted 6 years ago

    WOW - This is awesome!!

    With much regret, English is my only language - I had 3 years of french back in the mid-70's but that has all but vanished from my brain. 

    It is never too late, right?  I would like to learn Italian at some point in this lifetime - maybe when I retire.

  29. knell63 profile image87
    knell63posted 6 years ago

    If I have to show off I can speak English, Welsh, Italian and Afrikaans. When drunk I am also fluent in nonsense.

  30. Rafini profile image85
    Rafiniposted 6 years ago

    I speak English & Spanglish  (lol) & I can speak & read a little Spanish.  Just can't remember too much of the Spanish I learned in school.

  31. Marisa Wright profile image93
    Marisa Wrightposted 6 years ago

    My native language is English.  I used to speak French and Spanish fluently - I trained as a secretary in both languages, and of course studying flamenco meant using Spanish a lot. I worked in France for a while and was frequently mistaken for a native.

    Unfortunately if you don't regularly use a language, it gets rusty very quickly.  I can still read French as easily as English but speaking it is another story!  And my Spanish is worse.

    I also learned Russian at school - I can barely remember a word but I can still sing several Russian folk songs.

    Расцветали яблони и груши
    Поплыли туманы над рекой...

  32. zzron profile image59
    zzronposted 6 years ago

    I speak English only but because I'm from Houston, TX. people from the north say I sound like Larry the cable guy.

  33. Purple Perl profile image80
    Purple Perlposted 6 years ago

    Being Indian,English was the medium of instruction in all my educational institutions upto graduation,so I am excellent in English.
    Hindi was my second language,for which I earned a scholarship at college,so I know this pretty well-it is also the national language in India. Kannada is my mother tongue and the official language in the state of Karnataka where I have resided all my life-it also was my third language in school.
    I also know a smattering of Telugu,and Tamil.

  34. Obscurely Diverse profile image61
    Obscurely Diverseposted 6 years ago

    ...English, slang, and fluent profanity!

 
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