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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 .
@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.
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.
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.
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