I'm interested to know how many peopl can speak different languages?
I can speak, English (obviusly!), Bengali, Hindi and i can speak a small amount of French.
I can also read arabic.
How many can you speak?
I can speak 4 languages. 1. English. 2. Ibo (a language in easthern part of Nigeria) 3. Amopkosi, a language created during Biafran war. 4. heavenly language or the tongue of Angels.
To learn arabic, buy the DVD on how to speak arabic. Gooluck.
English, Lao, Thai...Currently learning French.
I have read a lot of hubs here. I can assure you that a lot of people here THINK they can speak more than one language but it truly is not so!
I can talk dirty to women in French and Spanish and am also able to speak the Queen's English as well.
I know a little sign language, too.
What is so funny about lyricsingray's comment???
Sign Language is a registered "Language" and it doesn't matter if its american/ Auslan/ Makiton... It is a registered REAL language and it qualifies one for bilingual status. Pidgin, however, is NOT as yet a language so does not qualify as bilingual. You need clarity.
I speak English, German, Low German and a little bit Hungarian, and I can read Dutch
Besides English, I know a enough French to get by, a little Spanish, some Italian, and just enough Cantonese to get into a whole lot of trouble.
English, Italian, some French and the Italian dialects of Gallurese and Sardo (though I'm not fluent in the dialects)
English, a tiny bit of Hungarian, enough Norwegian to get by and two sentences in Portuguese
Count me in. Haven't had much chance to use them lately, but I speak Thai, Dutch, English (some what anyway, I'm from the south), some Chinese, Vietnamese, and Italian.
That's a nice selection of languages we got there! It's good and handy to know a bit of other languages, you never know when you'll need them.
Thank you all for your participation.
I'm a native English speaker, can speak a smattering of German and I'm not too bad with Portuguese
Hi all I am here after a long time. Hey dear, you forgot to mention "Froglish"!
So far I am concerned, they are!
English - I grew up learning that.
Hindi - National language of India.
Bengali - Regional language of the place where I was born an brought up
Maithali - My native tongue spoken in some small parts of north India.
I can speak fluently in English, Mandarin & Malay. Can read and write well in the 3 languages as well. Also,I can speak fluently in 3 of the Chinese dialects, i.e. Cantonese, Hokkien & Hakka.
On top of that, a little bit of High German & Spanish.
How about, in addition to saying how many languages you speak, you say where you're from?
There's an old joke - what is someone who speaks three languages - a tri linguiest. What is someone who speaks two languages - bilingual What do you call someone who only speaks one language. American.
But really, the US is such a huge country, and the only country that borders that uses a foreign language is Mexico, so Americans have never had to learn any language other than English. Where people in Europe live in small countries where they have to learn other languages just to survive.
And apparently Africa has something like a thousand languages! Sheesh. They should all just learn English. Or Esperanto, if the thought of English is anethama to them...Something so that everyone can communicate with each other and get a little dialog goin'.
Oh...and I'm American and I know the barest smattering of German and Spanish, and have always regretted not concentrating more on learning these languages when I was younger... I'm too old now, with too many things on my plate.
3 - English (my native language), Francais and Deutsch
I would love to learn so many more though - I have a passion for languages. Russian, Chinese, Spanish, Italian, Norwegian...they all interest me!
I'm a native English speaker from America and I know enough French and Spanish to have a basic conversation. I can read and write better in French and Spanish than I can speak. I also had two years of Latin in high school. I still remember a few words and phrases.
One - English.
I'm the only one in my family who can't speak French.
English, American and Australian. Is that what you mean?
Oh, maybe not.
English, Serbian/Croatian, Hungarian. All pretty fluently, including the written stuff.
i speak english, spanish, and understand a little bit of the indian dialecs from the villages far back in the boondocks in mexico
four local languages in the Philippines and english --fluent - speak, read and write
and spanish with difficulty speaking, but read and can write
English and Mandarin, a smattering of dialects, some broken French, Thai and Korean.
Sometimes i get so mixed up with the various languages that I can't tell which to use.
FIVE: French, Dutch, German, English and Spanish. In my case knowing 5 languages fluently is not a merit, merely the result of circumstances. I lived in all those countries for several years. Comes in handy sometimes on the London streets when asked for directions by tourists. You can surprise them by replying in their own tongue.
I learnt English from when i was 7 years old when i came to UK. After 12 years in UK, i went back to BD, but by that time i couldn't speak Bengali anymore, so couldn't understand people over there for upto 2 weeks.
I was top of the class for five years in French, but then i got bored of the language, because you had to use an accent by speaking in a certain, and it seemed to me i had to speak with a snail in my throat to get the accent out!!!
Mostly English, some German, and a tad bit of Spanish,
Sorry for not being very active in this thread, i've been very busy with other things, you mighht think i have deserted you after posting this topic!
I can speak three Marathi ,Hindi , English and now I'm learning French.
I speak English, American, Australian fluently. A little of Spanish and French, and plenty of double Dutch with alcohol.........
3, including English.
I can easily understand other 4. Also basic knowledge in another 3 (room for improvement...).
English, a little Sign language, and a little Spanish
I'm still learning the last two languages
English, Spanish, Charlestonian, Appalachian, and general Southern.
One and a half languages. I know English and my wifes filipino dialaect of Illongo but not prevalent enough to call it good yet. I should've learned Tagalog the national language of the islands but then I'd not be able to speak well enough with her family.
Perhaps we should all use complete sentences in this particular thread. Considering the fact that I just said that a lot of people here in HP only THINK they can speak more than one language, don't you all think it would be a good idea?
Face it, we ALL read each other's hubs.
Some of us only THINK we can speak English!
English, I hope, and Spanish, and a little bit of sign language, well... I can sign "beautiful" and " I love you".
English, a lil spanish, some mexican spanish,(there is a difference), Texan, and some Ebonics,
English, Aussie(yep its different aye), lil aboriginal, sign language (Makiton, Auslan and some american), a lil french n teeny bit of spanish.
I think "can you speak" is a vague standard, but I guess I'd claim some facility in about 6 languages if I'm being generous with myself.
I have been known to speak english, and as they say on airplaine, I speak a little Jive. I can also count to 4 in spanish. And learned some bad arabic words but don't know how to spell them.
Four (or three, and one non-spoken). I'm fluent in English and ASL, conversational in Spanish and Lakota.
There are many sign languages that count as real languages...however, what most people learn in the US is SEE, which is not a language in and of itself, but rather a visual representation of a spoken language...yes, I'm fluent in SEE as well, but it's a system, not a language.
I'm from Malaysia and so I speak fluent Malay.
I can speak English and a little bit of Spanish.
I can also understand Arabic language pretty well but hardly converse it well.
And I'm currently in the process of learning Urdu and brush up my lost Arabic language!
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