Languages, how many can you speak?

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  1. G Miah profile image78
    G Miahposted 13 years ago

    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?

    1. profile image53
      ASYMposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I speak English,Hindi,Urdu and little Arabic

    2. prosmentor profile image60
      prosmentorposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      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.

      1. DogSiDaed profile image60
        DogSiDaedposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Number 4?! What does that sound like? xD

        Also I see your Hubscore is up to 8, a little less stolen work yet? tongue

        Edit: I speak English, a bit of Spanish (I have family there) and I can read some French but can't really speak it xD

    3. dohn121 profile image82
      dohn121posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      English, Lao, Thai...Currently learning French.

    4. wsp2469 profile image60
      wsp2469posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      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.

      1. Unkotare profile image58
        Unkotareposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        There is some important point in there.

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    lyricsingrayposted 13 years ago

    Two.  English and Sign Language. big_smile

    1. Sean Leong profile image65
      Sean Leongposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      All right, you do have a sense of

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        rialeeposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Sean Leong
        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.

  3. nextstopjupiter profile image61
    nextstopjupiterposted 13 years ago

    I speak English, German, Low German and a little bit Hungarian, and I can read Dutch

  4. B.T. Evilpants profile image59
    B.T. Evilpantsposted 13 years ago

    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. big_smile

  5. Mikel G Roberts profile image75
    Mikel G Robertsposted 13 years ago

    English, Italian, some French and the Italian dialects of Gallurese and Sardo (though I'm not fluent in the dialects)

  6. Haunty profile image74
    Hauntyposted 13 years ago

    English, a tiny bit of Hungarian, enough Norwegian to get by and two sentences in Portuguese smile

  7. tobey100 profile image59
    tobey100posted 13 years ago

    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.

  8. G Miah profile image78
    G Miahposted 13 years ago

    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.

  9. frogdropping profile image79
    frogdroppingposted 13 years ago

    I'm a native English speaker, can speak a smattering of German and I'm not too bad with Portuguese smile

    1. packerpack profile image60
      packerpackposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      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.

      1. Sean Leong profile image65
        Sean Leongposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        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.

  10. Karina S. profile image60
    Karina S.posted 13 years ago

    Two-English and Russian

  11. Gale Force profile image59
    Gale Forceposted 13 years ago

    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'.

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      inc999posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      We say only an ignorant who speak one luanguage ( beside sign luanguage)

      1. Hmrjmr1 profile image69
        Hmrjmr1posted 13 years agoin reply to this

        English (both forms American and UK) Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese, German, smatterings of Hindi and Arabic----American

  12. Gale Force profile image59
    Gale Forceposted 13 years ago

    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.

  13. Kapalbility02 profile image60
    Kapalbility02posted 13 years ago

    Two. One is Tagalog, and the other are brokn English.

  14. DaniellaWood profile image75
    DaniellaWoodposted 13 years ago

    3 - English (my native language), Francais and Deutsch smile
    I would love to learn so many more though - I have a passion for languages. Russian, Chinese, Spanish, Italian, Norwegian...they all interest me!

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    shinujohn2008posted 13 years ago

    i know about 4 languages

  16. cocopreme profile image91
    cocopremeposted 13 years ago

    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.

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    Hikikomoriposted 13 years ago

    One - English.

    I'm the only one in my family who can't speak French.

  18. profile image0
    mtsi1098posted 13 years ago

    2 - English and IM/Texting - languages of their own smile

    1. Ladybird33 profile image67
      Ladybird33posted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I am the same, English and IM/Texting (mtsi - good one!)

  19. aka-dj profile image67
    aka-djposted 13 years ago

    English, American and Australian. lol Is that what you mean? hmm
    Oh, maybe not.

    Still three
    English, Serbian/Croatian, Hungarian. All pretty fluently, including the written stuff. big_smile

  20. ddsurfsca profile image72
    ddsurfscaposted 13 years ago

    i speak english, spanish, and understand  a little bit of the indian dialecs from the villages far back in the boondocks in mexico

  21. prettydarkhorse profile image54
    prettydarkhorseposted 13 years ago

    four local languages in the Philippines and english --fluent - speak, read and write

    and spanish with difficulty speaking, but read and can write

  22. akihan profile image69
    akihanposted 13 years ago

    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.

  23. DeeBee3 profile image61
    DeeBee3posted 13 years ago

    English, Spanish and Turkish.

  24. Sue Adams profile image95
    Sue Adamsposted 13 years ago

    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.

  25. G Miah profile image78
    G Miahposted 13 years ago

    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!!!

  26. Sanctus Vesania profile image60
    Sanctus Vesaniaposted 13 years ago

    Mostly English, some German, and a tad bit of Spanish,

  27. G Miah profile image78
    G Miahposted 13 years ago

    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!

    1. alexandriaruthk profile image63
      alexandriaruthkposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      its ok Miah, two languages for me, spanish and english

  28. Maratha Warrior profile image60
    Maratha Warriorposted 13 years ago

    I can speak three Marathi ,Hindi , English and now I'm learning French.

  29. lovelife999 profile image60
    lovelife999posted 13 years ago

    i can speak English, Bengali and Chinese..

    1. G Miah profile image78
      G Miahposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Bala asoni?

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    sarah dawkinsposted 13 years ago

    I speak English, American, Australian fluently.  A little of Spanish and French, and plenty of double Dutch with alcohol.........

    1. G Miah profile image78
      G Miahposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Sounds great!

  31. keira7 profile image61
    keira7posted 13 years ago

    I speak French, English and Arabic.

  32. Black Lilly profile image60
    Black Lillyposted 13 years ago

    3, including English.

    I can easily understand other 4. Also basic knowledge in another 3 (room for improvement...).

  33. Veronica Allen profile image70
    Veronica Allenposted 13 years ago

    English, a little Sign language, and a little Spanish
    I'm still learning the last two languages

  34. habee profile image92
    habeeposted 13 years ago

    English, Spanish, Charlestonian, Appalachian, and general Southern.

  35. mel22 profile image60
    mel22posted 13 years ago

    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.

  36. wsp2469 profile image60
    wsp2469posted 13 years ago

    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!

  37. VioletSun profile image77
    VioletSunposted 13 years ago

    English, I hope, smile and Spanish, and a little bit of sign language, well... I can sign "beautiful" and " I love you".

  38. lightning john profile image59
    lightning johnposted 13 years ago

    English, a lil spanish, some mexican spanish,(there is a difference), Texan, and some Ebonics,

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    rialeeposted 13 years ago

    English, Aussie(yep its different aye), lil aboriginal, sign language (Makiton, Auslan and some american), a lil french n teeny bit of spanish.

  40. Unkotare profile image58
    Unkotareposted 13 years ago

    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.

  41. brimancandy profile image80
    brimancandyposted 13 years ago

    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.

  42. wychic profile image80
    wychicposted 13 years ago

    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.

  43. Beth100 profile image72
    Beth100posted 13 years ago

    English, French, Cantonese, Toisan, body lol

  44. Suri Serene profile image58
    Suri Sereneposted 13 years ago

    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 smile 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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