Besides my first language (English), I am fluent in German and mediocre or sub-par in French, but I can communicate in it to a small degree. I used to read Latin reasonably well, but I'm so rusty that I hesitate to claim it. Because of my Latin studies and further reading since then, I can figure out a certain amount of Spanish and Italian. While I was working on my MA in German literature, I took a course in Middle High German and enjoyed it, but could not honestly say I can do anything with it now. I enjoy trying to learn a little bit in nearly every language I come across.
Even more than because of any skill with languages, I dare to call myself a linguist because I am and always have been fascinated by the way language works: the history of words; the way phrases and expressions change meaning across miles and across years; dialects; pronunciation; regionalisms; the relations between languages within language families; language as clues to thought processes, sociology, and self-knowledge.
HubPages is a great place to meet people who speak numerous languages, and you may be interested in some of the forum discussions on the subject. Check these out:
by Smart is Good4 years ago
Name the languages you can speak including your mother language and how good do you speak the others. My mother Language is Spanish, I speak advanced English and intermediate French. I'd love to keep learning german...
by LazarDRod8 years ago
How many languages can you speak?I know english and a little bit of spanish, what about you?
by CollB6 years ago
Why is it also important to know about your culture?I speak 2 languages, other than English and know basic words in 2 others.
by Syeda Akhtar2 years ago
How many languages can you speak fluently?I can speak three languages fluently; English, Urdu & Simplified Chinese. How many languages can you speak fluently?
by Audrey Baker4 years ago
How many languages do you know and in which country do you live?I frequently hear comments about how people in the United States generally only know English, whereas in many other countries people generally know...
by Threekeys18 months ago
How many languages do you speak? Or what languages would you like to speak and/or write in?Polygot Ziad Fazah born in Liberia (but now living in Brazil) can speak, read and write in 59 languages. Can you believe that?!!!
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