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.
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.
English is my native language and I speak Spanish.....
I speack English Creole and proper English and some Spanish
English, Italian, German, a bit of Spanish and a South European Slavic language
English, Spanish, passable french, some portuguese and italian
Why do you say you are only allowed to speak 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.
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. :-)
English, Filipino, (three local dialects -- Ilocano, Waray and Bicol --Philippines) little bit of Spanish
Oh, I know a little bit of .. Tagalog, I think. You familiar with that?
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.
Mahal kita, thats i love you in Filipino
Ik hou ook van jou
"I love you too" in Dutch
"Anch'io ti amo" in Italian
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
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.
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.
Ancay ouyay alktay igpay atinlay = Can you talk pig-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.
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
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:
I used to work as a translator for World Vision International so it was imperative to learn as many languages as possible.
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.
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~
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
English (real English - not American english )
On a school level I also know:
French (which I am currently trying to improve)
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.
English first language, Spanish second tried to learn Chinese but just could not catch on. lololo
I speak English, tiny bit of spanish and American Sign Language. ASL being my second language
English (well more like NY truck driver English)
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
English (of course), Korean, German and Conversational Spanish
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
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).
I speak English! I studied Spanish for 11 years but I can barely speak any of it now.
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
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.
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.
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.
If I have to show off I can speak English, Welsh, Italian and Afrikaans. When drunk I am also fluent in nonsense.
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.
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...
I speak English only but because I'm from Houston, TX. people from the north say I sound like Larry the cable guy.
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.
by Gous Ahmed 12 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?
by klevifusha 4 years ago
If you were able to learn a foreign language without any effort, which language would you choose to speak and why?
by Elena 8 years ago
How many (what) Languages do you speak? Has it helped your life in a Major way?
by Jerad Maplethorpe 10 years ago
How many languages can you speak, and why?I am curious as to how many languages you can speak. More specifically, why do you speak those (or possibly only English) language(s)?Have you thought about learning other languages and what has held you back?
by Smart is Good 12 months 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 because I only know a few words and phrases but would love to know more.
by Audrey Baker 8 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 multiple languages.
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