Why is it also important to know about your culture?
I speak 2 languages, other than English and know basic words in 2 others.
I'm pretty good, close to fluent, in French. In Paris I was able to stumble through a conversation with a non-English speaking native, at least. Next I want to study Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and German. I took a year of German in high school. Russian and Arabic I think would be neat to learn but they also look very difficult. Mostly the writing in those languages is scary. Chinese writing also looks hard because it's not syllabic like Japanese or Korean writing, but where you have to memorize hundreds to even thousands of characters.
Excellent! Good luck and I hope you become fluent in all of them. It's worth pursuing if you like learning foreign languages.
My French is conversational. I tried to learn to read Chinese when I was very young but found it extremely difficult and yes memorising 3000 characters, at least, is something to ponder over, although my Chinese is quite good! I also know a few other languages but only use them if I have to!
English, Indonesian, Galela, a bit of Tok Pigin--so three plus a little bit.
That is remarkable! Congrats and it's commendable you knowing some, from what I can only presume, difficult languages to learn!
Haha. I know what you mean, as I find the Scottish accent really difficult to understand so I can understand how you feel when you hear a different dialect and think they are speaking in another language .
I am Scottish and have minimal difficulty understanding regional dialects throughout the UK (though one or two really stretch me).
I live in Spain now where I am pretty well fluent in the language and one day this English guy starting taking the Mick out of Scottish accent.
I replied in a few lines of Spanish and the silence was deafening.
It is not OK to slag someone else's dialect when you can't speak the local language of whatever European country you happen to be living in.
I so admire the Europeans, especially those from Germany, Holland, Belgium and all around that region. Most can speak up to 5 languages.
Those of us from the UK should hang our heads in shame. A lot has to do with our pathetic education system that doesn't prioritize the learning of languages.
By the way, the only Spanish words I knew before I moved to Spain were hola, gratias, por favor and adios.
I tried to get on courses but they weren't available.
A few dialects in the UK really stretch me even in a work related situation!
It is commendable that you've learnt Spanish really well and be able to use it in your life and yes good for those who know a number of languages.
Learning different languages can be very practical.
Swedish, English, Finnish and German - that's four, but I also speak some varieties of Swedish.
I always enjoyed learning languages.
I studied French and German to A' level, at school, plus some Italian ~ and I am still able to cope with conversations in France.
Unfortunately, I have forgotten a lot of the German.
I have picked up some Spanish, though, as a result of spending holidays in Spain, and I have a smattering of some other languages ~ just bits and pieces.
Yes it is good to have an interest that is enjoyable and practical as well.
Going on holiday to a foreign country (if you can afford to, in these times of recession!) can be much more 'meaningful' and being able to buy local food and grocery can make that trip really worthwhile.
I know a pretty good bit of Spanish. I was fluent years ago when I was dating a guy from Colombia, but when you don't speak it regularly, you forget a lot of it.
I'd love to learn more languages. I'm pretty slow at it, though. Obviously, I know English, but I have a little experience with Spanish... just enough to get myself into trouble.
I know a smattering of words in Basque, Russian and Cebuano. And I've forgotten most of what I learned, years ago in the first two. Currently, I live in Cebu, so Cebuano is my current target.
I'd love to increase my fluency with Cebuano and Spanish, then learn Japanese, Mandarin, Russian, Basque, Ancient Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic. Perhaps I'd like to learn Tamazight, too, language of the Saharan Amazigh (Berbers).
If God gives me another 60 years, I might just do that.
Sounds like an amazing achievement that you know that many programming languages. I only know 2, Cobol and Fortran (a little).
Yes there's so many languages that we can learn if we find that interesting; the ones you've listed here are equally astonishing to even say!
Culturally it's enriching to know other languages and what can be just as rewarding is being able to get by in at least two of them!
English, Spanish & Spanglish ( which is a by product of living in Miami!)
Oooh, I speak Spanglish too!! Anyway, yo tengo que ir!
por que'? lololo Izzy No alero tan r'apidamente. mi computadora doesn't tien la adecuada sighn. lololololo
A ti tambien, sweetheart
I was actually going to say " you too, corino" but for the life of I cannot figure out how to get the ~ sign above the n.
Used to use Google translate, but where on earth is it? Google isn't offering language tools, it seems. Hope that'a a temporary measure, because I use a British English keyboard and really don't know how to find those odd accents and signs.
English and Spanish but I am working on fluently speaking Italian and Japanese too! Although Italian is so similiar to Spanish. lololo! Japanese sounds a little odd coming from me, but nonetheless I enjoy learning it.
I can "speak" basic American Sign Language. Although I can read/understand German, I can't carry on much of a conversation.
I'd love to learn Italian, French and Klingon:)
I speak English but if you ask my husband it's a foreign language.
My collection of languages holds English, German, Russian and French. For my English and German i certainly pass as native speaker (Born in Germany, raised in the US).
Russian natives rate me to be from some former soviet baltic countries (Estonia or Latvia), fairly fluent in Russian but with noticable accent.
My French always gives native speakers a smile, but i get along quite well, they tell me i speak French with a strong anglosaxon accent.
With my school latin i can follow in writing most Roman languages (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Romanian). Speaking the Roman languages is difficult for me, especially Portuguese.
To really get along anywhere on this planet i would have to add Arabic and Mandarin.
I speak Dutch,French and English.Also a bit German, and I'd love to learn Russian.
Fluently:-English,Hindi,Nepalese & Urdu.
For survival:-Punjabi, Bhojpuri,haryanvi and spanish(and learning it too).
by Smart is Good 22 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 L. Spikes 11 years ago
If you could be fluent in any three languages, which would you choose and why?
by Alastar Packer 4 years ago
What language do you think is the hardest to learn?
by NewYorker 12 years ago
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.Your turn!
by Jerad Maplethorpe 11 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 lliekamia 13 years ago
do you believe that learning many languages will makeus more competitive to others?common guys, tell me your points of view.lieka
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