English is my native tongue, while Spanish is my second language I grew up with as a child. French is my third language that I learned and have been speaking for 20 years while interacting with the Francophone community in the San Francisco Bay Area. Visiting Spanish and French speaking countries has enriched my life so much. Learning a second or third language is well worth the hard work!
I used to speak French pretty fluently, but since 2004 I've been learning Chinese. So I suppose I can speak 3 languages. English (duh), French (when I'm drunk), and Mandarin Chinese (though I speak it with a Northeastern Chinese accent).
My husband is from Tonga, and we lived there for several years, so I can speak basic Tongan. It is similar to Samoan and Hawaiian. Some words are actually the same. We now live in Hawaii, and I have picked up quite a bit of Hawaiian also.
I am fluent in Italian. The driving reason behind learning it is that I am of Italian heritage. My father immigrated to the states, I wanted to learn more about my roots, and where he came from. I also have aunts, uncles and cousins in Italy that I wanted to be able to talk to and have a relationship with. I love it, now we visit each other when we can. Sometimes I go to Italy other times they come here. I would actually like to become fluent in Spanish and French as well. My Spanish is so-so at this point.
I am happy to hear you are learning Italian:) If you ever have any questions or just someone to bounce off of someone I would be more than happy to help! Yes there is similarities between Italian and Spanish sometimes I end up using an Italian word when trying to speak Spanish lol! Buona Fortuna!!
English and Malaysian/Indonesian - taught in school Cantonese - Hong Kong TV series aired on TV Mandarin & Hokkien - Favorite Food Vendors (have to learn to speak their language if I want to get little 'extras'..haha) Hainanese - Mum and Maternal Grandma who looked after me growing up..(It's funny though, I can understand them in Hainanese but usually reply in Cantonese!) Teochew - From Dad (But only when I am encountered with bad motorist while driving) $%^&*$"!!!
Hebrew is my native language, but I speak English like a native speaker, since I learned it in first grade. I wrote about my language leanring experiences in a children's book called Ping & the Snirkelly People.
TrinityCat, When I first responded to your question, I only said another language I can speak is Indonesian. I did not mention a third, since no one will have heard of it, but I see now some are mentioning some I've not heard so will tell you I speak a minority language in Indonesia, Galela. I speak it even better than Indonesian. I learned it so that I could translate the New Testament into it. Knowing it sometimes catches me up on my English, because it uses quite a different word order. The verbal clause comes last in the sentence, even before and object or direct object clause.
I am German by birth, was raised in the US, so i pass as native speaker in both languages. Then there is Russian, the language of my wife, which i speak with sort of a baltic accent, at least that is what people tell me in Russia. And i don´t get lost in France, having learned French in school. With my grandmother i always spoke "Plattdüütsch" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low_German
I'm multilingual, sort of. English, of course, but also Visual Basic (dialects 3, 6, .Net 2003, 2005), C and the C++ dialect, Pascal, BAL, COBOL, a smattering of Fortran, some Java, HTML, PHP, plus good old fashioned Assembly Language.
With humans, I speak some Spanish. I took 3 years of it in high school, but the first two teachers were awful -- atrocious! Some people should not be teachers unless they can learn to teach. Parroting rote material is not teaching. My third high school Spanish teacher was breathtakingly wonderful. Too bad we only had her for half a year; I might actually have been fluent in the language all this time.
I also know a smattering of Basque, plus a few simple words in a wide variety of languages (some of them long dead). I currently live in the Philippines and I'm learning the language of the Central Visayas, Cebuano.
I would dearly love to learn more languages and fluently, but I would also like to get my PhD in astronomy, geology, mathematics, chemistry, computer science, literature and philosophy. Still working on it.
I speak German and Serbian perfectly fluently and Swiss German too if that counts. And yes English too as I am learning it since 2007 and French of course and also I learn Russian and can speak it more or less fluently
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