I'm curious to find out how many people here dominate another language other than English. What drove you to learn it?
I fluently speak four other languages. In Europe, children are obliged to pick at least one foreign language as an obligatory school subject (starting with primary school).
I speak English, Hindi, Russian and Ukrainian Language, as I completed my studies in Ukraine.
Indonesian. Lived there for many years, so had to learn in order to carry out daily living.
English and Klingon,
Ok now its out that Im actually a nerd
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.
My mother tongue is Lithuanian. I speak English and Russian quite well.
I'm from Portugal, so Portuguese is my native language. Also speak english and french.
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.
That's great. Italian is the language I'm trying to learn while I'm on my free time. Phonetics between Italian and Spanish are quite similar, making it a little awesome.
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!!
Hebrew, Greek , and a tiny amount of Spanish
Around my husband and son, I speak half English and half Hebrew. I started that when my son was born so he'd know both languages and I never got out of the habit.
Yo no se asi yo hablo bueno in espanol pero asi un enfermira es importante a dice espanol un pocito. Comprendo?
I am not, but have been working on learning some Japanese. I have found it to be challenging yet stimulating, such a beautiful language.
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) $%^&*$"!!!
I am pretty fluent in Brazilian Portuguese although I wish I learned French. Yes, it is nice to know another language. It is a benefit.
A bit of French, Thai, Spanish, English...
And my primary language - Fluent Sarcasm!
That is an honest answer
I speak at least seven Indian languages fluently, while French was a language that I studied at school but I have forgotten much of it due to lack of use...
Interesting languages, especially Hungarian. I need to research more about it...
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.
Taishanese, hoisan, Cantonese, French and English.
A bit of Spanish (though I've lost most of it due to lack of use) and am learning Mandarin.
Portuguese is my native language, English is my second language, I'm moderate in French and at a basic level in Spanish.
I said I'm posting this with google translation, because it has been 6 years learning English and can speak up a little now but it's hard to grammatical deviations ...
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 am learning to speak Portuguese but it will probably take me until the end of time to understand all the nuances of this language. At least I can talk to my elderly neighbours.
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
by Rola Maher Abboud 7 years ago
Are you bilingual?If you are bilingual, then what languages do you speak? And do you think that being bilingual is a good thing or it makes the conversation seems bad because sometimes you can not control yourself switching between the two languages?
by klevifusha 6 years ago
If you were able to learn a foreign language without any effort, which language would you choose to speak and why?
by Smart is Good 2 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 because I only know a few words and phrases but would love to know more.
by NewYorker 13 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 Gous Ahmed 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?
by Wendy Iturrizaga 14 years ago
Did you grow up learning three languages at the same time? My children 6 and 3 are learning English-Spanish and French at the same time. They seem to be coping very well but I would like to hear about people who has done the same.
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