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Bilingual/multilingual: Are You?, Do you speak any other language aside from English? Which languages?
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post Aug 25 2006, 07:10 PM
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Like it says, are you people bilingual?
If so, what languages and how did you learn them?


For example, I speak:

English-I've spoken it my whole life
Spanish- I learned it at school
Japanese- I taught myself.

So, lets hear it!

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I have no idea how, but I seem to have completely forgotten Hebrew, in which I have a terrible accent, but can read and write. (Forgetting about it really proves my horrible memory. >.<)


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post Aug 25 2006, 07:28 PM
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I speak English and Filipino and I'm still teaching myself Japanese and Russian.tongue.gif


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post Aug 25 2006, 08:05 PM
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English: Native language
American Sign Language: Took it in high school for three years
German: Teaching myself
Japanese: Teaching myself
Korean: Learning from a Korean friend
Chinese: Learning from a Chinese friend


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post Aug 25 2006, 08:13 PM
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English is my native tounge despite what my spelling may indicate.
I have a basic grasp of Welsh which is beyond usless unless I want to watch Welsh Soap Operas.
I'm quickly forgeting the tiny ammount of Japanese I knew. (Mostly enough to get my face slapped)
For some odd reason I picked up Latin very easily but since no one uses it apart from some folk at Oxford I never really studied it.


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post Aug 25 2006, 09:36 PM
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QUOTE(irridescentsong @ Aug 25 2006, 08:05 PM) [snapback]437315[/snapback]

English: Native language
American Sign Language: Took it in high school for three years
German: Teaching myself
Japanese: Teaching myself
Korean: Learning from a Korean friend
Chinese: Learning from a Chinese friend


That's a large undertaking all at once, especially for independent (or mostly independent- learning form friends). Are you sure you can retain all those at a time?


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I have many years of Spanish under my belt, although I have a hard time applying it because of my shyness. It doesn't help my self esteem that the little old lady at the mercado doesn't seem to understand my orders and I have to finally frustradedly tell the cashier in English. :/ I feel like a failure sometimes, and I feel patronizing to try to apply my language skills when encountering native speakers. ;_;

I have about a collected year or so of casual Japanese study- Similar situation although I have fewer areas of practical usage of the language. When I was surrounded by native speakers, they were zomg impressed at my pronunciation and didn't seem to expect more. Spanish kills the Ego, Japanese inflates it. (Being a cute little girl didn't hurt, either.)



I really hope to learn German and Latin. And study etymology of English as well. I tend to get to be a language dork, and I'm very enthusiastic about using and overusing our language, practically and artistically. (This probably explains why I'm among the moderate elite who are sometimes offended by abuse of the English language.)


(Don't we already have a thread similar to this?)


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post Aug 25 2006, 11:34 PM
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QUOTE(Toby-Chan @ Aug 25 2006, 11:36 PM) [snapback]437342[/snapback]
(Don't we already have a thread similar to this?)
We have
Español thread, and Speak Japanese? thread, on which people posted various languages they can speak. smile.gif


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post Aug 25 2006, 11:47 PM
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Maybe we need a general languages thread, then.


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post Aug 26 2006, 12:03 AM
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QUOTE(Toby-Chan @ Aug 26 2006, 01:47 AM) [snapback]437403[/snapback]
Maybe we need a general languages thread, then.
Yeah, I think this one is good because it covers al languages. smile.gif

Tho, since some people are more than bilingual, and be trilingual, or speak even four, or more languages, the title could be simply "Haw many/which language(s) do you speak??" or something?? biggrin.gif
(Of course, it's just a suggestion, tho. biggrin.gif )


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post Aug 26 2006, 12:31 AM
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I speak English and Spanish. Though my Spanish is getting kinda rusty...and my spelling in Spanish just plain sucks....(damn accents dry.gif )


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French and english, and for this year of school, I'm certainly going to try learning a massive amount of italian and spanish by myself...


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QUOTE(SinLuxuria @ Aug 26 2006, 07:27 AM) [snapback]437571[/snapback]

French and english, and for this year of school, I'm certainly going to try learning a massive amount of italian and spanish by myself...

Gah, your sig is somewhat addicting.

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I speak only English, but I'm taking Spanish and learning Japanese, too.
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My father is Spanish and my mother is British, so we speak both English and Spanish in our home. I have studied Japanese for two years and desire to continue my studies; I hope to achieve fluency one day, although it will probably take forever. I also can speak some Italian, French, and Catalan but cannot engange in intellectual conversations yet without pausing every minute to try to work out what I want to say. I studied Ancient Greek for a semester and was down right awful at it. (I don't understand how some words in the language could have four vowels in a row.)


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QUOTE(SinLuxuria @ Aug 26 2006, 10:27 AM) [snapback]437571[/snapback]

French and english, and for this year of school, I'm certainly going to try learning a massive amount of italian and spanish by myself...

You can cut your time in half. Spanish and Italian are the same language. tongue.gif


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post Aug 26 2006, 09:44 AM
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english is my native toungue

spanish-I learned at school

a little japanese-a book

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QUOTE(Grave_Alchemist @ Aug 26 2006, 09:44 AM) [snapback]437621[/snapback]

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hmm...tamohawk indian's a unique one. do you have any idea when you are going to need it?


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