How Many Different Languages Can You Speak?

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  1. Babs Hunt

    Babs Hunt Very Well-Known Member
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    For me it is English with a few phrases and words I can speak in Spanish and French. I wish I could have taken more Spanish classes as I think this language sounds so beautiful when spoken. My mother on the other hand wished I had learned more french since I am part rajun-cajun and that is the native tongue of where I live.

    The spiritual side of me also speaks a language which sounds like Chinese to me. :)
     
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    I speak English and Hungarian fluently...can understand a lot of Spanish and French since French was my major in College but I'm forgetting that it seems.

    I took both Spanish and French in school. Started French in eighth grade and then in high school added Spanish as my elective because languages were always an easy A for me.

    Living in California you can't help but know Spanish:)

    Everybody does to some degree.
     
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    About three quarters of the English language.
     
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    :p I think I'm about at that level now too Bill. That's why I ordered Reader's Digest to help increase my vocabulary again. Talking with Toddlers and babies for much of my time is just not conducive to increasing my vocabulary. :)
     
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    American English, very bad Spanish, a few words of Swedish, and I'm fluent in gibberish. There are times when I can figure out what the Brits are trying to say, but I really wish they'd learn the language better.
     
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    Is gibberish a form of "pig latin" Ken? Because I can speak that language too. :)
     
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    We've been getting the large print Readers Digest for ages.
     
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    I have always loved Reader's Digest but their monthly subscription price was more than I wanted to pay. While my Mom was alive one of my sister's always gave her a yearly subscription because mom loved them too...and I would get them after she finished with them. This past year Reader's Digest sent me a letter offering me a 2 year subscription for $20...and I mailed the check the next day to them. :)
     
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    I've given my brothers a subscription and my daughter. I think most often its a good read.
     
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    Texas English :D.. enough spanish to know- you best not say that again! A few words in German,and a word or two of French.
    I have not and still do not take any newspapers, or magazines. Books I read get at the Half Price Book Store. And we have always had only one TV. and never in the bedroom:p
     
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    No doubt and if you travel from San Diego to Long Beach you might very well be stopped by the border patrol some 70 miles north of the border and be strongly requested in Spanish to present your passport. Been there and done that.
     
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    Over-achiever!!:D
     
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    Yeah, I know. But we're all qualified at something.o_O
     
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    That's what I keep hearing, which is why I keep searching. o_O
     
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    Agree or do not agree....if your in another country to live...should you not learn the language of that country ?
    I think think you should.
     
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    @Gloria Mitchell - definitely !
    I wish I had learnt Italian,.For me, the most beautiful of all languages
     
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    Well if you want to be able to understand and talk to others who speak a different language than you it would definitely be a good thing to learn the language. It will also make your life in another country much easier too. :)
     
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    Yes...but what about all those who move to the US....and expect someone to continuing to interpt for them...vs learning the language?
     
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    As it is, struggling school districts have to hire people who can deal with multiple languages in order to accommodate students from other countries, who are now able to demand that we cater to them, rather than that they learn English. A case in point, Lewiston, Maine.

    Lewiston Public Schools (LPS) is a school district headquartered in Lewiston, Maine.

    Demographics
    As of 2014 the district has over 5,000 students. The most common non-English language spoken by students is Somali, with speakers making up 90% of the district's students who don't have English as a native language. The remainder speak about 23 other languages. Out of the total student body the percentage which qualifies for free or reduced lunches is 69%.
     
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    I just love how we can start off talking about one thing and then take off anywhere we feel like going. :)

    That's one thing I really love about this Forum too. :)

    I know it used to be that those who wanted to become citizens of the United States did have to learn to speak English but I have no idea if that is true anymore or not. And since there are so many people here illegally now...classes can be offered to teach them English...but they probably won't show up.

    Those who employ those who are here illegally must not really care if they speak English or not...as long as they do their jobs.
     
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  21. Chrissy Cross

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    Children in school learn English easily, I did.

    It's the older folks at home who don't have a job that have a harder time.
     
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    I agree. I have an Uncle who married a Spanish lady and as they had kids she taught to them talk in English and Spanish at the same time. :)
     
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    English, good in profanity, fair is slang, countryside Spanish and enough Japanese for teaching judo.
     
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