What Other Languages Apart From English Do You Know?

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  1. Helene Lawson

    Helene Lawson Active Member
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    Apart from English and my other tongue Polish, I know German and Russian fluently.
     
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    I can speak French without any great fluency and my Italian is limited to restaurants and greengrocers' shops.

    I learned a bit of Tigrigna and Amharic from my days working in Ethiopia and Eritrea. Apart from that, I can probably manage "Hello", "goodbye", "Good morning" and "Good afternoon" in quite a few European languages, in which case I wish you "dzien dobry" and "do widzenia"!

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    I can speak and write Spanish fluently, understand written German but not speaking it or writing it at all, and have some basic knowledge of French, Italian and Portuguese, which I can understand a bit and not to speak at all but a few words and tourism-related expressions.
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    Understandably, English is our secondary language so Filipino is my mother tongue. Most of us know a little Spanish since our country was under Spain for almost 400 years. However, I was exempted in that subject, hahahaaa. With so many overseas workers in Japan, we are also aware of Nihonggo although, again, I am exempted. To make the story short, I only know Filipino and English.
     
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    The only language that I know is English. I did take Spanish when I was in high school; but that was over 50 years ago and not much remains, although I do still recognise a few words.
    I just read that the United States is now the second largest Spanish speaking country in the world, right after Mexico, and ahead of even Spain.
    At the rate the illegals are coming across the border, there won't be any left in Mexico, and we will probably become the largest Spanish speaking country in the world.
     
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    In school, I struggled with English. I don't know what made me think I could master Spanish. The end result was, I still talk like a hick and don't know Spanish.
     
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    French is always a language that is worth learning, even if you don't know it fluently.
    Haha, thank you :D Do you know any other words in Polish?
     
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    Nice, but how come you can understand written German, but you can't speak nor write?
    Don't you remember any words while you read German?
     
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    Haha, very straight-forward. It's never too late to start learning new languages, although it's good that you know those two. :)
     
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    Maybe Spanish wasn't the best language to pick? :-O
     
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    The thing about the greetings I used is that they are very similar in Russian, Croatian and several Slavic languages. I know that tak and nie are yes and no, I can remember a few days of the week and the odd vegetable or two, but not much.

    The hardest European languages are Finnish and Hungarian. Although they don't look very similar, they are, in fact, related.
     
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    I took Spanish in high school as well and really enjoyed it. It's a fun language though I can't roll my tongue to get that authentic 'rr' sound. I found a lot of learning materials among my mother's belongings, books and discs. I have yet to try them out.
     
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    Given that I was born in Romania and I was raised there for a few years before moving to the States, I know Romanian as my mother tongue and English as a second language. I also took some German classes in school, but I never excelled at it, in fact I was quite awful at it. I am learning Japanese by myself from the Internet, but that isn't going that well either.
     
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    I find the Romanian language quite interesting. For one thing, it uses Latin script, unlike most Orthodox countries in Eastern Europe where Cyrillic is used. I can't say I know much of the language, but I went to Bucharest a few years ago and you could see that Romanian is a Romance language, with obvious derivations from Latin, through to French and Italian.
     
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    Yeah, it is a Latin language, and it sound really, really similar to Italian. 8th graders nowadays learn Latin at school (and so do those who pursue a career in writing in high school). I really love it, because it's a really melodical language, but that love is probably patriotism, because I love it as much as I love my country.
     
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    Is Romanian a tough language to learn?
    You will get there finally with Japanese, it isn't an easy language to learn, although German was quite easy to learn for me. :D
     
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    I've often heard people saying that Romanian is really hard to learn. Why? Because for (almost) each verb, its form is different on (once again, almost) each person (while English only sees changes in the 3rd person of the verb, singular). For example, the verb "eat":

    I eat
    You eat
    He, She, It eats
    We eat
    You eat
    They eat

    Meanwhile, the same verb in Romanian:
    to eat = a mânca

    Eu mănânc
    Tu mănânci
    El, Ea mănâncă
    Noi mâncăm
    Voi mâncați
    Ei, Ele mănâncă
     
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    Oh, sounds like a tough language to learn, but nothing is impossible.
    Especially if you start learning languages while your a child or teenager then you learn it way quicker.
    Polish my mother tongue is also a very tough language to learn too.
     
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    Yeah, when you are young, you learn languages way faster. That's why I was able to learn English as pretty much a second mother tongue once I moved in the States with my family.
    As for Polish being hard, yeah, pretty much all European languages are hard to learn, because of the sheer diversity they offer.
     
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    Apart from languages, there are so many different dialects in Europe that it's not uncommon that people in one part of one country find it different to understand people from another part. Even different accents can be hard to understand. Using the UK as an example, the cities of Newcastle and Sunderland are only ten miles apart, but it's very easy to tell the accents apart.
     
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    I know sign language.I don't know anyone else who knows it. But if I'm going to have a resource like the internet available to me, then I'm going to take full advantage of it. I learned morse code and how to build solar panels, as well.
     
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    This explains why most US government websites and organizations have now a Spanish version for the content they publish. In fact most reputable websites run by large companies have a Spanish version now; Godaddy, Sears, Macy, 1&1, About.com, so on and counting.
     
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    That doesn't bother me as long as I'm not going to get penalized for only speaking English. The day it becomes a serious disadvantage is when you'll read my posts cursing and screaming about it.
     
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    I speak english, french and spanish.
     
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    oh wow! I had enough trouble bumbling my way through german. It always so impressive when someone can learn an extra language. But 2? very nice!
     
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