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Posted: 26-Feb-2005, 07:42 AM
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I speak Southern and know some English. tongue.gif Studied Spanish in high school and lived in Colombia (Bucaramanga) for a while, but haven't spoken it in over thirty years and don't remember much. Took Russian in college, but remember even less.


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Posted: 08-Sep-2005, 09:26 AM
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Swedish, Scottish Gaelic, English, German, French, Latin, Norwegian, Irish Gaelic(not very good though) Danish, Some Japanes, Chinese Faroese...


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Wow! That's really something, Eiric. I guess you've been around. smile.gif

I'm a native English speaker. I have some French (usually better than I think it will be, when I try to speak, and I read it for research purposes), and somewhat better German. I am fluent in Yiddish, which I began learning as an adult in my 30s (so it CAN be done, people!) and taught it for a number of years. Presently learning Scots Gaidhlig. I too have a thing for both of my "endangered languages" and the poetry, music and culture that rides on them. I have been thinking that when the Gaidhlig is more solid, I will try to pick up some Breton, which is actually in my heritage (I like to pretend I am descended from Asterix, or someone like him. biggrin.gif )
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I'm currently learning French and Irish, and I have taken some Spanish to know a few basic terms...


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Posted: 19-Nov-2005, 01:51 PM
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My native language is German.
I've learned English for 9 years in school, which I finished almost 6 years ago. Since that time all my practice in English is the internet.
For 7 years I've learned French in school and had one of my exams in it. After school I unfortunately had no chance to speak it and rare chances to write French, also in some kinds of chat rooms.
Back in school I tried to learn Italian on my own from a book my grandma used to learn it. She couldn't help me with it, since I never met her, unfortunately... All that's left is the ability to realise it's Italian when someone uses it and to know the meaning of about every 10th to 100th word.
I understand Spanish as much as I need to understand what Ricky Martin is singing in the newer songs, not the english ones though. wink.gif And understanding means to know what he's singing about rather than being able to translate it acurately. I know some words though as cow, but I don't know how to write it, so I don't. smile.gif
I'd love to learn scotish gaelic. I've advanced as to understand some of its weird gramatical constructs and to know the pronounciation of some weird combinations of letters as bh and fh and so on. But I don't understand any of it since I don't know the meanings of the words. I love to sing it, though, which probably sounds pretty strange to someone who is able to speak it. But then again, maybe that way I'll someday find someone to teach me. *g*
I'd also love to learn chinese and japanese. But I guess that'll always remain some kind of dream...



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Posted: 21-Nov-2005, 10:39 AM
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I speak (please assure that you're sitting down and that you're not drinking anything hto - I will not take charge for any damages of computers that you've spit hot coffee on, or any broken legs...)

Swedish
English
German
French
Gidhlig
Norwegian
some Faroese and Danish, I understand written Italian and Icelandic but I cannot speak them, and since I love alphabeths I can write Arabic, Chinese, Russian, and Tibetan..

And yes I am an 18 years old freak wink.gif
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Posted: 21-Nov-2005, 10:58 AM
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Seriously, look into a job with the government as a translator - you'll be hired in a heartbeat!


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Posted: 30-Nov-2005, 04:35 AM
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Wow! Yiddish! Stoirmeil, that's so cool! And yes, I loooooooove languages!
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Posted: 18-Jan-2006, 01:29 PM
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Posted: 18-Jan-2006, 05:01 PM
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really? I know a lady in Canada who learnt it and also is learning Gidhlig.
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Posted: 18-Jan-2006, 06:31 PM
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I speak English, and a Chinese Dialect fluently, I can speak Latin, read Greek, speak some Spanish, French, and Italian.
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Posted: 23-Feb-2006, 07:10 PM
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English is my first language but I speak Welsh to a native standard and consider it my native language.
I speak French, Spanish and Italian as well (once you've learned one Romance language, it becomes fairly easy to pick the rest up). I can understand Latin, Catalan, Galician and Portuguese, but can't speak or write them.

I can read and write the Russian and Greek alphabets, but can't speak Russian or Greek!

I can pick up some Cornish and Breton because of the Welsh.

I would absolutely adore to speak Irish and Scottish Gaelic. I think they are SOOOOOOO beautiful, but although already having a Celtic language, it is no easier to pick up Irish or Gaelic. The Celtic languages don't quite work the same way as the Romance languages!

I find Germanic and Slavic languages to be quite aggressive, so I avoid them, but I would like to learn Norwegian I think because one of my closest friends is Norwegian and it sings really nicely!

I'd love to learn Catalan fluently because I think Catalonia is amazing. YAY Catalan Nationhood! Officially recognised as a nation, though not quite independent from Spain yet.

I am useless at anything else... only languages can I do. (Welshism there). Maths, Science - useless! Can barely use a computer! I ABSOLUTELY ADORE LANGUAGE! I hope to do a PhD in Linguistics.


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Posted: 03-May-2006, 09:23 AM
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I speak Japanese as my first language and English almost fluently. I'm learning Welsh and hope I will be almost fluent someday.

I'm not a liguist like Siarls and Eiric and many others, so I don't think I'll be learning any other languages. I've learned English out of necessity and I'm learning Welsh out of love for Wales. If the Welsh spoke Hebrew, I'm sure I'd be learning it!


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