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How many other languages can you speak at least a little of?
Gaelic [ 2 ]  [7.41%]
French [ 8 ]  [29.63%]
Spanish [ 9 ]  [33.33%]
German [ 4 ]  [14.81%]
Italian [ 0 ]  [0.00%]
Mandarin [ 0 ]  [0.00%]
Japanese [ 1 ]  [3.70%]
Swahili [ 0 ]  [0.00%]
Arabic [ 0 ]  [0.00%]
Any Scandinavian language [ 3 ]  [11.11%]
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Posted on 10-Mar-2007, 06:20 PM
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QUOTE (Antwn @ 10-Mar-2007, 01:09 PM)
I'd like to learn Russian and re-learn German. Spanish would be good too since its a languge I could try to speak with somebody here in the US.



I've still got that Russian language learning system for you, mate. You got any place where I can send it now?

I have some French and a good bit more German, a tiny bit of Scots Gaidhlig, and fluent read/write/speak Yiddish. Have set sights on the Normandy dialect as next crazy thing to do -- not too hard with some French already in the bag, but looks and sounds quite different from standard French. This is the the dialect of French behind the Acadian Quebecois, which is my heritage through my father's line. There's a considerable literature in it.
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Posted on 11-Mar-2007, 02:02 PM
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Lessee...

I used to be fluent in Parisian French.

Spent a semester in the Marseilles area and had Provencale beaten into me.

My Spanish would make a toddler laugh, but I can manage.

After working with the Amish, I picked up a smattering of their Deutch.

I know enough Mandarin to know what cheesy names gamers name their characters.

I took four semesters of Japanese, had an exchange student live with us for three years, and married an anime fanboy, so my Japanese isn't *all* that bad.

I'm still picking up bits and pieces of Mingo and Seneca.

I can swear like a sailor in Lenape.

I speak fluent Pittsburghese (and if you don't think it's a separate dialect, come on over here).

My Doric Scots isn't too bad. Not that I use it all that much, but I can understand things at high speed at any rate.

My Irish and Scots Gaelic are...well...I think if they ever did Sesame Street in Gaelic I might not hurt myself. laugh.gif


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Posted on 12-Jun-2007, 10:32 AM
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English, of course--mainly Southern but with hints from Oregon, Utah, Irish and Yankee. (I pick up accents easily, so I have acquired some Irish pronounciation and 'lilt' from studying Gaelic and listening to Irish singers.)

Sign language--used to be fairly fluent in Pidgin Signed English and have studied ASL (many years ago) Also includes some Canadian sign--in fact my former students in the US Virgin Islands may stil use the Canadian sign for 'soon'--which means 'patience' in US sign. There are Utah, Oregon and of course Southern influences, too.

Was fluent in Parisian French (with Provancal influence from a summer spent in Avignon.) for quite a while but haven't used it routinely for many years.

Took some classes in Spanish but mostly picked it up by osmosis--my mother spoke it, as a French lab assistant heard it every day as the Spanish lab assistants were in the same room and was also around it frequently in undergraduate school as my second mother was director of International Student Afairs and had lived in Boliva.

Took some German but remember very little.

Ditto for Hebrew.

Can make out quite a bit of written Latin and Italian from exposure to French and Spanish and as far as Latin from studying English word origins.

Have tapes to learn Irish Gaelic (northern dialect) but haven't listen to them for a while so I don't remember a lot.

Was exposed to Chinese--mostly Mandarin--Hatian, Farsi and various others in undergraduate school hanging around foreign students, but never learne to speak any of them.

I think that's everything.


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Posted on 12-Jun-2007, 11:06 AM
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I was an airborne voice intercept operator/flight examiner (cryptolinguist) in the Air Force, which required me to spend a year at N(o)S(uch)A(gency) learning Vietnamese fulltime. I haven't used it much in the last 37 years, so have forgotten most of what I learned. I learned the Hanoi dialect, so when I went off-base in South Vietnam, the South Vietnamese would often ask if I worked for the CIA--I could honestly say no. biggrin.gif
I also picked up a fair amount of Japanese while stationed at Yokota AB, Japan, and Kadena AB, Okinawa, most of which I have also forgotten in the last 37 years.
During my Air Force days, I also learned enough Russian, Chinese, and Arabic to recognize them.
I studied French and Spanish in school, and actually retain some of it. I tried self-study of German and Italian, but didn't get far.
I have been exposed to a few other languages: Korean, Tagalog, Thai, and Lao are a few, but can't claim to be able to recognize them.
I do recognize a few words of Gaelic, thanks to Highlander Radio. thumbs_up.gif


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Posted on 12-Jun-2007, 12:46 PM
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I can get by in French, Spanish and Japanese. I have a smattering of Gaelic, German, Yiddish and New Jersey. tongue.gif I can get in trouble in a few others. rolleyes.gif


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Posted on 12-Jun-2007, 01:29 PM
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Living in Arizona one picks up Spanish with ease. All of our signs and
instructions,(construction signs mostly), have English and below the Spanish
translation. Seeing them everyday one just starts to remember the Spanish
words and you know what it means. Now, to roll it off your tongue is a whole
other matter, be careful in that area. I've had to beat feet a few times yelling,
"What did I say, what did I say?" Strange, no one is interested in answering
a question at that time, maybe they can't hear over the laughing? taz.gif oops.gif

I grew up speaking nothing but, Doric Scot. Learning English was very hard,
it is a diffuclt language. After I left the clan compound and moved to arizone
I had no one to speak to so it faded. Not a smart thing for me to do, but
there you go. I know, my bush needs some new light bulbs. lightbulb.gif


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Posted on 12-Jun-2007, 02:42 PM
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My mother tongue is southern, but I know a little English.


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Posted on 19-Jul-2007, 06:03 PM
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Like The Carolina Scotsman above - my mother tongue is southern.
I have also taken Hebrew classes out of curiosity - they were offered at my church one time. I also took French and Latin in high school. I took Italian in college for music. And of course, I spent two months in Ireland in the Galetacht area in a little town called Spiddeal learning the language and the music. That was back in 1980. When I came home to Georgia, there wasn't much in the way of other speakers to converse with. I did like freaking out people in public when I started saying things in Irish. I have been able to use it some at my church - I have sung "Bi Thusa Mo Shuile"(Be Thou My Vision) several times at church. I also am putting together the song found on a Moya Brennan cd called "Song of David". I teach 4 and 5 year old choir and they are picking up the Irish very well. WE will be doing it sometime in October at our church - I think.


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Posted on 19-Jul-2007, 11:43 PM
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I speak Finnish, naturally.
And the foreign languages i can speak are English and Swedish.
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