How many languages do you speak?

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  1. Stampyhead macrumors 68020

    Stampyhead

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    I know that there are quite a few languages represented here at MR due to the global diversity of our membership, but I got to thinking today: how many languages do our members speak, either fluently or partly, besides your their native tongue? I'll start us off:
    My native language is English, but I also speak French fluently (thanks to having lived for a couple of years in Quebec and studying for a while in France). I also have working knowledge of Russian and Italian. I've started learning some Spanish too, since I moved to Arizona, but I can't really hold a conversation in it yet.
     
  2. realityisterror macrumors 65816

    realityisterror

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    read, write, and speak :eek: english..
    speak and read (with pain) farsi which is persian which is what i am.. :rolleyes:

    why am i still awake?
     
  3. acceber macrumors regular

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    I can read, write, and speak...

    English
    Korean
    Russian
    Japanese

    ...in that order of fluency. :)
     
  4. Mechcozmo macrumors 603

    Mechcozmo

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    Fluent in English
    Read/Write Hebrew pretty well
    Spanish enough to glean bits and pieces
     
  5. The Muffin Man macrumors regular

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    fluent in english
    somewhere between ok and fluent in spanish
    proficient in spanglish :cool:
     
  6. MoparShaha macrumors 68000

    MoparShaha

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    I speak three languages:

    • English
    • Farsi
    • Japanese

    Interestingly enough, Farsi was my first language.

    Hey, reality, just noticed you're a fellow Iranian (I'm half). Awesome.
     
  7. jaromski macrumors regular

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    a little english

    ein bisschen deutsch (german)

    egy picsit magyarul (hungarian)

    jaromski
     
  8. The Muffin Man macrumors regular

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    I wish I spoke more languages. I'm lucky to be an English speaker because it's the new international language. I also enjoy certain aspects from Spanish because not only is it widely spoken, but it allows me to read Portuguese. I've read articles and forum posts in Portuguese with little difficulty, but I can't understand it orally, nor can I pronounce very many of its words :(. I just also realized that Japanese's extensive borrowing from English allows me to catch onto a few things in Japanese. I took it for 4 years as well, but I can hardly remember any of it. It's quite tragic, but I'm over it.
     
  9. clayj macrumors 604

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    English (obviously)
    can read German, speak it a bit
    can read French, speak it a bit
    minor fluency in Spanish, Japanese, Russian, Italian, Dutch

    I'm a bit like the character Cypher in the old X-Factor comic strip... I can look at verbiage in almost any language and tell you what language it is.*

    * This is NOT an invitation for you to test me... just telling you that I am innately better at this than most people. :)
     
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  11. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    English is my mother tongue.
    I know very little German and even less Spanish. But, from experience, if I'm dropped in either it will slowly come back to me. Heck, after only a couple days in Germany I could order lunch at a fast food place. :D

    I wish I was better at picking up languages but I pretty much suck at it. When I have kids I'm going to have them learn other languages at a young age which, from what I've heard, is much easier than trying to learn them when you are older.


    Lethal
     
  12. IDANNY macrumors 6502a

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    Thats pretty cool I am about the same except I cant write in cursive in hebrew but I can write like the normal hebrew. :)
     
  13. Diatribe macrumors 601

    Diatribe

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    I always wonder why suddenly nobody speaks only one language any more when you ask those questions on a message board... :D

    I speak English and German fluently, Spanish almost, and French sufficiently. This year I will start to learn Mandarin... we'll see how that goes.
     
  14. AmigoMac macrumors 68020

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    Nermal

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    I speak English fluently, and I can read a little French and Maori. Don't ask me to write or speak in those languages though!
     
  16. Veldek macrumors 68000

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    Deutsch - mother language
    English - quite good, I hope
    Francais - school, but forgot a lot
    Russian - school, but forgot even more
    Japanese - a little
    Chinese - took a course, but know only a few words

    Edit: Why can't I use the languages from OS X here? Only question marks...
     
  17. paxtonandrew macrumors 6502

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    I speak 3:

    English,
    Australian
    And
    Bad English
     
  18. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    1st language: English
    with een tweede taal: een kleine beetje Nederlands.

    But my favorite language (and one I'm rapidly becoming proficent in understanding is): Bureaucratic Manager-Speak :)
     
  19. takao macrumors 68040

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    german - mother language (actually i prefer dialect)
    english -10 years in school + used every day
    french - 4 years but never used at all so i forgot a lot and i always had problems with making sentences by myself

    perhaps i practice a little bit french in the future..
     
  20. Cybernanga macrumors regular

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    Se mhunu anobva kuZimbabwe, ndino taura chirungu, ne chiShona.

    Translation, "As a person who comes from Zimbabwe, I speak english and shona."

    Lived there for 21 years, and speak it fluently.

    I can also vaguely follow conversations in Afrikaans, Zulu/Ndebele Portuguese, Spanish, and a few other languages, as long as the people are speaking slowly and clearly. Don't expectme to beable to respond though ;)
     
  21. BakedBeans macrumors 68040

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    fluent in english,maths and science

    doh!

    lol nah

    english(fl)
    french(fl)
    german(fl)
    portugese (fl)
    korean (fl)
    mandarin (speak it but not read or write)
     
  22. AmigoMac macrumors 68020

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    OK, now that you say dialect.. it inspires me...

    Spanish (100%), English (98%), German(97%), French (75%), Italian (50%) Japanese (40%) (Studied the language 6 months and still can say some sentences) from a thread one year ago, it's a common topic every year, a lot of my German was learned in Austria, I like the dialect there...
     
  23. skunk macrumors G4

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    English, French, Italian, Latin, Greek, a bit of Spanish and Portuguese, and I'm just starting a course in Mandarin.
     
  24. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Ah...that one's a bitch to get to grips with :eek:
     

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