How many languages do you speak?

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.
 

Mechcozmo

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Fluent in English
Read/Write Hebrew pretty well
Spanish enough to glean bits and pieces
 

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.
 

The Muffin Man

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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.
 

clayj

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visiting from downstream
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. :)
 

LethalWolfe

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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
 

IDANNY

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Mechcozmo said:
Fluent in English
Read/Write Hebrew pretty well
Spanish enough to glean bits and pieces
Thats pretty cool I am about the same except I cant write in cursive in hebrew but I can write like the normal hebrew. :)
 

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.
 

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!
 

Veldek

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Germany
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...
 

Blue Velvet

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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 :)
 

takao

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Dornbirn (Austria)
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..
 

Cybernanga

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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 ;)
 

AmigoMac

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takao said:
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..
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...