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    Default How many languages do you speak?

    I am always impressed with people that speak multiple languages. I only speak English. I can generally understand Spanish, meaning I can get by. I can order food and ask where places/things are like the bathroom or whatever. I have an app called Duolingo which helps teach languages.

    I think my ability to learn the language is capped so to speak. I need to speak the language with others to really become fluent. I sometimes do business with Spanish speakers so I can practice to some extent with them but not too much. They are running a business after all and don't have time for small talk.

    So what about you? How many languages do you speak? This thread is partly inspired by this youtube channel. This man's hobby is learning languages. He records himself going around and practising with strangers, he's incredible. You can see people's faces light up when they meet a stranger speaking their native tongue with them. It's a great way to break the ice:

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    Default Re: How many languages do you speak?

    Languages were the only subjects that held my interest at school, I was completely bored with the rest!

    I can hold a decent conversation in French and Italian; my most fluent proficiency is in Italian as I've spent more time there. I also have a basic knowledge of German, Dutch, Welsh, Greek and Spanish (which I can read easily as it's so similar to Italian, more so than French). I also learnt Latin at school.

    The best linguists that I've known personally have grown up bilingual; young children seem to pick up languages very easily and switch effortlessly between the two. I knew a girl who was bilingual in English and French at age 4, but in Britain we didn't start languages until age 11.

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    I speak only in French, for English I use a translator, Ok I'm going out

    Je parle uniquement en Français, pour l'anglais j'utilise un traducteur, Ok je sors



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    Lightbulb Re: How many languages do you speak?

    Dutch 100%, English ±99,9% - German Speak: ±90% Reading: ±99% - Limburgs Dialect: ±85% - Flemish (Belgium): ±85%
    • I was born in 1966 very close to the German Border and the Dutch Province Dialect (Limburgs) is ±70% German like. In the 1970s & 1980s where you only had TV Channels from the Ether using an TV antenna on the roof. I could see ARD, WDR & ZDF (no "cable tv" was available back then).
    When I was young I watched (almost) all "Die Sendung mit der Maus" high quality educational programs for German school-children. No Dutch subtitles no English ... just raw German


    Last 30 years I was fortunate to understand 100s German Documentaries no matter what (controversial) topic. Also red (studied) several German UFO Books.

    As a Dutch man I have worked in amongst others: Kassel, Dresden, München

    Been many many times in Germany during holidays they have the best quality food and is always 30 to 50% cheaper than Holland.

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    Default Re: How many languages do you speak?

    Quote Posted by Brigantia (here)
    I can hold a decent conversation in French and Italian; my most fluent proficiency is in Italian as I've spent more time there. I also have a basic knowledge of German, Dutch, Welsh, Greek and Spanish (which I can read easily as it's so similar to Italian, more so than French). I also learnt Latin at school.
    So I can't lie, the reality is I probably won't learn many languages. So when I say languages I'd like to learn or get to, the reality is it's probably not going to happen. Maybe I'm being too negative?

    I'd like to eventually get to Italian. I am half Italian, my grandmothers first job (at 14yrs old) was a translator because her father was a general contractor who spoke solely Italian. The reason I didn't start with the language is because Spanish is very useful to know in my area. I work for a contractor as well and often run into Spanish speakers so it's handy to know the basics. I've reached a point though where I want to be able to hold a decent conversation. Spanish is very prevalent in general in Florida. I love Latin culture, so you can see why it's a good idea for someone like myself to become proficient with the language.

    I've heard a saying, "You learn 2 and you get the 3rd for free." So if you know Spanish and Portuguese then Italian is simple. I've asked this of several people and they generally agree. A friend of mine was practising Italian with a gal a long time ago and she downright asked him what village he was from! I was jealous.

    I would like to learn Latin, it's just such a beautiful language but frankly it's not very useful in my area.

    A friend of mine took Arabic in college and when she graduated was offered a job by the CIA which she turned down. This annoyed me to no end!

    Quote Posted by ExomatrixTV (here)
    Last 30 years I was fortunate to understand 100s German Documentaries no matter what (controversial) topic.
    Now that is cool. I've said for a while I'd like to see a German, Russian and Japanese WW2 docs. Ya know, something other than, "And then the mighty Americans came in and saved the world." I love my country but I don't play that bs.

    EDIT: Something I noticed in Italy that I thought was interesting was a gal working at a gelato shop who didn't understand English was singing along to Joan Jet. She had the lyrics down perfect and zero accent whatsoever.
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    Default Re: How many languages do you speak?

    Italian is easy to learn because once you've mastered its pronunciation, it's spoken as it is written; they say that this is the reason why dyslexia is hardly known in Italy. I found the informal and formal way to address someone the trickiest part to master in real life, remembering whether to use 'tu' (family and friends) or 'lei' (strangers and slight acquaintances) but Italians are usually very polite and make allowances!

    It's such a beautiful, musical language too, I love it.

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    Default Re: How many languages do you speak?

    Portuguese which is my native language, English and Spanish.
    Here in Brazil we have several English courses and I started studying at 6 years old.
    I have traveled to Portugal, Spain, Chile and Argentina. I learned Spanish in Chile. In Portugal I saw the difference between the Portuguese of Brazil and that of our colonizers.
    Just for the record, Chile is a fantastic country, if you can, visit the city of Pucón and the Villarrica volcano!
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    Default Re: How many languages do you speak?

    The Tower of Babble was our down fall. Language trains and manipulates the mind. I look forward to telepathy again, but I may not live that long.

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    Default Re: How many languages do you speak?

    Quote Posted by Marbelo (here)
    In Portugal I saw the difference between the Portuguese of Brazil and that of our colonizers.
    From what I understand Spain and Mexico have this same dynamic. Is this true or am I wrong?

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    Default Re: How many languages do you speak?

    What if any language limits our true universal language which is beyond the use of labels.

    Label: "hot & cold" is not needed to know if something is hot or cold ... so there IS always awareness BEFORE language.

    I also know that The German language has more words to describe things than Holland & England ... but that does not mean they are better. It means they are more controlled HOW to "assume" things

    Maybe (some) Aliens do not use any language they use pure transfer of unfiltered awareness. I wonder if Quantum A.I. will (soon) be used to build a bridge between genuine (alien) awareness & "machine intelligence".

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    Default Re: How many languages do you speak?

    Three. English, music, and love. I know a little math, but not too good.
    Also, I can say "Where is the bathroom?" in six languages.



    Quote Posted by Savannah (here)
    The Tower of Babble was our down fall. Language trains and manipulates the mind. I look forward to telepathy again, but I may not live that long.
    This

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    Default Re: How many languages do you speak?

    EDITED- Layer, im sorry! I didn't actually answer you directly. I'm new here in the avalon. Should i use reply with quote?

    The pronunciation doesn’t differ that much in Portugal and Brazil, in fact they use other words for things I know, not many, but some! As i don't really know this difference in depth I found this little text here

    Due to geographical separation, the consequential cultural divergence, and the influence of indigenous languages in the Americas, the Spanish spoken in most of Spain (called “Iberian/European”) differs in several key ways from the language spoken in Latin America. What’s more, dialects differ between the countries and/or regions within both of these areas. For example, if you visit Uruguay or Argentina, you will find that “ll” is pronounced not as /ʝ/ (“y” as in “yes”), as in most dialects of Spanish, but as /ʃ/ (“sh”) instead. Therefore, you would need to alter your pronunciation of the introduction “me llamo…” from “me yamo…” to “me shamo…” in order not to stand out as a foreigner. Of course, most likely you will still be understood, as the pronunciation doesn’t differ that much.

    The bottom line? Language is fluid, dynamic, and region-specific (otherwise the United States wouldn’t have been able to contribute essential words such as “hangry” and “bingeable” to the English lexicon in 2018 – you’re welcome, world).

    Though different varieties of Spanish are mutually intelligible for the most part, you do run the risk of miscommunication (and in some cases, accidental disrespect) if you’re not prepared. As varieties of Spanish are numerous, we’re focusing on Mexican Spanish (spoken by 103 million people) and Iberian/European Spanish (spoken in northern and central Spain) to get your journey started.

    SOURCE
    https://lingvist.com/blog/spain-span...xican-spanish/
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    Default Re: How many languages do you speak?

    I can only speak Finnish and English fluently, I'd like to understand Spanish too as I like the language. I'm always amazed when people speak more than two languages well, especially if it's four or more. I studied French as a kid, but I remember almost nothing of it. Swedish is the second language here, but I barely understand it. Also Laoshu is great, I've been watching his videos for a few years now.
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    Default Re: How many languages do you speak?

    I am trilingual; I speak English, Dog and Cat. I wish I could speak more dialects in all seriousness. I am always amazed by polyglots.

    https://www.mosalingua.com/en/famous-polyglots/

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    Default Re: How many languages do you speak?

    Quote Posted by Marbelo (here)
    EDITED- Layer, im sorry! I didn't actually answer you directly. I'm new here in the avalon. Should i use reply with quote?
    Don't worry, your reply was very informative, thanks! Using the 'reply with quote' is handy because I will get a notification that you are addressing me specifically. It's ok though my friend! It may take a bit of time to get used to the forum but you'll get used to it. If you have any questions feel free to ask me or one of the Guides (members whose name is green in color), they're a great help.

    And welcome to Avalon!

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    Quote Three. English, music, and love. I know a little math, but not too good.
    Also, I can say "Where is the bathroom?" in six languages.
    Is math being counted as a language?

    I speak English natively. I can speak Chinese (standard mandarin), and some French. I once studied (mostly forget) Russian, Japanese. I am still trying to learn Hindi.

    I do speak math if that's a language.

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    Default Re: How many languages do you speak?

    From what I know, most Europeans know a language or two, and we generally understand each other, especially in direct contact with the interlocutor, indeed, as you said Strat, "something" is triggered and you can at least understand what you are told, more , you hear yourself having a conversation in that language. I think it's fun and natural.

    I worked in Europe and learned several languages.
    Latin has a certain scientific-cultural-linguistic importance and is a good root for study in general.
    In school, I learned French and Russian, then because of jobs in the European community, I had to learn German in a maximum of two weeks and it was not easy, but I learned 2000 words and 400 expressions, doing just that in each day, thinking I could do this with any language ... less complicated.
    For example, I understand everything in Spanish, but I couldn't bring "the words into speech", at least not immediately. I probably can't learn some languages.

    Italian (being close to my native language) I had to speak it without studying it. I must admit, that Italians are very happy to speak, so I left home in the evening speaking my native language and arrived in Italy in the morning where a a group of people asked me questions in Italian and especially those related to medicine, and I still don't know how I managed to get used to it more and more with every minute passed. I think that when "you're there in the field, alone" with speakers of foreign languages, intonation, gestures and human nature of contact, matter a lot for everything is a kind of "chain reaction" that you have to learn "hard quickly".

    A fun thing about what you said Strat: "You learn two and you get the third", I suffered too. For example, in Vienna (Austria, Europe) German is not spoken at all, and in such a small country they have as many different dialects as there are counties.

    If you know German, you have to hear how Austrian is spoken, it's really a blast to be able to adapt, but my luck was that they still understand German, it took me 18 days to learn the dialect just so I could fully understand.
    In short, with all due respect to their history, I can say that in a country like Austria, communication is not the problem, rather the dialect which together with the tonality used, "detonated" my intuition, but, intending to work again in the near future there, I am glad that all citizens are actually learning the German Language in schools...
    So, personally, I'm happy for that, especially since I used google translate to write this

    And Strat, I'm sorry, I can't help... but I send you something I always laugh at ( 22 seconds):

    I Know a Little German

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    Lightbulb Re: How many languages do you speak?

    Maybe you can ask everybody which new language would you want to learn if you had the time and why ....

    My new language would be Mandarin Chinese ... not because I "love CCP" (I don't) nor worship their Orwellian Dystopian style of government but for many other reasons!


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    I always felt there will be something very special coming out of China NOT from the "government" nor from any big corporation but from the people who want to be free!

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    And Strat, I'm sorry, I can't help... but I send you something I always laugh at ( 22 seconds):

    I Know a Little German
    Speaking in languages ​​and what anka said I have a scene that always makes me laugh a lot from Inglourious Basterds. It reminds me of Marlon Brando in The Godfather.

    I’m not going to be the person I’m expected to be anymore.

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    • English 90% - my first language, the language I have used 97% of my life. I don't think anyone every masters any language and everyday I learn more, so I just can't say 100%. I know I can always look forward to learning new words, new expressions, new meanings of words and more subtleties of this 500 year old language.

    • German 70% - My mother's tongue and a language I studied for 6 years and have read numerous novels in. However, I seldom use it now and when I have a conversation, I need to keep a dictionary nearby.

    • Spanish 50% - I only took one semester of Spanish in college, but have done some traveling in Latin America and Spain and now live in a town with a large Spanish speaking population.

    • Mandarin Chinese 1% - I took two semesters of Chinese, but it isn't an Indo european language, and learning to write Chinese characters is such a complex skill. If a genii in a bottle gave me three wishes, one would be to instantly understand and speak this language.

    • Italian & French 30% - Most of my knowledge of these languages comes from music. I studied classical singing (art songs, opera arias) and sang in opera choruses. Of course, in addition to memorizing all those words, you have to know what they mean to do it with feeling, so you have to learn a bit of the language. Also, I spent a lot of time reading opera librettos which have the original language text side by side with English translation, so I am really good at having dramatic outbursts in these languages.

    • Romanian, Esperanto, Portuguese, Afrikaans, Dutch 25% - I never studied any of these, but when I look at texts in the languages, I can usually figure out much based on other Romance and Germanic languages I know.

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