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    Default Re: How many languages do you speak?

    Southern only.

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    let's see... turkish (i may be the only one on the forum), english, italian (mi piace italiano!), a quarter of german.

    also i can easily survive in greece, thanks to watching a lot greek tv when i was a child

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    Out of curiosity, would someone be willing to be my study buddy for Spanish? Frankly I'm not sure I want to do this because I value my privacy/anonymity but I wanted to go ahead and ask. Shoot me a PM if you're willing. Thanks in advance.

    I found others on the Duolingo app that want to be study buddys but frankly 1 they're strangers and 2 I think they're teens and I'd feel weird communicating with them.

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    So, I figure when I go about my daily activities I'm going to do my best to 'think' in Spanish. This should help determine what areas I need to work on. I've been practising as much as I can in person but that's a bit rare, about a sentence here and there once per week. I'm working on the language as much as possible, it's a lot of fun but it takes a long time.

    Any advice? Thanks in advance.

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    OK I can no longer resist, I have been watching this thread for a while now trying not to make a frivolous post , BUT here goes , I speak 3 languages, English my mother tongue, French adequately, but I am fluent in bollocks!

    A very old joke but I just could not resist , sorry, but on a serious note learning French, was probably the most difficult thing I attempted in my life, My wife is French and I have lived here for 20 years and it is still a challenge, my advice for any one wa tinb to be multilingual is to start very young with multilingual parents

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    OK I can no longer resist, I have been watching this thread for a while now trying not to make a frivolous post , BUT here goes , I speak 3 languages, English my mother tongue, French adequately, but I am fluent in bollocks!

    A very old joke but I just could not resist , sorry, but on a serious note learning French, was probably the most difficult thing I attempted in my life, My wife is French and I have lived here for 20 years and it is still a challenge, my advice for any one wanting to be multilingual is to start very young with multilingual parents

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    Quote Posted by Strat (here)
    So, I figure when I go about my daily activities I'm going to do my best to 'think' in Spanish. This should help determine what areas I need to work on. I've been practising as much as I can in person but that's a bit rare, about a sentence here and there once per week. I'm working on the language as much as possible, it's a lot of fun but it takes a long time.

    Any advice? Thanks in advance.
    There are some (preety much all of them) quality dubbed films in spanish amigo ^^ I'd advise to watch or even play them on the background if you feel like so. The more you know the film the better, since you can relate the meaning to the words directly. And no subs!

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    There are some (preety much all of them) quality dubbed films in spanish amigo ^^ I'd advise to watch or even play them on the background if you feel like so. The more you know the film the better, since you can relate the meaning to the words directly. And no subs!
    Ahh, good advice. Jurassic Park en espanol here I come!

    I've discovered reading Spanish isn't too difficult, it is slow going but I can decipher it so to speak. When I try speaking with native Speakers it's very challenging. I enjoy it though. I love culture, food, art (also, women) and all that. I've found that when you speak the language you get the VIP entrance so to speak.

    I don't mean to bump this thread too much but can you check this out for me, I'm trying to work on ordering food. I used to say yo quiero but that's a bit rude. How do I use puedo properly?:
    Puedo tiene un empanada de pollo? I used to say Yo quiero un empanada de pollo but apparently that's kinda rude. Fortunately I'm friendly and haven't stepped on any toes (yet). I'm pretty good at putting smiles on faces.

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    There are some (preety much all of them) quality dubbed films in spanish amigo ^^ I'd advise to watch or even play them on the background if you feel like so. The more you know the film the better, since you can relate the meaning to the words directly. And no subs!
    Ahh, good advice. Jurassic Park en espanol here I come!

    I've discovered reading Spanish isn't too difficult, it is slow going but I can decipher it so to speak. When I try speaking with native Speakers it's very challenging. I enjoy it though. I love culture, food, art (also, women) and all that. I've found that when you speak the language you get the VIP entrance so to speak.

    I don't mean to bump this thread too much but can you check this out for me, I'm trying to work on ordering food. I used to say yo quiero but that's a bit rude. How do I use puedo properly?:
    Puedo tiene un empanada de pollo? I used to say Yo quiero un empanada de pollo but apparently that's kinda rude. Fortunately I'm friendly and haven't stepped on any toes (yet). I'm pretty good at putting smiles on faces.
    You could say "me preparas una empanada de pollo por favor? Or "Hola, podrias preparame una empanada de pollo?

    But if you know the person working there i dont see much wrong in saying "hola, tienes empanadas d pollo? Me das una por favor?"

    But most of my friends simply say "me das una empanada de pollo por favor" and then once it's delivered they just say "gracias"

    So instead of "quiero 5 tacos" they say "me preparas 5 tacos por favor" or "me das 5 tacos" and once prepared then "gracias" and then you eat them in 5 seconds and ask for 5 more...
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    Exactly! And you could use the conditional like you would in english too: "I'd like to take 69 tacos please" - "Me gustaría tomar 69 tacos por favor" , or with can/could, "Could you serve me 666 tacos please? " - "Podria servirme/ponerme 666 tacos por favor? "

    Otherwise "yo quiero una empanada" its not specially rude if you say por favor at the end of it ^^ i'd say its the most natural of them all.

    Finally in spain's spanish (not 100% sure the rest do) we say "pongame" (put me) as a polite way to say "give me/serve me"

    Keep the learning up! And don't get too lost on grammar and technicisms, practice will be what makes you learn.

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    Quote Posted by Mashika (here)
    once prepared then "gracias" and then you eat them in 5 seconds and ask for 5 more...
    Lol, there's something we have in common.

    Quote Posted by I am B (here)
    Exactly! And you could use the conditional like you would in english too: "I'd like to take 69 tacos please" - "Me gustaría tomar 69 tacos por favor" , or with can/could, "Could you serve me 666 tacos please? " - "Podria servirme/ponerme 666 tacos por favor? "
    Food truly brings all cultures together.

    I have some confusion about the usage of mi as apposed to yo... I'll just keep practising. Here's some fun pics for you guys.

    Este es la comida Mexicana yo comprar:


    Dos tacos para mi y dos para mi madre. She's visited Mexico in the past and she says they taste the same so she loves them.

    However, I've moved on from tacos and now I devour tortas. I cannot articulate how amazingly delicious this sandwich is. Yes, I also got empenadas because I mean why not and also Saturday is my 'cheat day' which means I ignore my diet that day.

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    English, and bad English, Latin, and bad Latin, French and bad French so what is that? Six!? HA!!!
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    Portuguese and English

    Was lucky that the school I attended made English lessons available to young kids and that my parents thought it would be something good for me.

    As well as John, I also believe there is knowledge that is kept from being understood due to the languages barrier, sadly.

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    When I was learning Chinese in college, I sang happy birthday in Chinese to a dear friend. When he got done laughing he told me I had offered oral sex.....Chinese is hard!
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