What/how many languages do you speak?

Discussion in '-polls-' started by faith, Dec 6, 2012.

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How many languages do you speak?

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  1. faith -tea party- -tea party-

    faith
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    Posted: Thu Dec 6, 2012 11:05 am

    By speak I mean you could go over to the country and have no problem communicating.

    I'll start.
    Fluent in English
    Level B2 in French
    Advanced in Japanese (probably also B2)
     
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  2. Wandering_Fox -current- -current-

    Wandering_Fox
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    Posted: Thu Dec 6, 2012 11:17 am

    I'm (fairly) fluent in English, other than my awkward social skills and a tendency to forget words ::meev::

    I guess I have intermediate/advanced Japanese skills? That's what I was told at a class evaluation, but I like to think I've gotten better since then d(^____^)

    (I know a few words and phrases in ::hora::-ese, but I never have a chance to use them so it doesn't count ::kisaki:: j/k)
     
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  3. flowersofnight -moderator- -moderator-

    flowersofnight
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    Posted: Thu Dec 6, 2012 1:30 pm

    I was raised to know English, but only in aZn TeXtSpk form.
    Pretty good at reading and listening to French
    N4 in Japanese... maybe ::meev:: But if not, definitely N5.

    I can't speak anything but English though.
     
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  4. PureElegance -eternite- eternite

    PureElegance
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    Posted: Thu Dec 6, 2012 3:25 pm

    Fluent in English and pretty fluent in Spanish, but I need to practice Spanish or I'll forget things.

    I can read/write/speak Chinese, but basic levels (which is still a TON! It's amazing!). It's easier for me to read and write essays in Chinese than listen to teachers though XD For the Chinese HSK I'd probably be Level II (just looked at the practice test for Level I and I was like "omg this is my homework XD," sort of the same for Level II), but this is something I want to continue learning in the future so I'll get better along with Quechua.

    Someday I want to invite Chinese people over and when they arrive I'll be like, "Qing zuo, qing zuo!" and gesturing towards the chairs like a hearty old man. Then I'll go "He cha, he cha!" with a tea cup in my hand and I'll gesture for everyone to drink. Then I'll do the Chinese man laugh while stroking my beard.
     
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  5. Berserk -member- -member-

    Berserk
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    Posted: Fri Dec 7, 2012 12:17 am

    I speak English natively, obviously.

    My French is getting rusty, but when I finished my French minor a couple years ago I was pretty proficient. My professor said I could even pass for a native speaker, but she said, "you have an accent like you're Belgian or something"... of course that was only when I had something prepared to say (like when giving a presentation). If you threw me in the middle of a random French conversation I would probably sink like a rock XD

    I think I could survive in France or Québec, though. It would just be awkward for the first year or so until I eventually became fluent.

    EDIT:
    faith wrote:
    Define "problem" for me, because I don't know if I should vote for 1 or 2 languages.
     
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  6. faith -tea party- -tea party-

    faith
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    Posted: Fri Dec 7, 2012 10:00 am

    Well, see I'm not sure. I just meant that you feel you actually know the language, not that you took a crash course on travel French or only completed French 101.
     
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  7. MissUMana -member- -member-

    MissUMana
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    Posted: Fri Dec 7, 2012 10:40 am

    Berserk wrote:
    It is funny you should say "France or Québec", because the French find it so hard/tiring understanding the kind of French they speak in Québec. A girl I once knew went to Québec with a friend and she said they soon gave up asking policemen their way in French because it was much harder understanding the answer in French than in English. The accent is a big problem, and the weird words and phrases too.

    But it would take you far less than a year to get by if you decided to stick to French only. You learnt it, so it would all fall into place quite quickly.
     
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  8. Berserk -member- -member-

    Berserk
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    Posted: Fri Dec 7, 2012 11:16 am

    @faith: Oh, well in that case I'll vote for two.

    @MissUMana: Oh yeah, the Québec accent is dreadful, but I figure I would get used to it eventually XD Ah, the land of formage and assissez-vous, and all that weird franglais ::meev::

    MissUMana wrote:
    You're probably right. Too bad I won't have the chance to live abroad anyways!
     
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  9. MissUMana -member- -member-

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    Posted: Fri Dec 7, 2012 11:46 am

    Berserk wrote:
    Franglais is not the worst, it's pretty annoying but you can still cope. The worst is now : a lot of people in the media are talking in French badly translated from English, that is French with an English syntax, or "enriched" with verbs that simply don't exist in French (they create verbs derived from English words!). In fact, the more you know English, the angrier you get every day listening to the radio or watching tv, ahahahah! The press is equally terrible, even simple grammar rules are apparently unknown to our so-called "journalists"!
     
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  10. Js_klaus -eternite- eternite

    Js_klaus
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    Posted: Fri Dec 7, 2012 3:58 pm

    I speak Spanish natively and some English ::kisaki::
     
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  11. Haruna_Kamimura -member- -member-

    Haruna_Kamimura
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    Posted: Sat Dec 8, 2012 2:38 pm

    ^ Same as David.
    Spanish is my native language, but I speak english fluently.
     
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  12. Decadent Child -member- -member-

    Decadent Child
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    Posted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 12:33 am

    I'm a native spanish speaker. At the age of 11 until 17 I learned english. I can say I speak/write/listen in a very good level, although I don't practice the conversational thing so often. All in all, I can have a fluent conversation with somebody who speaks english in a ''normal'' way (no nigga, no gangsta, no stuff like that XD).

    I guess I'm a N4 or N5 in Japanese, but I have waaaaaaaaaaay to much to learn, Kanji and vocabulary is very difficult for the ammount I think. I can talk to somebody, ask stuff, understand if the person speaks in a slow way XD.

    I've always had the ability, or that's what I believe, of learning languages. I was one of the top graders when learning english and japanese. Languages learning is very cool!
     
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  13. PureElegance -eternite- eternite

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    Posted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 1:13 am

    Decadent Child wrote:
    yo hood text my pipe. Man fuhh it. Ain't shit going to hi ld me back!!! When we bend the block, my niggas dumping out the roof! TOOF TOOF TOOF TOOF TOOF!!!
     
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  14. faith -tea party- -tea party-

    faith
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    Posted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 9:53 am

    Yo ah ain't dun dig' uh werd you said Don' make me come ova there bitch...
     
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  15. PureElegance -eternite- eternite

    PureElegance
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    Posted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 12:32 pm

    faith wrote:
    Too be honest you a dumb one. And I might get yo bannin yo ass. GSHIT. Too be honest you ain't even that bad or live like that.u just gassed up. Think u need a reality check.
     
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  16. voixdinferno -member- -member-

    voixdinferno
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    Posted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 1:56 pm

    I have a question... Why you all gringos are sooo lazy to learn spanish if your country is full of us? xDDD

    Well, Being a Latino man I can understand all the Latin languages; and speaking of speak a NON latin language(?) I can speak English in a moderate form if you speak with no gringo accent and as Decadent Child told (what the hell is nigga? gangsta?).

    Here are a synonym to nigga I think, is called "flaite" (people who listen this kind of music http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9StKOPd5gaA xDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

    Well, If I say "¿wena lokooooo, como tay ziii?" I mean "Hellooooo! How are you?" LOL
     
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  17. Wandering_Fox -current- -current-

    Wandering_Fox
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    Posted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 4:10 pm

    voixdinferno wrote:
    Because in Seattle, we'd also have to learn Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Tagalog and Vietnamese ::shifty:: And I had a hard enough time learning to speak Jive: Jus' hang loose, blood. She gonna catch ya up on da' rebound on da' med side.
     
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  18. Berserk -member- -member-

    Berserk
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    Posted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 4:14 pm

    voixdinferno wrote:
    trolllllllll
    You mean if we speak our language with a native accent? :|
    No, that's not what "nigga" means at all.

    I'm not going to be the one to explain it to you either.
     
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  19. faith -tea party- -tea party-

    faith
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    Posted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 4:23 pm

    Yeah...in San Francisco the signs are in English and Chinese, not Spanish...

    But there are probably a couple reasons.
    First, Spanish wasn't as widely spoken until the late 90's I think.
    If it were introduced in school like English is in other countries I think more people would speak it.
    But try getting a 35 year old with a long-hour job, a family, and their own activities to learn Spanish and...well, you're going to have a hard time lol

    Second, people still think that since English is the official language of the USA, Spanish speakers should have to learn English, not the other way around.
    To be honest, I agree with this. I didn't move to France and expect everyone to speak English with me.

    Third languages just aren't given importance in the US. I dunno why. Language programs in schools suck. People don't bother learning new languages, etc.

    But I think this will change as schools DO start making Spanish a regular school cirriculum. I'll welcome it - the US needs to be bilingual!
     
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  20. Js_klaus -eternite- eternite

    Js_klaus
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    Posted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 4:58 pm

    voixdinferno wrote:
    just loved it xDDDD :lol:
     
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