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    In Memory of One Cool Cat Blackberry's Avatar
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    Do You Speak a Language Other Than English?

    Do you speak another language (or more than one?)

    If so, what motivates you?

    Any other thoughts on being bi-lingual or multi-lingual?

    Lately I've been trying to learn Italian. I've worked at it pretty hard for the past few months and have really come to respect people who can master more than one language.
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    French was my first language, but then I lost it . NOw I am taking latin, though I hate it. A lot of the french language is still with me, I can understand most of what people say to me in French but cannot usually speak back well

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    A bit of Spanish. Grew up in San Diego - even back in the 60's there was a lot of spanish being spoken in the area. Brother and sister both took spanish in high school, I followed in their footsteps (though I was living in Michigan by then). Friends and I spoke to each other in broken spanish for several years after high school just for the fun of it. Both of my children have taken 4 years of spanish in high scool, I was able to help them, and can still communicate fairly well with them.

    Working in the automotive industry, spanish is not a big help (yet), but may have to learn a bit of german or japanese....

    BTW - cycling and photography are both international languages!

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    I can speak beginner French (highschool).
    I continue to develop my understanding of Polish (family heritage, connecting with my roots) and hope to be fluent in it one day.
    I'm slowly learning Spanish and can understand it pretty well (Puerto Rican boyfriend).

    I hope to have multi-lingual children some day
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    Spanish, Russian and Bulgarian, and English is actually my second language. I've noticed it gets easier after the first one, and it really helps if you spend at least a couple of weeks in a country that speaks the language you're learning... really makes a huge difference. I love learning new languages and have also been considering Italian but one thing that's kinda annoying is that it doesn't take long to forget a lot of what you've learned once you stop practicing... I've already managed to forget a huge chunk of the Russian grammar

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    I can speak Alabamian, in a pinch. Mississippian still eludes me, however.

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    I can understand a moderate amount of Spanish and can speak a fair amount. I've only taken 3 years of it and plan to continue my studies. Languages do get easier once things start clicking in your head; this took 2 years for me.
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    My Wife speaks Spanish and English. I have learned to understand what she is saying in Spanish to me. She is Puerto Rican having moved to NYC when she was three. The language there is known to them as "Newyor Rican" A mixture of Spanish and English loaded heavily with Bronx accent. She can listen to a New Yorker and tell what Borrough they are from as well as what part of Puerto Rico they are from if they come from there. There is a "southern" drawl that people of Puerto Rico have that is usually spoken in the mountains of their country. There are many more accents and dialects of Spanish speaking people than there are of even English speaking people.

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    My first language is English.

    While growing up in Central Maine, I learned French while in high school. During those years, I had the help of a French-Canadian woman in learning conversational French on top of what I already studied. This has helped for when I vacationed in Northern France in 1987 as well as my visits to Quebec from time to time.

    What motivated me to study French was a) the requirement that I study another language for at least a year, b) I am able to learn another language well through the use of phonetics, c) Maine borders Quebec and there is quite a number of French-speaking people who live up here, and d) my parents and I had been planning to vacation in France for a number of years and being able to speak french would help a lot.

    Studying and learning French was a lot of fun.

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    I can talk like 35%spanish and like some words in Finnish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackberry
    Do you speak another language (or more than one?)

    If so, what motivates you?

    Any other thoughts on being bi-lingual or multi-lingual?

    Lately I've been trying to learn Italian. I've worked at it pretty hard for the past few months and have really come to respect people who can master more than one language.
    Ojibwa, French and English.

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    Oh thats cool; FOo mastaaa!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ123
    Oh thats cool; FOo mastaaa!
    Oh, word?
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    Ya w0rd..ite?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ123
    Ya w0rd..ite?
    It's not "ite", it's "a'ight".

    n00b.
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    I'm still working on English, you want me to speak another language?
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    Who made you t3h linquistic mastur.. Ya daz ryte.

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    stf^ b4 I pwn j00.
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    In what, spelling?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ123
    In what, spelling?
    liek, duh

    i em t3h spel m4st3r!!!2113shift+one14
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    |_º|_ R3@|** T#!$ |=ºº

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    Quote Originally Posted by EJ123
    |_º|_ R3@|** T#!$ |=ºº
    ZOMG!!21

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    Marginal skill in Fanakalo, and can count to ten in Turkish and Spanish. Curse in several languages.
    Fanakalo is the mining language used in Southern Africa and was required in my job. My favorite phrase was:
    Lo leopardis edla lo mamakazi ka mina. ( the leopard has eaten my mother-in-law)
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    I speak some Spanish from high school, from travelling in Mexico and Spain, and from living in Houston. In college, I wanted to learn a really different language, so I studied Japanese. Japanese is different. Learning to write in Chinese characters adds another layer to what it means to be literate. I haven't kept up with the Japanese in the past few years, though.
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    Vietnamese
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    4 years of German in college... can speak just enough to get by
    3 years of HS Spanish... though it's all forgotten now

    wish I knew some Arabic and Russian, too

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