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Old 01-22-07, 09:27 PM   #1
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Foreign Languages

I just started learning a new language, and was wondering what language do people on the forums know? What is your extent of use? Do you speak, read, or just study the language?

I studied 3 years of Spanish in High School, only remember some vocab
Studied Abroad in France, can speak way better then I can read
Have started studying Portuguese.

Don't be shy.

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Old 01-22-07, 09:30 PM   #2
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I only speak two languages. English, and bad English
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Old 01-22-07, 09:36 PM   #3
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Welcome, Smiziley! Haven't seen you in these here Foo parts before. Been lurkin' long? Glad to have you on board Foo.

English - native
French - read, write, speak near-fluently when in francophone country for a few days
German - read, write, speak on a rudimentary level (never studied it formally, but picked up some from many years of listening and trying to read it)
Dutch - a very small bit, mostly can read labels, and get the gist of an article.
Italian and Russian - some self study years ago. Can't really communicate, but can make out the gist of something written in Italian, and read out loud the phonetic Russian, though I don't always know what I'm saying!

Are you learning Continental Portuguese, or Brazilian? Portuguese can really mess with your head if you alread know some Spanish.

I think that learning languages is fascinating. Every one you learn makes the next one a bit easier!
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I took three years of spanish in high school and learned one phrase:

"Puedo ir al bano por favor?"
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Donde esta mi cerveza? <looking around for a Modelo Negro>
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I speak bad English, some Engrish, and crappy Japanese.
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Welcome, Smiziley! Haven't seen you in these here Foo parts before. Been lurkin' long? Glad to have you on board Foo.
French - read, write, speak near-fluently when in francophone country for a few days
Thanks, I'm new to this specific forum, I sually just hang out in the Singlespeed/Fixed Forum. It takes about 4 days of being in a francophone area before I feel truly comfortable speaking french... hello Quebec!

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Are you learning Continental Portuguese, or Brazilian? Portuguese can really mess with your head if you already know some Spanish.
Brazilian. I know a few people who are from Sao Paulo.
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I speak Jive.
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Thanks, I'm new to this specific forum, I sually just hang out in the Singlespeed/Fixed Forum. It takes about 4 days of being in a francophone area before I feel truly comfortable speaking french... hello Quebec!


Brazilian. I know a few people who are from Sao Paulo.
Are you learning Portuguese for business?
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I know English, COBOL, Assembler & know some words in French and Spanish.

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You eat Explody?! Ewwwwwww! <running from this thread in disgust>
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Flemish (Vlaams), Dutch (Nederlands), French (Francais), German (Deutsch). . . and English was my 5th language.
Also can do some SouthAf (SuidAfrikaans), Spanish (Espanol) and various nasty words in a few other tongues.
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I speak the tool command language, seriously, been using tcl for so long I can speak it
English of course, can speak it but my writing is a bit lackluster
a bit of German I picked up from an ex girlfriend
and enough ancient sumerian to summon Azkak, Namtaru, and Asaku to do my bidding!!!
oh, and I know enough ancient Egyptian to perform the Opening Of The Mouth ritual and know that what was spoken in "The Mummy" and "The Mummy Returns" was pure hogwash banter.
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You eat Explody?! Ewwwwwww! <running from this thread in disgust>
I only said I knew a little. Did I say something bad?

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Spanish.
Bits of Italian - enough to understand and to be understood.
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native in vietnamese
fluent in english
3 high school years of spanish that amounts to nothing
3 college years of german and some practical exercise that can get me by
one day i'd like to pick up russian, arabic, and turkish. shouldve done them in school!
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You eat Explody?! Ewwwwwww! <running from this thread in disgust>
Do you mean to imply Explody is a *****? (Not that I have personal knowledge to the contrary.)
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apart from the obvious:

functionally fluent in dutch/flemish (imo they're are as similar/different as american english and the queen's english), but i can get stumped by an antwerp accent mixed with local slang.

have a very limited understanding of german, italian, and spanish

can order off a menu, or at the bar, with some additional catch phrases in turkish.

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Old 01-23-07, 05:53 AM   #23
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Native English.
Je parle bien francais. Peut-être.
Parlo un poco italiano. Lentamente, per favore.
Jeg kan ikke tale dansk ret godt, men jeg prøver. Danskere taler engelsk med mig, for det meste.

Someday I'd like to learn Swedish (shouldn't be too hard if I ever get good at Danish) and Spanish, although the latter might actually be useful so I'm not so sure. German or Dutch would be interesting.
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