Do you study foreign languages?

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    Jan 27, 2015 6:19 AM GMT
    I'm sure there are quite a few here who speak/study other languages. Which ones do you speak? Do you have a favorite language that you either can or would like to speak?

    I'm currently teaching myself French and Russian. Have also studied Spanish and Italian in the past.

    After my French is more solid, I plan on taking up either Spanish or Italian again, although not sure which.

    Spanish is way more useful, but I like the sound of Italian better.
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    Jan 27, 2015 6:28 AM GMT
    I've learned Spanish throughout high school. I still retained the basics. But need to brush up on it more. Luckily, LA is full of native Spanish speakers and Spanish language media.

    I've taken Intro Japanese many years ago, but didn't go beyond that. I might give it another go.

    My Korean is pretty rusty. But I know enough get around.

    I'd like to learn:

    - Either Cantonese or Mandarin
    - Russian
    - Whatever romance languages, like French, Italian, etc
    - Maybe German

    How are you teaching yourself Russian? I've only started with a few podcasts to learn conversational Russian. But haven't really looked into anything formal/comprehensive.
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    Jan 27, 2015 6:31 AM GMT
    I studied French in high school and college. My favorite language to learn. Unfortunately, I don't get any practice and it's really rusty by now.

    Then after I started working, I went back to college to learn Spanish for 2 semesters, so it's pretty basic. icon_neutral.gif
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    Jan 27, 2015 7:10 AM GMT
    xrichxHow are you teaching yourself Russian? I've only started with a few podcasts to learn conversational Russian. But haven't really looked into anything formal comprehensive.


    Assimil Russian with Ease and the New Penguin Russian Course. Also some decent sites like MasterRussian that goes over grammar, vocabulary, etc.

    It's a difficult language.
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    Jan 27, 2015 7:10 AM GMT
    Beside my native English , i fluently speaks French and Spanish
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    Jan 27, 2015 11:27 AM GMT
    Lately, I've been rereading my Russian language textbooks from when I took 6 semesters of Russian back in my college days in the early 1980's. I really love the Russian language and there are several new native Russian speakers in my community who enjoy chatting with me. I also love reading and communicating in French and Hebrew, both of which I've also studied and used extensively. But I'm not fluent in any of them. I recently tried to teach myself some Spanish but wasn't getting very far since I had never studied it previously. I also really want to learn some Arabic and (since I live in northern Minnesota) some Finnish and some Norwegian. So many languages, so little time....

    A few years back I used ti go to a gym that had different language options on their elliptical trainers and I used to vary them for fun. (Occasionally I've done that at ATM'S too...)
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    Jan 27, 2015 11:49 AM GMT
    I study English, Japanese and Chinese. I also used to study German aber meine Deutsche Sprache ist sehr sehr kataströphal!
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    Jan 27, 2015 1:14 PM GMT
    I love Spanish!! But im having a difficult time learning it by myself because of my busy working schdeule.
    Soo, i'd appreciate some help guys!!! lol ;)
  • DanOmatic

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    Jan 27, 2015 1:44 PM GMT
    Besides being a native English speaker, I'm fluent in Dutch and German. I also studied Russian and Swedish, but have very little ability to function in either anymore (by contrast, I use Dutch and German on an almost daily basis). I bulldoze my way through in Spanish and Italian. 50% of the time it works.
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    Jan 27, 2015 1:53 PM GMT
    It's difficult to be fluent in another language unless you are immersed in it. That's why I date Latinos. icon_wink.gif I've been studying Spanish off and on for years. All the verb conjugations are murder! People say English is hard. I disagree. Too many different words for one action depending on who is doing it, when they are doing it (tense), and the circumstance (mood).

    I'll grant you that English pronunciation is challenging but not nearly as Romance language verb conjugations!

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    Jan 27, 2015 1:58 PM GMT
    I studied russian at the presidio of monterrey, california when i was active duty army. According to defense department, korean is the most difficult while spanish is the easiest.
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    Jan 27, 2015 2:27 PM GMT
    My father was a second generation Immigrant to the United States and a US military officer. From him I inherited English as my language as well as a basic vocabulary in Llanito spoken by his relatives in Gibraltar as well as some Spanish.

    Thanks to my mother, I speak French as easily as English. Also I'm fluent in Francique Lorrain, still spoken spoken in her village where I return often to visit.

    From being a military brat in the 1960s I picked up enough German and Dutch during my teens years to still converse in it. Latin was a popular subject in schools of my time and I still have an appreciation for it. We spent 18 months in Iran when I was in my early teens where I learned some Farsi which I've nearly forgotten.





  • sincity301

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    Jan 27, 2015 3:24 PM GMT
    I speak Portuguese and English fluently... Studied French for 3 years but almost nothing sinked in my brain. My teacher wasn't that much commited to get us interested.
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    Jan 27, 2015 3:46 PM GMT
    I know Japanese (My first language) German (My second) English of course icon_lol.gif and i also speak Thai.

    I study Vietnamese & Cantonese. But still haven't quite got them down sadly. I used to study Haitian Creole for a bit a couple years ago.
  • dextersima

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    Jan 27, 2015 4:57 PM GMT
    English is my second language. Grew up speaking mandarin. I also know daily Mongolian since Im of Mongolian origin. I have taken some German classes back in college but couldn't remember anything now. It's fun to learn a new language and a new culture. But what's the point if you can't use it, at least in some extent.
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    Jan 27, 2015 5:19 PM GMT
    Have studied French, German, and Italian, in that order, and picked up a lot of Spanish here in SoCal. But, for me, Latin's the ultimate trip, and now that I'm retired I'm going to embark upon it.

    Someone once remarked that "Spanish sounds like a man praying to God, French like a woman making love to a man, Italian like man making love to a woman, and German like a man making love to a horse."
  • Destinharbor

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    Jan 27, 2015 5:23 PM GMT
    English is my native language. Studied French is school. Don't use it much but I do speak to the dogs in French some and the kids when they were little. Read menus. But we did a three week trip this year to the south of France and a two week trip to Montreal Christmas last year so got to immerse a bit and I was happy how much I could handle. One thing I noticed in France was that pop music on the car radio is at least 2/3 American music so everyone speaks English. If you try with French, they're happy to work with you on the words you have trouble finding. Hearing it is a bit more of a challenge because of the speed but after a short while, your ears adjust. Beautiful language. We also heard some Italian on the radio and I think the difference is the Italians are more aggressive with their speaking style. The French more musical.
  • Freekn_Rican

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    Jan 27, 2015 5:53 PM GMT
    My native languages are Portuguese, Spanish, English, & Hawaiian. Studied Mandarin, Japanese, and Korean in college and a bit abroad.
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    Jan 27, 2015 7:01 PM GMT
    Fluent in English, Vietnamese, okay in French, know basic Spanish. icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 27, 2015 7:02 PM GMT
    UndercoverMan saidIt's difficult to be fluent in another language unless you are immersed in it. That's why I date Latinos. icon_wink.gif I've been studying Spanish off and on for years. All the verb conjugations are murder! People say English is hard. I disagree. Too many different words for one action depending on who is doing it, when they are doing it (tense), and the circumstance (mood).

    I'll grant you that English pronunciation is challenging but not nearly as Romance language verb conjugations!



    English may not be hard for those of us for which it is the first or only language, but its many irregularities make it difficult to learn. As only one example, take words which end in "age". One would expect them to rhyme, but they do not:

    garage
    baggage
    image
    frontage
    age

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    Jan 27, 2015 7:08 PM GMT
    ^ didn't I say English pronunciation is challenging?! icon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gif

    And don't by that BS that vowels in Spanish have only one sound. HOGWASH!
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    Jan 27, 2015 7:10 PM GMT
    Destinharbor saidEnglish is my native language. Studied French is school. Don't use it much but I do speak to the dogs in French some and the kids when they were little. Read menus. But we did a three week trip this year to the south of France and a two week trip to Montreal Christmas last year so got to immerse a bit and I was happy how much I could handle. One thing I noticed in France was that pop music on the car radio is at least 2/3 American music so everyone speaks English. If you try with French, they're happy to work with you on the words you have trouble finding. Hearing it is a bit more of a challenge because of the speed but after a short while, your ears adjust. Beautiful language. We also heard some Italian on the radio and I think the difference is the Italians are more aggressive with their speaking style. The French more musical.


    My dogs are bilingual. They understand more Spanish than I do as my ex talks to them in Spanish all the time. It's funny that he had no problem talking to them in Spanish but refused to help me learn the language. It's one of the reasons he's ex.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jan 27, 2015 7:24 PM GMT
    Spanish (espanol) for sure. I should have taken German since my family is from Germany.... I'm sure the education will come in handy during my trip to Spain and Portugal. I think the more one learns the better off.
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    Jan 27, 2015 7:48 PM GMT
    I know English as my first language, Spanish as my second, and have the conversational aptitude of , probably, a middle school student when it comes to Russian.

    To the OP, Russian is a fun language to learn. " Ya Lu-blue Govor-you Po Russkie" ;)
  • johnnyqhomo7

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    Jan 27, 2015 8:30 PM GMT
    I study German. How is everyone?