What is the language(s) to your heart?

  • tbeaux

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    Feb 11, 2009 9:48 PM GMT
    So this is a really random posting, but I was really curious. I have studied about 7 languages, I can speak 4 out of those 7 fluently with spanish and catalan being my first 2 languages. Well i'm truckin' off to MU next year and I am wanting to study a couple different languages. I am looking into Arabic and Japanese.

    Ou tof all the languages I have come across there are two languages that capture my heart.
    (1) Anadalucian Spanish - I love the ceceo, it sounds so sexy and southern spain is an amazing place.
    (2) Greek - I have a greek friend, he is gorgeous by the way, but I guess it's just the sound of it that sounds so intense.


    So feel free to discuss.
  • Nayro

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    Feb 11, 2009 10:43 PM GMT
    Hey

    I love that i can speak multiple languages too.
    I can speak Frisian, Dutch, English and German
    fluently. German the least of the 4. And I can
    MANAGE in french. Though i think french is hard.
    My favourite language would be........
    I think English cause half the world knows the
    language. Which means u can communicate
    with half of the world. It also has some really
    nice words. German sounds very harsh.. its
    not a very beautiful language though its very
    handy cause germany is like all around my country icon_razz.gif
  • Bunjamon

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    Feb 11, 2009 11:14 PM GMT
    I'm a BIG language person. I speak English and French fluently, conversational in Chinese, I can read Spanish and Portuguese, and I have notions of Russian, Scots Gaelic, Hungarian, Finnish, Danish, Japanese (I can read a bit, too, thanks to all the Chinese characters I know).....basically, no matter what it is I find it fascinating and I try to learn as many things about it as I can.

    Chinese is not pretty (那么难听!). The meaning is beautiful, but it sounds awful. I really love French, I find that it's very pleasant-sounding. I love Brazilian Portuguese, too.
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    Feb 11, 2009 11:15 PM GMT
    Ewok. Maybe Squirrel.
  • junknemesis

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    Feb 11, 2009 11:19 PM GMT
    Anyone who can understand Gaming referances, and maybe even throw a few out... that will get my attention. I love geeks.
  • Delivis

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    Feb 11, 2009 11:23 PM GMT
    Binary.
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    Feb 11, 2009 11:41 PM GMT
    Dance
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    Feb 12, 2009 12:02 AM GMT
    I speak spanish, english and japanese.


    Spanish has always been the most romantic for me... but I melt whenever someone speaks to me in french, cuz I lived in Paris for a while and it brings back beautiful memories.
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    Feb 12, 2009 12:20 AM GMT
    I used to speak Flemish better than English. I approached fluency in French, flirted with it, and then got some bad teachers and senioritis.

    I love Italian though. Everyone says I've a talent for languages so one day I'll learn it.
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    Feb 12, 2009 12:26 AM GMT
    I can speak fluently German, English, French, & Gaelic (Irish), but can get by with some Romanian, Arabic (I believe I was taught the Jordan dialect), Russian, Spanish (Mexican dialect, which is my least favorite it's just an ugly language unless a Spaniard is speaking it), Japanese, Vietnamese, & Greek; plus I can translate Ancient Latin, Greek, & Egyptian fairly well thanks to a few of my professor's.
    My favorite is German & Gaelic cause well they are both very beautiful! Though Germans make me go weak in the kneesicon_redface.gif
  • esputniko

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    Feb 12, 2009 12:31 AM GMT
    I'm Catalan-speaking too, and I can speak Spanish as a native. I've studied English, German, French and in a freakieness atack I studied Esperanto. Nowadays, I'm only fluent in my mother tongue, Spanish and English...

    I think you've asked a key point question, because most of the English-speakers are monolingual... (Fixa't en aquells que posen el ball com a tal)

    Anyway it's easier for bilingual people to learn other languages than for monolingual...

    My chosen language? I don't really know... What can move my heart is actual communication amongst people...
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    Feb 12, 2009 12:48 AM GMT
    One I can understand or maybe not if it's RB71. I'd get too excited knowing he was planning on keeping me under the bed with the others.
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    Feb 12, 2009 12:50 AM GMT
    Delivis saidBinary.


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    Feb 12, 2009 12:50 AM GMT
    Interesting topic. I speak Japanese, French and Portuguese.

    Here are the languages that capture my heart:

    FRENCH (Toulouse Accent)
    This is by far my favorite and the warmest French in my opinion. It's very masculine, very self-assured, sometimes humorous, even when spoken by local females. Hearing Toulousian French will get my jockeys stirring everytime. Of course, the fact that the guys from that area are super hot probably has something to do with that.

    THAI
    Another warm language, Thai is more feminine, but still very assured. Thai is a very aspirate language, sometimes sounding like a tire with an air leak. It's soft and very relaxing when spoken by a really masculine Thai guy.

    EUROPEAN PORTUGUESE
    I'm a big fan of Brazilian Portuguese, but I like the edgy sound of European Portuguese when spoken by guys.

    Unfortunately, Japanese didn't make the list. Japanese is not a romantic sounding language in my opinion. Written Japanese is perhaps better suited for romance. However, Japanese is a great language for friendly conversation. You can really express feelings of friendship and mutual appreciation very well in Japanese.

    Honorable mention goes to MANDARIN CHINESE.

    And here are the languages I don't like:

    SPANISH
    I am probably going to get mobbed for admitting that, but I find Spanish really percussive and drilling. Unfortunately, I just don't find it a pleasant sounding language.

    GERMAN
    Way too gutteral and cold.

    CANTONESE
    Harsh and discordant.
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    Feb 12, 2009 1:06 AM GMT
    English is my first language. French is my second - I'm fluent and love French. I'm only passable in German, Italian and Spanish.
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    Feb 12, 2009 1:50 AM GMT
    I think in Pidgin English-Bisaya. Speak both fluently in addition to two other dialects here.

    Real Languages I love hearing and want to learn to speak fluently someday:

    Gaelic
    Spanish
    French
    (already understand enough of those two above to get by, but not enough to read/speak it well icon_sad.gif)

    And a made-up language I want to learn even though its vocabulary is limited (actually attempted to learn it years ago, I know how to write it):

    Eldambion/Quenya (The 'Elvish' in Tolkien's works)
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    Feb 12, 2009 1:54 AM GMT
    26mileman saidOne I can understand or maybe not if it's RB71. I'd get too excited knowing he was planning on keeping me under the bed with the others.


    If you behave you can get on top of the bed.icon_razz.gif
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    Feb 12, 2009 1:58 AM GMT
    My first language was Polish, then English and Irish gaelic
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    Feb 12, 2009 3:04 AM GMT
    I find Farsi hypnotizing...especially hearing Rumi's poetry read in the original Farsi.

    But I share the OP's love of Andalucia, the place I'd move to in a flash if I could find a way. Every time I'm there, it takes me two or three days to adjust to the Spanish, since I learned from Cubans. The southern dialect there (as in the US) is pretty stigmatized in the rest of Spain in my experience.
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    Feb 12, 2009 3:06 AM GMT
    Sedative saidAnd a made-up language I want to learn even though its vocabulary is limited (actually attempted to learn it years ago, I know how to write it):
    Eldambion/Quenya (The 'Elvish' in Tolkien's works)


    OMG, everyone I knew in undergrad during the Dark Ages wrote that stuff! I haven't thought about it in, um, decades.
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    Feb 12, 2009 3:07 AM GMT
    I've studied French, Latin, and ancient Greek, but what stirs my heart is German, the tongue of a galaxy of Romantic poets and the classical composers who set them to music.
  • tbeaux

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    Feb 12, 2009 3:23 AM GMT
    ObsceneWish saidI find Farsi hypnotizing...especially hearing Rumi's poetry read in the original Farsi.

    But I share the OP's love of Andalucia, the place I'd move to in a flash if I could find a way. Every time I'm there, it takes me two or three days to adjust to the Spanish, since I learned from Cubans. The southern dialect there (as in the US) is pretty stigmatized in the rest of Spain in my experience.


    Don't you love the Andalucian accent? It's very romantic. I grew up with a mix of Andalucian Spanish and Catalan, totally different regions i know, but ask my grandparents about it lol.
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    Feb 12, 2009 3:50 AM GMT
    As someone who has spent a minimal amount of time studying phonetics, I get annoyed when people call German guttural. I can understand if you don't find it pretty, but really, what's so guttural about German?

    The 'k' and 'g' sound? English has these same sounds. The 'r' sound? It's usually much smoother than the French 'r'. Perhaps the 'ch' sound? Sure, it's guttural, but many of the world's languages have this sound, including Spanish, even more so in the Iberian variety.

    If you want a guttural language, try Arabic. It will make German sound like a lullaby (assuming guttural sounds displease you).

    That being said, I love German! I wish I would have made time studying it over the past few years, but I've been focusing on Spanish and Russian. I've also studied a bit of French, which I find to be the most pleasing romance language.

    In my experience, after really getting to know a language, the associations you originally had to its foreign sound begin to fade, and eventually you don't think twice about 'how it sounds' because you've already become so familiar with the language.

    Russian has an interesting dynamic of soft and hard consonants, which gives the language a very 'tongue-y' feel. It also tends to bunch up consonants, like many other Slavic languages.

    Still, my favorite sounding language would have to be German: the diverse vowels and the abundance of fricatives and affricates creates a unique dynamic, and the rhythm I find to be similar to British English, which creates an interesting vantage point.
  • tbeaux

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    Feb 12, 2009 4:17 AM GMT
    As much as Arabic is very gutteral, I find it so charming also. I guess I like it when a woman speaks it, but if a hot middle eastern man whispered arabic into my ear, i would buckle lol.
  • metalxracr

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    Feb 12, 2009 4:22 AM GMT
    I love linguistics. If you can speak any other language I find it extremely interesting. I wish people would save the dying languages! it makes me sad to see them be lost forever! icon_sad.gif

    Anyways, in addition to english, I speak spanish fluently. My other languages that I can understand more than I can speak are.. Russian, Italian, Portuguese, and French. I understand them okay i guess, but I'm not fluent in them.