Learning A Foreign Language

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    Jul 09, 2009 3:30 PM GMT
    How any languages do you speak?

    Are you learning a new one?

    If you are non USA born and learned English, is your native accent heavy?

    Does anyone know sign language?

    I can speak Spanish, Italian fluently. I can get by in Brazilian Portuguese and I know some Mandarin.
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    Jul 09, 2009 3:35 PM GMT
    Just Greek and English for me, and the typical high-schoool certificate in french. Really want to learn Russian though.
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    Jul 09, 2009 3:48 PM GMT
    啊啊,亲吻通,你说普通话吗?icon_wink.gif

    I speak English and French fluently, have pretty good Mandarin (I'm moving to Beijing in a month to work on it!) and can get by in Spanish. And I know little tidbits of tons of langauges (Nem értem, beszél angolul?). I'm a BIG language nerd.
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    Jul 09, 2009 3:51 PM GMT
    I speak Mandarin fluently. English without an accent. Still at learning stage for French and Brazilian Portuguese, can understand/speak just a little of both. Tried to learn Japanese in childhood, now I can read phonetically most of the writing but can't converse in it.
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    Jul 09, 2009 3:51 PM GMT
    Fable saidJust Greek and English for me, and the typical high-schoool certificate in french. Really want to learn Russian though.


    Russian is REALLY easy to pick up on, i took to it 100X faster then i did spanish (but i also had no desire what so ever to learn spanish haha)

    but i cant really speak to much, i know my numbers up to like 8 lol and a few little sayings and some random words lol

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    Jul 09, 2009 3:52 PM GMT
    I have studied Latin, French, German, Russian (came in handy for my grad research), and Old, Middle, and Modern (duh) English, and Sign English.
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    Jul 09, 2009 3:53 PM GMT
    English - OK
    Italian - OK
    Spanish - Way out of practice
    French - Enthusiastic, can read, accents throw me.
    Portuguese - Can sort of follow.
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    Jul 09, 2009 3:55 PM GMT
    you guys are amazing
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    Jul 09, 2009 3:57 PM GMT
    I finally accomplished Spanish...although I have a "gringo" accent icon_sad.gif
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    Jul 09, 2009 3:59 PM GMT
    My roommate is from Brazil and I have slowly been learning Portuguese. I find RosettaStone to be very helpful. I also took some French and Russian, but have forgot most of what I learned already. I also know a few bad thai words icon_smile.gif
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    Jul 09, 2009 3:59 PM GMT
    English, obviously. I can speak French pretty well, some Italian, very little Mandarin, and even less Greek.
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    Jul 09, 2009 4:01 PM GMT
    Bunjamon said啊啊,亲吻通,你说普通话吗?icon_wink.gif

    I speak English and French fluently, have pretty good Mandarin (I'm moving to Beijing in a month to work on it!) and can get by in Spanish. And I know little tidbits of tons of langauges (Nem értem, beszél angolul?). I'm a BIG language nerd.


    I'm IN LOVE with you!!! icon_wink.gif

    Just Spanish here
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    Jul 09, 2009 4:07 PM GMT
    I am an English speaker from central NY state and I can speak Norwegian, jeg lærer alene. Jeg vil gjerne reise til Norge noe dag.
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    Jul 09, 2009 4:11 PM GMT
    Caslon11000 saidI have studied Latin, French, German, Russian (came in handy for my grad research), and Old, Middle, and Modern (duh) English, and Sign English.


    Wow, nice selection.
    I took Latin, French, and German in high school, then spent a few years living in Germany, Austria, France, and Quebec... of course my Latin's a bit rusty now.

    My Spanish is okay, but when I try to speak it, I end up with more of an Interlingua - a blend of modern Romance languages which Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan speakers understand. *shrug* I guess I need to spend more time in a Spanish-speaking country.

    I'm currently living in the Middle East, but my Arabic is absolute crap. Everyone sees my blue eyes and immediately starts speaking English. *sigh* Eh, temperature in Abu Dhabi is around 130 degrees right now, so I'm back in the States for a spell.

    In any case, the secret for accents seems to be this: learn one accent, and then go someplace else that speaks the same language with a different accent. My German accent sounds standard German with a bit of an American accent. East Germans pick up on the fact that I'm American; however, when I'm in Austria, they hear the German before they hear anything else. Similarly, when I'm in Quebec, people hear the Parisian in my accent before they hear the American. A German friend of mine studied in Ireland, so she ended up speaking with a beautiful Irish accent. Someone from Dublin could have told that she wasn't Irish, but for my British friends and me, she sounded more Irish than anything else.

    Of course, I'm a language teacher. The big open secret is just how many male language teachers are queer; when I was doing my student teaching, there were 15 teachers in my department. The ten women were straight, but three of the five men were queer. When I studied in Paris, well... they American guys there... heh. Stories. Lots of 'em.
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    Jul 09, 2009 4:16 PM GMT
    I can Speak English fluently. I can Understand German pretty good (if its not the swiss Dialect)I can say enough to get me around,but the last time I was i germany Was such along time ago and me and my mom don't speak the language to each other anymore.

    The Last language I learned was Chinese(manderin) in high school.

    I studied Brazilian portugese,Spanish,Italian and janpanese.I was just to damn lazy to keep it up. Live mocha is a great website to learn Lang Langs!icon_biggrin.gif


    I'm not a USA born but, I only went to 2nd grade in Germany(in a all german speaking school).So when it comes to Accents I can switch them so I don't sound like a tourist(one of the benefits of being raised bilingual)

    I know sign language. It was my 3rd language growing up(learned it at icon_cool.gif but I was no where near fluent I could understand some of it if you go slow.I only used it at my friends house. I knew them for 10 years and I basically lived with them lol was there 24/7.
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    Jul 09, 2009 4:20 PM GMT
    i speak english and french. i can get by in spanish and italian. i've studied german, latin, russian, and mandarin, but i don't speak them.
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    Jul 09, 2009 4:21 PM GMT
    I am currently going for my teacher's certification to teach Latin, my college major. Have been studying Portuguese.
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    Jul 09, 2009 4:32 PM GMT
    russian ukrainian english fluently; working french; german spanish and brazilian portuguese on various levels. understanding most slavic languages isn't too difficult for native russian or ukrainian speakers also.
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    Jul 09, 2009 4:34 PM GMT
    Fluent in English and Spanish and can understand French on a basic level. Would love to learn German and Italian.
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    Jul 09, 2009 4:47 PM GMT
    English: Daniel Craig accent (can also speak in scottish accent as I lived there for a while and part of family is from there)
    Spanish: unplacable Latin American accent: Spaniards say Mexican or Colombian, Latin Americans say Central American, Central Americans say Spanish or Peruvian/Ecador/Colombia.
    French: neutral (France). I used to have a Belgium accent as I lived in Bruxelles, but fortunately it´s gone. French now a bit Spanishized, but I´m moving back to France next year so it should settle.

    I regularly read novels and listen to the radio/watch films or TV in all three, and have lived in countries where all three are the native language of the majority. .

    I can understand the following well enough to read web sites and listen to youtube interviews/news reports in them:
    Italian
    Catalan
    Portuguese
    Gallego
    German
    Dutch
    (actually, used books and articles in Dutch, German and Italian in my PhD)

    I have studied and since forgotten
    Hebrew
    Polish
    Russian
    Greek.

    I can also read middle English and medieval Spanish (Chaucer and El cantar de mio Cid) if I´m really bored.

    I´d not mind learning, but doubt I ever will: Arabic, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Russian, Greek. If I seriously dated an Italian or Portuguese speaker i´d learn their language.
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    Jul 09, 2009 4:50 PM GMT
    For me its English & Spanish. I've studied, can understand spanish and can write in spanish..

    I've been encouraged to study German, since my family is from Germany.
    I've often considered the idea..
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    Jul 09, 2009 4:54 PM GMT
    I can speak German well enough to get around. I'm good at most conversational, which I guess would make me about semi-fluent, but still not perfect. I practice with my cousins from Switzerland. It's an even exchange. They correct my German, and I correct their English lol. I really want to learn French so badly. I have a friend from Paris who said he's willing to teach me for free, I just need to find the time to get together with him to start learning lol.
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    Jul 09, 2009 5:04 PM GMT
    I spoke greek as a child, lost it once my grandma moved out.

    So now I speak english and German is my second major. I'm bringing Greek back into my life via Rosetta Stone and so hopefully my total will be 3.

    I really want to learn Assyrian/Aramaic. I'm half and my mom never taught me, that's a language I wouldn't want to let die.
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    Jul 09, 2009 5:05 PM GMT
    I'm fluent (native) in English, passable in Spanish--I had reached the point of functional fluency in Spanish, but haven't lived in a Spanish-speaking location nor taken classes in it in about 10 years. It's amazing what even a short period of time of total immersion will do if you've got a basic level in the language already. I refer to the time I spent in Costa Rica as a three week long game of Taboo, given that I was constantly trying to find ways to speak around the words I didn't know. The time I forgot the word for "parking lot" and referred to it as "the place where you leave the car because you don't take the car into the store with you while you are shopping" was classic.

    I can also understand a lot of spoken Italian, though I wouldn't try to speak it myself, and pick out a good deal of written Portuguese, both due to their similarities to Spanish.
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    Jul 09, 2009 5:12 PM GMT
    hockeynick79 saidEnglish, obviously. I can speak French pretty well, some Italian, very little Mandarin, and even less Greek.


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