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roddy

What other languages do we speak

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roddy

I'm curious as to what other languages everyone here speaks. I can only claim English (27 years of study and counting :wink: ) and my still less-than-ideal Mandarin. I sometimes think about starting a second Asian language - Japanese when I'm feeling sensible, Cantonese when I've been watching too many HK movies and feel a need to say 'Aaaaa' at the end of every sentence.

I'm sure there must be a few linguists among us though. Stand up and be counted!

Roddy

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niubi

english

mandarin - increasingly rusty; understand a tiny bit of kunming hua/sichuan hua

studied vietnamese (hanoi accent) for about half a year and remember very little

studied latin for 4 years in a jesuit high school and likewise my memories of it are well faded

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芳芳

French

English

German

Mandarin

I have studied Japanese for one year so far but I will start again next month

I also studied latin for four years but do not take it into account because it is very close to French

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smithsgj

French

English

Mandarin

I have studied Japanese for one year so far but I found it impossible

I also studied latin for four years but do not take it into account because I've completely forgotten all of it except the rude bits and the word for glue-boiler (which our Latin teacher told us we would never forget and he was right!)

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芳芳

Sale copieur :twisted:

How do you say "glue-boiler" by the way?

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tara

English

Hokkien

Cantonese/Mandarin/Bahasa Malaysia.....can get by with a conversation

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skylee

Chinese (Cantonese/Putonghua), English, Japanese (proficiency in this order).

I can read some French, but that's all. Oh I can also pronounce Korean alphabets :lol: .

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confucius

Fluent Mandarin, college level Japanese, and high school French

plus I can sing three karaoke songs in Cantonese!

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channamasala

7 years of French

3 years of Spanish

1 year of Latin (don't ask me to speak it)

6 months of Tamil

6 months of Sanskrit

excellent Indian English

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smithsgj

[saloperie u c!]

I was thinking about putting

!German

as one of the lines.

I just knew you'd ask that. It's "glutinarius".

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pazu

Fluent Cantonese~! :)

I'm going to Vietnam next Wednesday, I've got my 6-month visa today, and hope to learn more about Vietnamese (the people and the language) there during this period.

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Josh69

Native speaker English.

Moderately useful levels of Spanish and Bahasa Indonesia, both a bit rusty.

And enough Putonghua not to get lost in a taxi and to go shopping.

Uh I understand, but can't speak, some Tagalog (Filipino), although that may be because most Filipinos smatter their conversations with English anyway.

===

Skylee, how did you come to learn (at least some) Japanese and French? :shock:

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skylee

Josh69, I minored in Japanese in Univ. (spent years studying it). And I used to study French in my spare time (not any more. Now I just watch DVDs after work).

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little_golden_panda

fluent English

mandarin

the others you learn at school like french german. not v. good tho. can go there and ask for directions and book a hotel and stuff like that, but that's about it.

my english is sorta native fluency.

my mandarin is 6yo mandarin with whatever i learned from my parents. so everyday stuff i can say, like "what's for dinner" or "you're really stupid" but if you asked me to explain what i studies in chemistry today, i'd be "yeah, we learned about this thing that did this but only if you put it into this other liquid". my pronouniciation of what i can say is pretty very good. chinese people don't think i've been in england that long. and i can write to the level of a ten yo, probly. (learned to third book in primary)

and also, if you told me how to write s chines character, i can get the bi hua right.

man, i wrote too much.

oh, btw, happy new year.

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yangguang

Now, I'm trying to focus on....

-English (I wonder sometimes... )

-Mandarin :D (It's shaky at times as well :P )

-Japanese (Prefer it written :lol: )

-French (Not extremely enthusiatic about it)

-Cantonese (Not well enough :cry: , but improving)

-Korean (Eh...not well enough..)

-Some Spanish :shock:

~Slightly Minnan hua 8)

Any others I more than likely forgot. :wink:

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Guest Barbara

I also studied latin for four years but do not take it into account because it is very close to French

dear 芳芳, that's the most hilarious something I've heard in a long time :mrgreen:

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confucius

Dear Barbara,

It would be more hilarious if you appended a corresponding Chinese idiom to your comment!

Cordially,

Confucius

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Guest Barbara

Dear Confucius,

if it wouldn't be much too impolite I would say that 芳芳 was 胡说八道 :wink: hu2 shuo1 ba1 dao4

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nnt

Selon les rumeurs 道路传闻 8) dao4 lu4 chuan2 wen2 , la rubrique idiomes a été déplacée ici

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