How many languages can you speak?

How many languages can you speak?

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“No Substitute For The Truth”

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#4 Sep 15, 2013
The Shagstar wrote:
And no, ghetto and redneck English does not count.
I have taken Spanish courses BUT it's kinda difficult to learn Spanish in an English speakin' Country. Most bilinguals are foreigners. I haven't met too many Americans who can speak multiple languages.

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#5 Sep 15, 2013
filosofee perfessa wrote:
You only need English in this world, you certainly don't need any of the Africa click-and-ook speak languages.
English is the language of science, engineering, diplomacy, the sea and the air, the world will one day speak only a dialect of English, all other languages will be extinct.
The first space probe to leave the Solar System has English written on it, the Lunar Landers have English on them, heck, even the first art is on the Moon in English, and astronaut unofficially wrote the initials of his daughter there.
FACT: more people in China speak English than there are Americans.
Why does bigotry have to be included in ur response?? This clearly highlights ur obsessive compulsive nature. Can't even answer a simple question without mentioning Blacks, lol

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#6 Sep 15, 2013
filosofee perfessa wrote:
You only need English in this world, you certainly don't need any of the Africa click-and-ook speak languages.
English is the language of science, engineering, diplomacy, the sea and the air, the world will one day speak only a dialect of English, all other languages will be extinct.
The first space probe to leave the Solar System has English written on it, the Lunar Landers have English on them, heck, even the first art is on the Moon in English, and astronaut unofficially wrote the initials of his daughter there.
FACT: more people in China speak English than there are Americans.
Way to deflect the question. I take it you speak English only?
Anyway, I speak English fluently, French advanced, Spanish advanced, German very much a beginner - 2 months next week...... And 2 of my native 'click-and-ook' languages as you so eloquently put it.

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#7 Sep 15, 2013
Redefined wrote:
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I have taken Spanish courses BUT it's kinda difficult to learn Spanish in an English speakin' Country. Most bilinguals are foreigners. I haven't met too many Americans who can speak multiple languages.
French is easier to learn as an English speaker. And then when you know French; Italian, Spanish and Portugese are so easy to master.

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#8 Sep 15, 2013
I'm from the USA, family spoke English, but learned other languages. I'm bilingual English & Castilian, speak French at least half-assed, can get by in Italian, can read Catalan and Portuguese... it's not that difficult.

Yanks are xenophobic. Strangely, they try to teach languages in HS and college, when the brain is already mostly formed. Language learning is FAR easier at a young age. I was exposed to French at age 3 and Spanish at 6.

I advocate obligatry multilingual education in the USA from kindergarten on.

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#9 Sep 15, 2013
Silverness wrote:
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Way to deflect the question. I take it you speak English only?
Anyway, I speak English fluently, French advanced, Spanish advanced, German very much a beginner - 2 months next week...... And 2 of my native 'click-and-ook' languages as you so eloquently put it.
Impressive!

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#10 Sep 15, 2013
English and Spanish, in a future I would like to learn portuguese, italian, or german.

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#11 Sep 15, 2013
Silverness wrote:
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French is easier to learn as an English speaker. And then when you know French; Italian, Spanish and Portugese are so easy to master.
Interesting! I've learned a little Spanish. From my perspective learning a new language has to be a passion or a requirement otherwise you will NEVER really master it.

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#12 Sep 15, 2013
Sinajuavi wrote:
I'm from the USA, family spoke English, but learned other languages. I'm bilingual English & Castilian, speak French at least half-assed, can get by in Italian, can read Catalan and Portuguese... it's not that difficult.
Yanks are xenophobic. Strangely, they try to teach languages in HS and college, when the brain is already mostly formed. Language learning is FAR easier at a young age. I was exposed to French at age 3 and Spanish at 6.
I advocate obligatry multilingual education in the USA from kindergarten on.
So PPL in non-English countries learn new languages when they are much younger?? You're right these courses are offered much later in America. Many Americans don't really see the significance in learning a new language since the most dominate language seem to be English.

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#14 Sep 15, 2013
Understand/read 5

Sinajuavi
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#15 Sep 15, 2013
Redefined wrote:
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So PPL in non-English countries learn new languages when they are much younger?? You're right these courses are offered much later in America. Many Americans don't really see the significance in learning a new language since the most dominate language seem to be English.
Yes, and it is common for Europeans and Africans both to know as many languages as I do.

I think in many European countries you have to speak 3 languages to graduate from high school.

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#16 Sep 15, 2013
My French is very rusty as I don't use it but I can probably pick it up again if needed. My Japanese is decent and of course, English.

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#18 Sep 15, 2013
Sinajuavi wrote:
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Yes, and it is common for Europeans and Africans both to know as many languages as I do.
I think in many European countries you have to speak 3 languages to graduate from high school.
Do they actually speak 3 languages fluently or do they learn enough too pass the course??

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#19 Sep 15, 2013
Downside = You acquire a foreign accent.

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#21 Sep 15, 2013
English fluently....

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#22 Sep 16, 2013
Redefined wrote:
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Interesting! I've learned a little Spanish. From my perspective learning a new language has to be a passion or a requirement otherwise you will NEVER really master it.
If you know Spanish French will be okay for you....
I like to be able to communicate with as many people as possible.... I am thinking of starting Mandarin when I am done with German but as you said you need to be passionate about it and China is not my favourite part of the world, so I might just end up learning Dutch or Finnish.
But like I said if you speak English, French and Spanish then there is no need for you to learn Italian or Portuguese because you will understand what is being said and can communicate.

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#23 Sep 16, 2013
Redefined wrote:
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Do they actually speak 3 languages fluently or do they learn enough too pass the course??
Usually they're fluent, at least in English. It is not difficult if you start young. It is proven that languages carve pathways in your brain, so you actually develop separate data storage and the app for each language. This is why I naturally think in Spanish and French as well as English.

I learned bits of German and Kiswahili but not enough that my brain will operate in those languages.

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#24 Sep 16, 2013
The Shagstar wrote:
<quoted text>Actually scientifically speaking, English has a lot of irregularities in it, for example, the Aborigine language is great for navigation usage, the Sanksrit language is great for computers and English is actually a hybrid language that has borrowed words from every civilization that it has tried to annihilate.
You don't know what you're talking about.

Most of the borrowed words in English are from French, and it is due to having been conquered by the Normans, not “annihilating civilizations”.

English also has taken many words from Latin. The English did not annihilate the Roman Empire either.

A few words were adopted from Native American languages (caucaus, canoe, moccasin), some of those via Spanish (tomato, avocado). The vocabulary of the cowboy cultural complex came from Spanish (corral, rodeo, mustang).

Scientific words are usually constructed from Latin and Greek roots. Some scientific words have also been borrowed from German (gestalt). Some Arabic words came in, mostly via Spanish or French (algebra, almond).

So where are these civilizations which were destroyed and their vocabulary absorbed?

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#25 Sep 16, 2013
3.. and why do you care?;)
Loulou

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#26 Sep 16, 2013
We start with English and German at the age of 9 and 11 y.o . French when you're about 14 y.o. Then we have a test in Latin. It takes one years of basic grammar.
If you want to be "cool", you chose Spanish, Arabic, Russian etc.
Some speak five - seven languages. Since Arabic and Russian are very large languages it's impossible to be fluent. There are lots of words an educated Arab has never heard of. It's a very extensive language . Some ppl only speak English and a little German.

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