What languages can you speak (or aspire to speak)?

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This thread is inspired by a discussion we had recently over on SF.

Do you speak a language other than English?

I can speak a little bit of French (which is more than enough to survive on when in France) and I'm currently learning ancient Greek and Latin... but they don't really count ;).

If you want, give us a little taster of that language.

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Polski

Cześć,
Nazywam Się Ryszard.
Jak masz na imię?



(Hello,
My name is Richard.
What is your name?)
 

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I only speak English and don't need to learn another language, don't go anywhere to use another one.;)
 

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Well spoken Joan!
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Not the stone age but had to learn Church latin being taught by Sister Superior as I was an alter boy! Mea Culpa! ( I think)
 

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Здраво на сите. Јас се викам Ивица. Се радувам што сум овде. Поздрав
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I speak Spanish a little, although you wouldn't believe it hearing me.
 

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Finnish and Swedish; Finland is a bilingual country and I come from a bilingual family. English was my working language throughout my working years, German because of it's where I live with my German wife. These four enough to read a book or do a crossword.

Dutch, Italian and Spanish enough to survive, a bit Norwegian because it's so close to Swedish.

I would like to learn French. For some reason, even though languages have always been easy to me, French has been difficult. At the moment I can only say in French, that I do not speak it ;)

Languages have always been my hobby, I like to be able to communicate in different languages.
 

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I speak english, quite a bit of german, less of french and the odd word of russian, slovenian, croatian, spanish and italian
 

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Salut tout le monde! Mon nom est Sébastien!
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Salut tout le monde! Mon nom est Sébastien!
(Hi everyone! My name is Sébastien)

Bon, comment est le climat au Québec?
(Good, how is the weather in Quebec?)

Quest-ce que tu aime les panneaux d'arrêt?
(Do you like the Stop signs?) a touch random but oh well :p.

That's my French at it's best, I'm not even sure if it's completely correct.

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Bon, comment est le climat au Québec?
(Good, how is the weather in Quebec?)

Quest-ce que tu aime les panneaux d'arrêt?
(Do you like the Stop signs?) a touch random but oh well :p.

That's my French at it's best, I'm not even sure if it's completely correct.

Oli

Shouldn't the Quest-ce que be Qu'est-ce que? (P.S My French is just as bad, we need one of you experts to help us out!)
 

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Shouldn't the Quest-ce que be Qu'est-ce que? (P.S My French is just as bad, we need one of you experts to help us out!)

I think you're right (I never could spell in any language), maybe between us we can get it right ;).

Thanks Richard.

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Portuguese is my native language, I can speak English and Southern :p and can survive in Dutch and maybe in German (I can't really hold a conversation in German)

Because of the Latin mother tongue, I can understand and fake Spanish pretty well, as well as understand some Italian (written). I can't understand French at all.
 

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Brazilian or Portugese Portugese?

As Portugese has been described as the flower of Latin do you actually speek/understand Latin or is it just similar like ancient Greek is to modern Greek?

Oli

PS I would never have guessed English wasn't your first language. :p
 

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I'm a native English speaker. I don't seem to have much of an ear for picking up others. Babes like Shu Qi and Kanno Miho make me instantly expert at Body Language though!! They speak my language in any tongue.

It's too bad you can't just pipe the knowledge in like in The Matrix. It would be fun to be able to communicate with other people in their own country in their own language fluently. But I don't have the money to go there anyway. Wherever it is.


 

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Brazilian or Portugese Portugese?

As Portugese has been described as the flower of Latin do you actually speek/understand Latin or is it just similar like ancient Greek is to modern Greek?

Oli

PS I would never have guessed English wasn't your first language. :p

Hi Oli, I am in now. changing the skin worked.

Brazilian, I was born and raised there. Been here for 10 years after a couple in The Netherlands. My spoken accent is much stronger than my written one... :) Thanks for the compliment though

I don't think I can understand Latin, written or spoken (whcih I might have heard in church, although I am not THAT old...). I believe Portuguese evolved from Vulgar Latin which is different from the Classic one and I beleive the latter is what is taought today (I just learnerd that Vulgar Latin had no written form) . Anyway, not my speciality, so don't trust me on this...
 

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