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Old 12th July 2013, 05:42 PM   #1
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What languages do you speak? And what languages do you want to learn? Most of all, what do you think of languages?
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Old 12th July 2013, 05:58 PM   #2
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Primarily, I speak English. It's my native language and so the one I use most often.

I know only enough German to get me into trouble, really. I think I demonstrated that earlier in the lying thread, since you (droomph) accused me of using Google Translate and not being able to read the response I took 2 years of German at University, but my professor didn't seem to be a native speaker of the language, and his teaching style consisted of "Read this text book, then I'll give you the same test 3 or 4 times until you memorize the translations of these random sentences." which meant it didn't stick with you very long at all, and wouldn't help you do much in conversation unless that conversation started "Na, wie ist die Hose?" or some other random conversation scenario from the book. I would really like to learn German though, I've wanted to learn it since High School but haven't had a good opportunity to learn it formally.

I speak a lot more Spanish than I do German. I studied it in High School, but the way the teacher went about teaching was a lot different, so I can remember a lot more of it. Spanish was her native language, and she just started basic and expanded from there, there was no "memorize these words for the test", you had to actually understand what you were talking about or you wouldn't pass. By the time we were in Spanish III, we weren't even allowed to speak English in class at all. So while I've gotten a little rustier with it than I was then, I still can remember a lot more than I can with German. I still laugh at memes that are in Spanish, find my way around Whack A Hack without switching to English, and can play hacks in Spanish. A lot more than I can do with German, for sure, but I still don't claim to be fluent.
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Old 12th July 2013, 06:01 PM   #3
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English Natively, though I took a few Japanese classes and I've been going over a few vietnamese dictionaries.

I bought this English-Viet dictionary a couple weeks ago from the Vietnam War era. I'm sure some of it is way outdated, but oh well. I own some history.
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Old 12th July 2013, 06:08 PM   #4
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I speak English natively, as well, I can speak basic French. I've been taking it since 4th Grade, so I can translate decently with a degree of accuracy from French to English, meaning I could play a French hack if I really wanted to, or be on a translation team for a hack. I do have a DELF A1 in French, which officially states that I am bilingual, so I do have that much.
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Old 12th July 2013, 06:10 PM   #5
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My primary language is English (it's what I think in and dream in), but my first language was actually Spanish. Growing up in a Spanish-speaking household in suburban America can do that to you. Interestingly enough, I do know more English than Spanish now, despite my upbringing. I can speak it much better than write it or read it, that's for sure.

I'm learning Japanese in high school from a native speaker, and I think I'm picking up quite a bit. I personally can't wait until it gets to the point I don't need subs or scanlations.
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Old 12th July 2013, 06:12 PM   #6
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Dutch is my native language, but I speak English fluently. I also know basic French, Italian, German and Latin.
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Old 12th July 2013, 09:52 PM   #7
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I Speak English as a main language, but I can Speak a bit of french and very little German when needed. I still beat half of the class at both languages though. So, I think I am dong well.
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My main language is German, but I speak English, too. I'm better at reading, because I don't write/talk often enough, but it's enough for the most things. Also I learned French and currently I'm learning Japanese.
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Old 14th July 2013, 01:50 AM   #9
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I speak English natively and I'm in the process of learning Japanese via self study. I always loved Japanese and can't wait until I'm fluent with all the kana and kanji
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i dono how 2 speek englysh
English is my first language, and I grew up in Québec so I picked French up naturally even though I hadn't taken it in school. My mother is from the Philippines and so I've learned to understand pretty well someone speaking the dialects of Tagalog and Ilocano, although I can't fluently speak it.

I'd really love to learn both Spanish and Japanese as I think they're both beautiful languages. Japan has a lot of cool stuff, including and excluding simply video games and manga, and the Spanish language is just

EDIT: I forgot to mention that I'm also learning Greek in university. I'm getting a degree in ancient history so I might as well learn one of the most important languages from that time.
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