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And they had the topic about foreign languages where it became obvious that germans learn at least two foreign languages while Americans MAYBE learn one (seemingly mainly spanish).
So I would love to know:
What languages do you speak (or had learned once at least)? And where do you live (just to compare) :3
I for myself live in Germany.
So my main language is german. But my early childhood (till I aged 6) was in Belgium, so I learned dutch as a child, too.
I started learning english in my 5th grade (and I know, they start now with between 3rd grade or even kindergarden), I learned french in 7th grade, spanish in 11th grade and I started to learn japanese when I began university.
Makes a total of 5 languages (even though I'm no longer able to even understand french and spanish since they never really caught my interest :'D) learned up till now (and I'm only 23 yet).
If time and possibilities allow it then I would love to learn french again. I also find Zulu a very interesting language (hint: it's the language the lion king opening is sung in xD)
dutch 3/4 (hearing is perfect, reading 4/5, speaking 3-4/5 and writing...kinda hopeless xD)
English 3-4/5 (I understand it perfectly and about 90% of my freetime consists of listening, reading or speaking english [Thank you, internet. Thank you, exchange students ], so I guess, I'm quite good for a non-native speaker)
spanish 0-1/5 (Me no hablo espanol :'D)
japanese 1-3/5 (reading/hearing is 3, the rest is 1)
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1) How to talk about the time and weather.
2) How to force any conversation to be about the time and weather.
The good news was that the teachers either didn't know I was gaming the test - or more likely, didn't care.
Right now, what Spanish remains in my brain is in a generic "Foreign Language" bucket that also includes the random bits of Japanese that I've picked up from a decade and a half of anime fandom - the result being that I know neither language.
(But I'm really good at C!)
(When was the last time you backed up your game?)
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Almost everybody around here have a really low level in English, and it's hard to have good English lessons seriously, even my "normal" level is enough to be in the top all the year even in the third year of a 5-year degree.
But out there on the internet or in business, even having a correct level in English isn't enough - for instance being a composer I often have issues/slowdown when it comes to talking about feels and technic of music in English.
Also impossible to write a VN since it'd not be the same to write in a non-native language (hindering creativity), and afterward-translation alters the writing.
Also a few typos or strange ways to word a sentence can damages the credibility in an argument, or in a presentation/a talk for professional/commercial deals with english natives.
That's not a little thing to handle but well, that's how it is, the best is to train and learn, again and again - talking on this forum is already a good training.
Hopefully learning language, learning about cultures, is something interesting enough and open the mind.
It's very hard to value how much is a language learned when non-native, because each time thinking it's at a good level, another level open.
French : 5/5
English : 4/5 (well, as a non-native language only, and weak when speaking/listening things extracted from English like American)
Spanish, Japanese, Latin : 2/5 (knowing the basis to deal with, but hardly more)
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Modern Japanese 5/5 (mother tongue)
Middle Japanese 3/5
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I took 3 years of Russian in high school and I can definitely understand that better. I really enjoy the language and I find most Russians really appreciate it if you make an effort with their language, since it's also very difficult for them to learn ours. I took a semester of French in University, but I hated the course. Little did I know I'd be moving to Canada the following year. My French is much, much better now despite living in quite possibly the least French area. I'm really good at reading food labels!!
So Spanish, Latin, minimal Japanese, Russian, French all probably at 1-2/5. I lived in Washington State, USA and now I live in Southeastern Ontario, Canada. I've traveled to about 6 Western European nations as well as Ukraine and Russia and picked up some of the language on the way. None of these I can speak fluently. At least I can kinda order food, enough so I don't accidentally order criadillas de cordero or tête de veau. That's the important thing, right? xD
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As for the Japanese, I need to break it down a little:
Hiragana/Katakana reading: 4/5 - Good, but I sometimes miss errors.
Hiragana/Katakana writing: 0/5 - I've never needed to write without a keyboard.
Kanji reading: 0.1/5 - Can only read about 80 kanji.
Kanji writing: 0.01/5 - I might be able to write a few in the correct stroke order. Maybe.
Japanese listening: 2/5 - I can generally follow conversations, except with unusual topics.
Japanese speaking: 0.5/5 - Surprisingly, I have very few opportunities to speak Japanese. I have quite a decent vocabulary, but lack the grammatical ability to form correct sentences.
Can also read Russian and Korean, but don't understand the meanings at all.
Oh, and I have never studied a language formally. I mostly learnt Japanese from talking to Japanese people before coming to Japan, and picking up the occasional words in day to day life. Korean and Russian I learnt from the internet.
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I started learning English in middle school and then expanded it by watching cable tv, internet and reading. My English is decent enough to understand other people talking, make conversation, read books and write.
I took some French in high school, but when we had to choose between French and English, I chose English, so my French is limited to a few words and phrases.
And I know a few words in Japanese from some learning books I borrowed year ago and from when I used to watch anime xD
2 maybe 3/5 German. I took it in school and even visited. I was able to function but I couldn't carry on long conversations. That was back in 07 though so I've forgotten it mostly. Lately I've been trying to work on it again! I need to immerse myself in it again. I need a book or show or something! Or music!
1/5 Swedish. I know about 200 words? Heh such a bouncy language
1/5 My friend is a japanese major about to study abroad. I love that he's learning it because he likes languages and not cause of anime or whatever. He doesn't like anime so when he helps me it's not from a "you have to watch this show!" perspective but a "languages are awesome!" perspective. He's more enthusiastic about it cause he's more worried about syntax and such. He's been helping me a little bit. It's hard to learn a whole 'nother writing style.
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English 4.5/5 (I'm not a native English speaker but I'm pretty fluent)
Greek 2/5 (Just learning, but they're SUPER basic. I'm still at lesson 2 of my online course XD I can read words but I can't understand lol)
Latin 0.5/5 (Hahahaha! I only know a couple of words.)
Japanese 1/5 (Same as above, but I know some basic sentences at least.)
I live in the Philippines if it isn't obvious, in a region near NCR. In some provincial regions, they teach dialects (near to Tagalog but totally not Tagalog). I've always wanted to learn those >_< [Kapampangan plz]
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English 4/5 (I can read, write, and speak English but sometimes I still have trouble with words.)
French 1/5 (I learned basic French, but lacking practice I've archived it away. It does sometimes pop back up when I hear French words though.)
Japanese 0.5/5 (I've got a grasp of a few words and sayings. Still bad at it though.)
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Vietnamese - 3/5 (I can listen well, can only attempt at speaking and reading, absolutely cannot write.)
Japanese - 2/5 (Took about 4 years of it in high school, but I'm still pretty bad at it, loool.)
French - 1/5 (Only 2 years of it, so I only know a few grammar points and can kinda read simple sentences, haha.)
I really like foreign languages too, so I'm planning on taking a few classes in college if I have enough room. :v!
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