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#1 Post by choklitchan » Thu Apr 14, 2011 10:19 pm

I notice a lot of people here aren't native English speakers.
Do you speak multiple languages?

Is English your first language?
Second?
Third?
more???

I was just curious, seeing as so many people here speak other languages besides English. :D
What languages do you speak?
Post in the order you learned them in, and then by how well you know them. For example, myself:

1. Hiligaynon (My native tongue; a Filipino dialect)
2. English (my best, actually)
3. Spanish (learning in school)
4. Japanese (learning on my own)

I thought it might be interesting to see where everyone comes from. :D
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#2 Post by KomiTsuku » Thu Apr 14, 2011 10:25 pm

Completely unsurprising, the English editor's native language is English! Well, American, if you really want to get picky; not the Queen's English.

1. American English (Native and a language I'd say I've mastered.)
2. Japanese (Studied it for 4 years, retained very little.)
3. Chinese (I think I remember one or two phrases.)
4. Arabic (People keep trying to teach me phrases, and I keep forgetting them.)

I'd say the only one I know with any decency is English.

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#3 Post by LVUER » Thu Apr 14, 2011 10:27 pm

1. Indonesian (a native speakier, since this is my country main language after all)
2. English (a secondary language in my country, and since this is one of the international language, it's taught in my school)
3. Sundanese (a local language, again, taught in my school)
4. Chinese (but I've forgot like 99% of them since it's been more than 15 years since the last time I use it, I studied this at off-school courses)
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#4 Post by Snowflower » Thu Apr 14, 2011 10:38 pm

1. English (I was born in California, I go to school here. Native speaker)
2. Korean (My ethnicity. I have experience in Korean elementary because I attended 1st-4th)
3. Spanish (I took classes in middle school and high school for 5 years)
4. Japanese (My friends' parents and mine made us all take Japanese, while in Korea, for that specific duration. However, I don't know a lot)
5. Italian (or trying to learn Italian because I want to go study abroad to Italy during college)
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#5 Post by EternalDream » Thu Apr 14, 2011 11:30 pm

1. English
2. Chinese
3. French
^ Actually my french and chinese are pretty much on par, since I can speak and listen better in Chinese but read and write better in French.
4. Japanese (Only a bit though ;A; Wish I knew more though...)

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#6 Post by Sapphi » Thu Apr 14, 2011 11:39 pm

Sadly, being raised in the US where kids don't learn a second language until high school, I know:
1. English (probably my best academic subject).

I had like... two years of Spanish in high school, of which I remember surprisingly a lot, but it was still just the basics for those two years. Now that I work with a lot of Spanish-speaking people (some can speak English, some not so much) I really wish I knew more.

I'm also teaching myself Japanese, but I wouldn't say I speak it, although I've gotten to the point where I start shuddering a little bit when listening to Japanese songs because I suddenly realize I can understand what the song is about. I love that feeling...
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#7 Post by pondrthis » Thu Apr 14, 2011 11:49 pm

1. English
2. German (<- almost fluent at one point, can still read it alright)
3. Japanese (<- miserable speaker, listener... but can read a bit more)
4. A touch of Hebrew. I'm not Jewish, but I thought it would be cool to take in my college years!

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#8 Post by YonYonYon » Fri Apr 15, 2011 12:51 am

1) Yakutish(?) - my native language
2) Russian - 'cuz it's a main language in Russia
3) English - somehow
4) JApanese - a little bit. Studied for 2 years
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#9 Post by Lumen_Astrum » Fri Apr 15, 2011 1:11 am

1) Tagalog (Filipino dialect)
2) English (know it a lot from watching cartoons xDD)
3) Latin (Only very very little though, because I read some of bro's Latin books)
4) Greek (Same as above, but I learn it in the net)
5) Japanese (NOT THAT much... >_>)

In other words, I master two xD

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#10 Post by SmileyFace » Fri Apr 15, 2011 1:20 am

1) Chinese (Mandarin) - My first language I picked up from my mother and still speak quite often. Can't write for anything though.
1) Chinese (Cantonese) - Learnt it at the same time from my father's side of the family. I keep confusing the two of them. x___X;
2) English - Was born and I am living in a English speaking country.
3) French - Been learning it in school for 3-4 years.
4) Japanese- Learnt it in school for 4 years and now self studying with the help of my Japanese friends. c:
5) Dutch - I pick it up from my friends and know how to have a very very simple conversation.
and last of all...

6) Jiberish - I am an expert in this. Too bad no one understands what I say when I speak in this language.

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#11 Post by Snowflower » Fri Apr 15, 2011 1:22 am

SmileyFace wrote:1) Chinese (Mandarin) - My first language I picked up from my mother and still speak quite often. Can't write for anything though.
6) Jiberish - I am an expert in this. Too bad no one understands what I say when I speak in this language.

I too am a master at this, as well as baby talk with all kinds of cooing.
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#12 Post by Tachyglossus » Fri Apr 15, 2011 1:41 am

1. English. (I am Canadian, so I spell out words like doughnut with more letters than some deem necessary.)
2. French. (I took my mandatory five years of French. I remember nothing other than a few phrases.)
3. Japanese (I took three years in highschool because I was sick of French. I retained little other than to report various parts of my anatomy are hurting or how to say that I have a cold. Um... let's just say I missed a lot of school.)

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Icelandic
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#13 Post by SmileyFace » Fri Apr 15, 2011 1:43 am

Snowflower wrote:I too am a master at this, as well as baby talk with all kinds of cooing.
Oh wow really. 8D
Me too. I also know the language of random meows and woofing. =w=;

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#14 Post by south desert islander » Fri Apr 15, 2011 2:01 am

1. American English
2.Latin Spanish (Three years of collective training and all I can recall is how to greet, ask for the bathroom and say what I like.)
3. Japanese ( Mix of self training and too much anime/J Drama subs. Nowhere close to speaking or even reading the stuff.)

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#15 Post by IonicMomo » Fri Apr 15, 2011 2:21 am

Wow, I'm impressed. Everyone here speaks many languages! Despite being trilingual (sort of), I feel rather inadequate.

1. English (Canadian, then American) - while not technically my first language, it's probably my best, which is why I put it first.
2. Spanish - But I've forgotten a lot since I don't use it much anymore.
3. Gujarati - My first language, but I can only speak it (I'm illiterate).
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