Thursday, April 2, 2015

Question: Can You Speak More Than One Language?

I took two German classes in high school, and I learned some basic Japanese on my own a few years ago. I liked learning German though some of the grammar got too hard for me, at least to be graded on in my senior year. German is a sister-language to English, but Japanese is totally different besides a few words borrowed from English in a post-WWII Japan. I liked the challenge, but I have been a bit lazy recently trying to learn it. I wish I was fluent or even close to fluent in either German or Japanese. Learning a new language is far from easy. 

Can you speak another language, or have knowledge in another?

15 comments:

  1. I took a few years in French and am self teaching myself Spanish. I am in no way fluent in either though.

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  2. I took some university level French but that was a long time ago.

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  3. A bit of German, a bit of Spanish.

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  4. I cannot. I took 3 semesters of Spanish when I was in high school and while I know a few words and phrases, most times I can't understand what someone is trying to say to me. It was hard trying to learn another language.

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  5. I took eight years of Latin, which I wouldn't recommend since no one speaks Latin. I tried in the Vatican, once, and the priests just stared at me.

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  6. I learn Japanese for 3 years when I was living in NYC, I can read and write but the conversation part just not making great progress as i do not have the environment to practice, my dream is to live in Japan for at least 6 months in the near future, so I could practice. I also speak Chinese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Teochew, Hokkien, Minnan yu (Taiwanese), Malay, and Bahasa Indonesia besides English, how's that?

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  7. Watashi wa nihongo o hanashimasu.
    I lived in Japan as an exchange student in highschool. I can say a lot of very bad words in Japanese.

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  8. I did Latin and French at College. Latin is very helpful with English - so many English words have Latin roots.
    French - very basic - enough for being a tourist I suppose for information!
    My pronunciation is atrocious.
    However I can read French and that helps.
    And I can say "Ein bier bitte" (??) in German - ha ha - and then danke!
    Cheers
    Colin (Australia)

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  9. I learned French at school and use a lot in recipes and with some bloggers.
    Well and english you know is my second languaje .
    I would like learn german!!

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  10. I speak Ukrainian and Russian, also I know English, but itsn't so good.
    When I was younger I learned Italian, but probably I already forgot everything, now I learn Swedish sometimes.

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  11. I speak about five or six... some excellent, some less so :) But in my country everybody speaks at least two...

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  12. Only one, for me...and I have a hard time with that one sometimes....:)

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