Do you speak a second (or third?) language?

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United States
March 31, 2008 8:52pm CST
My native language is English. Except for one or two Italian words, I speak no other languages. I can usually decipher enough Spanish to know the basics of what I am reading. I can read a handful of words in French. But, I am no where nears proficient in any other language than English. How about you? Do you know a language other than you own? Can you read and speak it or just one or the other?
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@vipulchawla (2220)
• India
1 Apr 08
My Native Language is Hindi.(ofcoure i m an Indian). I know english too. I m proficient in writing, reading understanding and speaking both of these languages. However i know one more language. Thats my regional language...Punjabi.. Thats my parental language. I belong to a Punjabi family. Though i can't read and write anything in this language. But i am able to speak a little and understnad more of it. I have never tried to learn it. But as i see my parents speaking it, i got to understand most of it.So thats all... Hindi, English and Punjabi
• China
1 Apr 08
My native is Chinese and I can speak English, also know a little bit of Japanese.I think Japanese is more diffcult than English althongh there are many chinese characters.
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@gxnfly (1148)
• China
1 Apr 08
My native language is Chinese as a Chinese.English is my second language,I learnt it at school,and I still learning it,I hope one day I am proficient in English so that I can be a translator or an interpreter.Now I kind of learning English through myLot by posting,and I watch English movies to learn English too.And I am thinking of learning Korean,I love Korean shows very much.
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• Philippines
1 Apr 08
i am a native filipino. and i could speak tagalog, bisya, and ilocano, three different dialects in the philippines. and i could say i can speak well in english too. and since philippines was once colonized by spain, even that was hundred years ago, we filipinos inherited some of their words, and those spanish words are here in my pocket. generally i could speak 5 different dialects.
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@duranv (517)
• Honduras
1 Apr 08
My native language is Spanish and I also speak English, of course I speak Spanish better. I also know quite a few words in Portuguese and some French. I tried Geramn but never kept up with it, so I didn't learn much.
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@manya_pearl (1871)
• Singapore
1 Apr 08
My native language is Indonesian, and dialect manadonese. I also can speak jakarta. I can speak and understand english more. I'm also understand and speak little korean and mandarin. have a nice day!
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@tjades (3594)
• Jamaica
1 Apr 08
I am basically in the same position you're in where a second language is concerned. I love reading spanish and I dabble with a few words just out of habit. For hello I may say hola and then that may trigger the other person to respond in spanish. We will then have fun trying to speak as much spanish as we can. I bought myself a french do it yourselfer book and tape. I havent gotten veru far wityh that as yet but I do intend to be able to speak each language fluently one day.
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• China
1 Apr 08
My mother tongue is chinese.I learn English since my junior high school.But I have little chance to use it.I want to speak English well,but I never talk with a foreigner who use English as his first language.It's pity.
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@yesah65 (158)
• United States
1 Apr 08
My native tongue is American(the British say we don't speak English), but I have traveled around the world and picked up bits of several other languages, such as a good bit of German(first wife was German), a little Russian, and a un poco Spanish, although what I hear, here in the United States by our neighbors from the south, is far from what they speak in Spain. I hear a lot of Americans say that this is an English speaking country and they refuse to even try to learn anything but their native dialect. What they don't realize is that such an attitude is self defeating. Language(of any sorts) is a tool, and the more tools we possess the more capabilities we have. To NOT learn another language just for reasons such as bull-headed pride is like mashing your finger because someone told you not to. They are only hurting themselves.
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@rnpcag (52)
• Philippines
1 Apr 08
My native language is Filipino. I can speak and write in Filipino and English. I can understand some Spanish words. I know some French and Chinese words.
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@di1159 (1580)
• United States
1 Apr 08
Hello! My native is also WEnglish, however my father was Cuban, and Spanish was a second language to me. I polished it up in high school and am extremely fluent in both. I also studied French for several years and can speak, read and write it fairly well also. Its such a blessing to be able to speak several languages and communicate with so many others. If everyone did this, the world would be a much nicer place. Buenas Noches!
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@ratyz5 (7831)
• Philippines
1 Apr 08
I'm not that much adept with speaking my own language (filipino) but, just enough to communicate with other people. I wish I could speak it more in depth since there are a lot of words that I still have to learn. Aside from that, I also know how to speak english and I could communicate with others as well, even when I was suddenly asked by a foreigner for directions when I was at a mall once. I could also understand a few spanish since we took up elementary spanish before when I was still attending school.
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@jhl930 (3607)
• United States
1 Apr 08
I am like you my native is english but I can speak a few words of spanish here and there what i leanred whenever I was going to shool...but I don't really use them that much anymore but I really do think that it is very important to have a little knowledge of what other languages are...I mean you will never know when you might have to use them or something like that...I mean I think that every kid should have to learn the basics... JHL930
@aretha (2540)
• United States
1 Apr 08
nope i know nothing other then english. one of my closest friends is from and lives in norway so i do know some here and there but not enough to say i can speak or read it.
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• United States
1 Apr 08
I too speak English. but I also know a little bit of Spanish and American sign. I just don't know allot.
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• United States
1 Apr 08
I speak English as a first language, and enough Spanish to communicate mostly effectively. I've been to Spain and really enjoyed getting into using another language, so I'm hoping to continue to learn more. It's a rewarding experience, and I'd recommend it.
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@Ldyjarhead (10161)
• United States
1 Apr 08
I'm pretty much in the same boat as you are. My father was French, so I grew up hearing very few words when he was talking to his family (I was VERY young), but most of the words probably weren't acceptable for normal conversation, if you know what I mean. I took a year of French in HS and got all As, but didn't really know what I was saying. I can still remember a few nouns that were memorized, but that's about it. I lived a year in Japan in 1982 and learned a couple of basic phrases. I still remember a few of them! I can say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in Hawaiian. I've been told I have a knack for languages. I wish I had studied one more.
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• United States
1 Apr 08
My native language is Italian and i can also speak English and Spanish , i was trying to learn Japanese as well but i gave up too soon ,i should try again..
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@Darkwing (21590)
1 Apr 08
My native language is English too, and I can speak the German language. I learned my basics at school, then whilst living in Germany for three years, I learned from subtitled television programmes and conversation with local shopkeepers and friends I'd made. When I went to work at American Express, I worked on the German Market, which meant speaking with German people on the telephone, so I went to Night School to brush up. When I left, my German teacher told me I was proficient enough to take a job in Germany. I can understand a little bit of the French Language too, but I don't speak it too well. I'm better reading it. Brightest Blessings.
@megumiart (3782)
• United States
1 Apr 08
My mom's japanese, so my parents taught me English and Japanese at the same time when I was a baby. I'm fluent in both speech-wise, but I struggle a little with reading and writing in japanese. I took a few years of French and Spanish in grade school, but I'm no where near fluent. I can understand a little, though. xD
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