How Many Languages Can You Speak?

United States
November 20, 2015 12:11pm CST
English is my first language and I don't have a second or third or fourth. It wasn't until recently that I wished I had taken the time to learn another language. I did learn Spanish while in high school but I wasn't fluent enough to really be able to speak it but I could understand bits and pieces if someone was speaking it. My grandchildren had the choice to study a foreign language in high school and my oldest granddaughter chose French, my second granddaughter chose Italian and my two grandsons Spanish. It would be nice if these kids kept up with the languages they are learning and could be fluent enough to converse. I know many people here speak more than one language and I'd be curious to know which languages you can speak. I admire those who write here in English when it isn't their first language.
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@UncleJoe (8521)
• Virginia Beach, Virginia
21 Nov 15
I tried to learn Spanish by listening to a record while I slept. The 33 1/3 RPM had a little scratch which caused the record to skip. Now I stutter in Spanish!
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@KnehKnah (3532)
• Philippines
21 Nov 15
The skipping of the record you listened to, caused you to stutter as you speak Spanish? You made my day, Bro.! Ha! Ha! Ha!
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• Lucknow, India
21 Nov 15
LOL
• United States
21 Nov 15
@unclejoe thanks for the laugh today. A skipping record and stuttering Spanish is hilarious
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@Rollo1 (16726)
• Boston, Massachusetts
21 Nov 15
English is my first language. I can speak a bit of French and a little more Spanish, I am currently learning Danish. I have dipped my toes into lots of languages over the years including Russian and Italian and German. I want to study all the languages but there's not enough time.
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• United States
21 Nov 15
Sounds exciting to be able to speak or understand a few different languages. What made you decide to learn Danish?
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@shirlys (116)
• Yantai, China
21 Nov 15
I am really curious how could u learn so many languages in the same time. I studied English in the university,but have been forgotten much.I come here ,hope I can learn lot form u all to improve my English skill quickly.could u give me an advice how to improve English skill quickly?
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@marlina (62086)
• Canada
21 Nov 15
@shirlys The best way to improve in a language is to totally immerse yourself in it.
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@MALUSE (32699)
• Denmark
20 Nov 15
My native language is German. I know English very well and Italian reasonably well. I studied Russian and taught it for twenty years, but have forgotten a lot. I also know a bit of Turkish.
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• United States
21 Nov 15
Wow I'm impressed. I knew your native language was German and you write English like it's your first language. Was teaching Russian a heard language for your students to learn?
@MALUSE (32699)
• Denmark
21 Nov 15
@Marilynda1225 Russian isn't an easy language to learn. But the pupils who chose it had started with English four years before it and Latin two years before it. Russian was their third foreign language. This means they were already used to working hard. Russian wasn't obligatory, though. They could have chosen French instead or no third foreign language at all but more lessons in science subjects.
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@nanette64 (13692)
• Fairfield, Texas
21 Nov 15
Very impressive @MALUSE .
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• Lucknow, India
20 Nov 15
Hindi is my first language here!! It is the official language of India along with English!! Other than these two, I can speak 3 regional languages of India( Punjabi, Malayalam and Tamil) I also know Spanish!! Ola!! And I will start learning Chinese ( Mandarin) from January!! Which language do you want to learn or wish you should have learned!!
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• Guangzhou, China
21 Nov 15
Welcome to learn Chinese
• Lucknow, India
21 Nov 15
@3876745Ok Thanks!! I Will definitely ask for tips once I start!!
• Erode, India
21 Nov 15
• United States
21 Nov 15
English is my mother tongue. I studied French and German in high school and college. Taught both for four decades. I can also handle Spanish, but nothing too deep. I used to date a cute Italian guy, so I faked that language.
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• United States
21 Nov 15
It must be nice to be able to teach students a foreign language. As a teacher you must speak those fluently yet I'm curious to know how you faked Italian LOL
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• United States
21 Nov 15
@Marilynda1225 I have been fluent in three languages in the past. i know I am rusty now in two, since I have not used them for years. As for faking Italian. He spoke Italian, I spoke French, but changed endings and things as I listened for patterns in his speech. At times, I would stop and ask questions. It was fun.
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@marlina (62086)
• Canada
21 Nov 15
@ElizabethWallace It must have been fun to talk to each other that way.
@Juliaacv (23082)
• Canada
20 Nov 15
I speak and read English. But since Canada is a bilingual country, we were taught French in school, I can make out some words if I see them in print, but not to hear them. We were taught Spanish in high school, I enjoyed Spanish much better then French and remember more of that. I have an aunt that lived in South America and spoke it fluently, she will speak it to me now and again if I ask her to, it helps me to remember. I think that Spanish is such a pretty language, it sounds so nice to me.
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• United States
21 Nov 15
MY son in law is from Canada and speaks French fluently and is trying to teach his young daughters French so they can be bi-lingual. I love the Spanish language too yet I"m lost as they speak so fast
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@just4him (91648)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
20 Nov 15
I agree, being able to write English when it isn't the first language is admirable. As for me, my only language is English. I too learned French and German in high school, but not fluently. I can understand some words but not many. And then there was Sesame Street where I learned a little bit of Spanish again, just enough to recognize some words, nothing more.
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• United States
21 Nov 15
Between Sesame Street and Dora the Explorer our Spanish should be better LOL
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@JudyEv (100541)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Nov 15
I learnt French and German at school and did my best to keep up with French. Both came in handy when we were travelling.
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@wetnosedogs (1577)
• United States
20 Nov 15
Amazing what people can do. I only speak English.
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@nanette64 (13692)
• Fairfield, Texas
21 Nov 15
@Marilynda1225 I was fluent in Spanish in high school; still pretty good at it. Bohemian; since I'm Czech. And a little of French and German.
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@celticeagle (115084)
• Boise, Idaho
21 Nov 15
English is my one and only language. If asked I would say 'none'. I don't feel like I am doing too well with English now days either. Editing helps. I learnt Spanish in school and can speak it a little.
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@anh101 (1389)
21 Nov 15
yeah. you know it's hard when starting learning a new language. I think the very true and unique problem we are facing with learning a new thing is we are somehow not motivated to learn. Either it is so much of thoughtful decision and hesitation or just have no interest anymore in the language we have been choosing to learn. So staying yourself being inspired is very important up to the fluency level. By the way, it is just my private idea then @celticeagle.
• United States
21 Nov 15
@anh101 you are right about the being motivated to learn. I feel I'm too old now to study a new language and don't know if I have the concentration required.
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@anh101 (1389)
21 Nov 15
@Marilynda1225 talking about old age, I think everybody in Vietnam will consider me as old enough to be a little "grandma" since I am 25 and I am single, while most of the normal girls got marriage already and there are some people who already have 2 kids. But when we talk about learning a new language, I do think that age should not be a concern. Yeap, take my uncle (65 years old- semi retired, living in australia) but he is learning Vietnamese now, and Thanks to his help, i was having a great real time learning English back in the old college days. He actually saved my live from those boring and doctrinal classes
@valmnz (13136)
• New Zealand
20 Nov 15
I only speak English, though I did briefly learn French and German at school, all forgotten now. I can understand brief phrases in NZ Maori
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• United States
21 Nov 15
I took 3 years of Spanish in high school and barely remember any of it
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@nanette64 (13692)
• Fairfield, Texas
21 Nov 15
@Marilynda1225 When I took my 3 years of Formal Spanish in high school, I was very fluent but in Nebraska, the opportunity to use it over the years faded. It wasn't until moving to Texas that I really needed it. I have several neighbors who are Spanish-speaking, so it is coming back. There is a huge difference too between Formal and Informal Spanish. The form taught at my school was what they speak in Spain, not Mexico.
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• United States
21 Nov 15
@nanette64 I'm sure the Spanish I learned in school was more formal too.
@else34 (13656)
• New Delhi, India
21 Nov 15
@Marilynda1225,I can speak two India languages,Hindi and Oriya.Hindi is our national language.I can also speak one foreign language,English.Now I am trying to learn another regional Indian language,Gujrati.
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• United States
21 Nov 15
@else34 I didn't realize that India had so many different regional languages
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@else34 (13656)
• New Delhi, India
21 Nov 15
@Marilynda1225 India is a country of unity in diversity.This has been our most valuable asset for milleniums.We have a variety of languages,life styles,attires,cultures.Still we are one nation.
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@KnehKnah (3532)
• Philippines
21 Nov 15
I am from the Philippines. Filipino is our National language, but I also speak & write English & a little of Spanish. I can also understand but speak very little of Chinese (Mandarin). The latter was made possible when I had a chinese classmate in College. The 1st thing she taught me was to count. Twas a feat!
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• United States
21 Nov 15
@knehknah that's impressive that you are fluent in more than one languages and can understand Mandarin.
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@KnehKnah (3532)
• Philippines
21 Nov 15
@Marilynda1225 Thank you!
@Asylum (47194)
• Manchester, England
20 Nov 15
I also took Spanish at school, but it was only for 2 years from age 11 to 13 and over 50 years ago.
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• United States
21 Nov 15
Spanish was a very popular language when I was in school too.
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@Asylum (47194)
• Manchester, England
21 Nov 15
@Marilynda1225 It was actually scarce here and most schools taught French or German.
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@Freelanzer (6459)
• Canada
21 Nov 15
English even though I tried to learn both Spanish and French. I spent a lot more time learning French but not enough to carry on a conversation.
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• United States
21 Nov 15
Sounds like me and my Spanish abilitiies
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@amadeo (47812)
• United States
20 Nov 15
English is my first.Then Spanish(not fluently) and a bit of Italian.Still working on my Spanish.
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• United States
21 Nov 15
Even being able to speak a little of both Italian and Spanish is impressive
@youless (87106)
• Guangzhou, China
21 Nov 15
Since I was born and grow up in Guangzhou, so my mother language is Cantonese. But Mandarin is the official language in my country, so I am also fluent to it. English is the foreign language for me and we have to study it from primary school. Today the children even start to learn it from kindergarten.
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@zebra2222 (4896)
• United States
21 Nov 15
English is it. I know very little Spanish, but I do remember some basic phrases.
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• Timisoara, Romania
21 Nov 15
Hello! I have been learning English for 10 years now and German for 6 years now! I Used to visit my aunt in Spain, so I Also learned to speak Spanish! Now, I am trying to learn French
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