what other languages do you know or what to learn?

@richiem (3645)
Philippines
May 30, 2008 3:35am CST
How did you learned it? is it hard to learn another language? What's so interesting about this language? Is it an advantage for you to learn another language?
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• Canada
30 May 08
I took french from grades 3-9, and then spanish for 3 years after that. It comes to me quite easily, so no, it wasn't very hard. Unfortunately I haven't had much opportunity to use them outside of school so they've sort of faded from my mind. It can be an advantage to know more than one language when applying for certain jobs.
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@richiem (3645)
• Philippines
31 May 08
is it compulsory in your school to learn foreign language? in our school it is not.
• Canada
31 May 08
French is mandatory from grades 3(usually, it depends on the school) until 9. I took Spanish as an elective.
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@richiem (3645)
• Philippines
31 May 08
may i know from what country you are? i'm from the Philippines and English and Filipino are the priority languages here.
@kame_w (104)
• China
1 Jun 08
English is my second language. It is really useful for me to get a job. When in college, I'd learnt French for one year. I've got a good native French-speaking teacher. And now I am studying Japanese.
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@richiem (3645)
• Philippines
1 Jun 08
english really can get you i think anywhere you want. it is becoming the most interationally accepted language. but japanese can also be interesting because japan is a very progressive country. may i know what is your first language?
@kame_w (104)
• China
1 Jun 08
I am chinese.
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@richiem (3645)
• Philippines
1 Jun 08
ow, do you think it would be hard for me (i am a filipino) to learn chinese? i think i will have a hard time learning your language because of its complicated alphabet. what do you think?
@sophialin (2677)
• China
31 May 08
I ONLY KNOW CHINESE AND ENGLISH.i want to learn spanish and started a discussion about it for help.mylotters have given me some good suggestions.there are many free resources for lanhuage learning.just to search,you'll find it.by the way,which foreign language do you want to learn?
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@richiem (3645)
• Philippines
31 May 08
i want to learn spanish. my girlfriend had been to barcelona because of her job and she said it is very beautiful there. and she is thinking it would be very nice to live there. maybe if we will win the lottery (as if) we might go there and maybe stay there for good. lol i just thought spanish is interesting. however, as of now learning another language is not my priority. maybe someday...
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@sophialin (2677)
• China
31 May 08
oh you want to learn spanish too? so you can see the discussion i started 'some suggestions on learning spanish'here.mylotters have given many helpful suggestions.i hope it also helps you.good luck.
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@richiem (3645)
• Philippines
31 May 08
i think that is an interesting discussion. i will look it up sometime when i'm not as busy. thanks
@hcpoirot (1562)
• Indonesia
30 May 08
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I had to say English. (Of course, otherwise I can particiapted here in myLot ) It had huge advantage learning English cause I can speak and write to many friends in the world. (I was in a pen friends club for years) and when internet go world wide, I can surf online and type here with all members of myLot.
@hcpoirot (1562)
• Indonesia
30 May 08
Sorry that I upload the picture at the wrong topic discussion. Thats the bad by answering multiple response at once. :)
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@richiem (3645)
• Philippines
31 May 08
nothing to worry about. the picture is great! i guess english is the universal language (aside from math, of course).
@successlog (3172)
• China
7 Jul 08
hi my friend I am interested in this discussion.I am a chinese.But i learn other countries' languages,like english,japanese.I am very happy at these lanaguages.I learn them by myself.No teachers. think i have a gift for this kind of studying.I am not tired to learning my favorite languages. Maybe in future,i will learn others,like french,etc. have a good day
@richiem (3645)
• Philippines
7 Jul 08
Hello, my friend. You may really have the talent of learning a language by yourself. I guess you would learn other languages easily with that talent. Have a nice day!
@James72 (26829)
• Australia
7 Jul 08
And my 1000th response goes to!!!!!!! lol. My mother tongue is English. I speak conversational Tagalog after living in the Philippines for a year and a half (well maybe not quite conversational but enough to get by; maybe a few thousand words). My partner is also Filipina. I have lived in India so speak a few words of Hindi. I now live in Egypt so know a few Arabic words here and there as well. I by no means am able to speak either Hindi OR Arabic in any comfortable way and I tend to understand more than I can actually speak; but I am able to at least say the standard stuff like OK, hello, goodbye, thank you etc Same as the above goes with French, German and Spanish. Just a few words here and there. I would love to be fluent in a language other than English and it is most definitely an advantage to be able to speak more than one language because the world is becoming a smaller place whether we like it or not! Speaking more than one language also can open many doors in a career etc. And in terms of difficulty; I struggled a LOT trying to pick up more Hindi. Yet I found Tagalog not so hard to pick up here and there. The fact that my partner;s family do not speak English helped in this way I guess! I find Arabic somewhat difficult also. Both Hindi and Arabic have a lot of different accents on letters and words that I struggle with; yet I find Tagalog flows much better in this regard. Salamat po and I wish you maraming swerte!
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@richiem (3645)
• Philippines
7 Jul 08
Thank you. Good to hear you liked our language. For some foreigner it is a somewhat difficult language to learn especially the accents. We cen really if your tongue is not really a Tagalog tongue because of the accent. You have learned a lot of languages. Yes, I also think that it is advantageous to learn a lot of language. But I guess, I have to stick with English first because it seems English can be understood almost around the world. But I hope I can find time to learn more languages as you have.
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• Philippines
10 Jun 08
i don't know other languages except my mother tongue and english... but i wanted to learn nihongo... because i'm an anime, manga and jdorama fan. once i learned nihongo i don't have to keep on looking for subbed.
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@richiem (3645)
• Philippines
11 Jun 08
that would be very cool!
• India
31 May 08
My mother tongue is Tamil.I know to speak and read the language but can't write so easily.While still a kid our family shifted to North India where the two prominent languages were Hindi and Marathi.I learnt both - to read,write & speak in Hindi and to read,write in Marathi.I am fluent in english too.And in schoole I had French for a subject but I am out of touch with the language now.I hope I will take some time off in the future to relearn that language.
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@richiem (3645)
• Philippines
1 Jun 08
Those languages are somewhat alien to me. I am now overwhelmed with many languages a country can have. To learn all the languages of the world will be an incredible accomplishment. in our country, we have more than 50 dialects aside from our national languague, Filipino. I only know Filipino though. I am beginning to have an idea that French language had also been prominent in most countries.
@roniroxas (10568)
• Philippines
30 May 08
i know english of course learn it from school, i also know a little spanish learn it during college but i dont have anybody to talk with i remember a little but i am not sure if i cant still make a sentence. i know also to speak japanese, i worked ther twice and learned the language there. my sister is married to a japanese so i have still someone to talk with
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@richiem (3645)
• Philippines
31 May 08
sometimes that is the problem when learning foreign language. when you don't use it regularly, you tend to forget it. the key is to have a person to talk with in that language. and maybe, use it in a job!
@herwinda (45)
• United States
30 May 08
foreign languange is always be my passion. I've learn english since i was 8 years old, yap my parents push me to learn it, but in the process i enjoy it and love it. Now, i am still in the process to gain some skill on chinesee languange and spanish languange. Oh ya, forget to mention, i am from indonesia, so indonesian languange is my number 1 languange. :)
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@richiem (3645)
• Philippines
30 May 08
i really don't anything about the indonesian language, my apologies. can you share with me simple conversational words in indonesian like hi! hello! i love you! goodbye, something like that? learning new things is always fun!
@mialei23 (2386)
• Philippines
30 May 08
I want to learn japanese and chinese language. Well, for me its really hard for them to understand. I guess they felt the same way to our language (tagalog) but anyway some japanese or chinese people also studying many language most especially English. Being smart and curious will make us grow and if ever we'll have a chance to travel abroad I know we can learn different language too. =)
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@richiem (3645)
• Philippines
30 May 08
do you plan on travelling abroad? i think japanese and chinese languages are tough to learn. do you think if you have to learn a certain language, you also have to learn their alphabet? because i think chinese and japanese have very complicated alphabet.
@dhangski (3194)
• Philippines
30 May 08
I speak our national language which is Tagalog. I think I'm fluent enough in English. I know a little Japanese, to be precise, Nippongo. And a little Spanish. I learned how to speak Japanese and Spanish, while I'm in high school. What I really love to learn how to speak is French. In my opinion, it is really an advantage if you could speak different languages so you can communicate well with other people, in different countries.
@richiem (3645)
• Philippines
30 May 08
Wow, you have learned a lot of languages. Your high school teaches you foreign languages? too bad ours don't. i also like to learn Spanish but i don't know if i will with my busy schedule. i know i can do it if i put myself into it but maybe its not one of my priority right now. how do you plan on learning French? have you ever had a time that you used your knowledge on foreign language?
@neildc (17246)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
10 Jun 08
As a Filipino and a true-blue Bulaceño, I should be fluent enough in Tagalog language. Of course, I learned English in school but not so fluent like I have to be, in Tagalog language. I know a little of Japanese, Spanish, Pampangueño, Ilocano, and Bisaya. But my second language today, after tagalog is Cebuano, which I learned to speak well after my 15 years of stay here in Cebu...
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@borgborg (821)
• Philippines
10 Jun 08
i know filipino & english languages. of course, yu need to know your mother tongue coz you won't be able to communicate & express yourself. and as for me, it s also important to know how to speak in english since it is the universal language.
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@awapak (1277)
• Pakistan
7 Jul 08
My mother language is Punjabi and national is Urdu.I also know English as I have studied it upto Masters level.I want to learn Arabic as it is our religious language and will be spoken in Heaven as the only medium of conversation.By learning Arabic,it will be easier for me to understand the last divine Book,the Holy Quran and sayings of our beloved final Prophet Muhammad(pbuh).
• United States
8 Jul 08
we should start an online arabic study group :)
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@awapak (1277)
• Pakistan
8 Jul 08
Thanks for responding and making a good suggestion.i will love to join such study group to learn Arabic.Thanks for sending friend's proposal.It will be a big honour for me.
@TheDevil (840)
• India
10 Jul 08
I am an Indian ...being in an Indian country since its a diverse u get to learn many regional languages ..Currently I known Hindi, Marathi ,Punjabi and Bengali .....Apart from that I have learnt Spanish ...it was an amazing experience ..especially when we were interacting with the Spanish professors...Right now i am learning Welsh .....i am finding it difficult to grasp the words.....lets c ...whether i will be able to put another feather in my cap......
• Malaysia
10 Jul 08
I can only speak two languages. I wish I could speak another language- mandarin! I don’t understand the language but I love to watch some of the mandarin series that's shown on tv. Also some of the songs are quite nice too;)
• Singapore
10 Jul 08
English i am sure is so universal that it is good if everyone knew. then comes the mother tongue - tamil which i knw and speak at home. hindi is something i learnt from school, so pretty good at tht. but always wanted to learn a foreign language as i thought it is always a plus point in a resume. started learning german , but then could not continue more. vil surely learn some language sometime.
@magojordan (3254)
• Philippines
10 Jul 08
Of Course I know Filipino and English. I took up BA European languages major in French and minor in Spanish. So I could say that I'm fluent at both languages although I must admit that it was really hard to learn a new language because it is very different form the ones you know and you have to unlearn your old language just for you to be able to absorb the language. Yes it is definitely an advantage for me to learn a new language because I could actually appreciate and understand more cultures because of it.
@cathylmg (283)
• Singapore
9 Jul 08
It is double language system for my country. Everyone gets to learn their mother tougue plus English starting right from as young as kindergarden. So no problem for me.