Are you interested in learning another language?

China
November 17, 2010 8:28pm CST
How many languages can you speak fluently? Have you thought about learning another language for some purpose,eg, for business, or even just for interest. I am thinking about French, because it sounds romantic...But I'll have to reroganise everything to fit the studying in, and that would be a big problem. What would you do,mylotters?
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• Singapore
18 Nov 10
I've learned Japanese before but I'm only at the basic level. I know how to greet, know how to say thank you. Let me give a random word---Ohayoo-gozayima-su. I learned Japanese just because my mother wanted me to. I didn't follow my heart and hence, didn't found joy in it. I found that I loved Korean more and by watching korean drams, I knew some basic words like---kamsahamida, which means thank you. LOL. If I had the chance, I would like to learn and advance in korean.
• Singapore
18 Nov 10
Yea that's right! I didn't followed my heart that's why I didn't find joy in learning Jap.
• China
18 Nov 10
Hi JudgeIronFist, in your case, i think doing something just for others happiness is not such a good idea, and i wouldn't be able to have enough energy and patience to keep doing it. But if you wanted to learn Korean, learn Korean!
@tonyllenium (6254)
• Italy
18 Nov 10
ehehe..yes foreign languages are ok..surely when you know much you will confuse sometimes different vocabularies and words too...i can udnerstand 5 languages including my mother tongue which is italian i would like to learn some other may be from northrn europe countries as finnish or danish and so on but i know i will make a bit confusion in many cases...
• China
18 Nov 10
wow...five languages, I really adore you!! unfortunately, i only can understand 2 laguages, so i dont have that confusion feeling you described. italian... is it too difficult to learn?
• Italy
18 Nov 10
mmh for Chinese people?Mmh i don't know...Italian grammar is hard as many latin languages but learning it without many rules is not so hard..such as Chinese is terrible...i guess if you are able to speak and write chinese...Italin wouldn't be so hard!
• United States
18 Nov 10
My family has a third century relative who was Spanish, and we didn't know about it until 2 years ago. Due to my option of having to get married, I feel that learning Spanish will be good. As you see, even though I'm part European and Chinese, I will more than satisfy a Spanish girl who finds life in South America really hard. For this to happen, I'm going to take courses five days a week, after my college classes. These courses will take two years to finish, but I'm more than motivated to keep up with both college and learning Spanish. For my future Spanish wife to understand and respect me, I will have to learn the language she speaks. This is the best opportunity I'm taking to launch a better future.
• China
19 Nov 10
Congratulations buddy! and you so should learn Spanish!! Good luck with everything
@camposkat (306)
18 Nov 10
I can speak 2 languages - my native language is Filipino and the second language of my home country is English so I am fluent in both. But I'd like to learn how to speak Chinese because in the Philippines it's like the language of business, most Chinese businessmen and women are fluent in Chinese and I am oftentimes mistaken as a Chinese LOL. Another language I'd like to learn is Greek. I believe it's one of them old languages in the world. Would be nice to learn how to speak it. :) I think best thing to learn a new language is to be friends with someone who speaks it fluently. I have a Finnish friend and he learned speaking and reading and writing Filipino just by listening and communicating with me and other folks he met online.
• China
19 Nov 10
I can teach you Chinese and you can help me to improve my English. We should take advantage of it,hahaha...
• United States
18 Nov 10
I can fluently speak just the English language. Spanish would be a great second language to learn, especially here in Los Angeles, CA where half of the population speaks Spanish. My background though is Italian and I would love to learn the Italian language, but if I don't use it enough in my current day to day activities, then I probably would forget most of what I learned.
• China
19 Nov 10
wow,I didn't know Spanish is that popular in LA. I like Spanish, especially Spanish songs, they are very vivacious and hot! BTW, I love Italian food, lasagna is one of my favoretes,yymmm...
19 Nov 10
I speak English as my first language. I have seven years of French lessons-- It's a wonderful language to learn and will increase your English vocab and understanding of English grammar! I'm trying to teach myself Russian with audio tapes, workbook lessons, vocab flashcards, and phrasebooks. It's super hard to keep the motivation to study every day, and a few days without reviewing can make me lose a lot! :( Anyway, good luck!
• China
22 Nov 10
wow,I didn't know that learning French would help improving my English. I will definitely do it, but the question is how? I think I might try watching movies and reading books. Good luck with Russian learning!!
@lingli_78 (12824)
• Australia
18 Nov 10
of course i am... i am always interested to learn foreign languages and i consider myself as a fast learner when it comes to learn new languages... thanks to God for this talent... i usually learn new languages by myself from reading books and watching movies... at the moment, i am trying to learn korean language as i love to watch korean drama a lot... take care and have a nice day...
• China
19 Nov 10
obviously you have the gift, take advantage of it and good luck with the Korean language learning!
• Philippines
18 Nov 10
I was priviledged enough to be sent abroad with a scholarship to study another language which was Nihongo(Japanese). The experience was fascinating and I did not just learn the language (oral and written) but their culture and tradition as well. Anyway, given a chance, I still would like to study some more languages like French, Spanish and German, and probably have a refresher on Nihongo since it's been a while since I last used that language.
• China
18 Nov 10
you are so lucky! but once you finish studying and got back to your country, if you dont get a chance to keep practicing the second or even third language that you just learnt, dont you feel that you might not be able to speak it as fluent as you used to be?
@Chiniona (327)
• China
22 Nov 10
I just study japanese, because I want to go to Japan, but I cann't speak it fluently.
• Malaysia
18 Nov 10
I can speak fluently in 4 languages;malay ( I came from Malaysia,so I should know how to speak that language ),mandarin,japanese and of course english.Before this,I know just two languages;malay and english.I took mandarin and japanese,which is quite tough.However I managed to cope because in my opinion,if you wanted to speak fluently in other languages,you have to speak with people speaking that language.So,what I did at that time is when I wanted to talk mandarin,I tried to communicate with my chinese friends and I also made few friends from japan for me to talk japanese.At first,it is TOUGH,and I also get lots of laugh from people.But no matter what,I still wanted to learn.And I get it through...:)
• China
18 Nov 10
Hey highschoolrazors8547, thank you so much for sharing your experiences with me, its really helpful! in that case, i think i should make some french friends first. furthermore, making friends is a wonderful thing to do:)
@kodukodu84 (1569)
• Malaysia
18 Nov 10
I speak 5 languages fluently at the moment and yes I do consider to learn more other languages for a business purposes in the future. I would love to start my own business in few years from now and it would be a big advantage to be able to speak a different foreign languages other than the strong capability to run my business. Good luck and have a nice day
• China
18 Nov 10
you are a genius! i think five languages is more than enough to run a business. thank you and good luck:)
@calpro (930)
• India
18 Nov 10
Hi Dragon tooth, Learning as many languages as you can is always a great achievement. When I was working as a Pharma rep, my boss used to tell me "always speak in customers language." This has two meanings one is speak in his interest and the other is speak in his native language. Speaking in others language has the advantage of owning you as their person. I have observed it in many occasions. It is always better to learn as many languages as you can. Good Luck Calpro
• China
18 Nov 10
Hi Calpro! Yes, you are right. And I think learning another language is not just about the grammar and vocabulary,but also about the backbround and culture,right? It would really need lots of time and energy to get into it.
• India
18 Nov 10
ya it is good to learn new languages now i am concentrating on english because to improve my fluency and i am staying in another state for sake of studies so i know there regional language some what so surely i am going to learn.
• Philippines
18 Nov 10
I would agree that it is always nice to learn a different language. I have been planning to learn German but have not gotten around to it yet.
• Philippines
18 Nov 10
Hi Dragontooth! If given a chance to learn another language, I will choose French as well, it's true, it does sound romantic, it also sounds difficult, Lol! But being able to hear the French language on a native tongue is very nice to the ears, you are like transported to another time and in a wonderful place like Paris! I hope you will have the time to learn the language to that you can teach me! Cheers!
• China
18 Nov 10
Hi frenzylady! Thank you for your kindly encourage. I think the context of situation is a major problem for me. If I am always with people who dont speak French, how am i supposed to learn French...
• Philippines
20 Nov 10
I speak English and basic Spanish and Amharic (Ethiopian language) on top of the five local dialects I speak. And yeah, I'm thinking about learning French and German too. It pays to understand and communicate with people. And I think learning a new language is always worth the time and effort.
@TheAdvocate (2392)
• Philippines
19 Nov 10
I love learning languages. It's in my bucket list, in fact. I studied French a few years ago in the hope that I will travel extensively to French-speaking countries. Unfortunately, I got so caught up with life that I had to set aside that particular dream. I hope to get on to it again in the near future. French is the language of love and diplomacy, and it is a great language to learn.
@p3ks626 (6538)
• Philippines
20 Nov 10
I was interested in learning another language before and that was Japanese. I took the class and realized after two days that it was too difficult so I quit. Nowadays, i get to learn a new language which is Korean because of my students.
• Philippines
19 Nov 10
i'm interested in learning new languages. it's nohongo (Japanse) that i want to learn. i'm interested with the country - the culture and their anime and manga.
• Philippines
19 Nov 10
yeah, really.. i do love different language too. im thinking of it learning german language because i believe it is so easy to learn. i remeber when i was a child.. we had a booklet of different languages and i tried to learn niponggo, chinese, korean,etc.it's so cool and fun! anyway ouir country has many dialects.. i can speak bicol, ilokano, tagalog, and a little of bisaya..
@pokumon (644)
• United States
19 Nov 10
I am only fluent in English. I took over four years of Spanish, but I don't remember much of it and would get Cs in it so I wasn't too good at it. I made liberal use of a Spanish-English dictionary during school. I used to speak Korean as a child, but I've forgotten most of that too because I grew up in an area with not many Koreans. I heard that the people who remember their languages best are those that attended religious services or language school as children. Sometimes I'm glad I don't know Korean because my parents will be watching a Korean soap opera in the background and it's just white noise to me while I'm studying, whereas if my brother were watching television I'd be listening to every word that was being said.