how many languages do you know? and do we have to know to survive?

@scubapro (1056)
Gifu, Japan
April 19, 2013 3:17pm CST
i can talk english,german turkish and japanese. my mother language is turkish but i learned english and the other 2 language too. it was really useful to know new languages. i was working with english and american people before so it made my english better. then at university i have learned german too,i didnt like it because ,der,die,das rules was really complicated and then came to japan and learned japanese. even its difficult i love it. now i am in turkey again for a trip.so i can talk turkish but i sometimes make mistakes i just wonder, how many languages we have to know? and how many languages do you know? what is your mother's language??
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@arpazia (191)
• United States
19 Apr 13
wow,that is impressive! good for you! I know English, that's it. I would love to learn how to speak Korean, Kinda picked up bits and pieces...although I don't think id ever try because im scared id get it wrong! knowing many languages can be very helpful!
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@scubapro (1056)
• Gifu, Japan
19 Apr 13
looks impressive but believe me difficult sometimes when my mom asks me something ,i answer to her in japanese. then we laugh ;) 4 languages make my brain confusing hahah.peace
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@arpazia (191)
• United States
20 Apr 13
The difficulty makes it impressive! :) Do you chat in another language so people can't hear your conversations?
@scubapro (1056)
• Gifu, Japan
20 Apr 13
i didnt understand what you mean? can you ask the question again please... thanks for finding it impressive by the way
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• China
20 Apr 13
You are so formidable!!It must feel good that you can understand several languages.I just speak the Chinese mandarin,and my native dialect.I always envy people can speak multiple languages. I think the monolingual speaker,whether of English or of any other language,is impoverished in comparison with those who speak more than one language.
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@scubapro (1056)
• Gifu, Japan
20 Apr 13
i really envy you,but i cant learn chinese,i dont have time, why chinese? because chinese is the most talking language in the world. it must be difficult.teach me one day if we have time i can teach you my languages.. peace
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• China
21 Apr 13
Wow,this is a pleasant surprise!!If i can help you is my pleasure.Also I'd most delighted if you could help me to learn other language.But i have no talent in learning language,that never learn to use.
• United States
20 Apr 13
well i really only speak english fluently. i took French in school and i had a fiance that taught me a lot of German but not enough to really hold a good conversation with it. then i also took Spanish in school. both that i learned in school i didnt learn much of it because at that point i didnt really care. now i wish i would have paid more attention in school but a little late to change that now.
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@scubapro (1056)
• Gifu, Japan
20 Apr 13
never late for anything in our life. just try our best and try to learn more is a key i think, if we really want ,we can do anything we want. i wanted to learn french too,it was little bit complicated to me. peace
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• United States
20 Apr 13
that is very true and you are right. i know that online they have all kinds of free ways to learn another language. your right anyone can do anything they put their mind to. maybe it is about time i go back to learning the languages that i want to learn.... french is very complicated and i didnt make it far in it. it has so many diffrent ways of saying things which makes it so hard.
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@jiiiiin (586)
• Philippines
19 Apr 13
I only know two, English and my mother language Filipino. I like to learn more languages like french, espanol and many more but I find learning it alone is hard (or I am not that eager to learn?). I think knowing how to speak different languages is an advantage. Knowing how to speak English for example, it is the universal language and all people need to know how to speak it for better communication to others. It is also an essential in business world.
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@scubapro (1056)
• Gifu, Japan
20 Apr 13
yeah,english is a great language which connect all the people all over the world. peace
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@HeartROB (434)
• Philippines
19 Apr 13
Its amazing for you that you know 3 languages of 3 countries. Me, I just know how to speak the languages of my country and to speak english, other than that I don't know any already. I have tried to learn some, but I don't know my interes is easily loss and I got easily demotivated. It is really good to learn different languages, especially at work, it as an asset to know how to speak different languages ofndifferent country. Wish that when I am still a child I have interest already on that kind of stuff because when you are still a child it is much more easier to learn languages.
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@scubapro (1056)
• Gifu, Japan
20 Apr 13
actually yes ,being younger helps you to learn easier, i started to study when i was 10 ,with english then at university german and finally in japan japanese peace
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@mammots (3268)
• Philippines
19 Apr 13
hello scubapro! i speak my moms native language which is Cebuano. this is the language that we use in our home but i also speak and understand the Filipino language; the language of my country; but i speak it with a very heavy Cebuano accent. i need to learn the Filipino language cause its the language used on television and its understood anywhere in my country. i also speak and write articles in English. i think English is the language everyone should learn to be globally effective. ps: enjoy yourself in Turkey scubapro! take care!
@scubapro (1056)
• Gifu, Japan
19 Apr 13
ps part made me happy thanks a lot.i am with my family now and happy take care
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@MoonGypsy (4611)
• United States
19 Apr 13
my parents are from cuba and the dominican republic. my first language is english. we also spoke spanish in the home. i say that spanish is my second language, because unlike most immigrants who come to the u.s, my parents wanted to make sure we knew english because this is the country we will be growing up in. now a days, everyone has to learn spanish to accommodate all the illegal aliens that are crossing the borders of the u.s. i say if you want to live in a country, you should learn their language, not the other way around.
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@scubapro (1056)
• Gifu, Japan
19 Apr 13
exactly agree with you,if you live in another country,you have to learn the language there its very difficult to live if you dont know how to talk. peace
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@Keynote (399)
• India
20 Apr 13
Just TWO One is my mother tongue - Hindi Other one is - English Some people have this skill that they learn lauguages so fast, i am not that good in learning lauguages. Recently i tried learning some spanish as i heard it is easy to learn but left in middle.Interest change after a while.
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@srisahara (4529)
• Indonesia
20 Apr 13
Wow...you are great, you can speak some foreign languages. I just know English and my native language. Yes, poor me. I hope I have a chance to learn other foreign language.
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@joizee (502)
• Philippines
20 Apr 13
I think nowadays it is important to have English communication skills. It a very common language and is becoming an international business language, too. Another use is during travels abroad. A simple "yes/no" and "thank you" helps a lot in knowing direction, asking for prices and meeting new acquaintances. But I also think to learn useful expressions of the country you're visiting helps you cope up with the culture and it also shows respect. My mother tongue's Filipino/Tagalog, second language is English and a little of Spanish, French and Japanese (well atleast I know how to count and pronounce their food correctly). I would like to learn French better and Chinese too, because I heard it's very difficult. I like challenges ;)
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@scubapro (1056)
• Gifu, Japan
20 Apr 13
there are many filipinos here,they are really kind, i think many filipinos can talk english right? challenges make you stronger,try to learn them. peace
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@joizee (502)
• Philippines
21 Apr 13
Nice! I think Filipinos are all over the world! Haha! Not as invasion but for work, hehe. I must agree with you in terms of English skills. We have high American influence and exposure. A lot of English TV shows, scriptures, books, online materials and almost everything. But we still maintain Filipino culture. ;)
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@scubapro (1056)
• Gifu, Japan
28 Apr 13
its great to stick into filipino culture,please never change it. i love your style.peace
@mariaperalta (19089)
• Mexico
20 Apr 13
I speak english and spanish here. I learned english from the 12 years I lived in the usa. And Of course I speak spanish as I was born here in Mexico. I need spanish here and english there in the usa. As Im going back there in aug. Take care dear.
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@scubapro (1056)
• Gifu, Japan
20 Apr 13
thanks lovely, i think you can talk both perfect, you have a good talent. take care peace
• Mexico
20 Apr 13
I try to speak them well. Whats new with you these days?
@bintang9 (196)
• Indonesia
20 Apr 13
You're really great, you can talk many languages. I want to be like you. But I just can talk English, Arabic, Japanese very little and of course Indonesia. Do you mind learning Indonesia? I really don't mind to teach you if you want. Good luck!
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@scubapro (1056)
• Gifu, Japan
20 Apr 13
thanks for offer,appreciate you. but my brain is complicated with others.so i dont wanna learn more;) peace
@roshigo58 (4866)
• Pune, India
20 Apr 13
Hi, I am Indian. Hindi is our national language. Marathi is my mother tongue. And English is an international language so everybody should know it. Thus I can speak three languages Hindi, Marathi and English. I don't know other foreign languages.
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@cutepenguin (6448)
• Canada
20 Apr 13
I can only really speak English. I know a little bit of a few other languages that I learned in school, but unfortunately not enough to really survive.
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• India
20 Apr 13
Its not the number of languages we know, its the amout of skill we develop in expressing ourselves in what ever language we speak! i the number of languages is the criteria, none of the mute and dumb could make it to the success stories of the world! :) (y) bdw i know english, telugu, hindi, french and the laguage of hearts
@iamsittie (330)
• Philippines
20 Apr 13
it's good you have learned several languages. I myself know how to speak English, Filipino, Bisaya, Maranao, Ilonggo,and Arabic. For me, there are times you need to learn some language because it will help you to survive. for example if you migrate to Canada, and you are a Chinese you really need to learn their native language for you to stay longer. As to my mother tongue since I am a Filipina maranao, then it is Maranao. :)
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• United States
19 Jun 13
Very impressive! My mother tongue happens to be English but I have taken two years of Spanish and I've been learning Japanese for the past nine months. I think that it's beneficial to be able to speak more than one language. :)
@scubapro (1056)
• Gifu, Japan
6 Apr 16
thanks a lot
@LoriAMoore (4708)
• United States
19 Jan 16
I just just wondering that. I speak English fluently, German semi-fluently and am learning Spanish now.
@simonex (18)
• Germany
25 Oct 15
My mother tongue is German, but I grew up in Romania, therefore I speak also Romanian language. I speak also Hungarian and French, and English of course. :) And to the medium level Italian and Spanish. I understand too Urdu, but not so good, although is my husband's native language.
• Austin, Texas
3 Sep 15
My native tongue is English and in school Spanish and French were taught. Since I don't travel outside of the USA, knowing English, Spanish and French is sufficient. Although I've always wanted to learn other languages. It could only help.