How multilingual are you?

@zandi458 (28102)
Malaysia
November 11, 2015 8:45am CST
Now I realize that we come from many different countries but we are able to interact easily and freely in one universal language that is English which has become the language of the virtual world . For many of us here English is a foreign language that we learned in school but not spoken at home. So our proficiency in this language may not be on par with local speakers. Any grammatical errors are automatically excusable.. In my country not everyone can speak English and not everyone can speak my mother's tongue. Take my chinese neighbor who are very patriotic to their chinese roots and only speak chinese. Every evening the wife will come over to my place and start mumbling in chinese for a friendly conversation thinking maybe I am a computerized dictionary that could easily understand her. With my splattering command of chinese I respond without care whether it was right or wrong. Since then I've improved my spoken chinese tremendously . When my son married a Thai girl last year, I met another hurdle as my son's in laws couldn't converse in any other language except their local lingo. Luckily my daughter in law can speak English and my son speak fluent Thai so that save an awkward situation of having to use sign language.
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@boiboing (13153)
• Northampton, England
11 Nov 15
I find that if I smile and nod, people just assume I understand even if I don't have a clue.
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@zandi458 (28102)
• Malaysia
11 Nov 15
@boiboing these two chinese words could spring surprises when spoken to a chinese. They'll salute you for your initiative to learn their language.
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@zandi458 (28102)
• Malaysia
11 Nov 15
I usually do that when I go shopping in any Asian countries as we share similar features, notably our tanned skin thinking I am one of them.
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@boiboing (13153)
• Northampton, England
11 Nov 15
@zandi458 I used to have a customer who always said I had a very 'listening face'. Trouble is I would make the encouraging noises and nod despite being in countries (like China) where I only understood Nihao and Xia Xia and the rest was just noises to me.
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@mrsg1981 (133)
• Exeter, England
11 Nov 15
I only really remember a small amount of german words unfortunately and a tiny amount of french. I wish I had learned a second language when I was younger, but I guess it is never too late to learn.
@zandi458 (28102)
• Malaysia
11 Nov 15
I did attend a French language class once but found it too complicated . It helps to know more languages.
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@zandi458 (28102)
• Malaysia
11 Nov 15
@mrsg1981 language is difficult to master unless spoken daily. .
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@mrsg1981 (133)
• Exeter, England
11 Nov 15
@zandi458 I only actually studied German at school and got a GSCE grade C, but I have lost most of my knowledge over the years.
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@dpk262006 (58675)
• Delhi, India
11 Nov 15
English is a universal language and it is used would wide. I don't know any other foreign language. So by virtue of your neighbours, your daughter in law and by virtue of being born in Malaysia, you could converse in more than one language and it makes you multi lingual.
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@zandi458 (28102)
• Malaysia
11 Nov 15
@dpk I guess I am but more on local dialects. Hopefully pick some Thai words later.
@salonga (27775)
• Philippines
11 Nov 15
I admire multilingual people. I am not. I can only speak my native language and English.
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@zandi458 (28102)
• Malaysia
11 Nov 15
I only know 'matulug' and 'mabait' which I picked up from my babysitter long time ago.
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@salonga (27775)
• Philippines
12 Nov 15
@zandi458 so your babysitter is a Filipino!
@scheng1 (24650)
• Singapore
15 Nov 15
I am not good in speaking whatever languages. i am better in reading, and writing, though not as good as the Chinese or the native speakers of English language. I think all of us have different talents. I am good in Maths though.
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@zandi458 (28102)
• Malaysia
15 Nov 15
You are gifted in other fields. Maths is a tough subject. I always fail my maths before.
• Exeter, England
11 Nov 15
I wish I could learn another language but never been very good at it. I guess it was lucky I was born in England!
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@zandi458 (28102)
• Malaysia
11 Nov 15
I suppose England is the home of the English language. British English is what we learned in school.
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• Exeter, England
11 Nov 15
@zandi458 Yes I live in the UK England not the US one! Do you find it difficult to learn?
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@zandi458 (28102)
• Malaysia
11 Nov 15
@djgarner86 ehmm...not really difficult as I read English printed materials a lot so that helped me further to gain confidence interacting with the English speaking world.
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@dawnald (85130)
• Shingle Springs, California
12 Nov 15
How long have you been back? Gute Nacht.
@zandi458 (28102)
• Malaysia
12 Nov 15
Hi Dawn, nice to see you back. I was back two days ago. And since when were you here?
@dawnald (85130)
• Shingle Springs, California
13 Nov 15
@zandi458 I never left.
@zandi458 (28102)
• Malaysia
13 Nov 15
@dawnald I maintained my account with mylot but I wasn't active during their off season.
@marlina (154166)
• Canada
11 Nov 16
Speak French first and then English.
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@just4him (305429)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
12 Nov 15
It is interesting what a person needs to do to be understood. I only speak English. I understand a little bit of French, German, and Spanish, but cannot speak it.
@zandi458 (28102)
• Malaysia
15 Nov 15
You are quite a multilingual person . Being able to speak and understand other languages is a plus factor when it comes to traveling.
@Auntylou (4264)
• Oxford, England
12 Nov 15
I speak a bit of French and Spanish. Your English is excellent!
@zandi458 (28102)
• Malaysia
15 Nov 15
@Auntylou Thank you for your great compliment. I am still learning the art of good writing in this beautiful English language.
@anh101 (1379)
5 Dec 15
I am good at English since the last year in college, its my major. But most of the things i learn i from internet and associate with friend. I learn both chinese and English at the same time, however my chinese is not as good as it now if I didnt work for taiwanese, chinese, and now singaporean (chinese also). Though I really hate chinese management method,communism. Months later I will restart with Arabic, and I guess it will be ok