Languages

How many Languages do you speak?

  • Only one language fluently

    Votes: 18 23.4%
  • More than one language fluently

    Votes: 46 59.7%
  • Parts of many languages

    Votes: 13 16.9%

  • Total voters
    77

forzainter

Semi-Pro
hey all, Im just creating a thread to see the variety of languages oin the talk tennis board. As you can see, the poll options are:
Speak more than one language fluently
Speak only one language
Speaks bits of many languages​

and then please expand, for example, I would click on the last one then list the languages I speak parts of (english, spanish, italian, pali, sanskrit, swahili, isuZulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans, german, french, norweigan and latin).

Please vote, this threads just a bit of fun, no?:D
 
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anirut

Legend
HOLY COW! I accidentally pressed on the one language only.

Sorry guys, I speak two languages fluently -- Thai & English.

As for other languages, well, some Chinese bad words ...
 

ShiroRm

Rookie
I don't have any problem with spanish, french, english (hem! I hope so) and italian (my main language).
I'm able to understand written and spoken german.
I studied japanese some times ago, but, unfortunately, I've forgotten almost everything, a part from some words.
I've studied latin and ancient greek for 5 years
 
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I speak Russian, Ukrainian (very similar but also some different) German and English fluently, can communicate though am not fully fluent in French and Spanish. Studied Welsh before and Japanese, but were very difficult for me to pronounce.
 

Klatu Verata Necktie

Hall of Fame
I don't have any problem with spanish, french, english (hem! I hope so) and italian (my main language).
I'm able to understand written and spoken german.
I studied japanese some times ago, but, unfortunately, I've forgotten almost everything, a part from some words.
I've studied latin and ancient greek for 5 years
Very impressive! Did you learn these languages in school, in travel, or from family?
 

dima

Banned
I speak English, Portuguese, and Spanish fluently. I wanna learn German next, then maybe Italian.
 

Docalex007

Hall of Fame
English and German fluently. Maybe a bit of French down the road but i'm good with these two languages as both are the top 2 languages of science.
 

ShiroRm

Rookie
Very impressive! Did you learn these languages in school, in travel, or from family?
Well, Forzainter or Iloveyoutennis's knowledge seem quite impressive to me. It's very common to know one or more of the languages I know. And, I imagine, there is A LOT of people that have an even more impressive knowledge.

However, I studied English, Latin and Ancient Greek (with related literatures etc.) at school: it's a normal option for italian students, because the last two were the most important languages used in our country in the past.
I took French, Spanish, German and Japanese lessons. Then I started to use tv shows, books and newspapers intensively (if I have to look at stupid tv programs, I prefer to look at them in other languages) and even japanese videogames. Besides I've always had very good friendships (and even relationships ;-)) with people from Spain, Argentina, Germany, France and even Japan. So, I've always been well-motivated, at least, to learn their languages.
Last thing: you have to consider that italian, spanish, french (but even portuguese, rumanian...) share the same origin: latin. So, it has been easy for me to learn spanish and french. Besides, it seems to me absurd (sorry! ;-)) to speak english with spanish or french people. We could understand each other even speaking, respectively, our own languages
 
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For myself I was in Russia so started off speaking Russian, Ukrainian is so similar, also its almost automatic. I learned English through both study at university and from individuals. Japanese I studied while in Russia, and visiting Japan a number of times. German I learned after I moved to Germany at 19 through a language school. Welsh I started learning while studying medieval history and through visiting that country.

French and Spanish through personal study, CDS, books and such, and from traveling in those countries, plus had roommates who spoke those languages in Berlin. In my language class there, of 20 students, there were ones from 13 different countries including Mongolia. I think living in a capital city like Berlin with so many people from all over, I think it's more likely to want or need to learn some other languages. Plus you can learn parts of the language at least to basic communication.

With all of the languages except Russian, I still need to continue to watch films, listen to music or have language discs to keep the language somewhat in my head..
 
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Topaz

Legend
Well, I only know one language fluently, but I've sung in German, Spanish, Italian, French, Latin, Japanese, Hebrew, Ladino (blend of Hebrew and Spanish), Swahili, Bantu...probably more, too, that I've forgotten.
 

Phil

Hall of Fame
I can now speak British English, which is a completely different language from what we colonists speak.
 

Janne

Semi-Pro
I speak three languages fluently: Finnish, Swedish and English. I´ve studied Spanish for two years so I´m familiar with the basics and am able to have very simple conversations and things like ordering food and stuff like that. I´ve also picked up many Japanese words and whole sentences from friends by just listening to them.
 

Hartzy

Rookie
I guess you could say I speak English and German fluently. I can converse completely fine in Swiss German but no one cares because it's a dialect. I studied Russian in high school and do it again now at college.
 

origmarm

Hall of Fame
English, French, German, some Luxembourgish, learning Portuguese
Can read and understand most Latin languages
 

Elina

Rookie
I speak fluently Finnish and English, well Swedish, somehow (read better than talk) French, Spanish and German. :D
 

astra

Rookie
Slovak, Russian (a bit out of practice at the moment), English. I can understand written/spoken German and also used a little, little bit of Hindi, Farsi during a long time staying.
 

Fee

Legend
I speak 'Proper English' (that's what my mother always screamed at me growing up ;) ). I studied French for 3 years in high school and can still understand bits of it, and speak a little bit in an emergency, but my accent is just tragic. My husband speaks German, but only after a beer or two (his father is German). I wish I could speak more languages. Bi-lingual/multi-lingual people fascinate me.
 

Lakoste

Professional
:lol: Why? Don't you speak two languages too?

BTW I'm learning Polish from my fiancee, although I'm far from fluent in it. She is good at that stuff though, and already knows 4 languages. She keeps nagging at me to teach her Persian, but I'm lazy.
 

malakas

Banned
Greek,English,German though it's still a work of progress,and basic French.
I also know some phrases and curses in italian,spanish,polish,chinese and portugeuse.lol
 

vkartikv

Hall of Fame
Fluently: English, Tamil, Hindi, Urdu
Struggle to speak but can understand when spoken to: French
Struggle to understand but can speak: LOVE :p
 

ShiroRm

Rookie
yes, it's ancient greek, that has two words with the meaning of "man", actually: "antropos" and "aner".
however, the first "o" in antropos, is a different letter from the second one: the first is an "omega", while the second is an "omicron" ;-)
 

forzainter

Semi-Pro
yes, it's ancient greek, that has two words with the meaning of "man", actually: "antropos" and "aner".
however, the first "o" in antropos, is a different letter from the second one: the first is an "omega", while the second is an "omicron" ;-)
we were told by a bible studier that antropos can actually be translated as 'person', it was at a university open day, is that correct too>?
 

ShiroRm

Rookie
it can be translated as "human being" of course and if I remember well (I studied ancient greek some years ago), it can be also used with both the masculin and the feminin article, meaning "man", in the first case and "woman" in the second.
when I studied, I had to translate poets (Sophocles, Sappho, Pindar etc), historians (Xenofon, Herodotus, Thucydites etc), philosophers (Plato etc), but no bible's part, sorry ;-)
 
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malakas

Banned
[ άνθρωπος ] anthropos means human,and it's not only ancient greek,it's also modern greek.To everything else ShiroRm is right.;)

..but if you want to use man,nowadays,my username is most useful.:mrgreen:
 

forzainter

Semi-Pro
so malakas means man, so im guessing you are a man, which is strange because i always thought you were a girl:oops: sorry if i got it wrong
 

malakas

Banned
Ehhmm..not exactly..:p but let's say..making a general assumption...it has substituted man.lol Yeah,well you got it right in the first place.;)
 

shojun25

Professional
English, Tagalog, Spanish, and currently learning Japanese.

My 4 (almost 5 year old) cousin knows Tagalog and English fluently, and he is learning Chinese :-o
 

ShiroRm

Rookie
[ ???????? ] anthropos means human,and it's not only ancient greek,it's also modern greek.To everything else ShiroRm is right.;)

..but if you want to use man,nowadays,my username is most useful.:mrgreen:
I don't know anything about modern greek :) a part from the fact (but I'm not really sure) that you pronounce "eta" like "iota" (we pronounce it like it were "epsilon")
 

malakas

Banned
H=eta and pronounced like the e in english ,E=epsilon pronounced [e] like,e in henman and I=yota and pronounced exactly like eta.In ancient greek,H was supposed to be longer than the short I. I hope I cleared it up a bit.:) There are 3 vowels pronounced the same nowadays.H,I and Y.lol
 
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