How many languages do you speak?

Talk about anything in here from the price of tea to the state of the economy!

How Many Languages do you Speak?

1
9
32%
2
7
25%
3
5
18%
4
6
21%
5
1
4%
6
0
No votes
7
0
No votes
more than that?
0
No votes
 
Total votes: 28

User avatar
corie
Judge!
Judge!
Posts: 2444
Joined: Wed Oct 04, 2006 12:48 am
Gender: Male
Location: Someplace

Re: How many languages do you speak?

Post by corie » Thu Aug 23, 2007 12:57 pm

save up and soon and then you'll be parlez en francais !

PublicImage
Supreme Lord!
Supreme Lord!
Posts: 11143
Joined: Sat May 21, 2005 2:55 pm
Gender: Male

Re: How many languages do you speak?

Post by PublicImage » Thu Aug 23, 2007 2:18 pm

I forgot almost everything I was taught in my French lessons at school. So I'm going to start another French course in September.

User avatar
Syd'sSexy
Supreme Lord!
Supreme Lord!
Posts: 5898
Joined: Fri Feb 16, 2007 6:34 pm
Gender: Female
Location: Cosmopolitan Dayton, Ohio

Re: How many languages do you speak?

Post by Syd'sSexy » Thu Aug 23, 2007 2:20 pm

PublicImage wrote:I forgot almost everything I was taught in my French lessons at school. So I'm going to start another French course in September.
You'll be amazed that once you begin to study the language again, you will realise you truly haven't forgotten much at all. :)

PublicImage
Supreme Lord!
Supreme Lord!
Posts: 11143
Joined: Sat May 21, 2005 2:55 pm
Gender: Male

Re: How many languages do you speak?

Post by PublicImage » Thu Aug 23, 2007 2:37 pm

There wasn't much to forget, really. They only taught us how to describe our homes and holidays, which is an utterly useless waste of time, especially for somebody who wants to live in France.

User avatar
Syd'sSexy
Supreme Lord!
Supreme Lord!
Posts: 5898
Joined: Fri Feb 16, 2007 6:34 pm
Gender: Female
Location: Cosmopolitan Dayton, Ohio

Re: How many languages do you speak?

Post by Syd'sSexy » Thu Aug 23, 2007 2:44 pm

PublicImage wrote:There wasn't much to forget, really. They only taught us how to describe our homes and holidays, which is an utterly useless waste of time, especially for somebody who wants to live in France.
Oh, I was under the impression that you had studied the language for some time. I guess you will be starting from ground zero then. :?

PublicImage
Supreme Lord!
Supreme Lord!
Posts: 11143
Joined: Sat May 21, 2005 2:55 pm
Gender: Male

Re: How many languages do you speak?

Post by PublicImage » Thu Aug 23, 2007 2:47 pm

I did, I studied it for at least three years. It's just that the syllabus seems to avoid teaching anything that would be useful in a real life conversation.

User avatar
snifferdog
Site Admin
Site Admin
Posts: 12079
Joined: Fri Jun 16, 2006 7:17 pm
Gender: Female
Location: Green Hill Zone

Re: How many languages do you speak?

Post by snifferdog » Sat Aug 25, 2007 1:31 am

Syd'sSexy wrote:
PublicImage wrote:I forgot almost everything I was taught in my French lessons at school. So I'm going to start another French course in September.
You'll be amazed that once you begin to study the language again, you will realise you truly haven't forgotten much at all. :)
You're right about that. A few years ago I spent a week in Paris and was amazed at how much French I remembered from school. I thought I'd have forgotten it all but apparently not. Such is the enigma that is the human brain I s'pose :D

It all boils down to how it's taught in school though. In Ireland, it's compulsory to learn Irish in school unless you've lived outside the country for several years. The problem is we're not taught conversational Irish so after 13 years of full-time education you finish school having studied horrible novels and poems but incapable of holding much of a conversation with a native Irish speaker. On the other hand, most people take a language like French or German in secondary school and study it for 5 years. It's a more conversational approach and at the end you come out with a reasonable grasp of the language and more importantly, the skills to hold conversations in French.

User avatar
Syd'sSexy
Supreme Lord!
Supreme Lord!
Posts: 5898
Joined: Fri Feb 16, 2007 6:34 pm
Gender: Female
Location: Cosmopolitan Dayton, Ohio

Re: How many languages do you speak?

Post by Syd'sSexy » Sat Aug 25, 2007 12:29 pm

That is totally true snifferdog. One of the main problems in learning a language in school is that you are taught the most formal structures of the language. You are not exposed to any dialects, idioms or colloquialisms, which is unfortunate, because it doesn't prepare you for having even casual conversation in that language. The educational system gives you the basic foundation for the language, but there is no substitute for actually speaking it with true natives.

I found that through my seven years of French studies, that I was extremely competent at reading and writing the language, but unfortunately not an accomplished conversationalist. I had to read some pretty complex writings by Sartre and other authors in French and write essays. I always excelled at that, but speaking the language is another thing altogether. Now since I haven't been exposed to any of it for twenty some odd years, it would be interesting how much I would remember if I delved into studying it again.

User avatar
corie
Judge!
Judge!
Posts: 2444
Joined: Wed Oct 04, 2006 12:48 am
Gender: Male
Location: Someplace

Re: How many languages do you speak?

Post by corie » Sat Aug 25, 2007 1:59 pm

find some people and just speak . its like riding a bike it'll all come back to you . I studied french for more then 12 years , didnt use it for almost 15 and when I went to france It all came back to me. As long as it's used , brush the dust off the languge once in a while you'll be okay !

User avatar
orange floyd
Judge!
Judge!
Posts: 2359
Joined: Wed Jul 06, 2005 3:21 pm
Gender: Female
Location: Spray paint aisle at Canadian Tire

Re: How many languages do you speak?

Post by orange floyd » Sat Aug 25, 2007 6:21 pm

So if Flemish is rather like Dutch, is someone who speaks it as their mother tongue most like Dutch? I have always wondered about this language. I have a friend who went to Belgium and said that they spoke rather different French and English, but every once in a while she met someone who spoke Flemish and couldnt carry on any conversation.

User avatar
rememberaday
Judge!
Judge!
Posts: 1571
Joined: Fri Apr 13, 2012 1:45 pm
Gender: Male
Location: Gravity Eyelids

Re: How many languages do you speak?

Post by rememberaday » Mon Apr 01, 2013 5:18 pm

4.

1. English (which I'm most confortable with. I think I'm pretty good at it. 8-[ )
2. Hindi ( I make a few grammatical errors hehe)
3. Indonesian
4. An Indian Dialect, almost extinct :? , Konkani.

Oh, and non-existant German that I hope one day to master, and maybe perhaps a few others as well, such as Spanish, French and Dutch. Make that 8. \:D/

User avatar
thefinalcut
Hammer
Hammer
Posts: 836
Joined: Fri Mar 11, 2005 7:57 pm
Gender: Female
Location: Argentina

Re: How many languages do you speak?

Post by thefinalcut » Thu Apr 04, 2013 7:28 pm

3: Spanish, Italian (both native level) and a decent English.

Would love to learn Pharsi (the iranian language).

Cheers. :)

User avatar
moom
Supreme Lord!
Supreme Lord!
Posts: 15141
Joined: Wed Aug 25, 2004 2:41 pm
Gender: Male
Location: Dylan Moran as Bernie, from Black Books. In whom Ray Davies meets Pete Doherty.

Re: How many languages do you speak?

Post by moom » Mon Apr 08, 2013 7:47 am

3.
Russian and Estonian are native, and also English. Unfortunately, I don't speak much of the Georgian language, though I was born in that Caucasian republic (I always have to explain it's not the US state).

User avatar
rememberaday
Judge!
Judge!
Posts: 1571
Joined: Fri Apr 13, 2012 1:45 pm
Gender: Male
Location: Gravity Eyelids

Re: How many languages do you speak?

Post by rememberaday » Mon Apr 08, 2013 8:01 am

Gdhcghfrjvdugsjk.

Am I doing it right? Is this good Estonian (in the truest sense)?

User avatar
moom
Supreme Lord!
Supreme Lord!
Posts: 15141
Joined: Wed Aug 25, 2004 2:41 pm
Gender: Male
Location: Dylan Moran as Bernie, from Black Books. In whom Ray Davies meets Pete Doherty.

Re: How many languages do you speak?

Post by moom » Mon Apr 08, 2013 8:03 am

Yeah. Sure.