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Do you know a second (or third, etc) language?
Poll: Do you know a second (or third, etc) language?
Yes, I'm fluent in more than one language.
Sort of - enough to get myself in trouble.
Sort of - I can make myself understood.
Not really - I know a few phrases but that's it.
No - I'm still getting the hang of my first language.
Does Klingon or High Valyrian count?
View Results (36 votes)

Superuser / Moderator

May 6 2018, 10:35pm

Post #1 of 12 (3906 views)
Do you know a second (or third, etc) language? Can't Post

Today is sign language week in NZ (one of three official languages in NZ), which made me wonder how many polyglots we have on the boards. Smile


May 7 2018, 12:36am

Post #2 of 12 (3844 views)
Non-fluent in two languages [In reply to] Can't Post

I've forgotten most of my two years of high-school Spanish. Also I know a few (spoken) phrases of Japanese and can recognize a handful of kanji.


May 7 2018, 12:51am

Post #3 of 12 (3843 views)
I speak a little German [In reply to] Can't Post

My gf is the real polyglot, though. She speaks French like a Parisian (I am told. I wouldn't know myself) and Spanish like a Mexican because she grew up next to a immigrant Mexican family.

Tol Eressea

May 7 2018, 1:23pm

Post #4 of 12 (3805 views)
Less and less as the years go by [In reply to] Can't Post

A little French that I learned in school, but never used; a little Spanish, enough to get me a cervesa or mas; bits of Swahili, mostly nouns, from time spent in Africa when I was a teen. My English is pretty good though!


May 7 2018, 5:56pm

Post #5 of 12 (3797 views)
Yes [In reply to] Can't Post

Primary language is Texan. (On a good day I can squeeze four syllables out of the word “red”.)

Secondary language is English.

Wifey and I and some friends sometimes converse in Latin just for fun.

I can (or used to) speak French and German well enough to get mistaken not for a native, but at least for a non-American. (I could recite The Jabberwocky in French or German which had people in stitches. Whether it was because of the poem or my pronunciation is another story.)

Also a bit of Vietnamese and Thai but that was way back in the 70s.

In high school belonged to a Tolkien club where we only spoke Sindarin during the socializing part of the meetings.

I also remember an Esperanto club but not much.

I know enough Hebrew and Koine Greek for Bible studies.

My recent attempts to learn Classical Arabic and Modern Japanese were both abject failures.

So 2.

Aunt Dora Baggins

May 9 2018, 9:20pm

Post #6 of 12 (3601 views)
I read better than I speak or listen [In reply to] Can't Post

in fact, I read "El Senor de los Anillos" (LotR in Spanish) at the height of the movie madness about 15 years ago. I also read "El Hobbit". It was interesting because it was Castillian Spanish, not the Mexican Spanish I had studied. Strider (Trancos) was so sexy in Spanish!


May 10 2018, 3:38pm

Post #7 of 12 (3574 views)
sort of [In reply to] Can't Post

at one point I was fluent in French, even dreamt in it, and I usually understand when people speak it; sometimes I still think in it. Have been planning to get Duolingo and brush up on it again as I think it would come back toute suite.

I've also studied German and Italian for one year each; I've forgotten most of what I learned, but it's been helpful in my singing as we sing a lot in both languages (as well as Latin, which I know nothing about except that people fight a lot over how it's pronounced, as no one actually knows).


May 10 2018, 10:32pm

Post #8 of 12 (3559 views)
I love it when in [In reply to] Can't Post

Patrick O'Brien's Aubrey/Maturin novels, they get to criticize one another's Latin pronunciation. Stephen, as usual, is insufferable about things like that: "barbaric English way of Latin pronunciation." I hasten to add that Jack is a total monoglot who thinks adding "a" to English words makes them intelligible Spanish.

Tol Eressea

May 13 2018, 6:01pm

Post #9 of 12 (3314 views)
we need that here [In reply to] Can't Post

in the US.

I learned a tiny bit from some neighbors, but they are now far away in KY and I've lost the language. Memorable moment: at a fast food place with some of the family outside, signing through the windows about what they wanted to order...

Should be taught in all schools.

I discovered it was easier to remember certain things if I Signed them. A physical movement connected to an idea makes it easier to remember.

Superuser / Moderator

May 13 2018, 6:58pm

Post #10 of 12 (3307 views)
That's an interesting tip. [In reply to] Can't Post

In Reply To
I discovered it was easier to remember certain things if I Signed them. A physical movement connected to an idea makes it easier to remember.

Perhaps then I'd remember whether I'd locked the door or not on the way to work.


May 15 2018, 5:34am

Post #11 of 12 (3170 views)
Or.. [In reply to] Can't Post

turned off the darned stove!

Tol Eressea

May 16 2018, 7:59pm

Post #12 of 12 (3087 views)
I cannot tell you... [In reply to] Can't Post

how many times I have turned around a mile down the road...


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