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  • lonestar_mel
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How many languages do you speak 2.0
« on: November 24, 2022, 12:33:58 pm »
There was an old thread so I made a new one per the website!

How many language do y'all speak? For myself, Hindi is my first language. Followed by English, Arabic, Urdu, and Gujarati.

I was curious if ESL teachers know more than 1 language. I used to work in Hong Kong back in 2016 but I can't speak Cantonese well. Being in Korea I can read Hangeul but it's still a challenge to speak Korean and understand it. Look forward to your answers!


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Re: How many languages do you speak 2.0
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2022, 12:45:57 pm »
Aren't you cheating a bit with the Hindi and Urdu thing? Pretty much the same language, no? I say this as a Swedish speaker where in theory I could probably speak Norwegian as well with a bit of effort (and depending on the Norwegian dialect).


Re: How many languages do you speak 2.0
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2022, 12:53:54 pm »
They use different scripts (not sure if lonestar_mel can read Urdu [or Hindi for that matter]) and though they're considered mutually intelligible by some, most people I've known who could speak Hindi never really made claims to being able to speak or understand Urdu. Maybe they never explored it that deeply, though.

Bizarrely, I remember some Gujarati phrases that I haven't heard or used since high school. A good friend's parents were from Gujarat and I learned a handful of expressions around at their house. All goes to show that context is crucial to language learning, given that there are many useful Korean phrases that I can't get to stick in my memory, despite actively trying.

Personally I speak intermediate-level Italian. Used to be better but I haven't used it much in years. There's a Sicilian guy who has a restaurant in my building and I try to talk to him in Italian sometimes but his accent and dialect quickly cause my efforts to wither.
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Re: How many languages do you speak 2.0
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2022, 01:02:20 pm »
A bit of Korean, and not much more English. Used to speak a bit of Maori, but haven't used any for over 3 decades...only a bits and pieces left in the tank.


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Re: How many languages do you speak 2.0
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2022, 01:11:44 pm »
English as a first language.

Spanish at high-intermediate, maybe? I studied it for over a decade and used to be able to read YA books comfortably, but haven't been doing much more than a daily 10-minute review or so on Duolingo recently.

I'm somewhere in intermediate for Korean as well. Sadly, I finished KIIP, and live so far from Gangnam/Seoul that all the classes and language exchanges are a no-go. Not a huge fan of internet tutoring. My husband is Korean, but he speaks...very fast. I mostly practice nowadays by reading webtoons.

I'm generally pretty interested in language learning, but I think I'd like to get to a higher level with Korean before I tackle anything else.


Re: How many languages do you speak 2.0
« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2022, 01:36:41 pm »
High Elvish, Black Speech, Klingon, American, Na'vi, Mexican, Newspeak.


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Re: How many languages do you speak 2.0
« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2022, 01:37:16 pm »
Eng, Fren, some KOR

2.25?


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Re: How many languages do you speak 2.0
« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2022, 01:44:27 pm »
English, more korean than french,  but I could convince a korean that I can speak korean well,  I couldnt convince a poutine eating Bonhomme that I understood even a lick of what those backwards hillbillies in Quebec speak.

I'd put it at 1.48
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Re: How many languages do you speak 2.0
« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2022, 03:04:41 pm »
just english, used to be decent at spanish but its been so long i wouldnt call myself close to proficient anymore. also learned a bit of latin during my catholic school days.


  • lonestar_mel
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Re: How many languages do you speak 2.0
« Reply #9 on: November 24, 2022, 03:08:18 pm »
Aren't you cheating a bit with the Hindi and Urdu thing? Pretty much the same language, no? I say this as a Swedish speaker where in theory I could probably speak Norwegian as well with a bit of effort (and depending on the Norwegian dialect).

I guess it is LOL. I could put it like this: Hindi/Urdu. In most cases, Hindi and Urdu are similar. Pakistanis and Indians can talk to each other and understand one another. The main difference as mentioned by budlight is the scripts. Hindi uses Sanskrit while Urdu uses Arabic and some Persian. I've heard some Arabic phrases in Urdu so it can sound different at times. My family is very diverse and I was blessed to learn all these languages pretty easily. ;D My Dad and I interchangeably switch languages/dialects whenever we talk to each other so we don't forget how to speak all these languages.
« Last Edit: November 24, 2022, 03:24:37 pm by lonestar_mel »


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Re: How many languages do you speak 2.0
« Reply #10 on: November 24, 2022, 03:31:34 pm »
Two, English and Afrikaans (fluently). Smatterings of Tagalog and a couple of Korean and Chinese words. Chinese is an unbelievably difficult language because of the intonations.
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Re: How many languages do you speak 2.0
« Reply #11 on: November 24, 2022, 03:38:19 pm »
I never much bothered with the intonations. People might laugh if you call their mother a horse or whatever, but I find they can usually understand.
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Re: How many languages do you speak 2.0
« Reply #12 on: November 24, 2022, 11:50:33 pm »
Does the language of love count?


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Re: How many languages do you speak 2.0
« Reply #13 on: November 25, 2022, 07:53:54 am »
J'ai etudie le francais a l'ecole primaire neuf ans.

But the last year of high school it was optional, and i quickly opted for a 2nd science course.

Like a lot of my Korean students regarding English: one can read and understand much more than one can say or write (use grammar correctly) when one does not interact with native speakers much. I - in person not on tv - heard and spoke with the first French-speaking person, outside the classroom teacher, when i was in grad school and went to her family's home in Gatineau, Quebec for (a wonderful) Christmas in 1994. Tres bien!

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Re: How many languages do you speak 2.0
« Reply #14 on: November 25, 2022, 11:10:18 am »
"Speak" is so relative here.  :laugh:

English, Korean, and Spanish.

Only fluent in English, intermediate in both Korean and Spanish. Spanish is better than Korean, but I can have conversations in both and can understand most of what's being said in either.

I don't practice either as much as I should due to reasons.