What other languages do you speak, if any?

Discussion in 'The Coffee Shop ~ Chit Chat' started by Kady, Sep 4, 2012.

  1. Kady

    Kady New Member

    So, a conversation came up while I was out and about and it got me wondering. How many people actually fluently speak another language besides English? What inspired you to learn another language? How difficult was it for you to pick up on? What other languages would you like to learn?

    I only speak two languages, which the first is obvious, and the second is Portuguese.
    In my family, I am the first generation to be born in this country. My grandparents were born in the islands of the Azores in Portugal, where they got married, and moved to Bermuda, where my mom was born. If I didn't learn the language, I wouldn't be able to communicate with some of my family members.

    Now that I'm a bit older, I want to also learn Spanish and French in hopes of one day moving back to the islands, and working for the airlines there. (You only need to speak portuguese, english and french)
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  2. Goldie

    Goldie New Member

    Being raised in SoCal, my Spanish was pretty good, but it has slipped a bit with the passing of many years and no opportunity to use it. It's beautiful language. However, I still consider myself bi-lingual...I am fluent in profanity and have working knowledge of broken english.
  3. ChevyFan

    ChevyFan Administrator Staff Member

    I can read a good bit of Spanish and I can pick it up again when I'm around it for a while. I can read enough to make sense of German as well, but that's about it.
  4. jsmith4816

    jsmith4816 New Member

    Some Spanish and a semesters worth of Arabic. Grades started to fall so I decided to stop taking it and focus on the classes going towards my degree. Might look into Rosetta Stone to help further my vocab
  5. Kady

    Kady New Member

    I bought Rosetta Stone for my father in-law to learn to speak English, as he only speaks Portuguese, He's doing well with it, but is farrrrrrr from fluent.
  6. McClintoc

    McClintoc Super Moderator

    Does Rosetta Stone actually deliver? Is it really as good as the commercial say it is? I took three years of Spanish in HS (over ten years ago, lol) and have been wanting to pick it back up. I'm curious if Rosetta Stone is worth it.
  7. ahmitchell1

    ahmitchell1 New Member

    Most of my family's construction company are Hispanic I've gotten pretty good with Spanish taking 4 years n high school and working with them all the time. Sometimes they speak way toast though. It's a dead language but I've done 4 years of latin gott down pretty good. I've gotta weird love for other languages I'm taking an extinct languages class it's pretty cool
  8. Curky

    Curky New Member

    My grandparent spoke German and they taught me growing up. They passed when I was 12yrs old and no one else spoke it. Then in the High School I went too, I had to take 2 years of language. They did not have Germen. I did one year of Spanish and one year of French. I took the easy way out. Now I only know English maybe if I took a German course it would come back. If you don’t use it, you lose it.
  9. Kady

    Kady New Member

    Now, his dad knew absolutely no english besides a word here or there... He's now having broken conversations with people who go over. I don't think he gets enough practice to be "good" at it... I mean, its not going to work over night, but its definitely helping. You have to practice with a microphone and it doesn't let you pass the level unless you're getting it right...
  10. ahmitchell1

    ahmitchell1 New Member

    English is the hardest of the common languages to learn so I think anyone who can speak it as a second language is impressive.
  11. rileyjr16

    rileyjr16 New Member

    Ever so slowly I'm learning to speak German. K's family is German she's 1st generation American in her family so thats why I'm doing that. Not because I have to. In school they FORCED us to speak spanish but I wasn't having any of it.
  12. mljjones67

    mljjones67 New Member

    I used to speak fluent Mandarin Chinese. I lived in Taiwan for two years when I was on a church mission. Its been a long time since I had to speak it so I have lost a lot. I just purchased the Rosetta stone a few months ago and I would say it is very good, even for beginers. I wish there were more Chinese people here where I live so I could practice. The funny thing is, is I dream in Chinese all the time. Also there is ways to express yourself it Chinese that you cant in English so sometimes its hard to get the feeling out in English.
  13. rileyjr16

    rileyjr16 New Member

    There are roughly 3 sentences I know in German and maybe 2 or 3 polite words

    Hallo - Hello
    Danke - Thank You
    Vitta - Welcome
    Grun - Green
    Sex - Six
    Seiben - Seven

    Hallo, ich heisse Riley
    Hallo, viget sen cien - spelling is way off

    Ok I'm getting a headache lol
  14. sfdefender24

    sfdefender24 New Member

    I know 3 different languages other then english, not very fluent in them but i kno enough to findout there name, age, where they are from and a few other things. Those languages are Arabic, Dari and Pashtu. Learned them while being deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan.
  15. Pikey

    Pikey Moderator

    I had to take spanish in high school. It did not go well. That being said, I know enough to get by. I have vacationed in Puerto rico, Cancun and Costa Rica. As long as the locals speak slow enough I can figure out what they are saying and somehow get my point accross. When I was younger and training daily in tae kwon do I somehow learned Korean and could speak it very well at the time. Now, I can only count to 20 in Korean.
  16. Kady

    Kady New Member

    I completely understand that. I'm just glad I live in a region where Portuguese is very popular because of the expressions, and some jokes and sayings are just so much better in Portuguese. There's no shortage of Portugee's here...
  17. ahmitchell1

    ahmitchell1 New Member

    Costa rica is the best place on earth especially the pacific side, my parents got a place in herradura
  18. Pikey

    Pikey Moderator

    We spent 11 days in guanacaste. It was the most comfortable and safe I have ever felt being out of the country. We have friends whos parents build a 7 million dollar home there. We hopped in the car and went to a local rodeo where anyone could just decide to jump on a bull and ride. I man realized that we were not from there. (Given the 2 blond adults we were with are over 6 feet tall) He came over, started talking to us in english, helped us order beer, and even helped us work out the currency exchange. Some of the nicest people I ever met.
  19. ahmitchell1

    ahmitchell1 New Member

    It's awesome how a lot of the people speak English there. My parents build there house there a 6 or 7 years ago, they live down there from Christmas till it starts getting warm in Georgia . We got a 82 foot Viking down there that we charter, January is the best time to get some huge marlin, that's about all we do when we are there
  20. dsfloyd

    dsfloyd New Member

    English, Spanglish and Redneck. Not sure I am fluent in any :lol:

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