What languages do you speak?

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Re: What languages do you speak?

Post by Shemtov » Thu 14 Jan 2016, 00:49

jute wrote: :fin: Had three semesters on it, should've been at A2 level by then, yet due to lacking diligence I probably couldn't even properly introduce myself [:$]
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I'm sort of surprised by this. Doesn't Finnish have a level of mutual comprehensibility with Estonian?
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Re: What languages do you speak?

Post by jute » Thu 14 Jan 2016, 00:58

Shemtov wrote:
jute wrote: :fin: Had three semesters on it, should've been at A2 level by then, yet due to lacking diligence I probably couldn't even properly introduce myself [:$]
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I'm sort of surprised by this. Doesn't Finnish have a level of mutual comprehensibility with Estonian?
Maybe I would be better in it if I had more exposure to both Finnish and Estonian, but as it stands, I'm now normally only there for a month a year, and otherwise speak only to my mother in Estonian and don't really come across Finnish much at all in daily life outside of the Fenno-Scandinavian institute, so I just didn't have many chances or reasons to ever practice it much, aside from exams.
(Also didn't really try as hard in the lessons as I could have... motivation seems to be a problem with me when it comes to the actual learning process, seems like I sometimes enjoy learning about a language more :P )
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Re: What languages do you speak?

Post by Shemtov » Thu 14 Jan 2016, 01:39

jute wrote: (Also didn't really try as hard in the lessons as I could have... motivation seems to be a problem with me when it comes to the actual learning process, seems like I sometimes enjoy learning about a language more :P )
I'm the same way. I must have changed the languages I'm learning like 5 times in the last 6 months. [:P]
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Re: What languages do you speak?

Post by Xonen » Fri 15 Jan 2016, 13:32

Shemtov wrote:
jute wrote: :fin: Had three semesters on it, should've been at A2 level by then, yet due to lacking diligence I probably couldn't even properly introduce myself [:$]
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I'm sort of surprised by this. Doesn't Finnish have a level of mutual comprehensibility with Estonian?
Well, yes and no, IME. It's helped by the fact that a lot of Estonians have learned at least some Finnish, and a lot of Finns know at least something about Estonian (in the form of jokes or amusing anecdotes about false friends or whatever, if nothing else), so it's easy to find some common ground between speakers. At least if you stick to fairly simple sentences and gesticulate helpfully... Try to discuss anything more complicated and you're going to run into insurmountable differences in vocabulary (that having been borrowed mostly from different sources for over a thousand years) fairly quickly.

So yeah, for someone who's rarely exposed to one or both of the languages, I'd imagine it'd be rather difficult.
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Re: What languages do you speak?

Post by Xaertius » Wed 09 Mar 2016, 22:22

:zaf: Afrikaans (native)
:zaf: English (native)
:deu: German (fluent)
:fra: French (intermediate)
:nld: Dutch (intermediate)
:ces: Czech (elementary)
:heb: Hebrew (elementary)
:zaf: Xhosa (elementary)

Otherwise interested in Arabic-Afrikaans, Proto-Indo-European, and Old English. Yiddish and Zulu are at the top of my languages-to-learn list.
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Re: What languages do you speak?

Post by Creyeditor » Thu 10 Mar 2016, 00:31

Just thinking about a Yiddish-Zulu conlang [O.O] :mrgreen:
Something Zulu-ish derived from Yiddish? A Yiddish-Zulu creole? So many possibilities [O.o]
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Re: What languages do you speak?

Post by Ælfwine » Thu 10 Mar 2016, 05:14

English. Learning Old Norse, although it's difficult since I have no Old Norse or at least Icelandic speakers around me.

I've been through the US indoctrination err education system and was forced 10 years of Spanish. The only thing that resulted in was me having an intense irrational hatred for romance languages, and I hadn't learnt any Spanish.
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Post by Xaertius » Fri 11 Mar 2016, 10:58

Creyeditor wrote:Just thinking about a Yiddish-Zulu conlang [O.O] :mrgreen:
Something Zulu-ish derived from Yiddish? A Yiddish-Zulu creole? So many possibilities [O.o]
That thought did not cross my mind [:D] ...but not a bad idea at all. Would be so wack!
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Re: What languages do you speak?

Post by Sglod » Sat 12 Mar 2016, 17:02

:eng: (Welsh Marches drawl) Native
:fra: Low intermediate
:swe: Basic
:jpn: Basic
:cym: Very basic.
:esp: Very basic

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Post by Egerius » Sat 12 Mar 2016, 21:31

Sglod wrote::eng: (Welsh Marches drawl) Native
I could've needed some help from you when I had to throw together a presentation on Welsh English last year.
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Re: What languages do you speak?

Post by deli73 » Thu 24 Mar 2016, 00:33

:eng: Native
:fra: Intermediate (learning, I can read and write a bit better than I can hold up a conversation)
:epo: VERY Basic

Planning to learn some conlangs someday soon, though...
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Re: What languages do you speak?

Post by bbbourq » Sun 12 Mar 2017, 21:38

English Native
Farsi Fluent (ILR1 3)
Dari Intermediate (ILR 2)
Korean Intermediate (ILR 1+)
French Intermediate (the Belgian variety) (ILR 1+)
German Basic (ILR 1)

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Re: What languages do you speak?

Post by kinkinkijkin » Wed 15 Mar 2017, 01:22

English: native
Esperanto: conversational
West frisian: almost conversational
Dutch: basic
Brazilian Portuguese: basic
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Post by Egerius » Wed 15 Mar 2017, 08:37

kinkinkijkin wrote:West frisian: almost conversational
Wow! Best I can do is Late West Saxon...
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Re: What languages do you speak?

Post by OTʜᴇB » Wed 15 Mar 2017, 14:14

English English: Native
French: I got a B in my GCSE, but I'm far from conversational and it takes me a minute to construct a couple of sentences.
Japanese: Complete beginner. I understand the phonology and can remember half of the kana, but no kanji. I can have small-talk, but really nothing else yet. I'm looking into getting proper lessons.

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Re: What languages do you speak?

Post by Adarain » Wed 15 Mar 2017, 14:26

:che: Swiss German - L1
:che: Swiss Standard German - C2
:usa: English - C2
:bra: Portuguese - hard to say, used to be B2 but I've basically not spoken it for almost three years now, so I'd reckon low B1 by now
:fra: French - A2ish?
:che: Vallader - A1, okayish passive understanding but severe lack of internalized vocabulary to make myself understood
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Re: What languages do you speak?

Post by shimobaatar » Sun 04 Jun 2017, 03:03

It's been years since I last posted here.

:usa: English - Native.
:deu: German - Four years of formal study.
:mex: Spanish - Four years of formal study.
:fra: French - One year of formal study.
:fin: Finnish - One year of formal study (and counting).

For the languages that are spoken in multiple countries, I tried to use the flags that best represent the dialects I speak/have studied.
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Post by GamerGeek » Sun 04 Jun 2017, 03:30

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:usa: Native
:esp: Elementary
:eng: Begginer
:epo: Interested
:ell: Interested
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Re: What languages do you speak?

Post by qwed117 » Sun 04 Jun 2017, 03:34

Don't think I've ever posted a substantive answer here

:usa: (English) - Native, as good as a native can
:esp: (Spanish) - I've been learning for 6 years, but I have a low command over the vocabulary and grammar
:it-sa: (Sardinian) - Hah lol. I know a couple of words and some grammar, but there's virtually no way I could communicate in Sardinian
:ind: (Hindi) - Completely passive. I can understand some phrases read to me, with some problems in comprehension. I cannot read Devanagari. I cannot speak or create sentences in Hindi
:ind: (Gujarati) - Completely passive. I can understand some phrases read to me, with some problems in comprehension. I cannot read the Gujarati script. I cannot speak or create sentences in Gujarati


Basically I'm a monolingual American. [:(]
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Re: What languages do you speak?

Post by GamerGeek » Sun 04 Jun 2017, 03:35

qwed117 wrote:Basically I'm a monolingual American. [:(]
Same.
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