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  • English

    45 95.74%
  • German

    32 68.09%
  • Dutch

    10 21.28%
  • Afrikaans

    3 6.38%
  • Swedish

    12 25.53%
  • Danish

    5 10.64%
  • Norwegian

    7 14.89%
  • Faroese

    1 2.13%
  • Icelandic

    2 4.26%
  • Scots

    2 4.26%
  • Other

    2 4.26%
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    How Many Germanic Languages Can You Speak?

    I know there is another thread about languages, but since Skadi is a Germanic forum, let's keep this one strictly Germanic.

    How many Germanic languages are you fluent in? Are there Germanic languages you can understand even if you don't speak? Which Germanic language would you like to learn in future?

    I speak German and English, and I can understand a little Dutch.

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    I´m fluent in German and English. Some years ago I´ve tried to learn Icelandic for quite a while (I had some satisfying holidays on this wonderful harsh island in the past ) but I´ve made only little progress. At the end I was very frustrated about my lack of understanding so I decided to drop it for now. Maybe I´ll start a new try in the future.

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    I fluently speak German and English and half-broken Scots (my accent at it is terrible, though I can do the proper thing if I'm up for it ).

    I tried my hands at Swedish, but have fallen so much out of practice that it wouldn't be enough for more than small-talk. I also tried my hands at Icelandic, but the book I learnt it from was so useless, that I might have to make an attempt when I finally manage to save enough money for a holiday to go there. I might go for Flemish/Dutch at some point, though.

    As far as understanding goes, I can understand little bits of every notable Germanic language, save Icelandic, if I listen or watch close enough. At least enough to read a newspaper article, and also enough to catch the basic topic of a certain conversation.

    On a more humorous note: That makes me able to speak six Germanic languages: German, Proto-Bavarian, Tyrolese, English, Scottish Standard English and Scots.
    -In kalte Schatten versunken... /Germaniens Volk erstarrt / Gefroren von Lügen / In denen die Welt verharrt-
    -Die alte Seele trauernd und verlassen / Verblassend in einer erklärbaren Welt / Schwebend in einem Dunst der Wehmut / Ein Schrei der nur unmerklich gellt-
    -Auch ich verspüre Demut / Vor dem alten Geiste der Ahnen / Wird es mir vergönnt sein / Gen Walhalla aufzufahren?-

    (Heimdalls Wacht, In kalte Schatten versunken, stanzas 4-6)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bärin View Post
    How many Germanic languages are you fluent in?
    I'd say I'm fluent in Afrikaans and near-fluent in English. I speak English with a slight Afrikaans accent, and sometimes I'll pause while thinking of the correct word to use.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bärin View Post
    Are there Germanic languages you can understand even if you don't speak?
    Dutch, naturally. When listening I might miss the meaning of what is being said some of the time, but I have no trouble reading Dutch anymore. It's something which improved with practice.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bärin View Post
    Which Germanic language would you like to learn in future?
    My answer to this is also Dutch. While I can understand it, I can't string together three words and be certain that it is of correct Dutch grammar and spelling.

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    Norwegian, danish, swedish, english - fluent
    Icelandic, german, pharaose, can understand much of it, but not express myself alot.

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    Fluent: German and English.

    I understand Norwegian, Danish and Swedish quite good when reading it, not so good when spoken, for more than an easy small talk I guess it's not enough yet, but hey, I'm just learning

    When reading I get the gist of Dutch, Afrikaans, Flemish (not much of a difference from my distant point of view anyway ). Expressing myself though is impossible, when spoken I'd probably get the topic of conversation, but most likely not much more. Icelandic makes my head ache when reading.

    When I've come to a good level in the norse languages I thought about trying to engage in learning original Anglo-Saxon. Feed the headaches
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    Alto I have to say my German speaking and writing capability is a bit rusty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bärin View Post
    I speak German and English, and I can understand a little Dutch.
    I'm the same as you. It looks like Germans can understand a little Dutch by nature, since the languages are similar. I've more troubles descifrating Nordic languages than Dutch.

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    My first language would be Limburgish, since it is recognized as a regional language, but even if it wouldn't be, it still would be worth mentioning because of its distinctiveness compared to Dutch. I speak fluently Dutch as well of course and my English is not like that of an Englishman, but I consider it good enough to say "I speak English"
    My German is a bit less than my English, just because I never got as much in contact with it compared to English. But I learned it a lot faster than I learned English, because it is more Similar to Dutch and even more to Limburgish. Although I can have a conversation in German I would like to improve it especially to get better at writing(I'm not capable to write the kind of German that I can read).
    I can understand just a little bit of some North-Germanic languages when reading it. It would be nice to learn one of them but I don't know which one yet.
    And of course I can understand Afrikaans a bit and some other regional languages/dialects like Ripuarisch and West Frisian, because of some similarities to German, Limburgish and Dutch.

    In short, when it comes to the larger national Germanic languages, I can speak and understand Dutch, English and German and would like to learn a North-Germanic language as well.

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    How many Germanic languages are you fluent in?
    Fluent in English obviously, good knowledge of Old Englisc and a little German, Dutch and Old Icelandic.

    Are there Germanic languages you can understand even if you don't speak?
    I could understand some Dutch even before I started learning it, probably because its one of the closest to English. Old Norse I find vaguely legible too.

    Which Germanic language would you like to learn in future?
    I want to become as fluent as you can in Old English and Old Norse as well as German and Dutch. Maybe Danish too.

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