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  • English

    48 41.74%
  • German

    17 14.78%
  • Dutch

    5 4.35%
  • Afrikaans

    3 2.61%
  • Swedish

    8 6.96%
  • Danish

    3 2.61%
  • Norwegian

    6 5.22%
  • Faroese

    0 0%
  • Icelandic

    1 0.87%
  • Scots

    0 0%
  • Other (Germanic, not listed)

    2 1.74%
  • Other (non-Germanic)

    24 20.87%
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    Post What Is Your Mother Tongue?

    What Is Your Mother Tongue? The language you learned first. If you learned two at the same time. Select both.
    Last edited by Northern Paladin; Thursday, June 30th, 2005 at 05:54 PM.

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    Post Re: What Is Your Mother Tongue?

    English is the World-Language.

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    Post Re: What Is Your Mother Tongue?

    German.

    ..I hope the upcoming world language.

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    Other, other and other.

    Slovene, i.e. an obscure dialect thereof.
    "slavic" languages are absolutely arteficial (Read "slawenlegende"). The "glagolica", invented by a bunch of monks, is nothing but an ancient esperanto, creating new words, definitions and alphabet out of regional slangs.

    The craddle of European Civilization comes from the North. All blond people originate from the north. So if you see a blond-blue eyed Slovene, Russian, Czech, Polak ect., you can be 100% sure that his ancient ancestors originated from "Germanics" (Germanic = Nordic).
    "slovenja" was the settelment of the Langobards = Germanics/Teutons. "Poland" of the Goths and East-Vandals ect. ect. What do "slavs" tell us about their origin?
    Some silly story that they originate from some swamps in the east and popped out of no where into history.

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    Post Re: What Is Your Mother Tongue?

    Getting interested in linguistics, are you?
    Quote Originally Posted by Northern_Paladin
    What Is Your Mother Tongue? The language you learned first. If you learned two at the same time. Select both.

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    Inglés.






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    What Is Your Mother Tongue?
    English, of course.

    I spoke German as a child also, as my grandmother was German and spoke very limited english (she refused to embrace it when my grandfather brought her here), but my fluency in the language has since stagnated from disuse. I still possess a basic understanding of it, but only with careful consideration and great difficulty... My grandma died when I was 11, and when she went... so did the German.

    I am curious, if you are fluent in a language as a child, yet stop speaking that language for years and seem to have forgotten it, where does this knowledge go? Is it lost forever or is it just misplaced, filed away somewhere in the brain, waiting to be awakened by re-introduction... or does one have to learn it all over again from the start?

    It just seems to me that if you've known something, like a language, very well at one time, even as a child (which might be a positive, as children's brains are more absorbant and retaining of information than adult's), that there would be a way to access or regain this knowledge very easily with the right stimulation and exercise, or language immersion... maybe even some kind of hypno-therapy? Or, do our brains completely delete information that we no longer use, making it forever irretrievable?

    Perhaps I'm just hoping for an easier way to regain my lost linguistic aptitude... something instantaneous, rather than having to tackle the German language from square one. (sounds quite lazy, I know )

    Any thoughts?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nordraserei
    Getting interested in linguistics, are you?
    Yes. Seems so doesn't it?


    Quote Originally Posted by TisaAnne
    English, of course.

    I spoke German as a child also, as my grandmother was German and spoke very limited english (she refused to embrace it when my grandfather brought her here), but my fluency in the language has since stagnated from disuse. I still possess a basic understanding of it, but only with careful consideration and great difficulty... My grandma died when I was 11, and when she went... so did the German.

    I am curious, if you are fluent in a language as a child, yet stop speaking that language for years and seem to have forgotten it, where does this knowledge go? Is it lost forever or is it just misplaced, filed away somewhere in the brain, waiting to be awakened by re-introduction... or does one have to learn it all over again from the start?

    It just seems to me that if you've known something, like a language, very well at one time, even as a child (which might be a positive, as children's brains are more absorbant and retaining of information than adult's), that there would be a way to access or regain this knowledge very easily with the right stimulation and exercise, or language immersion... maybe even some kind of hypno-therapy? Or, do our brains completely delete information that we no longer use, making it forever irretrievable?

    Perhaps I'm just hoping for an easier way to regain my lost linguistic aptitude... something instantaneous, rather than having to tackle the German language from square one. (sounds quite lazy, I know )

    Any thoughts?
    I believe it's filed away. Once you learn a language you gain some apitutude for it even if mastery escapes you.

    The right kind of "exercise" would be simply practicing and ideally full immersion. If you were to live in Germany for a few years or even a Summer your German would vastly improve.

    Unforunately there are no shortcuts and perhaps that's the way it should be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TisaAnne

    I spoke German as a child also, as my grandmother was German and spoke very limited english (she refused to embrace it when my grandfather brought her here), but my fluency in the language has since stagnated from disuse. I still possess a basic understanding of it, but only with careful consideration and great difficulty... My grandma died when I was 11, and when she went... so did the German.
    The same thing happened to my German and Swedish. I'm from an originally trilingual family, my third mother tongue is Finnish, but my Swedish and German have gotten rusty from disuse, and nowadays I use no other language than Finnish in my everyday life. I can still speak Swedish better than most Swedes (they often say han instead of honom, which is like saying he instead of him, and that really sounds retarded), but I can't actually speak German anymore, in the sense of having a fluent conversation, although I can understand 100 % of the content of German newspaper or magazine articles.

    Quote Originally Posted by TisaAnne
    I am curious, if you are fluent in a language as a child, yet stop speaking that language for years and seem to have forgotten it, where does this knowledge go? Is it lost forever or is it just misplaced, filed away somewhere in the brain, waiting to be awakened by re-introduction... or does one have to learn it all over again from the start?

    It just seems to me that if you've known something, like a language, very well at one time, even as a child (which might be a positive, as children's brains are more absorbant and retaining of information than adult's), that there would be a way to access or regain this knowledge very easily with the right stimulation and exercise, or language immersion...
    Yes, I think so.

    Quote Originally Posted by TisaAnne
    maybe even some kind of hypno-therapy?
    Hypnosis is bullshit. It doesn't work.

    Quote Originally Posted by TisaAnne
    Or, do our brains completely delete information that we no longer use, making it forever irretrievable?
    No, I think a forgotten language can be easily revived. If I moved to a German-speaking country, I would probably sound like a native after just a few months.
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    Post Re: What Is Your Mother Tongue?

    Catalan is my mother tongue, it is currently spoken by ten million people in Europe, and its geographical area arises from Eastern Iberian Paeninsula (Spain) to Perpinyà (now a French dominion), it is also spoken in Majorca islands and in l´Alguer (Corsica).

    Catalan languague is taught in most important world wide universities and had its golden age during the XIV and XV century when the Catalan Empire dominated the Mediterranean, Italy, Greece and Byzantium.

    Catalan language is very similar to Occitan (language d´hoc) and French, due to its birth in a populated area at the Goth´s Septimania it still keeps a lot of Gemanisms, as for example Faubel for grey or Escrig for spear.

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