View Poll Results: What languages can you speak?

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  • English

    88 94.62%
  • French

    29 31.18%
  • German

    52 55.91%
  • Other European language such as Welsh, Scots, Irish etc.

    20 21.51%
  • Icelandic

    2 2.15%
  • Swedish

    11 11.83%
  • Norwegian

    12 12.90%
  • Italian, Spanish, Portuguese

    18 19.35%
  • Other

    17 18.28%
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    Quote Originally Posted by Þoreiðar View Post
    Interesting fella. http://speakfromday1.com/tedx/

    Thanks for the recommendation!
    Tim Ferriss has some good advice on learning languages as well.
    http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog...-plus-a-favor/
    http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog...ning-language/

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    I can speak English.
    I can butcher badly German, Welsh.
    I can understand simple Russian, French, Old English, Scandinavian Languages.

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    Hey, Theo!

    I've just spent almost an hour on that Tim Ferriss site you linked to and it's quite fascinating (but way beyond me at this time of night ) Got it bookmarked though and will try again tomorrow

    Ablutive, where did you learn all that lot then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Godwinson View Post
    Hey, Theo!

    I've just spent almost an hour on that Tim Ferriss site you linked to and it's quite fascinating (but way beyond me at this time of night ) Got it bookmarked though and will try again tomorrow

    Ablutive, where did you learn all that lot then?
    Well, as I said, I butcher the ones I speak and only understand simple stuff of the others.

    But German I took in school until I was kicked out for making a joke to a teacher who unfortunatly had not been blessed with a sense of humour. I took it again in night classes several times and went to rural Austria for a few weeks by myself in order to practice it (and thus learned I could just about make myself understood in practical matters but not really in abstract ones although with concentration I can read about abstract matters in German).

    I also took night classes in Russian due to my brief foray into orthodoxy.

    Welsh was forced upon me in school, I was deeply resentful of being made to go to the Welsh school because I felt that I would not be able to show off how smart I foolishly believed I was there, of course the truth is if I were truly so smart I would be able to adapt to it, unfortunatly I was immature and resisted Welsh with all my strength and only really picked up a smattering (but my comprehension as opposed to production of Welsh is surprisingly good considering I hated it and resisted learning it with all my might).

    French I took in school but only remember enough to understand basic conversation about mundane things and I can't prounounce a word of it. Old English I am teaching myself out of interest, I am getting the hang of reading the texts slowly. I lived in Norway for a short time as a child (dad works in the oil industry, in fact he still works for Det Norsk Veritas notionally) but again my understanding is of basics and really not worth boasting of, Swedish seems close enough that what I understand of Norwegian is not hard to pick up the gist of and to a degree Danish too but perhaps drawing more on other knowledge of languages in general there.

    One day I'd like a non-indo european language but I can't decide on one and I don't want to spread myself any thinner than I have already (although the majority of the languages I've been exposed to being from one family helps A LOT with learning them, each new language makes all the old ones somehow more familiar).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ablutive View Post
    Well, as I said, I butcher the ones I speak and only understand simple stuff of the others.

    But German I took in school until I was kicked out for making a joke to a teacher who unfortunatly had not been blessed with a sense of humour. I took it again in night classes several times and went to rural Austria for a few weeks by myself in order to practice it (and thus learned I could just about make myself understood in practical matters but not really in abstract ones although with concentration I can read about abstract matters in German).

    I also took night classes in Russian due to my brief foray into orthodoxy.

    Welsh was forced upon me in school, I was deeply resentful of being made to go to the Welsh school because I felt that I would not be able to show off how smart I foolishly believed I was there, of course the truth is if I were truly so smart I would be able to adapt to it, unfortunatly I was immature and resisted Welsh with all my strength and only really picked up a smattering (but my comprehension as opposed to production of Welsh is surprisingly good considering I hated it and resisted learning it with all my might).

    French I took in school but only remember enough to understand basic conversation about mundane things and I can't prounounce a word of it. Old English I am teaching myself out of interest, I am getting the hang of reading the texts slowly. I lived in Norway for a short time as a child (dad works in the oil industry, in fact he still works for Det Norsk Veritas notionally) but again my understanding is of basics and really not worth boasting of, Swedish seems close enough that what I understand of Norwegian is not hard to pick up the gist of and to a degree Danish too but perhaps drawing more on other knowledge of languages in general there.

    One day I'd like a non-indo european language but I can't decide on one and I don't want to spread myself any thinner than I have already (although the majority of the languages I've been exposed to being from one family helps A LOT with learning them, each new language makes all the old ones somehow more familiar).
    A rather impressive polyglot background to have. Even though some of your languages might be superficially similar then I still hold that every language is worthy effort. The similarities between Norwegian, Danish and Swedish are handy, but they are worth very little if one does not also use them.

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    I speak English, Dutch, and Spanish.
    Why are you just sitting there?!
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    I've taken four years of German in high school, a language which comes naturally to me. Though I'm not entirely fluent, and a bit rusty after about seven years (yikes), I'm fairly confident I could make my way around any German speaking country.

    Now I've endeavored to learn French. I've always been fascinated by the language, very beautiful in most cases imo. Some of my favorite bands come from France, and a bit of my ancestry as well. Should come in handy when I one day make a grand tour of Europe in the coming reconquista
    If any Francophone Skadites have any suggestions or resources I'd love to know.

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    German, English, French, Russian

    I forgot most of what I learned in school when it comes to French and Russian tho.

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    1.I speak Standard German with Danube Swabian impact, that is obivious why.
    2. I speak Hungarian, first all, this is the language of my enviroment here Budapest, second of all in the Basic School, the High School and the University I learnt in Hungarian, hence my Hungarian better and more sophisticated than my Kitchen German.
    3. I speak English like as speak on this board.

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    I took both French and Latin, but while I can speak a phrase and write declensions, I'm only really able to read those languages on paper. I don't understand them spoken. On the other hand, when I write and speak Germanic tongues, I'm able to understand what I am saying when I do--I'm conscious about the message on a word for word basis. I say this only having a Swedish translation manual, but Teutonic voices sound like music to my ears.

    I'm able to detect toponym vocabulary in Finnish and Estonian, Romance in general, but also Greek and even Indian toponyms. Some Balto-Slavic names seem to be loanwords from Germanic, like "Grad" (Garth) and "Vlad" (Walt) and "Mir" (Mer). Don't forget the name for king comes from Karl. Generally, West Slavic looks like chicken scratch and Cyrillic looks like garbled Greek.

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