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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    How Many Languages Do You Speak?

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    I'm reading the first book in a serie of three.

    The serie is called "Pataljon "Narva" Ajalugu I-III"
    Title of the three books is:
    - Minu au in truudus
    - Terasest tugevamad
    - Visadus võitis

    I bought these three in Estonia 2 years ago and it's kind of "hard to find books".

    /M
    Do you speak Estonian :icon1:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Louhi
    Do you speak Estonian :icon1:
    Some, at least my estonian is better than my russian, i also speak few other languages besides of swedish and english...

    It's always good to be multilingual when reading at the university or travelling to historical places. All become easier if you need to ask people living there anything...

    Just to mention, i travel to Estonia at least once a year so i have learned some words on every trip and it's not that very hard really, also some russian when i use to stay in Narva.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guest
    Some, at least my estonian is better than my russian, i also speak few other languages besides of swedish and english...

    It's always good to be multilingual when reading at the university or travelling to historical places. All become easier if you need to ask people living there anything...
    That's cool! I just know English and German (sort of). :frown: But I'm still studying German and I just bought a book on Swedish. It doesn't seem too different from German after the first couple of chapters.
    Should the subduing talisman, the Cross, break, then will come roaring forth the wild madness of the old champions, that insane Berserker rage, of which the northern poets sing. That talisman is brittle, and the day will come when it will pitifully break. The old stone gods will rise from the long-forgotten ruin and rub the dust of a thousand years from their eyes; and Thor, leaping to life with his giant hammer, will crush the Gothic cathedrals!

    ---Heinrich Heine

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    Quote Originally Posted by HIM
    That's cool! I just know English and German (sort of). :frown: But I'm still studying German and I just bought a book on Swedish. It doesn't seem too different from German after the first couple of chapters.
    German and swedish are very similar at least most of the times.

    The only problem i think we have with the german language, is that for us Swedes, germans kind of speak backwards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guest
    German and swedish are very similar at least most of the times.

    The only problem i think we have with the german language, is that for us Swedes, germans kind of speak backwards.

    /M
    You mean in terms of word order? Because it seemed like a lot of the Swedish word order was more similar to English. But I've only gotten through two chapters in a basic grammar book.
    Should the subduing talisman, the Cross, break, then will come roaring forth the wild madness of the old champions, that insane Berserker rage, of which the northern poets sing. That talisman is brittle, and the day will come when it will pitifully break. The old stone gods will rise from the long-forgotten ruin and rub the dust of a thousand years from their eyes; and Thor, leaping to life with his giant hammer, will crush the Gothic cathedrals!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HIM
    You mean in terms of word order? Because it seemed like a lot of the Swedish word order was more similar to English. But I've only gotten through two chapters in a basic grammar book.
    Swedish word order are more like english, though the swedish words are more like german
    Understand how i mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guest
    Swedish word order are more like english, though the swedish words are more like german
    Understand how i mean?

    /M
    Gotcha. That's the impression that I got after reading those first few chapters on Swedish. It doesn't appear to be too difficult to learn when compared to other Germanic languages such as Icelandic. I bought some books on that but I am WAY lost!
    Should the subduing talisman, the Cross, break, then will come roaring forth the wild madness of the old champions, that insane Berserker rage, of which the northern poets sing. That talisman is brittle, and the day will come when it will pitifully break. The old stone gods will rise from the long-forgotten ruin and rub the dust of a thousand years from their eyes; and Thor, leaping to life with his giant hammer, will crush the Gothic cathedrals!

    ---Heinrich Heine

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guest
    Some, at least my estonian is better than my russian, i also speak few other languages besides of swedish and english...
    ...So you are able to read those books in original language? :O

    -smil


    It's always good to be multilingual when reading at the university or travelling to historical places. All become easier if you need to ask people living there anything...
    I agree with that.
    Just to mention, i travel to Estonia at least once a year so i have learned some words on every trip and it's not that very hard really, also some russian when i use to stay in Narva.

    /M
    Well, no language is impossible to learn

    I have to admit that I am not able to understand Estonian except few phrases, but I would like to learn it some day. Of course I don't think learning would be that difficult for me, since the language is quite close to Finnish, but it is still a lot more distant than Scandi languages are to each others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guest
    German and swedish are very similar at least most of the times.

    The only problem i think we have with the german language, is that for us Swedes, germans kind of speak backwards.

    /M
    Indeed German is spoken like that

    My biggest problem with German was too many genders... When the gender of a word is chosen wrong, then the whole sentence is messed up, and that pisses me off! People usually don't think I'm shy, but for some reason, I dared not to speak German :redface: German has been and still is the biggest challenge for me to learn...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Louhi
    ...So you are able to read those books in original language? :O

    -smil
    Yes, i read it in original language.
    Also to mention, the estonian language still have more than 700 swedish words since Estonia belonged to Sweden.

    Well, no language is impossible to learn

    I have to admit that I am not able to understand Estonian except few phrases, but I would like to learn it some day. Of course I don't think learning would be that difficult for me, since the language is quite close to Finnish, but it is still a lot more distant than Scandi languages are to each others.
    Some words are almost the same in estonian as in finnish, but far from all are that, and i doubt you would have any prob at all to learn it. If i could, you can also...

    I also understand some finnish, but i can't talk or write it.
    The languages i understand/can talk/can write if i have to, is:
    Swedish (strange huh?)
    English
    German
    Dutch
    Norwegian
    Danish
    French
    Some estonian, russian, spanish...few words in greek to btw...

    My biggest interest in life besides family, militaria, history and politics have always been reading.

    I forgot to mention, icelandic isn't that hard either really, not to read anyway, i can't understand all the words but reading careful i understand much of it.
    There is a place here in Sweden where the people still talk a very old swedish dialect and what i have heard, they understand the icelandics and vice versa.

    /M
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