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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    English, German, and Russian. Swedish when I was much younger but not since my grandpa died.

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    English, Finnish and Spanish. In Finnish, I tested at the intermediate level (B2) eleven years ago. I studied Spanish throughout junior high and high school, but it wasn't very practical, I suppose; we read a lot of medieval poetry and literature from El Siglo de Oro, which I relished nevertheless. For work purposes, I had to have a reading knowledge of the Scandinavian languages in two subject areas, but I really struggled with it. It certainly isn't easy for me!
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    1/2 a language

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    English and trying to learn Danish online. Slowly but surely.

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    English and German, but my German sucks.
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    I wouldn't be too hard on yourself, Herr Rentz.

    From what I've seen you can usually get your point across

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    English is my mother language. I've studied German and can speak and understand it to a degree, but my lack of use has had its say. At some point I began studying Dutch, however I never got round to it, unfortunately... Maybe one of those days. I find the pronunciation quite difficult, however. French I've also studied for a bit but have forgotten most of it, also due to lack of use... so I wouldn't say that I speak it. I can understand some written French, however. So I guess I wouldn't call myself a polyglot, although many people say I already surpass the average American. We don't really need to learn other languages, but I'm not sure that it's something we should pride ourselves with...

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    My son is trying to get me speaking Spanish but it isn't really going in

    I've just realised it's a lot harder to learn new languages at 60+ than it is when you're younger and also, I don't really have the motivation

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    Quote Originally Posted by SaxonPagan View Post
    I've just realised it's a lot harder to learn new languages at 60+ than it is when you're younger and also, I don't really have the motivation
    Oh, and I thought it was good to learn new languages also at 60+, at least this is what I read in some places... Hmmm, try another language then! Maybe you'll find it more interesting and you'll be more motivated...

    Like... a Scandinavian language, for example!

    I attended very few Spanish classes too when I was in primary school, but I didn't like the language, so I simply quit the course. It was a facultative course anyway... some of my colleagues were very interested in learning Spanish, but I was not. Bleah! So I don't read and speak any Spanish, and far from me the thought to learn Spanish...

    I studied French because it was compulsory... I was good at it, and I still have very good reading skills... but since I didn't practice it for many years, I can't speak it! Also, I don't like French language and I have no interest in speaking it. But I find it very useful to be able to read in French...

    Italian... I started to learn Italian as a kid, also because I was watching Italian television in Romania... and because it's easy for native speakers of Romanian to learn Italian... I was speaking a little bit of Italian too... but I didn't go further with learning Italian, so...

    Japanese... I also started to learn Japanese, mainly because of the anime I was watching as a kid. I was and still am very interested in Japanese culture, and also in their language, why not? I can understand a bit of Japanese, and I know some basic things to say in Japanese, but I don't know the alphabet and I wouldn't say that I can really speak Japanese...

    The languages in which I can actually speak (not only beginner level) are three: English (well, I am writing this in English, right? ), Romanian (the same as Moldavian language, even though some idiots are saying they are different languages), Norwegian (but still learning).

    Besides Norwegian, I can also understand some Swedish (easier than some Norwegian dialects, honestly!) and some Danish (written Danish, mainly, spoken not so much yet)... The best part of learning Norwegian is that you actually get to learn Swedish and Danish too, with or without realizing it...

    Well, Swedish grammar is more different, but Danish and Norwegian as written languages are very similar (at some literature festival someone even asked a Norwegian author who was translated into Danish if it was not waste of money to translate her books from Norwegian to Danish, since those two languages are so similar... Of course, we mean bokmål Norwegian, here, since there is also nynorsk... and of course also lots of Norwegian dialects...)

    So... on long term I am aiming at being able to speak, fluently, besides Norwegian, also Swedish... Danish, sounds a bit harsher, so... hmmm... I guess I could find my way in Denmark also if speaking Norwegian so...

    Icelandic... I also began to learn Icelandic at some point... but I will leave it for later... I also want to learn Old Norse... but I won't be able to say that I can speak it (just a couple of guys there who try to reconstruct the pronounciation, but I am not going to do that)...

    And, of course... German... I have some knowledge of German language too (and it helped me a lot with learning Norwegian), but when trying to speak German... I don't know why I speak mostly Norwegian! So... I still have to work on my German, but later... It's the language of my ancestors after all, and recent ancestors spoke it... so I have enough motivation to improve my German also when I'll be 60+, I hope...

    So... at the moment... I can say that I am multilingual/ trilingual? ... even though there is still place for improvement...
    Die Farben duften frisch und grün... Lieblich haucht der Wind um mich.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Víðálfr View Post
    Italian... I started to learn Italian as a kid, also because I was watching Italian television in Romania... and because it's easy for native speakers of Romanian to learn Italian... I was speaking a little bit of Italian too... but I didn't go further with learning Italian, so...
    Interesting, I've heard the same thing from other Romanian speakers but I could never identify with it myself, even though I can speak Romanian at native level. In fact, for me it was the reverse, I can understand Spanish (my mother/friends were watching telenovelas ) much better than Italian, for example I could watch a Spanish film without subtitles and understand most of it, but I couldn't understand an Italian one without subtitles... this even despite that I've studied Latin for most of my schooling. Maybe I just don't have an "ear" for Italian language.

    Anyway, as to the topic: languages I can speak on a fluent level are German and Romanian (as mother languages) and English. I can speak and understand some French as well but I've not practiced it on a regular level as I do with those other languages so I don't say I'm fluent in it. Fluency is defined as being able to speak and write quickly or easily in a given language (it comes from the Latin word fluentem = to flow). If I had to speak French nowadays, my words wouldn't exactly flow but I'd have to stop and think what was the word for this and what's a better word for that, and so on. If I had to converse in French with a native Frenchman, who would speak quickly, I'd have to get my dictionary ready. So it depends what is defined by "speak" in the poll? Beginner's level? Intermediate? Native or near native level? Or fluency, which doesn't necessarily mean speaking like a native, you can be fluent in a language but speak it with a heavy accent, or not be familiar with some words, but still be able to explain in that language the concept of what you mean.

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