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Question: What language(s) can you speak/write in (does not need to be fluent)?
English - 147 (31.8%)
Greek - 41 (8.9%)
A Slavic Language - 46 (10%)
Romanian - 9 (1.9%)
Spanish/Spanish Derivitive - 42 (9.1%)
Romance (Italian, French, etc) - 51 (11%)
German/Germanic - 35 (7.6%)
Swahili/African - 3 (0.6%)
Arabic - 19 (4.1%)
Coptic - 6 (1.3%)
Klingon/Binary/Other Artificial Language - 15 (3.2%)
Not listed.  Boo! - 48 (10.4%)
Total Voters: 160

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« Reply #135 on: October 19, 2012, 03:17:00 PM »

English (first language); reasonably fluent in French and Spanish; studied a bit of Italian; studied Latin and Greek long enough ago that they were scarcely ancient languages  Grin; when I was in Paraguay I learned enough Guaraní as I told my friends "to know when you're talking about me" (I did catch them a couple of times Cheesy), also while in Paraguay accustomed my ear to Brazilian Portuguese, though I've lost most of that now, but can generally make sense of what I read because of my knowledge of related languages.

Time to learn another - I hear it's good for sexagenarians to do so before we start to lose our mem

Two in the same day who can understand Portuguese? It seems the language is gaining quite a following recently. Smiley

I have 6 friends from Brazil and they taught me a little Portuguese (mostly just how to swear/curse in Portuguese...but I didnt want to say that on a religious forum  angel
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« Reply #136 on: October 19, 2012, 03:21:57 PM »

English (first language); reasonably fluent in French and Spanish; studied a bit of Italian; studied Latin and Greek long enough ago that they were scarcely ancient languages  Grin; when I was in Paraguay I learned enough Guaraní as I told my friends "to know when you're talking about me" (I did catch them a couple of times Cheesy), also while in Paraguay accustomed my ear to Brazilian Portuguese, though I've lost most of that now, but can generally make sense of what I read because of my knowledge of related languages.

Time to learn another - I hear it's good for sexagenarians to do so before we start to lose our mem

Two in the same day who can understand Portuguese? It seems the language is gaining quite a following recently. Smiley

It's because of my origins, for me  Grin
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« Reply #137 on: October 19, 2012, 03:30:47 PM »

Maybe we should try to bring life to the Portuguese Language Thread of the Foreign Languages Forum:

http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,27269.0.html

English (first language); reasonably fluent in French and Spanish; studied a bit of Italian; studied Latin and Greek long enough ago that they were scarcely ancient languages  Grin; when I was in Paraguay I learned enough Guaraní as I told my friends "to know when you're talking about me" (I did catch them a couple of times Cheesy), also while in Paraguay accustomed my ear to Brazilian Portuguese, though I've lost most of that now, but can generally make sense of what I read because of my knowledge of related languages.

Time to learn another - I hear it's good for sexagenarians to do so before we start to lose our mem

Two in the same day who can understand Portuguese? It seems the language is gaining quite a following recently. Smiley

It's because of my origins, for me  Grin

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« Reply #138 on: October 19, 2012, 03:31:47 PM »

I would love to study Arabic

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« Reply #139 on: October 19, 2012, 03:43:13 PM »

English and Spanish: I was raised with both thanks to school and family and friends, though English is primary since it's the only language either of my parents spoke (my father's mother was from Mexico but never taught him or his brother the language, but she taught me after my mother decided to place me in a Spanish-speaking kindergarten...ahhhhh, ex-hippie moms and their horizon-expanding can have its upsides).

Russian: I was relatively high-functioning/high-intermediate fluency at one point after about 6 years of study, but have lost most of it by now due to being out of a Russian-speaking environment for the past half-decade. But if I listen to songs for a while, or watch "Ironiya Sud'by" or old Cheburashka cartoons or something, it starts coming back after a while.

Arabic: I only took one year of classes, about five years ago now, but has been increasing lately (albeit passively/from being spoken to, rather than speaking very much myself) thanks to church.

There are many others I've dabbled with in my linguistics work, e.g., took a seminar course as an undergad on Lithuanian and Proto-Indo-European which involved learning enough Lithuanian to read the 1547 Mazvydas catechism -- the first Lithuanian printed book ever -- without a dictionary or other help. It's neat how quickly that came together; within two weeks, we were reading and translating from the original. Of course, today I only remember the words for "hello" and "eggs", but if it was that quick the first time...  Smiley
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« Reply #140 on: October 19, 2012, 03:50:05 PM »


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« Reply #141 on: October 19, 2012, 04:49:18 PM »

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« Reply #142 on: October 19, 2012, 04:57:24 PM »

Norwegian, English, conversational Greek.

Why does nobody speak or learn dutch? Is outrage!

It's basically a mix of English, German and Danish with lots of gutterals thrown in. I can get the gist of what is being said when I've heard Dutch on TV, but I have to really concentrate.
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« Reply #143 on: October 19, 2012, 11:43:01 PM »

English and slow Spanish.

Sometimes I can piece together the Latins or Italians.
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« Reply #144 on: October 19, 2012, 11:45:12 PM »

Dutch
English
French
Ancient Greek
Latin

Not in order of fluency, btw.

Are you fluent in ancient greek and latin or do you just know it?

I can read whole pages of greek and latin without dictionary the same way I could read a french newspaper. Especially in Latin, I learned it since I was 11 and have been doing it pretty extensively ever since.
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« Reply #145 on: October 19, 2012, 11:47:17 PM »

slow Spanish.

Now THIS is a language I have never heard!
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« Reply #146 on: October 19, 2012, 11:47:57 PM »

Why does nobody speak or learn dutch? Is outrage!

Vamrat knows Afrikaans, so that is kind of like Dutch. laugh

I'm slowly learning Afrikaans, ill get there someday soon(hopefully ill learn it before i need it)

Im als fluent in English and French. My home language is English, but I travel as a francophone on buses and outside of my home.
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« Reply #147 on: October 22, 2012, 03:16:46 AM »

English is my first language, I speak Romanian pretty fluently and used to speak German fluently though it's rusty from lack of use. I also speak a little Czech and some Plattdeutsch (the latter because of an interest in my ancestors, not because it's actually very useful).

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« Reply #148 on: October 22, 2012, 10:44:33 AM »

Dutch
English
French
Ancient Greek
Latin

Not in order of fluency, btw.

Are you fluent in ancient greek and latin or do you just know it?

I can read whole pages of greek and latin without dictionary the same way I could read a french newspaper. Especially in Latin, I learned it since I was 11 and have been doing it pretty extensively ever since.
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« Reply #149 on: October 22, 2012, 01:42:57 PM »

Norwegian, English, conversational Greek.

Why does nobody speak or learn dutch? Is outrage!

It's basically a mix of English, German and Danish with lots of gutterals thrown in. I can get the gist of what is being said when I've heard Dutch on TV, but I have to really concentrate.

Same here.
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« Reply #150 on: October 22, 2012, 07:27:37 PM »

Dutch
English
French
Ancient Greek
Latin

Not in order of fluency, btw.
Extremely impressive!
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« Reply #151 on: October 22, 2012, 07:27:56 PM »

English is my first language, I speak Romanian pretty fluently and used to speak German fluently though it's rusty from lack of use. I also speak a little Czech and some Plattdeutsch (the latter because of an interest in my ancestors, not because it's actually very useful).

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« Reply #152 on: October 22, 2012, 08:05:01 PM »

I can get the gist of what is being said when I've heard Dutch on TV, but I have to really concentrate.

I can as well. I actually can make out about 70% of spoken Dutch.
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« Reply #153 on: October 23, 2012, 10:37:02 AM »

I can get the gist of what is being said when I've heard Dutch on TV, but I have to really concentrate.

I can as well. I actually can make out about 70% of spoken Dutch.

Probably because you know Norwegian, English, and German. lol
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« Reply #154 on: November 16, 2012, 11:43:29 PM »

I'm slowly learning "Ebonics".
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« Reply #155 on: November 17, 2012, 12:17:12 AM »

French, English, Russian (fluent)

Norwegian, German (not fluent)

Latin, Ancient Greek (not fluent in reading)
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« Reply #156 on: November 17, 2012, 03:47:40 PM »

I'm somewhat fluent in a number of languages:  C#, C++, C, Java, Binary, Perl, PHP, etc. Grin
Add Python to the mix. (Appropriate that the default Python editor is called IDLE, though I haven't seen another Python tool named Cleese or Palin. Sad)
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I'm somewhat fluent in a number of languages:  C#, C++, C, Java, Binary, Perl, PHP, etc. Grin
Add Python to the mix. (Appropriate that the default Python editor is called IDLE, though I haven't seen another Python tool named Cleese or Palin. Sad)

I need more coffee, I think.  My first thought was "he's a parseltongue?"

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« Reply #158 on: November 18, 2012, 11:53:00 AM »

British English,Canadian English,American English,Aussie English etc ...
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« Reply #159 on: November 18, 2012, 03:35:18 PM »

Podlachian (you can describe it as a mixture of Ukrainian and Belarusian with minor other elements (Polish and Russian)), Belarusian and Polish - native or hardly native
English - I hope I speak it quite well
Ukrainian and Russian - well to understand speech, not very hard to read, can't say anything Tongue
I also studied German but I can say not much except from Ich bin nicht vorbereitet.

and Church Slavonic a bit

I also should add C, C++, and BASCOM.
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« Reply #160 on: November 18, 2012, 06:52:12 PM »

I'm somewhat fluent in a number of languages:  C#, C++, C, Java, Binary, Perl, PHP, etc. Grin
Add Python to the mix. (Appropriate that the default Python editor is called IDLE, though I haven't seen another Python tool named Cleese or Palin. Sad)

I need more coffee, I think.  My first thought was "he's a parseltongue?"

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Yeah, that was my thought, too, before I really started using Python. "Why name a programming language after a big snake?" I realize now that the language is named after the son of a hamster. Grin
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« Reply #161 on: November 22, 2012, 02:37:13 AM »

Fluent English, Semi-Fluent Welsh, and Fairly-Fluent Spanish.
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« Reply #162 on: April 16, 2013, 08:40:00 PM »

Norwegian, decent English and decent Swedish.
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« Reply #163 on: April 19, 2013, 12:56:06 PM »

English, Irish, Hebrew, a little Bantu.
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« Reply #164 on: April 19, 2013, 02:31:31 PM »

I speak English (US and UK), Serbian, Russian, and some German and French. I also took a Hebrew language course several years back.
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« Reply #165 on: May 09, 2013, 03:10:53 AM »

Lol. I feel like such a slacker compared to so many of you.

I speak English (native) and Egyptian Arabic (advanced proficiently to fluently, depending on how you define these terms).

I can understand modern standard Arabic pretty well and a little Spanish.

Languages I hope to learn in the future include MS/Classical Arabic, Koine Greek, and Bohairic Coptic.
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« Reply #166 on: May 09, 2013, 05:11:14 AM »

I speak English (native) and Egyptian Arabic (advanced proficiently to fluently, depending on how you define these terms).

But Egyptian Arabic is not your native language? I thought you were bilingual.
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« Reply #167 on: May 09, 2013, 06:30:12 AM »

I'm a native Greek speaker, with UK English an acquired second language. I also speak fluent French and Spanish and decent Italian (including a substratum of Latin), although all are relatively rusty now.

My Russian, Japanese, Gaelic, Sanskrit and Portuguese never advanced beyond dabbler level.
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« Reply #168 on: May 09, 2013, 06:52:16 AM »

My native language is Macedonian. I speak English well and little German.
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I speak English (native) and Egyptian Arabic (advanced proficiently to fluently, depending on how you define these terms).

But Egyptian Arabic is not your native language? I thought you were bilingual.
Nope. I was born and raised in the US. My Egyptian Arabic is almost as good as my English. Which is why I would like to think I can get away with being called "bilingual."

Technically, I learned Egyptian Arabic before I learned English (as a toddler), but being that I live in an English-speaking country, my English naturally surpassed my Arabic.
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« Reply #170 on: May 09, 2013, 08:54:41 AM »

I speak English, French, Italian, Spanish, and German, more or less in that order. I can read Latin. And I'm learning Portuguese, Modern Greek, and Turkish.
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« Reply #171 on: May 10, 2013, 07:56:25 PM »

I speak English, French, Italian, Spanish, and German, more or less in that order. I can read Latin. And I'm learning Portuguese, Modern Greek, and Turkish.

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« Reply #172 on: May 10, 2013, 08:24:03 PM »

Hope in the future to learn: Russian and Church slavonic.
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« Reply #173 on: May 10, 2013, 08:35:00 PM »

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« Reply #174 on: May 12, 2013, 01:36:20 AM »

English, Chinese, and Koine Greek      Smiley
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« Reply #175 on: July 07, 2013, 10:15:55 AM »

Learned/ing some Punjabi from my Sikh friend.
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