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What language(s) can you speak/write in (does not need to be fluent)?

English
158 (31.7%)
Greek
45 (9%)
A Slavic Language
47 (9.4%)
Romanian
10 (2%)
Spanish/Spanish Derivitive
45 (9%)
Romance (Italian, French, etc)
55 (11%)
German/Germanic
40 (8%)
Swahili/African
3 (0.6%)
Arabic
21 (4.2%)
Coptic
7 (1.4%)
Klingon/Binary/Other Artificial Language
16 (3.2%)
Not listed.  Boo!
52 (10.4%)

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Re: What languages does OC.net speak?
« 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  ;D; 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 :D), 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.

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

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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Re: What languages does OC.net speak?
« 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  ;D; 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 :D), 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. :)

It's because of my origins, for me  ;D

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Re: What languages does OC.net speak?
« 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  ;D; 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 :D), 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. :)

It's because of my origins, for me  ;D

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Re: What languages does OC.net speak?
« Reply #138 on: October 19, 2012, 03:31:47 PM »
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Re: What languages does OC.net speak?
« 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...  :)

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Re: What languages does OC.net speak?
« 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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Re: What languages does OC.net speak?
« 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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Re: What languages does OC.net speak?
« 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.
Awesome :)
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Re: What languages does OC.net speak?
« 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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Re: What languages does OC.net speak?
« 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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Re: What languages does OC.net speak?
« 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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Re: What languages does OC.net speak?
« 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.
Awesome :)
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Re: What languages does OC.net speak?
« 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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Re: What languages does OC.net speak?
« 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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Re: What languages does OC.net speak?
« 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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Re: What languages does OC.net speak?
« 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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Re: What languages does OC.net speak?
« 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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Re: What languages does OC.net speak?
« Reply #154 on: November 16, 2012, 11:43:29 PM »
I'm slowly learning "Ebonics".
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Re: What languages does OC.net speak?
« 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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Re: What languages do we speak on OC.net?
« 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. ;D
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. :()
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« Reply #157 on: November 18, 2012, 11:50:50 AM »
I'm somewhat fluent in a number of languages:  C#, C++, C, Java, Binary, Perl, PHP, etc. ;D
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. :()

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

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Re: What languages do we speak on OC.net?
« Reply #158 on: November 18, 2012, 11:53:00 AM »
British English,Canadian English,American English,Aussie English etc ...

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Re: What languages do we speak on OC.net?
« 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 :P
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. ;D
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. :()

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

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Re: What languages do we speak on OC.net?
« 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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Re: What languages do we speak on OC.net?
« Reply #163 on: April 19, 2013, 12:56:06 PM »
English, Irish, Hebrew, a little Bantu.
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Re: What languages do we speak on OC.net?
« 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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Re: What languages do we speak on OC.net?
« 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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Re: What languages do we speak on OC.net?
« 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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« Reply #169 on: May 09, 2013, 08:43:18 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.
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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Re: What languages do we speak on OC.net?
« 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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Re: What languages do we speak on OC.net?
« Reply #173 on: May 10, 2013, 08:35:00 PM »
English

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Re: What languages do we speak on OC.net?
« Reply #174 on: May 12, 2013, 01:36:20 AM »
English, Chinese, and Koine Greek      :)
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« Reply #175 on: July 07, 2013, 10:15:55 AM »
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Re: What languages do we speak on OC.net?
« Reply #176 on: November 12, 2014, 11:23:27 PM »
Greeklish was my first language; it was only at the age of three that my Mother was advised to stop speaking Greek to me so that I could learn English quicker than I was at the time. What a mistake that was, ach... I picked it back up at 13 and I haven't looked back since. I'm just happy that one of only a handful of schools in the US that offers Greek is only a mile away from me; I've been a consortium student there for three years now.

I was forced to learn Spanish in high school; I say "forced" because my Father thought Ancient Greek/Latin, and French were useless, so he covered my mouth before I could yell "Ancient Greek & Latin!" to the teacher assigned to help me pick my classes the March before I started high school. I resented being forced into a language, so after I served my four years, I purposely let my Spanish slip. Now my good friend got me started on Duolingo to relearn Spanish. We'll see how long I last with this app!

I picked up Portuguese from a teacher at my high school and tried to self-teach myself with a book. I had no one to talk to other than rare passerbies, so it didn't go anywhere. I pick up bits of Ukrainian and Russian at my parish. My Ukrainian priest greets me with "kaliméra, Kosta mou, ti káneis!" and I greet him with "Pryvít, Otče, kak delá!" I keep telling myself to learn Irish, but I haven't learned more than a "cúpla focal" (God, I felt so cheesy writing that). I want to learn Cantonese and I pester a friend of mine all the time to tell me how to say this or that in Cantonese, but all I've retained are the bad things. There was a time in my life when I wanted to learn Turkish and I did try for a few months, but eh. Arabic, too. These days I content myself with picking up Persian from two friends of mine and the professor of my class on Shia Islam. I probably know more Persian than Irish these days: vay Khoda! I also use more Yiddish than you'd think your average Greek American would know, and I've picked up some German from my roommate.

After going through my list, I have come to the conclusion that the thing I lack in life in commitment.
«Μὴ μεριμνᾶτε λοιπὸν διὰ τὴν αὔριον, διὀτι ἡ αὐριανὴ ἡμέρα θὰ φροντίσῃ διὰ τὰ δικά της πράγματα. Φθάνει ἡ στεναχώρια τῆς ἡμέρας». Κατά Ματθαίον 6:34

"Bendito seja o que vem em nome do Senhor, o Senhor é Deus e se manifestou a nós."

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Re: What languages do we speak on OC.net?
« Reply #177 on: April 01, 2015, 06:53:24 PM »
Hello to all!

I speak English (1st language), Hebrew, German, and a little bit of Spanish.

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Re: What languages do we speak on OC.net?
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English, Greek and a little French
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Re: What languages do we speak on OC.net?
« Reply #179 on: April 01, 2015, 07:49:55 PM »
Serbian, Church-Slavonic, English, and little German.
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