What languages do you speak?

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Besides English, what languages do you speak?

None. I only speak English.
55
24%
German
47
20%
Dutch/Afrikaans
14
6%
Other North Germanic lang (Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Icelandic, Faroese)
11
5%
Spanish
22
9%
Portuguese
4
2%
French
22
9%
Italian
4
2%
Other Romance lang (Romanian, Catalan, etc.)
3
1%
Greek
1
0%
Russian
10
4%
Other Slavic lang (Polish, Ukrainian, Czech, Bulgarian, etc.)
7
3%
Arabic (any dialect)
2
1%
Japanese
9
4%
Korean
0
No votes
Mandarin or other Chinese dialect (Min, Wu, Yue, Cantonese, etc.)
4
2%
Tai-Kadai lang (Thai, Lao, etc.)
0
No votes
Indo-Aryan lang (Hindi/Urdu, Punjabi, Gujarati, etc.)
4
2%
Any notable Conlang (Esperanto, lojban, Interlingua, etc.)
2
1%
Other -- Let us know in the comments!
12
5%
 
Total votes : 233

Re: What languages do you speak?

Postby Lum » Thu Nov 12, 2015 12:07 pm

Or it has nothing to do with popularity but with nationality... :D
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Re: What languages do you speak?

Postby Ringu » Sat Nov 14, 2015 8:20 am

Lum wrote:Or it has nothing to do with popularity but with nationality... :D

Well, I'm Welsh, Caucasian, so in my particular case it had nothing to do with nationality or even family or race - it was a way for me to read the (very) old books on swords so that I could identify a couple of katana in my collection.
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Re: What languages do you speak?

Postby Lum » Sat Nov 14, 2015 8:31 am

That's nice! I've tried to learn Japanese some 15 years ago. I had a couple Japanese friends from IRC. They lived some 10 years in my home city and just went back to Tokyo to stay there when we've met in a IRC channel. We stayed in contact some 3 years via email and IRC. Good people. Our conversations were always in Spanish, but since I showed some interest, they tried to teach me some Japanese. Back then I knew both Hiragana and Katakana very good and 20 or so Kanji. Basic grammar and syntax. Since then I listen a lot of Japanese pop and rock music, but my language knowledge is almost gone... :shifty:
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Re: What languages do you speak?

Postby Hyperion » Sun Nov 15, 2015 5:43 pm

Well, I'm now slowly learning Spanish and learning to program, so programming languages too... I can't tell yet which is more useful :lol:
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Re: What languages do you speak?

Postby Lum » Mon Nov 16, 2015 1:00 pm

If you need anything relating Spanish, let me know via PM. About programming there is a ton of guys here (except me) with experience, so... :thumbup:
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Re: What languages do you speak?

Postby TheJuggler » Tue Nov 17, 2015 1:20 am

Ringu wrote:I speak English first, Japanese and Welsh second, and according to my ex-, Gibberish third.



Oooooh, you speak Welsh? That's such a fascinating language! How did you learn it?

Also, I've been busying myself learning Mandarin Chinese these past few months. Maybe in another few months I'll be advanced enough to add a new speaker to the poll :mrgreen:

普通話是我最喜歡的語言。這麼好聽!但是也這麼難學。
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Re: What languages do you speak?

Postby Ringu » Tue Nov 17, 2015 4:13 am

TheJuggler wrote:Oooooh, you speak Welsh? That's such a fascinating language! How did you learn it?

I'm Welsh, so it was compulsory in school. I never got beyond the basics though, except when I'm drunk, apparently!
Welsh is really quite funny at times, especially when watching Countdown in English and seeing the random consonants spelling the name of your best friend, etc.

Also, I've been busying myself learning Mandarin Chinese these past few months

Nice! I always wanted to learn Chinese but honestly, one language that's hard to read is enough without getting confused.
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Re: What languages do you speak?

Postby TheJuggler » Tue Nov 17, 2015 5:31 am

Ringu wrote:Nice! I always wanted to learn Chinese but honestly, one language that's hard to read is enough without getting confused.


It's certainly an undertaking. Getting really sick of learning new characters :problem:

At least the grammar is simple, relatively speaking.
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Re: What languages do you speak?

Postby DigitalDuck » Tue Nov 17, 2015 6:56 am

TheJuggler wrote:Also, I've been busying myself learning Mandarin Chinese these past few months. Maybe in another few months I'll be advanced enough to add a new speaker to the poll :mrgreen:

普通話是我最喜歡的語言。這麼好聽!但是也這麼難學。


My girlfriend is Chinese and is trying to get me to learn.

I'm really bad at it. :mrgreen:
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Re: What languages do you speak?

Postby F4wk35 » Tue Nov 17, 2015 10:17 am

Ringu wrote:it was a way for me to read the (very) old books on swords so that I could identify a couple of katana in my collection.


:o :o :shock: You have a Sword-collection?? With Katana??? :shock: :shock: That's awesome! Man...I'd really like to see those :?

@Topic: I've only started with "serious" Japanese-learning a year and a half ago. Means that there started a beginners course at a nearby educational school (Not sure if that's the appropriate translation...)
But even before, I often listened to japanese music (I literally started being interested in music with that :oops: ) and there I picked up some vocabulary already...it also seems, that I'm actually doing pretty well at the course. I hope it continues like that :squirrel:
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Re: What languages do you speak?

Postby Ringu » Tue Nov 17, 2015 4:58 pm

F4wk35 wrote::o :o :shock: You have a Sword-collection?? With Katana??? :shock: :shock: That's awesome! Man...I'd really like to see those :?

I have forty-something swords; six katana, none of which are what I'd consider to be *good* pieces - mainly because they'd cost upwards of £100k if they were, and since the 80's it's been illegal to export any blade longer than a few inches out of Japan.

I also take fencing lessons (foil, epee and sabre) with several members of the English National team, and archery at my local club. I just *love* weaponry, plus come the zombie apocalypse I'm covered.

@Topic: I've only started with "serious" Japanese-learning a year and a half ago. Means that there started a beginners course at a nearby educational school (Not sure if that's the appropriate translation...)

Excellent! It's been a *looooong* time since I last spoke it, I'm awfully rusty these days. Definitely try and keep using it, it's really worthwhile!
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Re: What languages do you speak?

Postby Silverware » Tue Nov 17, 2015 5:00 pm

Ringu wrote:come the zombie apocalypse I'm covered.


Until you realize the virus transfers via bodily fluids and one spits into your mouth. :V
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Re: What languages do you speak?

Postby Ringu » Wed Nov 18, 2015 6:40 am

Silverware wrote:
Ringu wrote:come the zombie apocalypse I'm covered.


Until you realize the virus transfers via bodily fluids and one spits into your mouth. :V

The bows ensure nothing gets into that kind of range, but if they do break through it's hard to spit when your head is bouncing around on the floor -- just see Michonne :-p
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Re: What languages do you speak?

Postby Cornflakes_91 » Wed Nov 18, 2015 8:30 am

Ringu wrote: it's hard to spit when your head is bouncing around on the floor -- just see Michonne :-p


Well, they dont have to spit when their blood sprays around :P
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Re: What languages do you speak?

Postby Ringu » Wed Nov 18, 2015 9:11 am

Cornflakes_91 wrote:
Ringu wrote: it's hard to spit when your head is bouncing around on the floor -- just see Michonne :-p


Well, they dont have to spit when their blood sprays around :P

See now, that just makes me think I need to let the pyro inside me, out for a bit :-D
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