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stephenWells



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(Permalink) Posted: June 08 2006,09:37   

In the context of AFDave's hopeless efforts to pretend he knows anything about languages, I thought it would be interesting to find out who speaks which languages around here.

For collection purposes, let's say we'll list languages you can either read or understand, if not perfectly, then at least functionally. Let's not list things we have only a smattering of.

My list:
English (native)
French
Spanish
Italian
Latin
Russian


Over to you guys...

  
Ladlergo



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(Permalink) Posted: June 08 2006,09:44   

English (native)
French

   
Arden Chatfield



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(Permalink) Posted: June 08 2006,10:05   

English native

Plus, with varying degrees of control:

Russian
German
French

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stephenWells



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(Permalink) Posted: June 08 2006,10:14   

Quote (Arden Chatfield @ June 08 2006,15:05)
English native

Plus, with varying degrees of control:

Russian
German
French

I hardly dare to ask what happens when you lose control of those...

  
Faid



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(Permalink) Posted: June 08 2006,10:17   

Just the ones I'm fluent in? OK...


English
Greek

...aaand that's about it.

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jeannot



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(Permalink) Posted: June 08 2006,10:18   

French (native)
English
Spanish (but I've forgotten a lot)
I studied Latin (ave caesar, morituri te salutant :p)

  
Arden Chatfield



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(Permalink) Posted: June 08 2006,10:19   

Quote (stephenWells @ June 08 2006,15:14)
 
Quote (Arden Chatfield @ June 08 2006,15:05)
English native

Plus, with varying degrees of control:

Russian
German
French

I hardly dare to ask what happens when you lose control of those...

The French and Russian aren't so much an issue, but you do not want to know what happens when you lose control of German.    :p

(And also a couple of very obscure languages that I've studied for a long time in the course of my linguistic research.)

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stevestory



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(Permalink) Posted: June 08 2006,11:54   

I speak English and Chick. Chick mostly consists of nodding.

   
Occam's Aftershave



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(Permalink) Posted: June 08 2006,12:00   

English
American
Australian
Canadian, eh?
a smattering of Cat (mostly I speak, they ignore) :angry:

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Arden Chatfield



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(Permalink) Posted: June 08 2006,12:08   

Quote (stevestory @ June 08 2006,16:54)
I speak English and Chick. Chick mostly consists of nodding.

Did you pick that up from reading Big Daddy?   :p

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Spike



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(Permalink) Posted: June 08 2006,12:10   

Hey! I was "Flood Controlled" just now!

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I speak every language but Greek.

(and you already know the punchline)

  
Russell



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(Permalink) Posted: June 08 2006,12:32   

I wouldn't claim to be "fluent" in anything other than English. I once passed an exam that allowed me to claim fluency in German - but that was some time ago. I had about 5 years of Latin, and was reasonably good at reading it, but never spoke it. Also took courses in Italian, Greek (koine), and learned a little Russian, a little Spanish, and a little (modern) Greek on my own.

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GCT



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(Permalink) Posted: June 09 2006,00:59   

American.

I would say English too, but I used to play soccer with some British guys and I couldn't understand a single word they said.  (One was from Birmingham and the other from southern Scotland.)

Edit:  And, I call it "soccer."  World Cup starts today!

  
Renier



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(Permalink) Posted: June 09 2006,01:22   

English
Dutch
German
Afrikaans

  
MidnightVoice



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(Permalink) Posted: June 09 2006,03:39   

English (native)
American (fluent)
French (poor and rusty)
KiSwahili (poor and rusty)
Smattering of Turkish
Forgot all my Latin

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JMX



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(Permalink) Posted: June 09 2006,03:47   

German (native)
English (fluent)
Dutch (not as much as I'd like to)
Plattdeutsch (old Northern German language, see Dutch)
French (forgot almost everything)
Latin (see French)

  
guthrie



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(Permalink) Posted: June 09 2006,04:14   

English.

(Although I have a bit of Scots, a bit of french and some german.  Not enough to be worth mentioning)

  
George



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(Permalink) Posted: June 09 2006,04:58   

Americano-English (native)
Hiberno-English (fluent, except in north Dublin dialect)
Spanish (fluentish)
Irish (enough to order a pint in the Gaeltacht)

  
ericmurphy



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(Permalink) Posted: June 09 2006,06:18   

English (native), and enough French to sound like a complete idiot. I had a French friend of mine exhaling beer through her nose conjugating French verbs once.

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PennyBright



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(Permalink) Posted: June 09 2006,09:03   

English only, I'm afraid.

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Wesley R. Elsberry



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(Permalink) Posted: June 09 2006,09:30   

English

Spanish - I can read enough Spanish to get around when travelling, and understand simple, very slowly spoken Spanish -- the sort you never actually find.

About Portugese - I visited Portugal for a conference in 1998, and I found enough overlap with Spanish to be able to work out basic travel instructions, advisories, etc. on the trip. Diane and I spent a night in Milfontes, which apparently is a tourist spot for the Portugese. We rented a suite for the night from a fellow, though he didn't speak English and we certainly didn't speak Portugese. We managed to communicate sufficiently well anyway.

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deadman_932



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(Permalink) Posted: June 09 2006,10:59   

English, Spanish (fluent) French (pretty fluent)

Italian and German (based on the can you at least read it/translate it criteria)

I also speak Fundyese, Phlegmish and Drunk.

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steve_h



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(Permalink) Posted: June 09 2006,15:39   

English (fails to impress)
German (could do better).
Other (can order beer)

  
Henry J



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(Permalink) Posted: June 09 2006,16:30   

Me speak only the English. (Er, the American version of it.) What few words of Spanish (from high school) and German (from college) that are still stuck in my memory aren't nearly enough to translate anything.

I do though recall reading a BB post from a lady from Portugal who moved to N.J. She decided to bring up her kids speaking English, and not teach them Portugese unless/until they got old enough to decide such things.

Then one day she noticed that they had somehow learned how to swear in Portugese. And apparently quite well, too. :p

Henry

  
stevestory



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(Permalink) Posted: June 09 2006,16:35   

Oh, Drunk. Forgot about that one. I'm fluent in Drunk. It's a unique language. It's the only language where whatever you said, you regret the next day.

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Then one day she noticed that they had somehow learned how to swear in Portugese. And apparently quite well, too.
My friend Anna moved, at the age of 5, with her parents to Germany. For some reason, she pouted and very obstinately refused to learn German. She said she then became enraged one day, about a year after the move, when her mom asked her a question, and she replied, and afterwards realized her mom asked her in german.

   
Seven Popes



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(Permalink) Posted: June 13 2006,15:20   

Swiss german, Zurich accent.
Started learning english at  at 3 1/2, watching Sesame Street with my mother.  Parents transferred to USA with intention of only staying 2 years.  Didn't work out that way..

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Chris Hyland



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(Permalink) Posted: June 14 2006,00:02   

English
Gibberish

  
Nebogipfel



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(Permalink) Posted: June 14 2006,00:57   

UK English
Dutch

I have recently been obliged to learn Management, but I generally prefer my more fluent dialects of C++ and Tcl.
;)

  
stephenWells



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(Permalink) Posted: June 15 2006,07:53   

Quote (Nebogipfel @ June 14 2006,05:57)
UK English
Dutch

I have recently been obliged to learn Management, but I generally prefer my more fluent dialects of C++ and Tcl.
;)

There's a point. How many machine languages do we muster, too?

I'll put in for Fortran90, C++ and a smattering of Python. Mostly under UNIX/Linux environments.

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Henry J



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(Permalink) Posted: June 15 2006,10:59   

Oh, if computer languages are being included here, then add C and C++ under VMS to my previous list (which was just {English}).

Henry

  
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