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post #1 of 21 Old 02-07-2010, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
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Learning another language

Hello everyone!
So here is my question. How many people do we have here who know more than 1 language? If you learned another language, at what age did you learn it?

I was born in southern France, so I write, speak and read french fluently as well as english. I'm in the process of learning a third language.

So let's hear what everyone speaks
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post #2 of 21 Old 02-07-2010, 07:09 PM
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I speak Good English and Bad English quite well lol.

I spent 5 years getting my Professional Interpreting Degree in Vancouver to work with the Deaf.

I wish I paid attention to French in school, since it is our 2nd Language - now, that I am 33 I wish I knew it.

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post #3 of 21 Old 02-07-2010, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
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I wish I paid attention to French in school, since it is our 2nd Language - now, that I am 33 I wish I knew it.
...and French sucks. It's a horribly difficult language to learn.
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I can get by in German and French, orally and written, but not fluent. My German is a bit outdated and has a strong dialect, so sometimes I use "slang" without realizing it.
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Im in year two of spanish right now so in the process of learning that.
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post #6 of 21 Old 02-08-2010, 08:19 AM
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English (mother-tongue)
Finnish, I can understand it and read it but I hate speaking it. I get blackouts all the time xD I used to only speak Finnish when I was younger.
It's a very very difficult language.
German, used to speak it fluently because I lived in Germany for 6 years but now I can only read and understand it. I still study german at school though. The grammar is sooo hard!
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post #7 of 21 Old 02-08-2010, 11:22 AM
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I speak Finnish as my 1st language so I'm writing another language at the moment too.

We started to learn English around the 2nd-3th grade (aka when we were 8-9 years old) in comprehensive school but I neglected that pretty effectively and could say I learned it properly after I started to discuss here. But that's just written, I guess my spoken English is still pretty horrible (pronouncing etc). Even of course I got my basics from the school.

Since we are bilingual country (Finnish - Swedish) , we have this law which I think is a bit stupid. It means that also the 2nd national language is a compulsory part of curriculum in every school. Swedish started in the 7th grade (around 12-13 years old) and I included it as a part of my upper secondary matriculation examination like I included English too. I haven't still written or spoken Swedish after my matriculation examination (2008 ) at all and now when I started it in open college again I noticed I've forgotten lot.

I also know some very basics of Spanish. I think it'd be an interesting language to learn also more. It's a bit pity that I managed to take only one course of it during the upper secondary school (I was 18 then).

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post #8 of 21 Old 02-08-2010, 12:51 PM
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English. Haha.
I took french in school, but never use it. I get the basics, that's it.

My dad is german, and was teaching us kids it before we went on our trips to Germany. I'm really wanting to learn more and get an understanding on it. I love Germany and can't wait to return again!

My mom is metis-cree, and has a friend who could speak Cree so I might learn cree as well. =]

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In school I was taught Spanish from grades 1-7, Japanese in 4th, Latin in 6th, German in 10th, and French in 12th, and taught myself a little Norwegian.

Over-all I am semi-fluent in Spanish, don't remember much Japanese, use Latin on a day-to-day basis for word rooting, and know an ok amount of German and French. =)


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post #10 of 21 Old 02-09-2010, 12:09 AM
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I took two years of French in school, and a year of Japanese. Didn't pay attention in either class, but I can say a few sentences and count to 10 in French. Lol I really want to learn Arabic since I'm part Lebanese.
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