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        02-09-2010, 01:38 AM
    I took German in high school, I'm definitely not fluent in it but I could get by if I needed to.
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        02-09-2010, 01:56 AM
    I speak English and that's it. I am planning on getting a certificate and be an interepeuter in ASL. American Sign Language. But that will mainly be for work, make me even more qualified. So that can be considered a second language.

    I do hear that English is the hardest language to learn. Is that true, though?
        02-09-2010, 11:04 AM
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    Originally Posted by JadedEyes    

    I do hear that English is the hardest language to learn. Is that true, though?
    Personally I've found it's pretty logical and easy language to learn, but I can't sure know what's the official view about that.
        02-10-2010, 04:15 PM
    I'm a native Icelander so I use Icelandic is my native language
    In 4th grade, I think, I started to learn English at school but I could already say some things, I just picked it up on the computer and TV.. the first verb I learnt was probably loading
    I started to learn Danish in 7th grade and learnt it for 4 1/2 years.
    Then I started learning German 2 years ago and I'd say I could have a simple conversation in it, if I could control the subject
    I've been dabbling a bit with Japanese for almost a year now and can say some basic things.

    Originally Posted by JadedEyes    

    I do hear that English is the hardest language to learn. Is that true, though?
    The spelling more inconsistant than in any language I've come in contact with, but the rest is very easy really. The grammar especially since it has no noun gender or noun declension.
        02-10-2010, 04:27 PM
    Honestly I would think French would be pretty hard to learn if it weren't your native tongue. There are male and female verbs and the "conjugasion" of verbs doesn't follow the same pattern.

    Learning a new language as an adult is definitely difficult.
        02-10-2010, 08:43 PM
    My native tongue is Dutch. I can read most German takes me a little while but I can't write German very good. English is my main language now since I was about 6 years old.
        02-11-2010, 12:19 PM
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    I think Finnish is pretty hard too. For example we don't have prepositions but we've replaced them with grammatical cases and sometimes also the root of the word can change a bit when using those grammatical cases (like: a gull - to gull => lokki - lokille, the another k drops out) and sometimes it don't change (a cat - to cat => kissa - kissalle). Also verbs are conjugated a bit like in Spanish, every grammatical person has its own form of the verb (I run => (min) juoksen, you run => (sin) juokset).

    On the other hand I feel it's so simple when we don't have articles or feminine/masculine words . It's just kissa always and ever instead of a cat, the cat or un gato or una gata. And one of our typical thing is that we've just one word for she or he (hn), so it doesn't reveal the sex.

    On the other hand pronunciation is easy, because words are pronounced and written same way (all the letters are usually pronounced same way om every words). So when I hear some Finnish word I don't usually have problems to write it or when I read something I can usually pronounce it without problems.
        02-11-2010, 12:24 PM
    My main language is english, and I'm learning german. :)
        02-11-2010, 02:13 PM
    Hmm, yeah, I'd think Icelandic is pretty hard too. It's a really old language, I am for instance reading a book written in the 12th century and understand it without any training. Our language is very flexible, adjectives have 48 forms, one of three genders, either singular or plural, and with or without a definite article and 4 cases. Every noun has 16 forms like for example hestur (horse) is declined like this

    Hestur Hestar
    Hest Hesta
    Hesti Hestum
    Hests Hesta

    Hesturinn Hestarnir
    Hestinn Hestana
    Hestinum Hestunum
    Hestsins Hestanna

    Our verbs are also conjugated by person, g hleyp (I run) hleypur (you run) Hann/hn/a hleypur (he/she/it runs) Vi hlaupum (we run) i hlaupi (you run) eir/r/au hlaupa (they run).

    Spelling can be a bit confusing e.g. Y-i, -, ey-ei, all of these pairs sound the same and whether to use one or two n's.

    And I could go on, but won't bore you :')
        02-11-2010, 02:22 PM
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    Originally Posted by TaMMa89    
    ...are usually pronounced same way om every words)...
    *in every word. Now these nasty typos and other mistakes happen when I try to write a message while being busy with other things.

    Wow Sis that's difficult! I bet I'd never find the right word to use for example from these 'horses' .

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