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Posted: 8/30/2005 6:19:26 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/30/2005 6:23:41 PM EDT by Greenhorn]
I'm studying Spanish because soon it will become our national language (not really, a foriegn language is just required for my major, and besides it's fun). I got to thinking, how many people here are bi, tri, or more-lingual, and what other language(s) can you speak?

(Estoy estudiando Español porque pronto estará nuestro idioma nacional (no en verdad, un idioma extranjero es requerido para mi clase de estudios, y además es agradable). Empecé a pensar, cuántos gentes aquí hablan más que uno idioma, y qué otro idioma(s) puedes hablar?)

EDITED TO ADD: English variations don't count.
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 6:20:27 PM EDT
One.
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 6:21:06 PM EDT
I speak English and Alabama.
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 6:21:32 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/31/2005 3:53:43 PM EDT by H46Driver]
Io parlo Italiano abbastanza bene perche' Io abbitato in Italia per due anni. Io ho imparato il mio Italiano da le ragazze di il pub della' mia citta, chiamato Itri.

Un petit po du france' - non tre bien

Y' un poquito di Espanol.
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 6:22:02 PM EDT
English and redneck goober
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 6:22:36 PM EDT
English, Australian, British, Canadian, broken spanish and enough Japanese to get my face slapped
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 6:22:56 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Johnny_Reno:
I speak English and Alabama.



Link Posted: 8/30/2005 6:24:46 PM EDT
i speak english, arabic, russian, german, a little spanish.
and basic and a little c++
and army
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 6:25:17 PM EDT
I took four years of French in high school
and can speak about 7 words. I've attempted
to learn a couple of languages over the
years, but failed.

Right now, I have Rosetta Stone Russian
and Japanese installed on my computer, but
I won't bother with them because I am such
a procrastinating fuck.
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 6:25:36 PM EDT
uno
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 6:25:38 PM EDT
I speak English and German, and I can get by in Spanish. I am not fluent in Spanish.

At my company we have a teacher that holds German classes for the employees. She speaks 7 languages! She is currently working on here 2nd attempt at learning Japanese.
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 6:25:51 PM EDT
Depends on how you count. I'm fluent in English, pretty good in Latin, can avoid giving offense or being cheated in French and Italian, and could avoid signing a false confession in Spanish or German.
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 6:27:48 PM EDT
If they don't speak the english, I no wanta talka to them douchebags
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 6:27:59 PM EDT
English, Spanish, and Serbo-Croatian. (Which lets me sort of mash my way through Polish and some other Slavic languages.) Latin in High School, but I certainly wouldn't say that I have any degree of proficiency in it.
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 6:33:50 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/30/2005 6:34:45 PM EDT by Tomislav]

Originally Posted By MrClean4Hire:
If they don't speak the english, I no wanta talka to them douchebags



Neat anecdote:

I used to spend most of my time in Mexico and other Latin American countries doing IT work for a multinational.

On my very first trip, I met our IT Director for a drink in the hotel lobby in Salina Cruz. (I was 19 at the time, so this was heady stuff!) I didn't speak more than a few words of Spanish at the time. The director was a grizzled old British bastard who still viewed the world as being either the British Empire, or some country hardly worth visiting. Great guy. He spoke some obscene number of languages, from Mandarin to some Swahili to Spanish and many inbetween.

Waiter comes up and asks us what would we like to drink, in Spanish. Boss just looks at him. Waiter repeats, in Spanish. Boss just looks at him. (Even I knew what the waiter was saying, but I wasn't going to step on toes). Finally, in broken English, the waiter asks us what would we like. "Gin on the rocks, and keep it coming", Boss says.

Boss looks at me and says, "Remember, if the damned wogs don't speak English, they aren't worth speaking to!"

Link Posted: 8/30/2005 6:33:58 PM EDT
English, German and French. I use all three with the public in my job, every day. Remember, "I'm from the Federal government and I'm here to help!"

Link Posted: 8/30/2005 6:35:14 PM EDT
I can get by in french but I'm way out of practice.
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 6:37:05 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/30/2005 7:35:26 PM EDT by staraero]
3 English and German and Binary , all I'm going to. learned the other language words to say GTFO to everybody else.
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 6:47:09 PM EDT
American English and cunnilingus - better with the latter. I get tongue tied - but works for me.
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 6:50:53 PM EDT
Fluent - English, Danish and German. (although my german vocabulary has suffred since I no longer speak it regularly )


(If you count Norwegian and Swedish as separate languages, I get to vote 5 ).
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 6:51:31 PM EDT
Just 1
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 6:52:02 PM EDT
only english
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 6:52:25 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Johnny_Reno:
I speak English and Alabama.



+1

Anything else is just jibberish!
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 6:52:53 PM EDT
English and spanish. But I can get by in alot of other places.
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 6:53:13 PM EDT
3. English (obvious), Mandarin (I'm Chinese), and some Spanish (from So. CA of course)
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 6:53:21 PM EDT
Two proficiently: English, German.
One barely: Latin.

Several in the "just barely" way, i.e. about a half semester college course's worth. Russian, Japanese, Croatian, Spanish (a little better). I'm figuring on promoting Croation to "proficient" and adding Italian and Chinese over the next few years.

Jim
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 6:55:08 PM EDT
English and Hungarian.
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 6:59:53 PM EDT
4 English, spanglish, ebonics, and LEO. LEO is the most universal - you just point a gun at a bad guy and start screaming at him. He usually hits the deck and drops his weapon. Works like a charm.
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 7:00:39 PM EDT
I speak every languange on earth known to man except Greek.....................................

<­BR>

And if it aint English, it's Greek to me!
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 7:01:08 PM EDT
English and Mandarin Chinese

I took 6 years of French, so I might barely scrape by if I ever go to France
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 7:02:45 PM EDT
Thank God nobody has said they are fluent in over four million forms of communication.
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 7:05:28 PM EDT
English, redneck, and a little ebonics. And why the hell does it take twice as long to say the exact damn thing in spanish as it does in english?
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 7:05:37 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 7:06:00 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SmilingBandit:
Thank God nobody has said they are fluent in over four million forms of communication.



Six million.
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 7:09:39 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/30/2005 7:10:33 PM EDT by cmjohnson]
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 7:13:21 PM EDT

Originally Posted By jj:
English and Hungarian.



+ French and Spanish. Conversant (barely) in German.

My parents came from Hungary and that's all we spoke at home.

I went to French Roman Catholic public school in Canada. Still get by just fine with French.

Took a lot of Spanish. I used to get all the Spanish-speaking patients during internship.

I had wanted to become fluent in German but it never happened.

Link Posted: 8/30/2005 7:15:01 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/30/2005 7:21:00 PM EDT by Greenhorn]

Originally Posted By tisfortexas:
Why the hell does it take twice as long to say the exact damn thing in spanish as it does in english?



It doesn't necessarily. Para ejemplo, if you wanted to say,

"Why the hell does it take twice as long to say the exact damn thing in spanish as it does in english?"
You'd say
"Por qué en infierno toma dos veces tan de largo decir el mismo cosa en español como toma en inglés?"

Or

"I will learn another language so that I will be able to speak two languages"
You'd say
"Aprenderé otro idioma así que podré a hablar dos idiomas."
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 7:15:11 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Greenhorn:
How many languages do you speak?



Not enough to be understood.
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 7:20:44 PM EDT
Well, I’m fluent in English. But I have formally studied 6 languages all together.

I have a working knowledge of Latin, German, Hebrew, and Greek and work in those languages nearly every day.

I also studied Spanish in college but only remember enough to order a beer.

viator
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 7:28:39 PM EDT
2

English and Spanish.

Spanish only because I refuse to be left behind as so manny people here either speak both or just Spanish. Plus it has got me some nice girly friends!
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 7:31:17 PM EDT
I am fluent in over 6 million forms of communication and can readily...
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 7:36:59 PM EDT
English....Spanish....Brazilian Portuguese...some Icelandic...
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 7:39:19 PM EDT
I put myself down for two, as I could get around in a spanish speaking country if need be.
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 7:40:02 PM EDT
I speak American and I know some sign language but only the dirty words. I do know some helpful phrases in spanish -"Dos cervas por pavor!" "Donde esta el bano?" " TEQUILA!"
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 7:42:12 PM EDT

Originally Posted By staraero:
11 English and German and Binary , all I'm going to. learned the other language words to say GTFO to everybody else.





Link Posted: 8/30/2005 7:44:33 PM EDT
technically, 4

Fluent German, English, and Russian

pretty good with Japanese, but not quite fluent.
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 7:44:42 PM EDT
Comment? Je ne parle pas l'anglais tres bien. Desole.
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 7:45:57 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Admiral_Crunch:
Comment? Je ne parle pas l'anglais tres bien. Desole.



Tu et un tete fromage!



Link Posted: 8/30/2005 7:46:05 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Johnny_Reno:
I speak English and Alabama.




I tried learning Alabama once, didn't work out too well...
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 7:46:10 PM EDT
Hablo espanol pequeno.
Link Posted: 8/30/2005 7:47:53 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/30/2005 7:50:24 PM EDT by Admiral_Crunch]

Originally Posted By motown_steve:

Originally Posted By Admiral_Crunch:
Comment? Je ne parle pas l'anglais tres bien. Desole.



Tu est un tete fromage!






Mmmmm.....Fromage. J'ai faim maintenant.
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