I'm pretty fluent in English and German.My Russian needs a significant improvement,however.
Might want to mention your native language, for a point of reference, while you're at it.
As for me, (American) English is my native language. My "best" foreign languages (the ones I try to keep up with by reading regularly, at least) are German and Finnish, so I'll put down "two". I've also studied some Spanish and Russian, so I can read street signs and other simple stuff, but I can't say I know them well.
My native language is English.
I have the literacy of a two-year-old in about three others.
English is my native language but I speak German and am fairly competant at French.
My native language is Croatian. It's obvious what's the first non-native language I speak, und hier ist auch die zweite solche Sprache.
(...et mon Francais est terrible. :tongue2: )
Fluent in English English, can read French, and can speak 'holiday French'. And I can say "cheers" in Finnish!
Good point. I'm fluent in American English and semi-fluent in English English - at least I know the difference between a zebra crossing and a pelican crossing.
Croatian is my native language.
Finnish? Have you tried Hungarian also? The ugric language group is fascinating as it sounds NOTHING like any other European language
It's surprising to me that 2 foreign languages has the most votes at the moment. Also, whoever made the poll should not have made it legal to select multiple options :D
Is that a good surprise or bad surprise?
Actually, most of the people speak 2 foreign languages, at least based on my experience.
Good surprise :tongue:
I kinda doubt this one...perhaps on this forum where most people are intelligent and affluent that's true, but I'm not sure if it's true in general. I would think that most people speak one foreign language because they're either forced to learn a second language in school (my case), or their parents are immigrants and speak another language at home. And unless you spend a significant amount of time in another country that speaks the language you learned in school, it's doubtful that you're going to be fluent in that language.
My native language is English. I am fluent and literate in Japanese. When I was young I was fluent and literate in Hebrew, but I have forgotten it, so I only gave myself credit for one foreign language. My wife's native language is Chinese. She also speaks Taiwanese and Japanese. She had a hard time when she came to the US as we could only find schools that teach English as a second language.
You're right, but I was actually referring to 'well-educated' people in general (whatever that term is supposed to mean).
To speak true English English you must also know the difference between a toucan crossing, a pegasus crossing, and a puffin crossing.
I think you would be surprised, in Europe at least the only mono-linguals are typically Francophones and Anglophones. The rest of Europe speaks at least 2 langauges, typically.
American English, with a year of German in college, many hispanic friends as a kid thus a fair amount of Spanish back then, a bit of Russian, enough French to order coffee in Paris, and Pig Latin, which Tsu and I use to keep the cats in the dark.
What's a pegasus crossing? I've never heard of that before!
With regard to the question, I only speak English; oh, and a bit of French from school, but I doubt that's counted!
Its a zebra crossing on a fly-over.
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