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How many foreign languages do you speak/read?

  1. I speak no other language except my native language

    18 vote(s)
    25.0%
  2. I speak/read one foreign language

    23 vote(s)
    31.9%
  3. I speak/read two foreign languages

    17 vote(s)
    23.6%
  4. I speak/read three or more foreign languages

    17 vote(s)
    23.6%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Jan 29, 2007 #1
    I'm pretty fluent in English and German.My Russian needs a significant improvement,however.
     
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  3. Jan 29, 2007 #2

    jtbell

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    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.
     
  4. Jan 29, 2007 #3

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    My native language is English.

    I have the literacy of a two-year-old in about three others.
     
  5. Jan 29, 2007 #4

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    English is my native language but I speak German and am fairly competant at French.
     
  6. Jan 29, 2007 #5

    radou

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    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: )
     
  7. Jan 29, 2007 #6

    brewnog

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    Fluent in English English, can read French, and can speak 'holiday French'. And I can say "cheers" in Finnish!
     
  8. Jan 29, 2007 #7

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    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.
     
  9. Jan 29, 2007 #8
    Croatian is my native language.
     
  10. Jan 29, 2007 #9
    Finnish? Have you tried Hungarian also? The ugric language group is fascinating as it sounds NOTHING like any other European language
     
  11. Jan 29, 2007 #10
    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
     
  12. Jan 29, 2007 #11

    Kurdt

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    Is that a good surprise or bad surprise?
     
  13. Jan 29, 2007 #12

    radou

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    Pozdrav, zemljache! :cool:

    Actually, most of the people speak 2 foreign languages, at least based on my experience.
     
  14. Jan 29, 2007 #13
    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.
     
  15. Jan 29, 2007 #14
    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.
     
  16. Jan 29, 2007 #15

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    You're right, but I was actually referring to 'well-educated' people in general (whatever that term is supposed to mean).
     
  17. Jan 29, 2007 #16

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    To speak true English English you must also know the difference between a toucan crossing, a pegasus crossing, and a puffin crossing.
     
  18. Jan 29, 2007 #17
    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.
     
  19. Jan 29, 2007 #18

    Ivan Seeking

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    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.
     
  20. Jan 29, 2007 #19

    cristo

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    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!
     
  21. Jan 29, 2007 #20

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    Its a zebra crossing on a fly-over.
     
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