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How many languages can you speak

  1. Feb 27, 2012 #1
    How many language can you say?
    English and a litter bit Chinese I can say.

    I am 26 year old I plan to study Japanese, I am too old to learn it?
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  3. Feb 29, 2012 #2
    2 English and a litter Chinese. it is said that someone can speak 9 .wow.http://www.rkmusic.info/avatar2.jpg
  4. Feb 29, 2012 #3


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    My first language is English. I have spoken Korean, Persian (Farsi), Turkish, Mandarin, Arabic, and Portuguese. This is because I have lived, worked, and studied the language in each of those countries where those languages are used. It is my opinion that it would have been impossible for me to learn these languages had I stayed here in the USA. I read and write all of these except Mandarin because the Chinese characters were deemed too hard to learn...and I agree with that.

    That makes a total of seven spoken languages. When a new language is learned those langauges previously used tend to fade deeper into my memory. But if I begin to review and practice it again, that language comes right back to the "foreground" and it becomes usable again.
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    JavaScript, VB, Java, PHP (with a heavy accent)...
  6. Mar 1, 2012 #5


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    One. But I write in two.
  7. Mar 1, 2012 #6
    German, English (or linear approximation thereof), C, broken C++ and LaTeX. I started to learn French when I was 30 and Python when I was 35 or so. You are never too old, it is just a question of motivation. Not being ablt to buy your "pain au chocolat" in a half-way dignified way is a strong motivation...
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    We know small children learn languages easily. You are exactly right that adults can learn new languages also. There is definitely no age limit if the person is interested and uses some effort to learn. One clear advantage of learning new languages: you learn about their attitudes, values, and beliefs also. This helps us during globalization! Good luck!
  9. Aug 20, 2012 #8
    English and I am moderately fluent in spanish
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    English and Mathematics
  11. Sep 3, 2012 #10
    Although it's completely irrevant that I'm familiar with four langauges (Dutch, English, German, French oh and assembler Motorola 860x0 but that's a dead language from the dark ages in the battle of 16bit microsoft to 32bit killing Atari and Commodore Amiga, only Apple survived that), I mainly post here to get rid of that dead link at the entrance here to an non existing thread about "the flip side of scientific..." whatever.
  12. Oct 2, 2012 #11
    Speak and write and read both English and Spanish fluently. Can understand and read some Italian and and a bit more of Portuguese.
  13. Oct 2, 2012 #12
    English, Tagalog, Spanish
  14. Oct 3, 2012 #13
    English, Hindi and C(C++ and more to join soon in my list)
  15. Oct 4, 2012 #14
    English, German, Indonesian. Ability to learn a language declines gradually after age 5 or so. I learned Indonesian at age 48 but I'm not all that good at it. It is just a great deal of memorization. Children do this effortlessly. Adults, not.

    Indonesian though is easier than Japanese. Kanji is a barrier.
  16. Oct 4, 2012 #15
    I can speak Tamil, English, Tulu, Hindi, Kannada and Malayalam, all Indian. I can speak all of these fluently, but I have to get accustomed to the region for a day or two before I can do it. Guess this glitch comes with knowing this many languages.
  17. Oct 30, 2012 #16
    English - mother tongue
    Pretty good Spanish (B2)
    I used to speak a good bit of Czech but I've forgotten most of it now (was B1)
    Really beginners levels of Russian, German, and Irish. I could get by in Russia or Germany but I couldn't make friends or influence people.
  18. Nov 3, 2012 #17
    English with a bit of Greek, Spanish and Italian...
  19. Feb 18, 2013 #18
    Personally I can read many languages but only have an in-depth oral conversation in two: English and French.
  20. Feb 18, 2013 #19
    Portuguese as native speaker, French very fluently, English as well. I'm learning Spanish by myself by reading and listening to an audiobook of Don Quijote (it really works if you have some insight on the language as I have by knowing portuguese), but now I can have a conversation in spanish being successful in 90% (+/- 5%) of my words, with probably no foreign accent.
    I also understand Italian and could probably follow a conversation (maybe not participate).
    Finally, I'm starting my German course next wednesday!
    So, 3 perfectly, 1 at 90%, 1 at 50% and 1 coming up!
  21. Feb 18, 2013 #20
    I noticed a Don Quijote audiobook is available on YouTube.
  22. Feb 18, 2013 #21
    I have to check that! I'm listening to one made by Librivox, they have quite a few, and good ones IMO.
  23. Feb 18, 2013 #22
    Do you recall the cost?
  24. Feb 18, 2013 #23
    I have a 'audiobooks' app on iOS, and they have a wide list of them. All that I have listened to were made by volunteers of librivox, and they are public domain, so...no cost whatsoever.
  25. Feb 18, 2013 #24
    I'll look into it. Thanks!
  26. Feb 20, 2013 #25
    Librivox are always free. They get volunteers to record things in the public domain, people torrent them to save the website bandwidth and then people assume that they are illegal copies since they think that's what torrents are for ;)
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