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How many tongues?

  1. Apr 16, 2004 #1
    How many languages do you speak?

    I speak 2 and 1/4

    1.) English (g, what a surpise! :eek: )
    2.) Amharic
    3.) ~1/4 of spanish (you're lookin' at a first year spanish student)
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  3. Apr 16, 2004 #2
    1) English
    2) English
    3) Hm... English?

    What happened to the mall? Thought you were going to the mall!

  4. Apr 16, 2004 #3
    English and slurred english thats about it
  5. Apr 16, 2004 #4
    English and my native language. And I understand Womanese though I don't speak it

    EDIT - yay
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2004
  6. Apr 16, 2004 #5


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    English and I can understand enough Spanish, French, German & Italian to get by in those countries. Not conversational though, I find it's harder to answer than to understand.
  7. Apr 17, 2004 #6
    ah, I said I'd go to the mall at 6:55 pm but I posted this thread at 6:51 pm.

    :biggrin: the time speaks for itself. :cool: :wink:
  8. Apr 17, 2004 #7
    Well 1) english
    2) hindi

    By the way where is Amharic spoken??
  9. Apr 17, 2004 #8


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    Ik spreek nederlands, I speak english, ich spreche deutch et je parle français :smile:

    εγώ να μην μιλήσουν τα ελληνικά, io non parlare italiano, 私日本語を話さないため, 나 한국어를 말하지 않는 위하여, mim para não falar portugese, я не поговорить русского, yo no hablar español, 我不讲简单的汉语, 並且我不講繁體中文 :eek: :biggrin:
  10. Apr 17, 2004 #9


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    My mother can speak seven languages fluently - French, English, German, Arabic, what used to be Czechoslovakian, Spanish, Italian. I obviously did not inherit her linguistic skills. :frown: I can't even keep track of how many languages my brother speaks, but the company he owns has offices in France, Norway (he just married a girl he met there), Germany, Spain, Italy, Japan, and a few other countries I can't remember, and he can speak all the languages.

    Monique, you are a riot!!! :biggrin:
  11. Apr 17, 2004 #10

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    English and 3 variaties of Gibberish
  12. Apr 17, 2004 #11
    Five fluently

    1) Dutch
    2) French
    3) English
    4) Math
    5) Physics

    Working on German. I understand Italian and some Spanish.

    My father speaks six languages (all of the above, barring math & physics), and so did my mother. So I can't do less now can I? I'd like to learn Russian as well one day, with the influx of Eastern-European scientists and engineers it could come in handy.
  13. Apr 17, 2004 #12
    I speak english, norwegian (swedish is essentially the same, so i can easily speak that as well), and a good bit german.
  14. Apr 17, 2004 #13
    Iay eakspay igpay atin-lay uentlyflay.
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  15. Apr 17, 2004 #14

    Rut Roh

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    I speak:

    English - Southern y'all
    English - Southern Bell y'all darlins
    English - Ozark Mtn. y'all feriners
    English - Texas style, BIG AND BOLD
    English - Western slouchy & free, howdy

    And of course Scooby. Rav Ra Rice Ray :biggrin:
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    I was pretty good at French, but then again I only spent 5 years learning it and 7 years not using it, so it's not so good now. :frown:
  17. Apr 17, 2004 #16
    :eek: Don't tell me you typed the above the message. :eek:
    Heehee, I think you copied it from somewhere on the internet, right ? :wink:

    I speak
    - English
    - Cantonese
    - Some Manderin

    My grandmather speaks a dialect that none of my friends can understand fully. My friends have to guess what she means when they come to my home. My friends sometimes ask me if I can really understand every word she says and my answer is yes. It is because I've been living with her for 18 years and 8 months. :biggrin:

    I want to learn French, Latin and Japanese in the future.
  18. Apr 18, 2004 #17
    French and a little bit of English as foreign languages, and then "doitsh" as my mother language. Uh, oh, I forgot Arabic:

    ?????? ?? ?????? ??? ??????? ????? ?????? ??.

    Hmm - that was "I'd like to order a camel steak", but the Arabian signs are not displayed correctly as it seems. Sorry.
  19. Apr 18, 2004 #18
    English and bad English fluently.

    Enough french and spanish to survive in either country.
  20. Apr 18, 2004 #19

    jimmy p

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    why you would want to is beyond me....
  21. Apr 18, 2004 #20
    Just long enough to blow them all up!

    Just a joke, just incase anyone from the CIA OR NSA is reading this, Trust me i am not a terrorist!
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