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Postby imprimatur13 » Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:47 pm

I'm kind of a hobbyist (read: terrible) linguist, and I was just wondering what languages you folks speak! We may have some real (read: not like me) polyglots here...

I speak fluent English, intermediate Ancient Hebrew/Aramaic (unfortunately somewhat decayed due to lack of use...), upper-beginner Japanese/Latin, and assorted bits of a bunch of others.
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Postby Gus Hanson » Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:49 pm

I'm fluent in English and Spanish and I know some bits of French and Japanese mostly due to watching foreign movies.
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Postby pwhodges » Wed Aug 30, 2017 2:10 am

Huh! Someone started this exact same thread at the QC forum yesterday... So this is what I wrote:

I speak only English. However, I can just about manage shopping and getting a room for the night in French and German. As I now have a Japanese daughter-in-law I am trying to start a Japanese course - but I doubt, with so little language-fu to build on and the ravages of age on my memory capacity, that I will reach a useful level with it (however interesting I may find what I do learn).
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Postby Reichu » Wed Aug 30, 2017 2:30 am

Only English.

My Japanese is all over the place and I wouldn't know how to grade it, short of taking a proficiency test. Much better than nothing, but absolute garbage compared to being fluent.

Took a couple years each of German and Latin back in school. Know most of the Greek and Cyrillic alphabets.
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Postby ErgoProxy » Wed Aug 30, 2017 2:42 am

Polish and some kind of Engrish. I was learning Russian when it was compulsory in schools and some basics of German, but sadly I forgot everything, besides Cyrillic. I would gladly learn Japanese though, but the writing system is convoluted enough to make me postpone this ordeal on and on.
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Postby pwhodges » Wed Aug 30, 2017 2:45 am

View Original PostReichu wrote:My Japanese is all over the place and I wouldn't know how to grade it, short of taking a proficiency test. Much better than nothing, but absolute garbage compared to being fluent.

Have you taken courses, or are you self-taught?
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Postby Reichu » Wed Aug 30, 2017 2:57 am

A combination of the two. My school only offered up to intermediate. All these years later I can't really say anything useful and my unassisted reading comprehension is probably that of a small child. Though I suppose I know enough about what I don't know that, under the right circumstances, it's possible I would "clean up nicely".
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Postby child of Lilith » Wed Aug 30, 2017 3:46 am

Just english for me.
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Postby Joseki » Wed Aug 30, 2017 4:52 am

I speak two languages, italian and english. Languages that I understand without being a fluent speaker are french and spanish. I can read latin but I'm getting rusty and I can't speak it at all.
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