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View Poll Results: Which language(s) can you speak?
Mandarin 14 30.43%
Cantonese 3 6.52%
Hokkien 4 8.70%
Japanese 6 13.04%
Korean 3 6.52%
Vietnamese 2 4.35%
Thai 3 6.52%
Lao 1 2.17%
Khmer 1 2.17%
Malay 3 6.52%
Bahasa Indonesia 3 6.52%
Tagalog/Filipino 4 8.70%
Burmese 0 0%
Bengali 1 2.17%
Hindi 3 6.52%
Tamil 0 0%
Gujarati 1 2.17%
Marathi 1 2.17%
Punjabi 1 2.17%
Urdu 2 4.35%
Persian 0 0%
Arabic 2 4.35%
Turkish 0 0%
Mongolian 0 0%
Siberian language 0 0%
Other Indian language 1 2.17%
Other Chinese language 2 4.35%
Central Asian language (inc. Afghanistan) 0 0%
Spanish 13 28.26%
French 12 26.09%
German 8 17.39%
Portuguese 5 10.87%
Russian 3 6.52%
Italian 1 2.17%
Other (mention) 13 28.26%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 46. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 01-02-2014, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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I saw that, but that didn't get you to your, as in sentence 1 described, "basic level" ? And didn't you say somewhere that your parents spoke something other than English at home.
I can't hold a convo in Japanese, I can only remember a handful of phrases and about two dozen words.

No my parents only spoke English at home, although they both can speak several languages.

 
Old 01-02-2014, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Particularly interested in the Asians in the forum, please vote!
 
Old 01-02-2014, 03:35 PM
 
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I posted this here because I wanted to get an Asian response (this wasn't aimed at you Davy, I mean anyone who is Asian or interested in Asian can respond even if they don't speak an Asian tongue, just saying).
Is liking Japanese girls consider an interest in Asian culture? Nah just playing

My mother tongue is English and Spanish. I took basic courses of Japanese when i was a small kid, i only know a few words such as numbers, colors, and greetings. I should have taken French instead. I can't hold a basic conversation in Japanese, so i won't vote. I am not even Asian.
 
Old 01-02-2014, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Czech Republic
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Is liking Japanese girls consider an interest in Asian culture? Nah just playing

My mother tongue is English and Spanish. I took basic courses of Japanese when i was a small kid, i only know a few words such as numbers, colors, and greetings. I should have taken French instead. I can't hold a basic conversation in Japanese, so i won't vote. I am not even Asian.
Your name sounds Portuguese because of the " i " after " e ". Isn't it that Spanish is Almeda not Almeida ? Sorry just wondering.
 
Old 01-02-2014, 06:16 PM
 
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I speak Spanish, English, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese

I know and understand a little bit of Korean, Bahasa Indonesian/Malaysian, and the Filipino Languages.

I can understand a great deal of Arabic, the Filipino Languages, and the Romance languages. Arabic because a lot of Spanish words come from Arabic and the Filipino languages borrowed words from Spanish. Of the Romance languages, Portuguese and Galician are the closest to Spanish, though I understand better the Brazilian Portuguese. The Portuguese spoken in Europe and Africa sound more like a slavic language like Polish or Russian, while Brazilian Portuguese has more open vowels (most likely due to African and Indigenous influences)

Also, the Chavacano language sounds like Spanish, but like a lower class simplified Spanish. A native spanish speaker from Latin America or Spain would see it as something equivalent to redneck or ebonics Spanish. That is not to say the Latin Americans and Spaniards don't speak bad Spanish. There are so many that do.
 
Old 01-02-2014, 08:54 PM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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^ How come you didn't vote for Mandarin? lol. Vote so we can get some idea. But yes that's very impressive!

Indonesian also borrowed Sanskrit, Tamil, Arabic and Chinese words.
 
Old 01-02-2014, 09:26 PM
 
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^ How come you didn't vote for Mandarin? lol. Vote so we can get some idea. But yes that's very impressive!

Indonesian also borrowed Sanskrit, Tamil, Arabic and Chinese words.
Y thank you! But you know, I think it's also amazing how lots of Languages are connected to each other. I didn't know that about Indonesian. I know that Filipino languages absorbed lots of words and culture from other countries such as

China, India, Malaysia/Indonesia, Spain, Mexico, and most recently the United States.
 
Old 01-02-2014, 09:29 PM
 
Location: West Jakarta + Tangerang
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^ How come you didn't vote for Mandarin? lol. Vote so we can get some idea. But yes that's very impressive!

Indonesian also borrowed Sanskrit, Tamil, Arabic and Chinese words.
Indonesian Language has borrowed from other languages, including Sanskrit, Arabic,Dutch,Spanish, English, Portuguese, Chinese ,Japanese etc.

~Differences between Malaysian and Indonesian~
Comparison of Malaysian and Indonesian - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 
Old 01-02-2014, 10:20 PM
 
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Tagalog is my native language, but learned how to speak Korean because of my husband.
 
Old 01-04-2014, 05:47 PM
 
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I can speak and understand Thai, Lao, and some Tagalog( My father is Filipino). My mother family is from NE Thailand so we use the Isan dialect too. Even though I was born in the U.S, English is my second language. I had to learn it at school and struggled the first 4 years.
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