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Old 01-03-2008, 04:38 PM
 
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Do you speak more than one language?
What language do you wish you knew?
Which do you think would be most beneficial to know (other than your country's official language)?

I speak English and Spanish, and a teeny bit of Italian.
I wish I knew German or Russian, and I think that these days in the United States, it's most beneficial to know any of the Romance Languages (primarily Spanish). But I think that knowing languages of Asia could come in handy as well.
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Old 01-03-2008, 04:59 PM
 
Location: SoCal - Sherman Oaks & Woodland Hills
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Unfortunately I speak only one language. For a while though, my Thai was very good, not quite fluent, but it was pretty darn good. My first wife was Thai and we would visit Thailand each year for a full month.

My current wife is Russian, and I am having a very difficult time learning to speak it. I can make out a few words here and there, but I dont think I'll ever really be able to speak it.
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Old 01-03-2008, 05:07 PM
 
Location: South Florida
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I speak English and Spanish fluently (also know Sign Language).
I would love to know French, Italian and Portuguese.
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Old 01-03-2008, 05:16 PM
 
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I speak English and Spanish fluently (also know Sign Language).
I would love to know French, Italian and Portuguese.
I think that learning any of the Romance languages would be easy for you since you already know Spanish! (that's how it is for me anyways)

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Unfortunately I speak only one language. For a while though, my Thai was very good, not quite fluent, but it was pretty darn good. My first wife was Thai and we would visit Thailand each year for a full month.

My current wife is Russian, and I am having a very difficult time learning to speak it. I can make out a few words here and there, but I dont think I'll ever really be able to speak it.
That's really cool that you have a chance to learn Thai and Russian! I've never came across an opportunity to learn any Eastern European or Asian language But I do pick up on languages easily, so hopefully, one day I'll get the chance to learn more languages.
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Old 01-03-2008, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Bike to Surf!
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1. Do you speak more than one language?
2. What language do you wish you knew?
3. Which do you think would be most beneficial to know (other than your country's official language)?
1. Yes; English and German.
2. Chinese (starting to learn), followed by Spanish.
3. Chinese, followed by Spanish.
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Old 01-03-2008, 05:43 PM
 
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1. Yes; English and German.
2. Chinese (starting to learn), followed by Spanish.
3. Chinese, followed by Spanish.
How/where are you learning Chinese? I've been interested in it for a little while. I've heard it's a very difficult language to learn though, is it?
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Old 01-03-2008, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Florida
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I can speak English and German. I would love to learn French.
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Old 01-03-2008, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
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I lived in the middle east for 15 years as a child/teenager... I wish I had bothered to learn Arabic (other than how to give directions to a taxi driver or insult you).

I'd like to learn Japanese.
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Old 01-03-2008, 06:27 PM
 
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I lived in the middle east for 15 years as a child/teenager... I wish I had bothered to learn Arabic (other than how to give directions to a taxi driver or insult you).

I'd like to learn Japanese.
I have a friend who has attempted to teach me Arabic! Just the basic things as you stated above (how to give directions, greetings, and whatnot).
I was watching the news, probably sometime this summer, and it was talking about how languages (especially Native American and tribal languages) "die" everyday. I thought that was kind of sad. I think it would be cool to know a language used only in one tribe - it wouldn't help too much outside of the tribe, lol, but it would just be something interesting to know.
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Old 01-03-2008, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
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I have a friend who has attempted to teach me Arabic! Just the basic things as you stated above (how to give directions, greetings, and whatnot).
Arabic is really hard to learn. In my case I was just a dumb kid that didn't really have any interest in learning Arabic. Its a shame because my schools always had Arabic classes and my dad is an Arabic linguist. Oh well

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I was watching the news, probably sometime this summer, and it was talking about how languages (especially Native American and tribal languages) "die" everyday. I thought that was kind of sad. I think it would be cool to know a language used only in one tribe - it wouldn't help too much outside of the tribe, lol, but it would just be something interesting to know.
It is sort of sad that languages die out. It would be neat to learn a Native American language. Or one of those click languages from Africa.
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