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May 11, 2010 8:08 PM

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I'm actually curious about how you guys qualify your speaking as fluent. I've never met such a "fluent" group before and it feels like people are exaggerating their skills.
 
May 12, 2010 7:52 AM

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I'd consider fluent to be knowing 90% of the words, and all the proper syntax and grammar, as well as a working understanding of most idioms.

Still, I had two different roommates who were each fluent (using my descriptions) in 3 languages, and spoke less fluently at least one more.

So I guess it's plausible that so many here speak several languages fluently. ^^ There are a lot of places where two languages are required...
 
May 12, 2010 8:16 AM

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Dutch
English (well a little broken english)
 
May 12, 2010 9:07 AM

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English-perfect.
Spanish-decent.
Italian- a few words.
French- some words.
 
May 12, 2010 9:53 AM

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English is my first.

I took three years of Japanese in High School, but still have very very very much to learn. >
 
May 12, 2010 10:00 AM
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Latvian, English, Russian.

I know japanese too, but just a little bit.
 
May 12, 2010 10:15 AM

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English, Dutch and German fluent
French, well i can speak a bit french.
South african, i understand it(mainly because i speak dutch).
japanese, a little.
spanish, a little.
Gronings(Dutch dialect)

 
May 12, 2010 12:39 PM

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Just english, kind of sucks being monolingual.
I learned japanese through school but it never went to the level of fluency.
 
May 12, 2010 1:16 PM
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English
Shuck Face / Slinthead!
 
May 17, 2010 7:02 AM

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English and Tagalog. I know a few phrases in Japanese.


 
May 17, 2010 7:23 AM

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English and Filipino
and I know a few Japanese words...
 
May 17, 2010 7:38 AM

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Dutch and English.

Why is everyone saying I know a few words in?
Just knowing a few words doesn't mean you can speak a language.
I'd name 10 more languages if just a few words would count...
 
May 17, 2010 3:18 PM

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Portuguese is my native language.

Then comes English. I'll start taking classes again next semester, though. Although I can write, read and speak quite nicely, I don't feel very secure and/or confident, so yeah.

I have some knowledge on Spanish, due to its similarities with Portuguese and all. I can read, speak and understand, but when it's about writing...

And then, I know some Finnish and Japanese words.
At first I was like ヽ( ̄▽ ̄)ノ. But then I was like ┐( ̄ー ̄)┌.
 
May 17, 2010 6:05 PM

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Me speak the Engrish
very werr
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- bit of French
- I used to know Ilocano
- Japanese phrases
 
May 17, 2010 6:18 PM

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i dont...

i hold up signs wildly coyote style...
Its better to have burned out than to have never really shined...
 
May 17, 2010 6:23 PM

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aallie said:
Portuguese is my native language.

Then comes English. I'll start taking classes again next semester, though. Although I can write, read and speak quite nicely, I don't feel very secure and/or confident, so yeah.

I have some knowledge on Spanish, due to its similarities with Portuguese and all. I can read, speak and understand, but when it's about writing...

And then, I know some Finnish and Japanese words.
As far as I can tell from this post, your English is great for a non native speaker. It makes more sense than tons of the posts that I've read here at MAL.
 
May 17, 2010 6:43 PM
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English. Solely.

I've taken French since I was in like, grade 3, and was in extended French for a year in high school ( Canadian ).

Up in Ontario, where I live, you need to take a mandatory French class in highschool. You also need to pick up a second language course. For this I chose Latin ( the only other option was Spanish ).

I care not for other languages, and hold the belief that English is a superior language ( though I do NOT see other cultures as inferior for using other languages. Language used today depends on the past, and how they, and it developed ).

People who use expressions that do not exist in their culture, but in others piss me off. Especially anime-fans who use Japanese expressions. English is not Japanese, English is not influenced in any big way by Japanese. Your choice to use these expressions, especially after I ask one not to, is insulting.

If you know someones language, it is rudeness on the highest level to refuse to speak to them in it.

I don't care that much when they're not speaking to me though.
 
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1. Russian
2. Swedish
3. English

I used to study French, but have forgotten almost everything. I also understand a bit Polish and Norwegian.

Optime olere occisum hostem!
 
May 18, 2010 1:23 AM

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zharnotczar said:
I'm actually curious about how you guys qualify your speaking as fluent. I've never met such a "fluent" group before and it feels like people are exaggerating their skills.


I'd say fluent would mean you know enough to live in the country(-ies) in which the language is native.

I know JUST enough Trieu Chau/Teo Chew to live in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. It's also handy that Hokkien dialect is very similar.
I sort of know Vietnamese, but only enough to ask for stuff like directions or simple manners.

I of course know English also.
 
May 18, 2010 5:08 AM
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By my interpretation, being fluent in a language is your ability with it past the point where you can think in that language rather than thinking in your own, and then converting. Once you can think in a language, speaking it becomes more natural. It's actually a main part of our French program up here.
 
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i live in Vietnam. Both of my parents are Chinese but i don't know Chinese...
So my native language is Vietnamese. Then English is my second language(thanks to that i can watch and understand anime through subtitles ^^). Watching anime for about half year, i really want to study Japanese now LOL.

 
May 18, 2010 8:03 AM

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The only language that should be spoken in the US, English.
 
May 18, 2010 11:00 AM

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My primary language is Turkish. I speak English pretty well and I know some German. And also Japanese, but only what I learned from anime.
 
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My primary language is Hungarian and I think my English isn't that bad. I also studied a little French in high school, but now I can't speak a bit, it's a shame.
Oh, and I know a little bit Japanese from anime of course, but sometime in the future I plan to perfect it at the university~~
 
May 18, 2010 3:44 PM

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My first language is English and I can speck a little French
 
May 18, 2010 5:44 PM

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swedish no other haha
 
May 18, 2010 6:45 PM

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english, tagalog, a bit of capampangan-its another language in the philippines and japanese- i know the basics
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May 18, 2010 7:58 PM

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Is there anybody out there who has found they liked another language more than their native one?
 
May 18, 2010 9:27 PM

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English, French, Spanish, German, Chinese.

Starting to learn Japanese. xD
 
May 18, 2010 9:47 PM

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English of course, and I can speak perfect Spanish
 
May 19, 2010 6:05 PM

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English
Mandarin
Hindi
German
Irish ?

lol
Heaven is where the police are British,
the chefs Italian,
the mechanics German,
the lovers French and it is all organised by the Swiss.

Hell is where the police are German,
the chefs British,
the mechanics French,
the lovers Swiss and it is all organised by the Italians.
 
May 19, 2010 6:17 PM

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No-Cha said:

Hindi


Are you fluent in it?
 
May 19, 2010 6:19 PM

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k0k0 said:
No-Cha said:

Hindi


Are you fluent in it?


Er .. my dad's Indian = a yes .. maybe ... I suck at slang! x[
Heaven is where the police are British,
the chefs Italian,
the mechanics German,
the lovers French and it is all organised by the Swiss.

Hell is where the police are German,
the chefs British,
the mechanics French,
the lovers Swiss and it is all organised by the Italians.
 
May 19, 2010 6:24 PM

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No-Cha said:
k0k0 said:
No-Cha said:

Hindi


Are you fluent in it?


Er .. my dad's Indian = a yes .. maybe ... I suck at slang! x[


I see.
I can't speak high level hindi but I sure know how to give a good cuss or two thanks to a couple of friends. =)
 
May 19, 2010 6:28 PM

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@ k0ko

Lol I only know 'kuta' or 'ulo ka patha'.
Nothing else beside them x]

Hope the mods don't understand this! D:
loll
Heaven is where the police are British,
the chefs Italian,
the mechanics German,
the lovers French and it is all organised by the Swiss.

Hell is where the police are German,
the chefs British,
the mechanics French,
the lovers Swiss and it is all organised by the Italians.
 
May 19, 2010 6:32 PM

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@ k0ko

Lol I only know 'kuta' or 'ulo ka patha'.
Nothing else beside them x]

Hope the mods don't understand this! D:
loll


Oh those are compliments compared to 'Maderchod', 'Behnchod', 'Randii', 'Barhwa'... wait...I shouldn't be increasing your vocab like this.

Khair, mujhe ab sone jaana hai. Kal paper hai. Raat ke chaar baj rahe hain.
=)
 
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k0k0 said:
No-Cha said:
@ k0ko

Lol I only know 'kuta' or 'ulo ka patha'.
Nothing else beside them x]

Hope the mods don't understand this! D:
loll


Oh those are compliments compared to 'Maderchod', 'Behnchod', 'Randii', 'Barhwa'... wait...I shouldn't be increasing your vocab like this.

Khair, mujhe ab sone jaana hai. Kal paper hai. Raat ke chaar baj rahe hain.
=)


Lol GL with the paper and lmfao, 'Randii' ? xD

Kal baat karen geh hopefully x3

Byez ~
Heaven is where the police are British,
the chefs Italian,
the mechanics German,
the lovers French and it is all organised by the Swiss.

Hell is where the police are German,
the chefs British,
the mechanics French,
the lovers Swiss and it is all organised by the Italians.
 
May 19, 2010 6:36 PM

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No-Cha said:
k0k0 said:
No-Cha said:
@ k0ko

Lol I only know 'kuta' or 'ulo ka patha'.
Nothing else beside them x]

Hope the mods don't understand this! D:
loll


Oh those are compliments compared to 'Maderchod', 'Behnchod', 'Randii', 'Barhwa'... wait...I shouldn't be increasing your vocab like this.

Khair, mujhe ab sone jaana hai. Kal paper hai. Raat ke chaar baj rahe hain.
=)


Lol GL with the paper and lmfao, 'Randii' ? xD

Kal baat karen geh hopefully x3

Byez ~


Shukria shukria! Randii yeah...you don't want to know.
Kal baat hogi. Apna khiyaal rakhna.

Night!
 
May 19, 2010 6:41 PM

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Yah, it's like 2 here, mujhe bhi jaana chahye xD

Bye byeeee.
Heaven is where the police are British,
the chefs Italian,
the mechanics German,
the lovers French and it is all organised by the Swiss.

Hell is where the police are German,
the chefs British,
the mechanics French,
the lovers Swiss and it is all organised by the Italians.
 
May 19, 2010 8:19 PM

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I know English (obviously).
And I know enough Japanese to converse with people. I've been learning Japanese for only 2 years, so I am not a pro or anything.

& I know ma' 1337 speak.
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How much do you like your native language compared to other languages you've learned, guys? I'm lovin' Japanese sentence structure and French is pretty, but I haven't learned enough of either to really compare them. How do you feel? I'm curious!!!
 
May 19, 2010 10:36 PM

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English.

Took a ton of Spanish but I'm forgetting it. After getting into anime, I'm wishing I'd gone with Japanese, as I'd at least use it.
 
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Main is Filipino
Second English - I'm better at this though than Filipino
Then a bit of Japanese
Expect the unexpected... Surprise butt secks!
 
May 25, 2010 6:52 PM

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Fluent Danish, fluent English, decent German although I'm better at understanding and reading it than speaking and writing it, a tiny amount of French, Spanish, Italian and of course I've picked up some Japanese from watching anime.

I'm going to start learning Spanish starting this summer though.
 
May 26, 2010 1:38 AM

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mostly English & Filipino
with some of Japanese expressions
 
May 26, 2010 1:40 AM

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DANISH & ENGLISH!
Its funny how people think they speak some jap by watching anime.
Has no belief
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May 26, 2010 4:51 PM

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English and Korean fluent , and some other stuff not so fluent =x
 
May 26, 2010 5:53 PM

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i speak some english and full swedish
 
May 26, 2010 7:42 PM
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English and my native language. A little spanish.
 
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English, that's all so far.
Anime makes me smile!

:-)
 
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