Can you speak the language of your parents?

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  1. TrolleyDave
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    This is probably going to sound like a real stupid question but are you the descendants of immigrants and can you speak their language. My Dad's Welsh but I was brought up in Canada. At no time did I hear my Dad speaking it and I was never taught it. Are your parents or grandparents from a different country with a different first language to the one you were born/raised in and can you speak their first language?

    It's just always something that's interested me.
     
  2. myuusmeow

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    My mom was born in Hong Kong and she speaks Cantonese well and Mandarin ok, I know neither. My dad wasn't an immigrant though, although his grandparents were born in Italy, I don't speak that either. English only for me.
     
  3. Gore

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    Well, they only speak English, so I would hope so.
    It would certainly be more interesting if they knew another language.
    So I could know it.
    I would like to know German.
     
  4. TrolleyDave
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    So you're not actually German? Are your folks German?
     
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    I can understand and speak my native language (somali) quite well. I can even read it too.
    The problem is, there are too many dialects in such a small country so people don't understand me anyway :/
     
  6. Eternal Myst

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    I have a bomb alallalallala
    ’My parents are both Palestinian, and speak arabic, and I can speak arabic perfectly as well.


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  7. TrolleyDave
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    Sweet. Were you taught it or did you pick it up from your folks?
     
  8. Gore

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    German grandparents. They knew it, I think.
    The language didn't pass on.
     
  9. xcalibur

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    My dad attempted to teach me but he gave up because I proved to be too stubborn of a student [​IMG]
    I kind of picked it up as they were talking and occasionally asked the meaning of a word I didn't understand.
    They always speak to me in somali and I reply back in my own mix of english and somali.
     
  10. Masta_mind257

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    Since I was born in the UK, I can't speak it perfectly and there are two main dialects under Bangla/Bengali I speak to my parents in one and they've tried teaching me the other by sending me to classes although I can read the other dialect I can't understand a word, I just sit there flabbergasted when someone tries to talk to me. Also the type of Bangla I speak, I'v enever been taught how to write using it; the characters are the same but I just fon't know which letters to use because they have multiples.
     
  11. Linkiboy

    Linkiboy GBAtemp Testing Area

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    I can speak, read and write Russian
     
  12. Eternal Myst

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    I have a bomb alallalallala
    Well I actually picked up English from my folks, but I was living in Lebnan for 16 years so Its my mother language.

    I have only been in new york for a year, so my english is very bad.
     
  13. Holaitsme

    Holaitsme 10/10 would be loyal again

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    Man i my the only Mexican on here
    but any ways i was raised by my parents both teaching me spanish and english so..
     
  14. Westside

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    I can speak Uzbek and write it in Cyrillic (Russian) writing system, Latin Alphabet, and a little Perso-Arabic Alphabet. My language is about 60% Turkish and the rest is Farsi. We also have alot of Russian words for any contemporary words like electronics.
    I am also interested in learning Farsi, Russian, Turkish, and maybe Arabic.
     
  15. Falco20019

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    My parents are from romania. I was born in Germany and can understand romanian pretty well, but I don't speak it very well... I'm to unsure in grammar and often can't remember all words I woult like to say xD
     
  16. Upperleft

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    Yes,
    well.. my parents are Emirati so duh [​IMG]
     
  17. Salamantis

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    My parents speak English, Polish, Russian, and my dad a little German. I only know English and Polish, but I do know French.
     
  18. LagunaCid

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    I only recently came to Canada, so yes.
     
  19. NINTENDO DS

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    I have no Culture.I have no Parents.I have no Soul.

    Fear what it is to fear.The truth goes on and lies.
     
  20. juggernaut911

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    @DS quit spamming naughty boy


    my parents are both american but my great grandma is irish.. I don't think Ireland has a language though
     
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