Do you know more than ONE language?

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  1. AmandaRose

    AmandaRose Do what I do. Hold tight and pretend it’s a plan

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    Fluent in Gaelic and English. Proficient in Japanese and Spanish and can just about muddle by in Italian. You would also think I would be able to speak French as my mum is French but I can't speak a lick of it lol.
     
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  2. Asia81

    Asia81 In my Ecchi World <3

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    My native language is french, and english learned at school.
    I don't have any problems to understand written english, but when it's spoken, I don't understand at all... It's too hard for me to speak it (plus my accent is kinda trash).
     
  3. azoreseuropa

    azoreseuropa GBAtemp Guru

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    Yes. I know mostly English, some in Portuguese. I also know American Sign Language and Portuguese Sign Language. I am learning myself some British Sign Language now.
     
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  4. Reynardine

    Reynardine Wrote in ancient letters, my name is Reynardine

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    I'm a German native speaker and fluent in English but my French is really lacking. I understand some written French, but I'm bad at speaking it. The language never clicked with me the way English did and I never tried to improve my French outside of school.

    So that leaves us with English.

    Hmm, my first contact with English was probably through videogames. I learned the meaning of some basic words through their similarity to their German counterparts or by observing what happens in a game when I select *that* option. When I had English lessons in school some years later I already had a fairly large starting vocabulary to work with.

    Comparing things fascinates me (I have Asperger syndrome, maybe that's why) and I can memorize pronunciation and vocabulary really well which makes it easy to pick up new words. Sometimes I watch movies I've already seen in German again in English, same for reading books or playing games, that also helps.

    Being an internet person with few real life contacts I think and write more in English than my mother tongue these days.

    I'm in love with folk music from the British Isles and regularly listening to field recordings of native speakers or taking part in conversations regarding songs. Having a native speaker to talk to is absolutely the best way to properly learn a language.

    If I weren't so lazy and always busy with silly videogames I'd start learning some Gaelic, a beautiful language, but hard to learn. I'm sometimes confronted with Gaelic in macaronic folk songs, take "grá geal mo chroí" (love of my heart) for an example, and I'd love to be able to understand the words without a dictionary and learn their proper pronunciation.

    Well, that pretty much sums it up.
     
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  5. NoNAND

    NoNAND Spirit of the steppe

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    English is my second language which to be frank I've started using it fairly more than my native lately, given the fact that i spent most of my free time here on GBAtemp which i am grateful for helping me learn better English.
    As to which my native language is..well I'll have to hide that for obvious privacy issues.
     
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  6. XAIXER

    XAIXER Kaiser Supremissimus

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    English, Francais, Italiano, Latina, Deutsch, Norroent Mal...
     
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  7. Glyptofane

    Glyptofane Death Dealer

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    I took four years of German in high school, but probably shouldn't have even been allowed to pass the third and fourth years. I certainly can't speak or write it and probably actually know more Spanish just from exposure.
     
  8. Zyvyn

    Zyvyn GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

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    I natively speak English and I have spent the past year slowly learning Japanese I can currently read the Hiragana and Katakana along with some kanji
     
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  9. Johnton
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    Johnton GBAtemp Regular

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    :grog: Same.
    Download Aedict Dictionary.
     
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  10. Coolsonickirby

    Coolsonickirby GBAtemp Regular

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    English and Arabic.

    Need to work on improving my Arabic dictionary though, as I can speak it, but I don't know a lot of words in Arabic. Also learning Japanese.
     
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  11. hiroakihsu

    hiroakihsu SUPREME LURKER OF THE WORLD

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    In order from most proficient to least proficient:

    English (Native)
    Mandarin Chinese (Almost native)
    Japanese (Conversation-level; learned in college)
    Italian (Semi-conversation-level; learned during middle/high school)
    French (Learned during middle/high school)

    On a side note...Just noticed that today marks my 16th year here at the temp! Time sure flies...
     
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  12. leon315

    leon315 POWERLIFTER

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    yes, we should really sort languages from ok-ish to professional level:

    I speak Italian everydays, for both job and in my private life; both italian and spanish are one of Neo-latin languages and they share a lot of similarities: tested on some ''very lucky'' Venezuelan and argentino.
    I can speak and write Mandarin at academic level. 为什么学习中文?Why study Chinese? I think both western economy and markets are very saturated, I see China, the emerging market has far more potential for further investments. Japanese comes from Chinese, that means i'm able to read and understand all Kanjis too!
    self-taught English, good enough for travelling or going through gbatemp's hacking guides.
     
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  13. the_randomizer

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    Yup, semi-fluent in Japanese, even lived abroad back in 2005 :P
    Still retain most of what I learned
     
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  14. leon315

    leon315 POWERLIFTER

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    do you know french Overwatch pro player SOon? his english has very strong french accent! it's hilarious when listen to!
     
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  15. MicmasH_W

    MicmasH_W Doofy snow leopard

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    I understand spanish a litttle bit but don't use it at all...
    Que paso hombre? No mucho, mi escuela esta terrible porque mi
    ok i give up

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    The more you know!
     
  16. leon315

    leon315 POWERLIFTER

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    why? are you ashamed of ur country?
     
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  17. Wolcliff

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    German is my first language, my english is pretty good,
    and I know enough french to order a pizza, but not much more.
    If I tried really hard I might also be able to order a pizza in Spanish :-) Much worse than my french though.
     
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  18. MicmasH_W

    MicmasH_W Doofy snow leopard

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    Here's how you'd do it in italian:
    pizza
     
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  19. Wolcliff

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    well, I might also be able to choose the toppings and tell where to deliver it to ;-)
    in Italian, not so much....
     
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  26. WeedZ

    WeedZ Possibly an Enlightened Being

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    @Wolcliff I think your internet had a seizure
     
  27. Sora Takihawa

    Sora Takihawa Planeptunes Male CPU

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    i know German, Turkish and English
     
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  28. Wolcliff

    Wolcliff Member

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    sadly yes :-(
    thanks for clearing it up
     
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  29. VinsCool

    VinsCool Cattus Incerta Tacitusque

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    French is my first language.
    English was poorly taught in schools here, as a result, I sucked for a very long time.
    Thankfully, I eventually found my way and I would now consider myself decent with English, as long as you could stand this thick Québecois accent.
     
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  30. MarcusCarter

    MarcusCarter Furret Freek

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    I know tiny amounts of C# and Python, but not enough to code anything. I can create decent cheat codes, though, but I don't think that counts. :unsure:
     
  31. NoNAND

    NoNAND Spirit of the steppe

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    To some extent yes.
     
  32. GrumpCatPie

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    I can write and understand Spanish, but reading it and speaking it are slow in my mind, I also tend to blank certain easy words. Even in my native language English I tend to stutter when nervous, and in Spanish it gets a little worse since I am always nervous when speaking another language.
     
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