Linguistic Statistics

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Nov 15, 2008

Linguistic Statistics by gizmo_gal at 8:14 PM (1,713 Views / 0 Likes) 17 replies

  1. gizmo_gal
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    Member gizmo_gal QWEEN of the RadioActive Force!!!

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    What was your first language?
    Do you speak more than one language?
    How many languages do you speak?
    Where did you learn?
    Why did you learn it?
    Who taught you?
    What program/series did you learn? (For those who learned PRIMARILY from Text books, PC Programs, Audio Courses, etc...If you were taught in a class or home then just leave it blank or say "none")
    How long did it take you to learn it?
    Why did you choose this language?
    Can you read and write it also?
    When was the last time you spoke it?
    How often do you speak this language


    If this should be in the polling/contest section, then a Mod should move it...I didn't add a poll to this, thats why I didn't put it there.
    Programming/Coding languages dont count of course.
     
  2. Satangel

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    Dutch

    Yeah, I speak 4: Dutch, English, French and German

    Dutch in my family
    English on TV, internet, school
    French on school
    German on school

    I had to [​IMG]

    Teachers, family

    I speak English and Dutch daily, all the rest a few times a week.
    I can read and write in them all.
     
  3. gizmo_gal
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    Well I speak english, obviously. Its the only language I'm fluent in.

    But I can speak and understand Arabic and Wolof in a basic, conversational way. Though its been a while since I had to speak Wolof so maybe I only still understand it, my friends dad speaks it sometimes and I can understand him but some times I cant formulate a response. Its been over 9 years since I've heard it regularly though.

    I speak a little tiny bit of French and Spanish--I'm self taught so my accent is horrible in both. I plan to take both in school next year. I cant write either.

    I learned Arabic from various teachers that I had between the age of 8 and 14. Oddly my mom is fluent in Spanish but didn't teach it too us when we were younger. I still haven't forgiven her for that, as I've expressed an interest to learn it since I was about 5.

    I'm also very interested in conversational Mandarin--the dialect thats spoken in the Northeast region I guess, if I had to pick one.
    I can visually read a little braille. I've never been able to accomplish much reading blindfolded, but I'd like to learn braille by sight fluently and also I'd like to read and speak ASL fluently.

    I'd love to learn more, but those are the languages I'd like to study (and maybe get some sort of certificate in) during the next seven years.
     
  4. Banger

    Member Banger Me > | | < You ..Wanna Line dance?

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    What was your first language? Baby Talk
    Do you speak more than one language? Baby Talk, Gibberish, English, Piglatin, 1337speak, abit of Spanish and French AND English also geek
    How many languages do you speak? 9?
    Where did you learn? School, internet, home i guess?
    Why did you learn it? English because I am not retarded, french as it was forced on me, 1337speak because I am an internet user, Spanish because I wanted to learn something new, baby talk I was born with that ability, gibberish was born with for the most part, piglatiin not really sure, geek because of my love of computers i guess?
    Who taught you? Myself, Myself, Teachers/Local influences such as parents. Self by being in the internet. Teach and Teacher, loving computers

    vv What??? vv
    What program/series did you learn?
    How long did it take you to learn it?
    Why did you choose this language?
    Can you read and write it also?
    When was the last time you spoke it?
    How often do you speak this language
     
  5. UltraMagnus

    Member UltraMagnus hic sunt dracones

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    What was your first language?
    English
    Do you speak more than one language?
    English, C and assembly
    How many languages do you speak?
    3
    Where did you learn?
    home, university
    Why did you learn it?
    because i can
    Who taught you?
    myself, mostly
    What program/series did you learn?
    what?
    How long did it take you to learn it?
    2 years so far, still learning really
    Why did you choose this language?
    because I am 1337
    Can you read and write it also?
    uh... yes?
    When was the last time you spoke it?
    what? I am not that much of a nerd!
    How often do you speak this language
    every day
     
  6. Seven

    Member Seven oh hell no

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    What was your first language? - English
    Do you speak more than one language? - Yes
    How many languages do you speak? - English, Vietnamese, getting into a bit of French (third year)
    Where did you learn? - At some Vietnamese school in Boston, and in my high school.
    Why did you learn it? - It was versatile at the time. Vietnamese? My parents speak it more often than English. French? For the pure heck of it, and I'm rather interested in it too.
    Who taught you? - Teachers.
    What program/series did you learn? - ?
    How long did it take you to learn it? - English? A couple years, maybe 3 or 4 I'd estimate. Vietnamese? I quit halfway through my second year, and French is ongoing for the third year.
    Why did you choose this language? - Isn't this a little too related to "Why did you learn it?" I'm sort of losing track on what language you're referring to, my first or my second/third+ learned languages.
    Can you read and write it also? - Yes. Vietnamese, I can read it, but not write it. French, I can read and write so far.
    When was the last time you spoke it? - 5 minutes ago.
    How often do you speak this language - Daily.
     
  7. Reaper

    Member Reaper Tͩ͒ͥ̈́ͧ̓͑̆̂

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    What was your first language? Don't know
    Do you speak more than one language?Yes
    How many languages do you speak?2 fluent(Chinese and English), 1 I know quite a bit about(Spanish), 2 I picked up from shows(Japanese) and games(German)
    Where did you learn?A lot of places
    Why did you learn it?Unintentional
    Who taught you?School, TV, parents..
    What program/series did you learn?Uhh.. Bleach? [​IMG]
    How long did it take you to learn it?varied
    Why did you choose this language?Unintentional
    Can you read and write it also?Some
    When was the last time you spoke it?recently
    How often do you speak this languagerecently
     
  8. Hehe Moo

    Member Hehe Moo Moo?

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    What was your first language? Cantonese
    Do you speak more than one language? Yes
    How many languages do you speak? Fluently? 2. Bits and pieces? 5.
    Where did you learn? School, Parents, Language School.
    Why did you learn it? Beats me, how can you not learn English?
    Who taught you? Parents, Teachers, and Uzumaki Naruto.
    What program/series did you learn? What?
    How long did it take you to learn it? Canto, not very. English, not very. Others, VERY.
    Why did you choose this language? I didn't.
    Can you read and write it also? Yes.
    When was the last time you spoke it? Now.
    How often do you speak this language I speak it 24/7. English. Duh.
     
  9. Rayder

    Former Staff Rayder Mostly lurking lately....

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    What was your first language? - English
    Do you speak more than one language? - No.
    How many languages do you speak? - One, I took French in school, but I wouldn't say I could speak it.
    Where did you learn? - America
    Why did you learn it? - Learn to speak the native language or get laughed at for being that dumb.
    Who taught you? - Life taught me to speak it, school refined it for me.
    What program/series did you learn? - Err what? I remember some silly program in school called "Think".....if that's what you mean. Workbooks and junk.
    How long did it take you to learn it? - We're ALWAYS learning.
    Why did you choose this language? - It chose me.
    Can you read and write it also? - Yup!
    When was the last time you spoke it? - Just now.
    How often do you speak this language? - Every time I speak or write/type.


    Obviously, these statistics are essentially for bilingual people.....but there you go.
     
  10. Immortal Game

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    What was your first language? Either English or Cantonese, I don't know.
    Do you speak more than one language? I only really speak English now...
    How many languages do you speak? One, but I understand Cantonese.
    Where did you learn? At... home?
    Why did you learn it? So I could communicate?
    Who taught you? My parents taught me English, and my mom taught me Cantonese cuz my dad doesn't know it.
    How long did it take you to learn it? Uh... not very long.
    Why did you choose this language? I didn't.
    Can you read and write it also? I can obviously read and write English, but I can't write in Chinese.
    When was the last time you spoke it? I spoke English just now, and... well, the last time I had an actual conversation in Cantonese would be at least 10 years ago.
    How often do you speak this language I speak English every day, and I just listen to people make fun of each other in Cantonese and laugh at them.

    I'm also learning Mandarin in school, which is pretty easy if you already know Cantonese.
     
  11. Linkiboy

    Member Linkiboy GBAtemp Testing Area

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    What was your first language? Russian
    Do you speak more than one language? Yes
    How many languages do you speak? 3
    Where did you learn? Russia
    Why did you learn it? I was born there
    Who taught you? The environment
    What program/series did you learn? Nothing
    How long did it take you to learn it? You never stop learning a language
    Why did you choose this language? I didn't
    Can you read and write it also? Yes
    When was the last time you spoke it? A few minutes ago
    How often do you speak this language Daily

    This survey seems counterproductive.
     
  12. Densetsu

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    What was your first language? - Ilocano (a dialect of the Philippines)
    Do you speak more than one language? - Yes
    How many languages do you speak? - English (native fluency); Japanese (near-native fluency); Ilocano (can understand it, but can only speak basic sentences [​IMG] )
    Where did you learn? - Japanese: from college and from living in Japan; Ilocano: from my parents
    Why did you learn it? - Japanese: I had several Japanese exchange students come to my high school and became good friends with them; Ilocano: because I'm Filipino
    Who taught you? - See above
    What program/series did you learn? - None
    How long did it take you to learn it? - Japanese: 10 years, still an ongoing process; Ilocano: all my life
    Why did you choose this language? - Is this the same as "why did you learn it?"
    Can you read and write it also? - English: obviously; Japanese: yes; Ilocano: no
    When was the last time you spoke it? - English and Japanese: today; Ilocano: when I saw my grandma last week
    How often do you speak this language - English and Japanese: every day; Ilocano: only when I talk to my grandma or to anyone else who only understands Ilocano
     
  13. War

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    What was your first language? Spanish.
    Do you speak more than one language? Yes. English and Spanish. I can also partially understand French and Italian.
    How many languages do you speak? See above.
    Where did you learn? Hometown. (South America)
    Why did you learn it? Because Spanish is the native language there.
    Who taught you? My parents, I suppose? Since people spoke that language, I guess I learned it from everyone. I grew up speaking it.
    What program/series did you learn? Well, I learned English at school... I was also going to an English school thing called Berlitz.
    How long did it take you to learn it? I'm not sure about Spanish, since I grew up speaking it. As for English, I still wouldn't say I'm perfect at it, but for not being a native, I think I speak it pretty good. I'm not sure how long it took me either. These are the kinds of things you learn over time, and always continue learning.
    Why did you choose this language? I guess I chose English because its one of the universal languages.
    Can you read and write it also? I can read, speak, and write (though I make a lot of spelling mistakes) in Spanish, and I can read, speak, and write in English. (Way better than my Spanish)
    When was the last time you spoke it? English - today, Spanish - a couple days ago when I talked to my mom over the phone.
    How often do you speak this language? English - everyday, Spanish... usually every day, maybe every other day. It's usually at LEAST once a day.
     
  14. Galacta

    Member Galacta >:)

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    What was your first language? English!
    Do you speak more than one language? yeh, but im crap at it. Its Tagalog.
    How many languages do you speak? 2!
    Where did you learn? Philippines.
    Why did you learn it? So I can talk 2 different languages lol.
    Who taught you? My parents,
    What program/series did you learn? (For those who learned PRIMARILY from Text books, PC Programs, Audio Courses, etc...If you were taught in a class or home then just leave it blank or say "none") WAT?
    How long did it take you to learn it? English? About a year.
    Why did you choose this language? Its unbeliveably simple and everyone speaks english!
    Can you read and write it also? Yep.
    When was the last time you spoke it? I dont know
    How often do you speak this language Nearly everyday.
     
  15. Vulpes Abnocto

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    What was your first language? English
    Do you speak more than one language? Yes. Spanish (low intermediate/conversational skill level)
    How many languages do you speak? 2 (I also speak enough of 5 other languages to start a fight.)
    Where did you learn? 1/2 a year of Spanish class, and the rest on the jobsite.
    Why did you learn it? Necessity. I work in my family business (small construction company) and we needed at least one person able to communicate with our latino carpenters/laborers)
    Who taught you? Primarily co-workers from Mexico, Honduras, and Puerto Rico
    What program/series did you learn? I watch Dora the Explorer with my niece. Does that count?
    How long did it take you to learn it? I'm still learning.
    Why did you choose this language? I wanted to know what my co-workers were muttering when they didn't like their orders.
    Can you read and write it also? I do a little better reading it than hearing it.
    When was the last time you spoke it? A couple months ago.
    How often do you speak this language Daily when we have latino workers. None at all, at the moment.
     
  16. B-Blue

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    What was your first language? Arabic.
    Do you speak more than one language? Yes, I do.
    How many languages do you speak? Two. Arabic and English.
    Where did you learn? AlKhaleej Training and Education, KSU
    Why did you learn it? because I want to.
    Who taught you? (Arabic names will confuse you [​IMG])
    What program/series did you learn? -
    How long did it take you to learn it? 5 years
    Why did you choose this language? Isn't English a universal language?
    Can you read and write it also? Yes and translate too.
    When was the last time you spoke it? Today. 5 minutes ago.
    How often do you speak this language. A lot! Me and my friends talk in English most of the time when we're together.
     
  17. Lametta

    Member Lametta GBAtemp Regular

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    What was your first language? italian
    Do you speak more than one language? yes
    How many languages do you speak? italian (of course!), english, spanish, french and a little of german
    Where did you learn? at school and by speaking with other people
    Why did you learn it? I had to travel a lot because of my parents' work
    Who taught you? teachers
    What program/series did you learn? -
    How long did it take you to learn it? more than 4/5 months
    Why did you choose this language? cause it was the language spoken in the countries where I was living, european countries
    Can you read and write it also? yes
    When was the last time you spoke it? english: last friday at school, spanish: last friday at school, french/german: 1 month ago
    How often do you speak this language english and spanish: every week, french/german: sometimes when I need it (german and french are useful if you go to swiss and some north italian regions)
     
  18. Hitto

    Member Hitto MKDS Tournament Winner

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    What was your first language? German
    Do you speak more than one language? yes
    How many languages do you speak? english, french, german, italian
    Where did you learn? living in the countries themselves or close to them, mostly
    Why did you learn it? Our family has wanderlust [​IMG]
    Who taught you? comics, TV, talking, video games... Just immerse yourself and cheat as much as possible, the important thing is : learn it once, forget it completely, learn it twice, and you'll never forget it!
    What program/series did you learn? -
    How long did it take you to learn it? three months on average
    Why did you choose this language? was convenient at the time!
    Can you read and write it also? yes
    When was the last time you spoke it? I get tourists everyday except on sunday. I rarely speak french while at work.
    How often do you speak this language? See above!
     

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