View Poll Results: A Poll On Languages

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  • I speak only English

    24 39.34%
  • I speak English and one other language, from birth

    3 4.92%
  • I speak English and two other languages, from birth

    3 4.92%
  • I speak English and one other language from studies

    13 21.31%
  • I speak English and two other languages from studies

    10 16.39%
  • I speak English and one language from birth, one language from studies

    4 6.56%
  • I speak English and two other languages from birth, one language from studies

    0 0%
  • I speak English and one other language from birth, and two other languages from studies

    0 0%
  • I speak English and two other languages from birth, two other languages from studies

    1 1.64%
  • I speak in excess of English, two native languages, and two learnt languages

    3 4.92%
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Thread: How Many Languages Do You Speak?

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    Re: How Many Languages Do You Speak?

    I'm a shamefully typical American: I speak only one language fluently.
    I know enough Spanish to carry on a very rudimentary conversation, and I know bits and pieces of other languages- ASL, French, Chinese.
    Other members of my family who have traveled widely are far more multilingual than I am.

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    Re: How Many Languages Do You Speak?

    Quote Originally Posted by 1069 View Post
    I'm a shamefully typical American: I speak only one language fluently.
    I know enough Spanish to carry on a very rudimentary conversation, and I know bits and pieces of other languages- ASL, French, Chinese.
    Other members of my family who have traveled widely are far more multilingual than I am.
    But you earn points for your signature.

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    Re: How Many Languages Do You Speak?

    Quote Originally Posted by Le Marteau View Post
    I think you've helped to prove my point more than anything else, even though the count landed a bit short of 50. XD
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    Re: How Many Languages Do You Speak?

    English from birth, French and Mandarin from studies/living abroad. I am fluent in all three.

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    Re: How Many Languages Do You Speak?

    Quote Originally Posted by Orion View Post
    English from birth, French and Mandarin from studies/living abroad. I am fluent in all three.
    How long did it take you to become fluent in Mandarin?
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    Re: How Many Languages Do You Speak?

    Quote Originally Posted by Apocalypse View Post
    How long did it take you to become fluent in Mandarin?
    2 years of worthless study in university, 1 year of immersion in China.

    To put it in perspective... I learned 800 characters in those first 2 years, but couldn't really speak. I arrived in China and could not understand anyone and spoke like crap. After my first year in China, I could read a newspaper. (About 5000 characters or so.) You *must* study though even if you are immersed. Characters can only be learned the hard way, which is learning them one by one.
    Last edited by Orion; 10-16-10 at 07:26 PM.

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    Re: How Many Languages Do You Speak?

    I am not really sure what the poll means by "by birth" since babies don't talk at all.

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    Re: How Many Languages Do You Speak?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tashah View Post
    Rosetta Stone is a computerized language learning system...

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    I have researched it with the idea of building up my ability in Spanish. I took several years of it in school, but if you don't use it, you lose it.

    I'm connected with the military and they provide Rosetta Stone on line, but there is a requirement to download a speech module and install it, but our IT department won't allow us to download anything off the Internet to install, even though it comes from a trusted military site. With that in mind, I suppose I must purchase it, and it runs anywhere from $150 to $200, and that's just for the beginning introductory course.

    With the influx of Mexicans coming into the US, it looks like I must brush up on my Spanish skills. I've had to deal with them several times when my wife and I bought hay for our horses. I got by with sign language and my rudimentary Spanish. I hate being illiterate at not being able to speak another language. I admire all of you who can speak another language.

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    Re: How Many Languages Do You Speak?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mason66 View Post
    I am not really sure what the poll means by "by birth" since babies don't talk at all.
    I think it probably means the first language you learned after infancy. Do you realize that babies all over the world speak the same language. It's only after their parents start teaching them their native ltongue that they can no longer converse.

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    Re: How Many Languages Do You Speak?

    Quote Originally Posted by Orion View Post
    2 years of worthless study in university, 1 year of immersion in China.

    To put it in perspective... I learned 800 characters in those first 2 years, but couldn't really speak. I arrived in China and could not understand anyone and spoke like crap. After my first year in China, I could read a newspaper. (About 5000 characters or so.) You *must* study though even if you are immersed. Characters can only be learned the hard way, which is learning them one by one.
    I work with a young Russian immigrant from Odessa, Ukraine. He has been here since 1996. He said he studied English all through his school days, and he felt quite adept in the English language. That was until the first day he stepped foot on American soil. He stopped a fellow in the street to ask directions, and he discovered that he couldn't understand a word the American had said. He waa quite adept at speaking English to other Russians, but the real test came when he tried to speak it to and understand Americans. Another thing is that he had learned British English, not American English. There is a difference in accents and how we pronounce words as well.
    Last edited by bicycleman; 10-16-10 at 10:38 PM.

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