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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 native english speaker, and can also speak a bit of spanish and german. I'm nowhere near fluent, but I can speak enough to get by (barely).
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    Re: How Many Languages Do You Speak?

    Only English fluently. I had three years of Spanish in high school and another two years in college...but I wouldn't say that I'm fluent. I've never been south of the border (except to pre-war Mexican border towns), so I've never really had the opportunity to practice very much. And it's been several years since I've actively studied Spanish, so I've probably forgotten a lot of it. Hopefully it will come back to me, and I can pick it up pretty quickly when I go to a Spanish-speaking country.
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    Re: How Many Languages Do You Speak?

    Quote Originally Posted by Le Marteau View Post
    I'm surprised but also happy by how many people have cited Russian as a learnt language, or a language they'd like to learn. I've spoken Russian since birth (as well as French and English), but it's absolutely a useful language to learn. I've picked up passable German and Spanish from studies, but, alas, I doubt they'll ever be as good as my native languages. Still, they say that if you speak Spanish, Russian, English and French, you can go nearly anywhere on Earth and be understood, even if only rudimentarily. True world languages, those four.
    I would add Arabic and Chinese to that list. Those are the six official languages of the UN, and a majority of the world's people speak at least one of them. Hindi is probably a good one to learn too, although not everyone in India speaks it and a good many Indians speak English anyway.
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    Re: How Many Languages Do You Speak?

    I think I picked the wrong choice. Didn't really understand the difference between the last two.

    Anyway, I speak English, Spanish, Italian and Galician from birth. I'm fluent in French, as most of my academic life was spent in French schools. I also speak German and Swiss German quite well.

    I'd love to learn Arabic, Chinese and Russian. Hebrew would be cool too.
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    Re: How Many Languages Do You Speak?

    I only speak English well.

    I studied French for four years but don't remember a damn thing.

    I spoke passable German for awhile from living there for 3 years and studying. It has been 20 years ago though and I have lost it. Funny enough I speak dialect since I learned it in the bars. Germans from other parts of Germany think I am French because my region of Germany borders Alsace-Lorraine.

    I speak a little Spanish from living in Puerto Rico for a couple of years.

    Finally I studied 4 semesters of Arabic, a beautiful language. Minfadlak.

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    Re: How Many Languages Do You Speak?

    I speak English, but I have studied both Latin and Spanish. I have picked up on some Chinese, Japanese, and Indian from friends though.

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    Re: How Many Languages Do You Speak?

    I can speak some in French, but I'm only fluent in English. I'd love to learn a couple of languages, but I haven't gotten that far.
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    Re: How Many Languages Do You Speak?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheGirlNextDoor View Post
    I can speak some in French, but I'm only fluent in English. I'd love to learn a couple of languages, but I haven't gotten that far.
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    Re: How Many Languages Do You Speak?

    Quote Originally Posted by Le Marteau View Post
    Hey all,

    In an ever-globalising world, it is a fact that the ability to speak multiple languages is a benefit to yourself, your people, and your nation. It is a badge of pride to be able to claim the title of polyglot, and will inevitably aide you in a great variety of your life's pursuits.

    And so I ask the people of DebatePolitics:

    How many languages do you speak?

    Which languages do you speak?

    Are they learnt languages, or have you spoken them from birth?

    Which languages would you like to speak?

    Why do you want to learn said languages?

    The poll was a bit tricky to make, and so I ask, on top of answering the poll, to also answer the questions I've listed above.

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    Re: How Many Languages Do You Speak?

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    Does fluency in the language of love count?
    It should.
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