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Foreign and Other Languages
« on: February 16, 2010, 05:41:38 PM »

Foreign and Other Languages, what can you speak?

As the new year began, I was speaking in broad terms to Ave about all the things I'd like to learn in the new year, in particular, and the following years. One goal I'd like to achieve that is currently unfulfilled is to learn another language. Once upon a time, I studied Gaelic and French (odd combo, eh?), but that was back in High School. I'd like to learn Gaelic, properly, as it's my home nations dead language. It is not spoken by too many people, but it'd be a cool thing to know. Plus, I'd take some small amount of pride from knowing it, for whatever that is worth. I was once rather useful in speaking it, having spent one summer speaking it half the time and English the rest, but my mind has let those early years go. I, however, have retained the memories, thankfully. ;) My mind works like that, more often than not.

The French language, well I never took that one seriously and rarely made any effort to learn it. This feeling has not really changed. It is not a language that appeals to me, nor does the thought of living there do much for me, either. Although, France does seem to be a better place than most.

What I would like to learn, I think, is Spanish and maybe Italian. Both sound fantastic, and I see a lot of worth in knowing them.

What about yourselves?
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Re: Foreign and Other Languages
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2010, 09:28:12 PM »

Nun meine erste Pflicht-Station in Deutschland war, so nahm ich einen Gesprächspartner Übersetzung Buch und studierte entfernt. Ich ausgeliefert zurück in die Staaten zwei Jahre später und beschloss, eine Klasse an der Sprache Studien-Anlage bei der nächsten Station in Texas Pflicht zu nehmen. Ein Freund von Freund spricht Deutsch als gut, so dass wir beide versuchen, Basis mit einander ein paar Mal pro Monat Note frisch halten.
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Re: Foreign and Other Languages
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2010, 11:36:47 PM »

Well, i can speak Dutch and English fluently. I can read pretty much every German text i can lay my hands on. Needed to do a lot of reading in German for my studies. I'm not that great at writing German, but i can speak it fairly ok. I can also read, write and speak french. But i think that's gotten a bit rusty over the years...

If i where to learn a new language, which i probably will at some point, it will be Italian
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Re: Foreign and Other Languages
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2010, 12:31:12 AM »

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Nun meine erste Pflicht-Station in Deutschland war, so nahm ich einen Gesprächspartner Übersetzung Buch und studierte entfernt. Ich ausgeliefert zurück in die Staaten zwei Jahre später und beschloss, eine Klasse an der Sprache Studien-Anlage bei der nächsten Station in Texas Pflicht zu nehmen. Ein Freund von Freund spricht Deutsch als gut, so dass wir beide versuchen, Basis mit einander ein paar Mal pro Monat Note frisch halten.

Here's my attempt at breaking this down, without ever knowing even the slightest bit of German:

No more are/I station(ed) in German War, so no I earn Gerry Uber Bush and study on-farting. I understand Zurich (time?) and die (that) Staten guy John spat under beaches, and Klass of the Spring Student-Association while we were ordered (to) Station in Texas Plficht the pansy. My Freund von Fruend (what?) speaks German alas well, so that's why beside them, Basis (what?) near river and pears Mal pro(hibts) Monat Note fried (and) hated.

Believe I've just killed Irish-German relations, right there. :lol:
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Re: Foreign and Other Languages
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2010, 12:41:55 AM »

:elfgirl_grin: @ Joe.

I can't speak any language other than English, but I can (kind of sort of maybe a little) write/read in Latin -- though that's gotten rustier over the last couple years. Puero ad campum vias ambulavit? I still hate Classical Latin syntax: there are no rules about what words go where, because the 'which word matches which other word' is coded into each, but it's annoying as all hell. Verbs regularly end up three or four lines later than what they're talking about -- though German does that too, I think?

It does give me a hand up in reading Romance languages. It's quite entertaining to read a label in multiple languages -- Romanian is still really really close, although i don't think that that air freshener was really supposed to be "exploded" in the center of the room....

But I think it'd be interesting to learn Gaelic, and Italian or Spanish. Though, in a more realistic or useful manner, it'd probably be better to learn Mandarin...
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Re: Foreign and Other Languages
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2010, 01:39:43 AM »

Hmmm, I can speak Pidgin English (main language in PNG other than English) fluently and am familiar with a couple of other Papua New Guinean languages. I can also speak very basic Japanese but my understanding of it is very poor. I also speak a tiny amount of Italian.

Mandarin was the first language I spoke (My first four years of life were apent in Singapore), but I can't remember a word of it.
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Re: Foreign and Other Languages
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2010, 01:48:35 PM »

I speak only English. I know a few words in other languages (please, thank you, Donde esta el Bano?, etc.) but thats about it.

My 12 year old son decided he wanted to learn Gaelic of all things, so he bought a book and now he can count to ten and order a pint in Gaelic.  :D

This skill does not come in that handy for a 12 year old in Texas however.
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Re: Foreign and Other Languages
« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2010, 05:07:22 PM »

This skill does not come in that handy for a 12 year old in Texas however.

If you hang on to only one of those variables and change the other... I don't think it comes very much in handy for 12 year olds anywhere, nor anyone in Texas.
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