Just for fun – Language

posted 3 months ago in Intercultural
Post # 16
Member
44 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I already spoke well Italian as I live here for years before I met my fiancé but now I speak a lot better of course as we speak together in Italian. He does speak pretty good English as he studied so we chose to speak a mix of both. My daughter speaks both languages as well as two others so our house is a bit mixed sometimes. He is from scicilyso that makes things harder as their local dialect is much different than the Italian we speak here in the north. I hope to one day learn his dialect enough to understand when his family are speaking. Generally they do try to speak normal Italian when I am there. 

Post # 17
Member
246 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

morokuri :  Hahaha. My dad’s side of the family have lived in Scotland since I was a baby and husband just has no idea what is going on, just smiles and nods!

Post # 18
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923 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

My husband only speaks English, but I am fluent in English and Spanish. We are both Latinos, but he is what my family calls “white washed”. He has no interest in learning and it bothers me a little because my dad only speaks Spanish. So they hardly speak

Post # 19
Member
40 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2018

My father speaks Hebrew and my mother speaks Thai. My fh comes grew up speaking only English, but he took a trip to his father’s homeland, Israel, at some point and learned Hebrew. Soon afterwards he moved to Israel and met me, when he already had excellent hebrew. He is able to speak to my father’s side in Hebrew very fluently though he’d disagree with me. He’s actually interested in speaking Thai but since it’s such a small language that’s difficult to learn I actually told him that it’s not a good idea. His mother is originally from holland and I may actually learn Dutch one day, even though my fh doesn’t even speak Dutch. 

Post # 20
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735 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I am British but living in West Africa. My mother tongue is English, I speak fluent French, I speak reasonable W (the local trade language) and I am gradually learning K (my SO’s mother tongue) but so far can just do greetings and very basic stuff.

My SO is West African. His mother tongue is K. He speaks fluent W, plus a couple of other local lanugages, and French from having been educated in it. He learnt English as school but is still a beginner. 

We generally speak French with one another. I speak mostly W with his family. My parents speak basic French so they speak French together but don’t often communicate. We are teaching one another our languages. I hope to progress a lot before we get married, but language learning can be ever so frustrating sometimes!

Post # 22
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735 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

akshali2000 :  but what’s worse is that it’s the norm here for people to speak 3, 4, 5 or more languages…. so they don’t get why I can’t just speak all the languages already!

Post # 24
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735 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

akshali2000 :  thanks! Have you started learning Tamil? Do you have a plan for doing so?

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