(Closed) Anyone speak more than one language?

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Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I wish I did! My Fiance is from Moldova (tiny country near Russia) and he and his parents speak Russian fluently. We do have the Rosetta Stone, so I just need to actually sit down and learn, since he definitely wants our kids to be fluent in Russian as well–and I don’t want to be the only non-Russian speaker in our family!

Post # 4
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511 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Mr. W speaks sinhalese, russian, and a bit of french. I know a handful of italian. Since his parents speak english, I think Ill just stick to speaking english with them.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I am half Korean and my grandmother (who only spoke Korean) helped raise me and my sister starting when I was 2 years old.  I grew up speaking, reading and writing Korean fluently.  However, after my grandmother passed, I lost a lot of my ability.  Cry I think it is so great to be able to speak another language, especially if it’s a part of your culture.  When my FH and I have children, we want my aunt (who speaks Korean fluently and will watch our children) to speak Korean only to our children. 

Post # 7
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507 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

My first language is Spanish, and my family speaks Spanish with very very little English. Fiance speaks only English, has been trying to learn Spanish and he can understand some written Spanish and some spoken Spanish if it’s slow and well enunciated, but he’s far from fluent.

If we ever have kids, I’d like for them to be bilingual too. We have friends who are trying to do this by having one parent speaking to the child in one language exclusively and the other parent speaking in the other language exclusively, but this seems like it requires both parents to be fluent in both languages, so we’re definitely not there yet.

Post # 8
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204 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010 - Catholic Ceremony, Cultural Hall Reception

I speak Polish, and have been pushing Mr. Pudding to learn.  Despite the fact that he’s visited Poland twice, he’s kind of sluggish about it.  I keep teasing him that I will bad mouth him to our kids in Polish if he doesn’t learn ๐Ÿ˜›

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I know a lil bit of French (took it all through HS) but not enough to speak more than like 10 sentences and a handful of words.  I want to learn another language so badly!  I’ve been thinking about getting Rosetta Stone or a similar program for fun, I heard it works really well. 

Post # 10
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511 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

@hilsy85- how is Rosetta Stone? I think we have the french one, and I wouldnt mind brushing up on my italian either. Anyone else tried this?

@mmmtacos- it certainly is! And, it makes travel a lot more fun!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@pudding–that is totally my fear! Not so much that he’ll bad mouth me, but that he and the kids will gang up and play practical jokes, lol Smile

Post # 12
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3564 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@Arancia–I haven’t actually started using it yet, lol…I’ve been lazy about it. But I would like to learn at least a few phrases for the wedding so I can speak to his relatives, and hopefully give part of a speech in Russian–I think his parents would really appreciate that.

Post # 14
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226 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I’m nearly fluent in German.  Though my accent could use work.  I’m harsh on myself since I’m the first person born outside Germany on my mother’s side in hundreds of years.  I never really use it much exept family.  Or when Fiance makes me translate, haha!  Grr, had to translate like all of Inglorious Basterds to him last night, haha!  And yes, and future children will speak German.  Well I guess they couldn’t (decisions really up to them) but then my grandma (Oma) won’t be giving them their trust accounts.  Yeah, I have a super German family…

Post # 15
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210 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I want to learn another language, especially spanish since it seems like the next dominate language after english in America.  Maybe I’ll try the Rosetta Stone but I hope it really works!

Post # 16
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7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

ooh ooh me!!!

I’ve got a smattering of Spanish (I can understand about 80%, although it’s been years since I spoke it (living in LA) so I’m rusty in the speaking department), a bit of French (college french + a semester in the Loire Valley – again, I understand a lot more than I can say), and I’m conversational and almost newspaper-fluent in reading in Mandarin!

That last one is the one I’m proud of, ’cause I worked my bum off to acquire it. ๐Ÿ˜€

Being more than mono-lingual is awesome! I love it ๐Ÿ™‚

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