How many of you speak more than one language ?

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 31
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79 posts
Worker bee

Spanish (naive  language) and English fluently.

Post # 32
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

English and French. I can sort of speak Spanish but understand more than speak and write. I took a few Russian classes. I hope to learn Dutch once living in the Netherlands. 

Post # 33
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Busy bee

I grew up only speaking English. However, when I joined the Peace Corps after college I had three months to learn Swahili before being tossed to the wolves in some tiny village in Tanzania. I noticed when I lived there, after about a year, I even started thinking and dreaming in Swahili. Now that I’m back in the States and have been living here for several years I’ve completly switched over to English except when I’m talking to people back from TZ. I do LOVE calling and talking to other returned peace corps volunteers and speaking Swahili to them. I went back to Tanzania this past summer for a visit and was able to immediately switch back to Swahili no problem. I do yell in swahili when I’m mad and my SO thinks it’s hilarious

Post # 34
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

I speak Korean and English fluently but only do so because I was born in Korea and my parents speak it to me and English because I grew up in the US. 

Post # 35
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

English is my native language. I also know a decent amount of Spanish (through school) and am fluent in Russian (through work). I’m excited to see so many multilingual bees here! 🙂 I also tried to learn Italian and failed at it. 

Post # 36
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

English is my mother tongue. I learned Spanish in middle school and continued to learn into college. I can speak it with my students who are 97% Hispanic and 35% English language learners. I’m conversationally fine but still feel nervous teaching in Spanish.

I learned some Russian when my husband and I got together since he is from Russia and I wanted to be able to communicate with the grandparents. I also knew eventually we will teach our children Russian and I don’t want to be left out of the conversations. And I’m only partially conversationally okay, although I’ve been told multiple times that I have no American accent when I speak Russian. 

Post # 37
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187 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

Fluent in English and Spanish 

Post # 38
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Oh I forgot. I can also read Arabic and understand Hindi. 

Post # 39
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016 - Wedgewood Las Vegas

English is my first language.

I’m absolutely horrible at any soft languages like Spanish. I just never could get it.

I ended up taking German in Highschool and loved it! Not fluent, but I could hold my own in a conversation and read it well. I took about 3 years of it in highschool, and continued to use it a bit in college. I actually ended up using primarly German in the southern parts of Spain when I went there for a college course (apparently parts of southern Spain are big vacation spots for Germans).

Unfortunatly, I haven’t had to use it over 10 years, so I’m afraid I’ve lost a fair bit of it. I don’t think it would be hard for me to get back into it, however.

Now, I’d love to learn Polish due to my work (company I work for is owned by the Polish). I think it would be really useful for me to be able to converse in their language. I’m looking into the Rosetta Stone software, but haven’t pulled the trigger yet.

Post # 40
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Busy bee

My mother is Chinese, father Hungarian and was raised in Australia, so I was raised speaking all three in a muddied language all my own. Neither of my parents could speak English or the other’s tongue well, so I became the family translator, until I went to school. The teachers were extra hard on me, because I wasn’t speaking anything really, a bastardisation of everything at home. Speaking anything other than English was banned at this school (it was the 80’s) so my parents tried harder to only speak English around me. I regret it, because while I’m still fluent enough in Mandarin, my conversation style is halting, trying to think of correct words or syntax structure. As for Hungarian, I could get from one end of the country to the other without starving/getting lost/bladder bursts (without using books or google) and can watch the news, but I speak it like a 10 year old. 

Post # 41
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Bumble bee

i speak 2 langauges fluently. my native Language and English  (eventhough my phone and autocorrect on this site might indicate something different). I studied French for 5 years but I have forgotten everything. I also took some basics in Swedish and Chinese (mandatory in my school), Italian and German. I would like to take up Italian again.

Post # 42
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Busy bee

English is my native language. I also speak Italian because it was compulsory in primary and high school. Other than that I speak small amounts of various languages just from being around friends and family of those cultures – Spanish, Russian and Cantonese.

Post # 43
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Newbee

I speak Spanish, English and Italian. I can understand some basic French. By the end of 2018 I hope to be able to watch and understand movies in French or read a book written in French.

Post # 44
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1135 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2018 - Fremont, CA

My native language is Brazilian Portuguese. I’m fluent in English and somewhat fluent in French and German. 

Post # 45
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662 posts
Busy bee

I speak English and French. My Fiance speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, and he’s currently working on Cantonese. I’m working on Spanish. 

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