(Closed) Who speaks another language?

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Who on the bee speaks another language and how did you learn?
    I speak another fluently language because I grew up speaking it. : (29 votes)
    17 %
    I speak another language conversationally because I grew up speaking it. : (13 votes)
    7 %
    I speak another language fluently because I learned in school. : (21 votes)
    12 %
    I speak another language conversationally because I learned in school. : (27 votes)
    15 %
    I speak another language fluently because I grew up/lived in another country. : (10 votes)
    6 %
    I speak another language conversationally because I grew up/lived in another country. : (11 votes)
    6 %
    I speak another language fluently through immersion. : (6 votes)
    3 %
    I speak another language conversationally through immersion. : (13 votes)
    7 %
    I studied another language but wouldn't say I speak it! : (45 votes)
    26 %
  • Post # 4
    3968 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    Italian, definitely conversational, been out of practice, so probably barely, but I could still take classes (school) in the language and understand. Studied it since the 8th grade.

    Post # 5
    1183 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    Conversational only. I studied Italian and Spanish. I don’t remember a lick of Italian. Spanish, I have more immersion. I live in South Florida and it’s a second language here!

    All of my inlaws are hispanic and fluent, and some don’t speak english.  If you ever saw Que Pasa USA? — That is what our family get togethers look like! I speak english, abuela answers in spanish, I answer her in english….we understand each other, but neither of us can speak the other language!

    Post # 6
    1676 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I studied French in high school, but I remember very little. I’ve taken Spanish in college, and I’m still trying to learn. My goal is to be fully conversational, but fluency is a lofty goal that I know will take a very long time to achieve. I would be thrilled if I can get to the point where I can quickly and clearly communicate with very few words/phrases that give me trouble. The quickly part is the biggest hurdle by far. 

    Post # 8
    5093 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 2012

    I am mostly fluent in Japanese.  I studied it in college and then lived in Japan for two years.

    I am also fluent in Spapanese, which is the language that comes out of my mouth these days when I try to speak Spanish.  It uses mostly Spanish words with Japanese grammar and verb endings.  For example, the sentence “I ate a hamburger” is translated as, “Yo wa hamburguesa o comemashita.”  It made communicating with people during our honeymoon in Costa Rica really exciting.  FML.

    Post # 9
    625 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I studied Spanish, French, and German in school… didn’t do well in any of them.

    Then I took Japanese, and aced it. Who would have guessed?

    I used to LOVE taking Japanese, took two years of it, now I’d be hard pressed to remember anything, although I have the feeling that it’s still in there somewhere, waiting for a chance to come back out…

    But for some reason I will never forget how to say “tsugi no shingo o migi ni magette kudasi” It’s not anything important (it means “please turn right at the next traffic light”) but I worked so hard at remembering that sentance that it’s pretty much burned in there.

    Post # 10
    747 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I speak spanish fluently, i was born in a spanish/hispanic  country and was raised here in the us my whole life so i speak both spanish and english.

    Post # 11
    625 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @GreenEyedMoon:  Ha Ha, when I tried to teach myself Russian, I started to do the same thing. I’d start interjecting “wa” and “no” in places and if I didnt remember a word in Russian I’d end up half thinking of the Japanese equivilent. It’s like “Brain trying to think of foreign word! Don’t have the right foreign word? Well any foreign word will do!” Lol

    Post # 12
    692 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    i’m totally fluent in Spanish. My fam. is Colombian and Chilean.

    I understand Italian and Portuguese because I know Spanish.

    I also lived in China for like 5 months and learned enough to get by. Chinese is freaking hard. lol.

    Post # 13
    50 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    Me!!! I am very proud of being multi-lingual. I speak and write mandarin and english. And i also speak cantonese (a dialect used in hong kong). I do a little of bahasa melayu too which is the national language of my country, malaysia.

    Post # 14
    126 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Im a South African and grew up speaking Afrikaans, but I went to English schools. So I’m fluent in both!

    Post # 15
    2254 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I’m fluent in Vietnamese as I’m Vietnamese-American. I can read and write French but my pronunciation is horrible despite 6 years of study. I’m learning Spanish through Rosetta Stone, but right now it’s most conversational. Hopefully, this changes within the next year or two. =)


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