View Full Version : Where Are you from and How Many Languages Do you Speak?

Feb 21st, 2002, 07:02 PM
I know this has probably been asked before, but Im interested!

Live in England
Born In Spain

English, Spanish - fluently
Portugese - limited
French - very,very limited!

Feb 21st, 2002, 07:06 PM
dutch, french, english and german

Feb 21st, 2002, 07:09 PM

1/2 French (GCSE :p)

Feb 21st, 2002, 07:10 PM
Im Flemish and i speak dutch, english, german and french

Feb 21st, 2002, 07:11 PM

fluid: Dutch, English
less good: French, German
lil: Spanish, Italian

and Latin but you don't speak that ;)

Feb 21st, 2002, 07:14 PM
I'm flemish

i speak dutch, french, english and i'm learning german

Feb 21st, 2002, 07:20 PM
I'm English

I can speak limited German & French plus fluent English

Feb 21st, 2002, 07:27 PM
I speak english, Canadian and Southern!;)

Feb 21st, 2002, 07:30 PM
I can speak fluent dutch
not so fluent german and english
and I know a few words in french but I can`t speak it!(at least not at my exam;) )

Feb 21st, 2002, 07:41 PM
I live in England.

Bilingual in English & Gujarati.

Studying Latin & Greek but you don't really speak those.

French, Spanish, Hindi decent.

Italian sort of.

Feb 21st, 2002, 07:46 PM
Why Barrie I do declare, do you speak southern also.
I speak English and some spanish

Feb 21st, 2002, 07:49 PM
I'm from Spain and I speak spanish(of course),catalan,french,english and a bit of russian.

Feb 21st, 2002, 07:54 PM
I live in Buenos Aires, Argentina:) So, my native language is spanish.

Also speak english , a little french and italian.

Portuguese, I understand it , but I don't speak

Feb 21st, 2002, 08:05 PM
I live in The Netherlands:bounce:

I speak Dutch and English pretty well, and I can speak a little bit of German and French.
I can read Latin and Greek!:p

Feb 21st, 2002, 08:10 PM
I'm English, and I can speak a bit of German- learning it for GCSE.

And also, whatever I've picked up while on holiday in Greek and Spanish speaking countries!

Feb 21st, 2002, 10:06 PM
Im 14, from Brazil ;)



Learning now:


Feb 21st, 2002, 10:46 PM
Caio Braz i had no idea your were only 14.
Seu realmente inteligente! :D

Big Fat Pink Elephant
Feb 21st, 2002, 11:25 PM
Born in Taiwan, live in Norway :bounce:

Fluently: Norwegian, English
'Very' Good: Chinese Mandarin
Learning: French
Very limited: German

I understand the Scandianvian languages too. :bounce:

Feb 21st, 2002, 11:31 PM
Born in France, living in France but soon leaving for Italy for three months :bounce:

-Fluently: french
-Good: english
-Not so good: spanish
-Not good: German and italian

Feb 21st, 2002, 11:35 PM
Marri, er du sikker? også Søvigcitiesk? ;)

btw, I only speak Søvigcitiesk! ;)

But I can understand Scandinavian lang. and German, English and some Dutch.

Feb 21st, 2002, 11:36 PM
I'm from Belgium

Fluently : Dutch, English, French
Decent : German, Swedish
Some : Spanish, Italian and the other Scandinavian languages

Feb 21st, 2002, 11:48 PM

French; good enough to get by in Paris last week :)

Big Fat Pink Elephant
Feb 21st, 2002, 11:48 PM
Hvem forstår hva jeg sier nå? :p ;) Ja, jeg er sikker, jeg skjønner dansk og svensk! ;)
Jørn, you're talking about a dialect right? I don't think I've heard about it... ;)

Hello Joshy! :)

Feb 22nd, 2002, 12:02 AM
Marri, Ja, Vi er kun ret få, der kan forstå det. ;)

btw, Now we are 5 posters there can understand Swedish!

Feb 22nd, 2002, 12:04 AM
Whoa, so many smart people on these boards! How can you learn so many languages? Yeah, I'm from the US of A and I speak English. I can fake a southern, eastern coast and New York accent. Do those count as other languages? And this is my fourth year in French class. I understand it rather well, but I can't speak it worth anything. I'm in awe of you guys.

Feb 22nd, 2002, 12:14 AM
Live in US
Born in Estonia

I speak Estonian, English and Russian. :D
I understand Finnish pretty well, but I don't think I can speak it well any more -- it has been like 12 years since I last spoke in Finnish. :)
And, I can understand small bits and pieces of Spanish and Italian, but my Spanish and Italian knowledge really is very limited. :(

Feb 22nd, 2002, 01:36 AM

Fluent - English and Macedonian
Good- Yugoslav etc..

I want to learn the following languages at some point..
'wanting' and actually doing it is another thing :rolleyes:

Feb 22nd, 2002, 01:44 AM
Born in Ukraine, now live in US.

Fluent in: Russian, Ukrainian
Nearly Fluent: English
Learning: Spanish

Ted of Teds Tennis
Feb 22nd, 2002, 01:46 AM
From: New York State, USA (well north of NYC)

Speak fluently: English

Speak well enough to communicate in threads on the 'net: German and Russian

Learned in school: French (mais je le parle très mal)

I also studied Esperanto once....


Martian Stacey
Feb 22nd, 2002, 01:53 AM
I'm from Australia

I can speak fluent English, and i studeied French for 3 years, so i can speak that ok. I'd love to learn German as well, but they don't offer it as a subject at my school, so i haven't had the chance to yet.

Bright Red
Feb 22nd, 2002, 03:11 AM
Originally posted by DivideMeByZero
I'm in awe of you guys.

Ditto, ME/0.

I'm almost too embarrassed to admit that I only speak English.

(But I can count to 10 in several languages)[

Feb 22nd, 2002, 03:18 AM
New Zealand

Fluently: English, Maori, Swahili, Zulu, Afrikaan
Currently Learning Japanese
Limited: German French

Feb 22nd, 2002, 08:33 AM
Oh God, well there's English, and that's fluent (I hope!) :p

My French is decent. I can understand people speaking to me very well, but get very self-conscious about speaking it (though now I have more french and french-speaking friends that will hopefully improve).

I can like, read Russian. But it's very limited. I've managed to locate a friend who works for BBC World Service on their Russian site, and she's promised to help me with my speaking. Yay. :)

German I've never learned but having had to read transcripts of Mein Kampf I can like understand basic texts, but no speak I'm afraid. :confused:

Feb 22nd, 2002, 08:41 AM
I`m from Moscow, but soon be leaving for Lyon for several years.

Native: Russian
Fluent: Bulgarian, English
Fluent enough: French
Not so Fluent: Italian
Limited: Serbo-Croatian

King Aaron
Feb 22nd, 2002, 08:42 AM

English Malay Chinese

Feb 22nd, 2002, 08:54 AM
Fluent: French
Weird at times but reasonably fluent: English
Frankly awkward and scarcely sufficient for everyday topics: Vietnamese :o
Fading remains of: German (stopped studying it ages ago), Italian (never studied it but used it for some time, rather hopeless now unfortunately), Latin if you insist
Tiny remains of: Mandarin Chinese, ancient Greek
Small notions of: Croatian/Serbian/Bosnian
Useless bits and pieces of: a bunch of languages

Hopefully I can pronounce 95% of European names without making a gross mistake :o

French speakers in the making, feel free to join the franco-nuls thread http://perso.club-internet.fr/ttle/tennis/frwink.gif

Mateo Mathieu
Feb 22nd, 2002, 08:55 AM
Born and live in Australia :cool:

I speak... er... sign language! :p Well... I can write in English, of course :cool:

Feb 22nd, 2002, 09:22 AM
i can read russian too...lol...but i dont understand 95% of it :p

Feb 22nd, 2002, 01:44 PM
I'm from Zaragoza (Spain)
I speak fluently English and Spanish
I can speak French
Now I'm with German and next year Russian, Italian or Modern Greek
I can read and was studing Latin and ancient Greek
I really love learning languages, is very funny and is the reason I'm now in N. Ireland
:hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

Feb 22nd, 2002, 01:55 PM
I'm American so I speak english of course ;) .. and I am also quite decent in spanish :)

Feb 22nd, 2002, 01:59 PM
From - Australia

I speak 2 languages fluently but English is my first language

Feb 22nd, 2002, 02:09 PM
Iva's fan i have a question for you, is modern greek veery different form the ancient one?????
Just in case I finally decide study it!!!

Princess Fiona
Feb 22nd, 2002, 02:46 PM
Born: England
Live: Wales

Fluent: English (Weeeeeell, most of the time :D)

"Some" knowledge of German (I can read a lot of the language, and have basic conversations)

V. limited French/Italian (and I should be loads better :o)

I have about ten words of Dutch/Hungarian/Welsh

I can cheer in Greek ;)
I can say "Thank You" in Estonian
I can say "Hello" in Lithuanian
I can say "Will you marry me?" in Norwegian
I can swear in Croatian :D

Think that's it!

And I'm now feeling like a total imbecile, so I'm gonna go away and forget about this thread :D *cough*

Feb 22nd, 2002, 02:57 PM
propi, yes they are very different!

I of course only can speak modern greek, however in schools in Greece they also learn ancient. Its quite a difficult language to learn if ur a beginner because our word order etc is different and complex, but once u get the hang of it its fine! I was born into a Greek family so I had no problems ;) Ancient Greek on the other hand is more difficult to learn I hear...Maybe I will try to learn it one day ;) But Im too lazy :cool: :o

Good luck with it if u go on!

Feb 22nd, 2002, 03:02 PM
Who knows????????
You should try it, everybody should try it:angel:

Feb 22nd, 2002, 03:13 PM
I live in England and I can speak English, German, Thai and some French! But I really wanna learn dutch!!

Feb 22nd, 2002, 03:30 PM
I'm from Belgium and I speak Dutch, English, French and Italian. My German is so bad, it's not worth mentioning :o

Feb 22nd, 2002, 03:43 PM
I'm Belgian and like all the other Belgians here I speak Dutch, French and English. My German's hardly worth mentioning;)

Feb 22nd, 2002, 04:42 PM
I am from Austria. My mother tongue is German, but I also speak English, Italian and a little Dutch.

Martian Martin
Feb 22nd, 2002, 04:45 PM
Born in Scotland, speak English.

Although can speak a few words of German and French ;)

Feb 22nd, 2002, 04:51 PM
Beige, Dutch and German are similar cause back in the early Middle Ages they were the same languages. The oldest, still existing Dutch text is also the oldest German text and it dates from the 12th century I believe. But present day Dutch and German are clearly two separate languages.

Feb 22nd, 2002, 04:51 PM
i speak dutch, french, english and spanish (and my german is hardly worth mentioning ;))

Beige, dutch and german are related like french and italian for instance (probably even less lol)

Feb 22nd, 2002, 04:52 PM

i knew that :p

Feb 22nd, 2002, 04:54 PM

German and Dutch are like Spanish and Italian ---> similar, yet different. ;)

Feb 22nd, 2002, 04:56 PM
yes josh, yes, i knew that too!!! :p

Feb 22nd, 2002, 05:22 PM
Actually Brussels is bilingual, both Dutch and French. French speakers are in the majority even though Brussels was originally a Dutch speaking city. it became dominantly French after Belgium's independence because the government at that time wanted to 'Latinise' the whole of Belgium.

Today, the northern part of Belgium is Dutch speaking and the southern part is French speaking. There's a little German speaking community in the east near the border with Germany. Brussels is bilingual.

Not all Belgians speak both languages. The majority of Flemings have a good knowledge of French whereas most Walloons have a very limited knowledge of Dutch.

Feb 22nd, 2002, 05:26 PM
And this, I'm afraid, is quite typical of French speakers in multilingual countries :mad: :rolleyes:

But quite a few of the Belgian posters have never graced me with one sentence in French ;) (This cannot be said of either carot or Josh, though :D)

Feb 22nd, 2002, 05:34 PM
In Brussels it's only the administartion that MUST serve people in both languages. As for retail merchants and others they are not obliged but most of them speak both languages since they have customers of both linguistic groups.

Big Fat Pink Elephant
Feb 22nd, 2002, 05:36 PM
and I need to add this: Norwegian is the 'vulgar' version on German! it'a also a mix from Danish, Swedish and English! But the Norwegians managed to get rid of most of the Danish language... that's why we have two official languages...:rolleyes:

Feb 22nd, 2002, 05:39 PM
God kväll Marri! :)

Big Fat Pink Elephant
Feb 22nd, 2002, 05:42 PM
God kveld joshy! :) "Hur mår ni?" ;)

Feb 22nd, 2002, 05:43 PM
I'm from Wales,UK

I'm totally fluent in


Welsh is my first launguage!:eek:

I can also speak quite a bit of french(i'm better at reading,listening and understanding rather than write or reply!:rolleyes: :eek: )

Big Fat Pink Elephant
Feb 22nd, 2002, 05:44 PM
Hey Gee! we have bokmål and nynorsk NY = new. New Norwegian. it came after Norway bacame independent. :)

Feb 22nd, 2002, 06:14 PM
Born in The P.I., grew up in the U.S.

I can speak 3 languages.

Feb 22nd, 2002, 06:16 PM
I'm from Singapore .

fluent in : English, Chinese Mandarin
Good: Cantonese,
Not so good but can understand: Hokkien (Chinese dialect)
Bits of: Malay,

Going to learn if I can spare the time: Japanese.


Feb 22nd, 2002, 06:19 PM
Is Welsh making a comeback as a language in Wales Monica_Rules? Cool if it is:wavey:

I'm from the US, and speak English and Indonesian. My Korean is pretty good from living there(I studied at a Korean uni)and can read French but can't speak it at all!

Feb 22nd, 2002, 06:20 PM
I'm from Canada and I only speak 2... French and English. French is my first language but I'm pretty fluent in both!

Feb 22nd, 2002, 06:41 PM
Wow your all so intelligent!!

Question for Belgian and Dutch posters:

All the dutch/belgian people I have ever met or spoken to. speak Dutch, French, Flemish, and English.

Does the education system in Belgium focus on learning all these languages?

In Spain, and England you only concentrate on 2.
Usaully in Spain Spanish/English.
In England usaully English/French

Feb 22nd, 2002, 06:56 PM
Dutch and Flemish is one and the same language, only it's called Flemish in Belgium because we have a different pronunciation as the Dutch.

In (Flemish) schools we learn French first, followed by English. Those two languages (along with Dutch of course) are obligatory for all. German is facultative for some students in high school and at uni you can take other language courses.

Feb 22nd, 2002, 07:04 PM
I am from Spain, I am almost fluent in Spanish ;)

I am rather fluent too in: Spanglish, Portuñol, Italianini, and Espagcaise :D ;)

I understand catalan and some german too, but can't really hold a conversation in any of them.

Feb 22nd, 2002, 07:10 PM

Where's my dag eh señorita Beatriz? :p

Feb 22nd, 2002, 08:23 PM

I can't believe I forgot my dag! :( ;) -- I was just too preoccupied coming up with all the languages I am supposed to speak to realise the last post was yours!!! :p

*cough* is this a good time to remind you that you still have my wig?


Feb 22nd, 2002, 08:27 PM
:D Thanks Josh!

Feb 22nd, 2002, 08:37 PM
I´m from Turón a little town in Spain.

I speak Spanish and English and I can understand Italian, French, and Portuguese

Feb 22nd, 2002, 09:01 PM
From Germany

I can only speak two languages : German and English.

But I can translate some latin sentences, but it´s very difficult :o

Feb 22nd, 2002, 09:05 PM
i´m from austria

and i speak german, english and french!!


Feb 23rd, 2002, 07:03 PM
I am from Brazil.

I speak Portuguese of course, and English.
Medium - Spanish
I'd like to speak French, I studied French a long time ago but now We don't have any French Teacher at my city. :mad:

Jessica02 adorei saber que você sabe um pouco de Português:D

Feb 23rd, 2002, 07:20 PM
I'm Belgian and I speak:

* Dutch
* English
* French
* German (although I'm still learning it)

I also understand some Spanish and Italian words, mainly because I learned Latin for 5 years.

Feb 23rd, 2002, 07:43 PM
I'm from Yugoslavia. But I've borned and live in Switzerland...

I speak German, Serbian&Croatian, English, French, SwissGerman

Feb 23rd, 2002, 10:49 PM
I am half Indian, half Sri Lankan - born and brought up in England.

I can speak English and Tamil.

I also took GCSE French, Russian and ancient Greek and A-level Latin so I know a little of each. French is probably my best of them all as I had to take it for eight years :(.

I am into my second month of Italian classes so I hope to know a little of that soon too :).

Feb 24th, 2002, 05:52 PM
I am from Yugosalvia,
so I speak serbo-croatian, french, english, and i want to learn

Feb 24th, 2002, 05:59 PM

I speak French, English and Dutch (and a little bit of Walloon lol :rolleyes: :angel: )