https://www.duolingo.com/dianawhoiam

People who are fluent in at least 3 languages

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What languages are those? When and where did you learn them? How do you maintain your fluency in each of them? Or are you experiencing language attrition (decay of language due to lack of use)?

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/FrankKool
FrankKool
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NATIVE: Dutch.

FLUENT: English. Really easy if you live here: we don't dub our movies and we don't translate video games. In fact, it kinda feels like English is another native language of mine: I've used it all my life. I think video games are a great way of learning it, because it forces you do actively engage the language instead of just passively understanding it.

NEAR FLUENT: German.

ADVANCED: Spanish. I can have a conversation in this language, but I will at times stall and use descriptions of words I don't know.

PASSIVE UNDERSTANDING: French. I can understand French news reports or read a newspaper, but my conversational skills are very low.

BEGINNER: Russian. Я хочу говорит Русский!

The best way to learn and keep up languages is to immerse yourself as much as possible: I have a 'rule' that dictates that I watch TV and movies as much as possible in the languages I'm working on. I also listen to radio and podcasts when I can, and often read books in German and Spanish (going through Albert Speer's autobiography now, kinda dense but still fascinating).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Olga451165
Olga451165
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Haha oposites here, native Russian, en ik wil het nederlands leren... Nou ja..ik doe het al :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FrankKool
FrankKool
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Geweldig! Ik vind het mooi dat zoveel mensen Nederlands willen leren. Veel succes!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Olga451165
Olga451165
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Dankjewel! En jij ook!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Clive.Thomas
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Besides English, I am totally fluent in Afrikaans and reasonably good with German.

My Afrikaans was learned at a young age (I think I started around 7 or so), and although I have gone through periods of several years with virtually no Afrikaans interaction, the learning of the language is so deeply embedded that it comes back immediately with use. I don't notice much attrition at all despite very infrequent use. I recently had to interact for a period with two Afrikaans people who don't feel comfortable in English, and after about two days I felt completely at home in the language, as if no time had passed.

I started learning German at the age of 12. I make a point of having some exposure to German (reading, speaking a bit or a German movie) at least once a week. I do however notice a very clear difference between German and Afrikaans. Whereas my Afrikaans is "native" (presumably because I learned it so young, and was totally immersed at the time) my German is very much still a "learned" language. I still sometimes lose a word or get flustered, despite understanding the language perfectly. I don't think I will ever feel 100% comfortable speaking German, it is always the foreign language.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ruslanruskan

I am a native of 3 languages, I was born to a Croatian mom, and an American dad. My parents split when I was born and me and my mom moved to Germany. So I spoke Croatian in the home and German in elementary, then of course, moved back to the USA and learned English. I am fluent in all 3. For whatever the reason, I will never lose a skill in any of them. I went 6 years without speaking German and bounced right into conversation when I visited Germany. I think being raised with several languages makes things easier. I played with German on duolingo a little bit. I am a speaker of 14 languages total, but I've been learning languages my entire life basically. I even took 3 years of Spanish in school and no matter how long I didn't use Croatian or German I still never forgot them. Even with studying new languages and focusing my time thinking in them. Its like Croatian, German and English are in my subconscious.

P.S., LISTEN TO MUSIC IN YOUR TARGET LANGUAGE. I still listen to German, Croatian, American and Russian music daily. Maybe that is why I never lost my 3 native languages.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Malwen
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I am so envious of you, ruslanruskan. I wish I had had a bi/trilingual upbringing.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ruslanruskan

Don't worry, eventually you may or may not have your own children, if you have kids of your own, make sure they grow up learning, listening and speaking numerous languages. Your envy, can turn into their gratitude. They will appreciate it in the end. The journey starts now. Keep studying! Good luck buddy. ;-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Olga451165
Olga451165
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gotta agree, using music as a language learning tool is SO UNDERRATED!! I listen only to dutch music now. learning songs I like word by word, I think makes them stay in memory for ever.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ruslanruskan

I know, people need to enjoy music and TV programs in their target language because it helps tremedously. Dutch is beautiful, I am pretty decent in the Dutch language, I dated a Dutchy once upon a time ago. Great language selection, on your part. Good luck in your journey.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HakeemEvrenoglu
HakeemEvrenoglu
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I got curious... in which language do you think? :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ruslanruskan

Believe it or not, I only think in new languages that I learn. For example, I think in Russian. The biggest tip to remember whilst learning a new language is to think in your new language. You will NEVER forget your Native language, so only think in your new languages. The Native languages are apart of your soul, you'll never forget them, when needed you can use English. (Just an example, I don't know your native tongue).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AislinC
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14 languages in total?! That's amazing, holy moly! :O Don't you mix up the words when speaking any of them? I speak two languages fluently and am learning two other (with the occassional bit of Japanese thrown into the mix) and I tend to mix up the words an awful lot. How do you avoid that?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ruslanruskan

Patience, Dedication and relaxation are the biggest tips I have for you. Imagine yourself in 5 years time, you'll have 4 languages under your belt, and probably a few more that you're working on. You'll eventually be able to avoid mixing Japanese and some of the others together soon enough. Just take it easy and do not give up on this amazing journey. It has opened more doors for me than I could imagine. I have built the best friendships, traveled to amazing places, and wonderful connections have fallen into my hands thanks to language learning.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Teen_Polyglot

Polish is my native language. I speak it with my parents and I read books in it. I also hear the news in Polish a lot since my parents like to watch it. I learned English at age 4 and use it in school every day. I taught myself Spanish and I watch telenovelas and chat with natives to practice.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Secret_Dartmoore

I'm barely bilingual

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Pawsycuddles

I am fluent in English and Thai. I am halfway there on the French. :) I actually stopped using Thai for two years, but then I decided I want to be able to speak fluently again. I learned the Thai alphabet all over again, I watched movies, I tried to read books. Now that I'm living in France, that'd be easy because I also go to a French school.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Olga451165
Olga451165
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I maintain my fluency of my birth language by using it with my family, maintain english by.. well.. it's everywhere, how do you avoid english? and maintain my 3rd language by using it in the country I live in. Working on my dutch now by daily learning and practicing.. however I'm not sure if I'll be fluent in it, since I don't live in the Netherlands and it's not a widely used language like english/spanish. But a girl can dream!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/negyvenketto

I was fluent in three languages about 7 years ago. I am a native Hungarian speaker. I've been learning English since I was 8, I've been regularly reading fiction in English since I was 16, and now with most of the internet being in English, I use it daily. I also started learning French in high school, and took it really seriously in the last year, with around 18 hours of structured learning and practice per week (plus some in my free time, just for fun). So when I moved to France for a year during university, it was relatively easy for me to become truly fluent. Since I moved back to Hungary, I didn't have many opportunities to practice it, and I didn't look for those opportunities, so my knowledge is back to a very basic level, where I would be able to buy a train ticket or follow a not too fast conversation, but I struggle with expressing myself. One of my resolutions for this year is to get back my knowledge of French to a comfortable advanced level.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/.luisito

I am fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Catalan with the former two being native. Portuguese is the first language I learned using Duolingo and I've invested a lot to reach fluency. Catalan I began learning back in May and I will do the Duolingo tree soon just to maintain my semi fluency. I use them everyday to prevent decay. It gets confusing and sometimes I do get my words confused since the former three are really similar. Sometimes I start thinking in the foreign language or watching shows and trust me that really helps/ I plan on extending my knowledge to include French, Arabic and Swedish later on

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/painai2
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Fluent-Thai, Spanish, English. You've got to read, listen, speak and write the language. Duo is a good start. Traveling and living in a country where the language is spoken is a big plus.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tgergo87
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I am native hungarian speaker, I live in Hungary. My first foreign language was german, and it was love at the first sight :) I learned it in the school, later english as well. Then just for fun I learned polish, I'm trying to improve it. A have german friends, a red books, a I gave lessons for people from german, it helped me maintain my knowledge. It is quite easy to practice english, because it's everywhere, you barely can awoid to use it. I need it even for my work.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/remoonline
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I am fluent in 3 languages - Odia, Hindi and English. I have never experienced language decay but I will say for the first two the growth stopped/slowed down at some point. Till school, I made more or less equal progress in all three - used them for day to day communication, read up story books, comics, magazines and newspapers. But then when I entered college and later professional life, the reliance has been more and more on English. So while I can rattle off a series of technical terms in Fluid Dynamics or Thermodynamics in English, I will mostly struggle to find an equivalent in the other two. As part of my professional work, I am expected to do a fair amount research work on regular basis. Here again, everything is in English and finding alternate terms in either Odia or Hindi will be quite difficult. But, after understanding a new concept, if I am asked to explain it to others in understandable terms, I can do that easily in any of the three.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NualaSeed

Just bi-lingual or close to, French (native) / English for now. Hoping to be totally fluent in Danish at the end of the year. Moving there next month should help. ^^

For now I still live in France and use English daily on internet, hence why I never had any of my skills in these languages decaying. I will probably still use them daily in Denmark (speaking French with my BF, English when my danish would be too weak) so, I'm not quite worried about them either.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ofelli
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I am fluent in Russian, Ukrainian and English. Russian is my native language, and Ukrainian is the language of my country, which is Ukraine. I've been learning English since primary school and I'm a translator now. I don't make any effort to maintain those three, as I see them everyday. People speak Russian and Ukrainian around me all the time, and English is my work, so I couldn't forget it. TV shows also help. I do make effort not to forget the languages I learn here, and that is difficult as of now, unfortunately...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gammalsvenska

I am fluent in German (native), English (language at work) and Swedish (language in the country where I lived), and I use them often. However, I got told that my accent when speaking Swedish is worse when I'm tired or have been in Germany for a while. On the other hand, I have basically given up the hope to get rid of it - been trying for a decade, not working.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/adel563104

I'm fluent in Russian , Arabic and English. My mother is Ukrainian and father is Lebanese. My father studied in Ukraine and learned the Russian language. I was born in Ukraine, so my parents spoke to me in Russian. After 1.5yrs , we moved to Lebanon where I made friends and learned Arabic. My school taught a bit of English but it was not enough. In 2007, I moved to Kuwait and joined an Indian school. The school was multi-national, including Arabs and Indians/Pakistanis/Bengalis. I conversed in English with my Bengali friends and as I started using the internet, I mostly watched YOUTUBE videos of games, different kinds of entertainment, etc. As I aged, I started getting into politics and gaming. Listening to various bloggers and gamers, I slowly Improved my English and now consider it to be my first language, because I speak and understand English better than Arabic and Russian. I am 17 years old. If i had to arrange the languages in order of knowledge of vocabulary, it would be EnglishRussianArabic. I was never exposed to strong vocabulary in Arabic because I used it to speak with friends.

1 year ago
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