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Polyglots | How many languages can you speak?

I can speak 3 and I'm learning French which will hopefully be my fourth. The languages are Arabic, English and Malay. What about you?

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/MartinCroft
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Hey there,

I'm not sure I could say I'm a polyglot but here goes ;).

Polish is my native language.

I majored in English just last month and I'm thinking about PhD studies in linguistics so I guess I could say I'm fluent in English; American English to be more specific.

El español lo estudio desde hace años ya. Es un idioma que me encanta y gracias a mi amigo de España lo uso cada día. Mi nivel del español es bastante bueno pero sé que aún tengo que aprender mucho. Me encanta la cultura española y latina, en el futuro me gustaría mucho viajar a España y América Latina.

O português eu começei a estudar aqui, em Duolingo. Eu gosto muito da língua mas eu sei que poderia falá-lo melhor se eu estudasse mais, talvez durantes estas férias. Eu gostaria muito de viajar para o Brasil para ver a selva porque eu acredito que deve ser maravilhoso.

Anche l'italiano ho cominciato a studiare qui, su Duolingo. La lingua mi piace moltissimo, è una lingua molto bella. Anche il paese, L'Italia mi sembra molto bello e spero di poter visitarlo nel futuro. Inoltre la cucina italiana è la mia preferita.

Le français, j'ai commencé a étudier au lycée. J'ai aimé la langue dès la première leçon. Même que je sais parler, lire et écrire la langue, je le trouve difficile comprendre ce que les autres disent. Maintenant, je veux en savoir plus sur le français québécois car j'adore le Canada.

Vaig començar a aprendre català gràcies a Duolingo. L'idioma em sembla molt interessant i bell. Sé que encara tinc moltes coses per aprendre però espero que estigui millorant.

If you speak any of the languages I just mentioned, please feel free to point out my mistakes, that'd be very helpful for me. Thanks!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lea.1717
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Just a little nuance on the Spanish bit: "aún tengo mucho que aprender" sounds better to my ears, more natural. It's a very common expression. "I still have a lot (which) to learn".

Quanto ao português, esse está perfeito. Talvês "no Duolingo", em vez de "em", mas isso não importa muito porque nem sequer é uma palavra portuguesa. Nós costumamos dizer "no Google, na Wikipedia, no Instagram" etc...

As to the rest, I don't speak any of it but at least the catalan I was able to understand and recognize all the words, so it's probably right too. Congratulations!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MartinCroft
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Thank you very much! :) ¡Muchas gracias! Muito obrigado! :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WarriorCleberz
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Can you speak Portuguese? Isso é bem interessante, sendo você falante nativa de polonês ;)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MartinCroft
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Olá! Sim, eu sei falar português e eu gosto muito da língua. O meu amigo espanhol me disse que eu tentasse aprender português se eu já sei espanhol e eu faço isso ;). Ah e uma coisa, sou falante "nativo" de polonês, sou homem ;).

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AurBoubou
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Hello ! Comme tu l'as demandé voici les petites corrections à apporter pour le français Le français, j'ai commencé a [à] [l'] étudier au lycée. J'ai aimé la langue dès la première leçon. Même que [même si] je sais parler, lire et écrire la langue, je le [ce "le" est en trop] trouve difficile comprendre ce que les autres disent. Maintenant, je veux en savoir plus sur le français québécois car j'adore le Canada.

Bravo tu as déjà un excellent niveau !

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MartinCroft
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Salut ! Merci beaucoup ! J'apprécie beaucoup ton aide ! :) Il faut que je pratique mon français plus. La verité est que depuis presque 5 ans, je n'ai pas eu beaucoup d'opportunités d'utiliser mon français mais je vais essayer de changer cela ;). Merci beaucoup pour ton commentaire ! Quand quelqu'un me dit que je fais quelque chose bien, ça m'encourage à l'ameliorer encore en plus. Si j'ai fait des erreurs dans cette réponse, dis-le-moi, s'il te plaît ! Merci !

1 year ago

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Franchement, super niveau ! Juste 2 accents oubliés (vérité et améliorer) : une personne de langue maternelle française aurait pu écrire la même chose que toi !

Bonne continuation et n'hésite pas si tu as envie de pratiquer le français ;)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MartinCroft
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Merci beaucoup ! Tu es très gentil ! :) Ah, oui, bien sûr! Je ne sais pas comment j'ai pu oublier de ces accents mais je vais me souvenir. Merci ! :) Oui, je sais :). Quand j'écris en polonais ou espagnol, parfois je n'utilise les accents non plus mais j'essaie de le faire parce que chaque d'eux a un rôle :).

Et oui, bien sûr ! Je vais le faire ! Merci beaucoup ! :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BonBonChat
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yes youi are a polyglot since you know more than 3

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MartinCroft
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Thank you! :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jenshero
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This question always gets me - because I don't know when you would say you 'can speak' a language. Is it when you're completely fluent, or is it just when you can hold a conversation, etc etc...

But I'm probably overcomplicating it, and I'd say I can speak French, Italian and Spanish (as well as being a native English speaker), but am more comfortable in French because I've studied it more often recently. I've started learning other languages too, but by no means would I tell anyone I 'can speak' them just yet.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Anne6395010_2048
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I am a native Chinese speaker. I can speak English and Chinese, and I want to learn to speak Japanese, French and German.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lala2178

I wish I could speak Chinese. I am intimidated by the language though cause people say it's really difficult!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Anne6395010_2048
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Are you a native English speaker ? I can teach you some Chinese.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Qiunnn
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Chinese is actually far simplier than a lot of people think, the is no tense conjugations, gender or plurality so basically no conjugations or agreements / declensions.

The only part that could be considered unusually hard is the memorisation and replication of characters but really all you need is a decent visual memory and practice paper

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Anne6395010_2048
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I am a native Chinese speaker. I think the harder ones for the English speakers are the letters.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Anne6395010_2048
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no, not pinyin I mean the letters, like 你好嗎 ( hello ) these things.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Qiunnn
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In English these ( 你好 ) are called characters

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https://www.duolingo.com/Qiunnn
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Pinyin?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Qiunnn
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Huh, if you don't mind saying where abouts are you from because i dont recognise ( 你好嗎) as hello, as i read it it means how are you? but with the traditional 'ma' question mark which is weird because traditional tends not to be spoken unless in hong kong or outside of china

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Anne6395010_2048
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I think Arabic was hard... there are many strange letters to me, and also, Chinese speakers say Arabic was the third hard in the world ! ( but Chinese is the most hardest language in the world )

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lala2178

Arabic is hard in the aspect that they have conjugations and as well as a word changes based on what tense it is said in. The hardest is that when it comes to nouns there are male and female for everything! (Like French) but the verbs also have to be changed based on whether the subject is fem. or masc. The lettres aren't many but they have different ways like you have to attach them together and there are different ways for certain words. The weirdest is unlike French or English where there are only a few forms for the subject (je, tu, nous) Arabic has so many I think 11 like there is they for plural female and plural male aswell as singular and for pairs there is also another, huh it is so tiring. You can learn Arabic though, it is not impossible trust me!

1 year ago

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thank you for your advice and your article !

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lala2178

Chinese is easy in many ways but it is a tonal language. The real hard part is memorizing all the characters there are over 50,000 but a fluent speaker knows 8,000. Since it is a tonal language, the word can have different meaning just by what tone it is said in. An example, in English apple would still mean the same thing no matter what tone but for Chinese the word 'ma' can mean mom, horse or scold just by the way you say it, that makes it hard.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Qiunnn
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I think a lot of people are intimidated by tones but there are tones in most languages just not on almost every syllable, for example in French you can say Vous avez une voiture ? and raise your tone towards to the end, this is the same as the 2nd tone. Sternly saying NO or something similar accounts for the 4th tone, the 1st is just a high tone and the 3rd utilises down then up tones so they are easier to impletement into speech when you get used to often they are used but they are relively easy for people to say becasue they are used in your native language ust not as blatently

AS for hearing and understanding, you tend to know straight away if someone is being sarcastic or serious in English, so as long as you know the words and understand how to the meaning changes with the tone then you should be able to pick up the tone therefore the word they are using pretty easily

You are very right about the vocab thoxD

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/VoNgTran
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I can speak Vietnamese, English and I'm learning French like you

1 year ago

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I can speak Greek and English at the moment, but I hope to become fluent in German, Spanish and Italian also :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MeritonD
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I am fluent in German(Born and raised in Germany), English and Albanian(Albanian by heritage). Hopefully I will be able to say the same about Dutch.

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I can speak Herbrew , Yiddish , Vietnamese ( I am bad in pronounciation but I can write ) , English and I am trying to be fluent in German.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Anne6395010_2048
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you say you want to learn Chinese in another comment ? I can teach you some.

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Yayyyy !!!

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:) ;)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rajabrahon12
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I want to learn the words and sentences that use a lot in communication like hello , thank you , sorry , ........

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I gave you the pinyin and characters.

hello : nihao 你好 thank you : xiexie 謝謝 sorry : baoqian 抱歉

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https://www.duolingo.com/Rajabrahon12
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Cool. But the characters seem too hard for an english speaker.

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you can learn pinyin first.

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Ok !

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https://www.duolingo.com/ally.x
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Fluent in Czech (native), Slovak, English, advanced in German (and still learning), learning French.

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I am a native spanish speaker, and I can speak fluently Spanish, English, German and Esperanto

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My main languages are dutch and english. I can also speak french

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I can speak well english and spanish, I'm mastering all my languages chosen by now, less Esperanto. Some audios (podcasts) in other languages are difficult to find.

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https://www.duolingo.com/pollyperki
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I am Candian diploma certified in english,I am duolingo level 15 with 222 lingots in french and hope to be certified by " expertrating" company in french in the coming september.I am fundamental Arabic with experience in " Sharawy series in the Holy Quran".

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Depends on your definition of speaking, haha! I'm only fluent in English, but I speak a really good bit of Spanish, enough French to get by, and I've learned just a touch each of German and Dutch from friends who speak it. My goal someday is to speak 8 languages, at least enough to get by!

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at least i know there's a small shred of hope with the languages im learning even though i am making a few errors!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Zilla721
Zilla721
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For sure! We're all here to learn.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/demilade1410
demilade1410
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I speak four and they are English, Yoruba, Pidgin, And French

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Qiunnn
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Which pidgin?

tun nibo ni o ko o, Emi yoo fe lati pin die ninu oro pelu awon eniyan lati ran won ye o ju.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lala2178

Is Yoruba a language used in Nigeria? Which country uses Pidgin, never heard of it.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Qiunnn
Qiunnn
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It's a name used for a language that is 'simplified' and then kind of branches of, if it branches of more and has different grammar then it is a creole (in my understanding).

Pidgin in itself is not a language...

1 year ago
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