what's your main language in your country?
do you live to speak one language? or bilingual like me? or maybe more than that. i mean here, how those languages are important to your country. i am bilingual because malay (bahasa malaysia) is my native and english is my 2nd important language. i've learnt these two languages since i was a kid. how about you guys?
The main language of my country is Persian and the second one is English, also the third is Arabic fourth is French and the fifth is Spanish other languages do not have any order and people learn then as they like. I started learning English when I was 4 and now I am learning other languages. can you write a sentence in Bahasa Malaysia? I really like to know how it is.
so many languages! where are you come from? i might share something simple in bahasa malaysia like; selamat pagi = good morning selamat petang = good evening selamat tengah hari = good afternoon selamat malam = goodnight selamat jalan/pulang/tinggal = goodbye hai = hi (assalamualaikum is also familiar) gembira bertemu dengan kamu = nice to meet you selamat datang = welcome nama saya _ = my name is _
My first language is English, but I started learning Sapnish when I moved to Argentina and I started learning French when I moved to Haiti.
I'm from the United States. Most of the people who are bilinguals immigrated here from other regions. Almost everyone else speaks English only. I decided to learn Spanish because there are many Spanish speakers here. Fun fact, even though the United States is mostly an English speaking country, there's no official language on the government level.
My country (Portugal) has two official languages, the first being Portuguese and the second one being Mirandese. Only about 15.000 thousand people speak the later since it's a regional language that happened to survive due to some isolation. Portuguese on the other hand is used everywhere in the country and it is also an official language in Brazil, Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde, Sao Tome and Principe, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea and Macau.
The most important second language in the country is definitely English. About 33% of the population can speak it (this percentage is much much higher for younger people) and it is onften said you can go around the country using only English and have a much easier time than in Spain, France or Italy. In Lisbon pretty much everyone speaks it. French is the second most important language (something between 20-30% of the population can speak French but in French's case, older people are more prone to it since French was much more important than English at the time they were studying/working, etc...The 3rd and last one worth mentioning is Spanish. About 10% consider themselves fluent in Spanish but in reality every Portuguese person should understand basic conversation and being able to work things out with a Spanish speaker without ever having studied it.
As for me and my language abilities, I'm a native Portuguese speaker, I'm fluent in both English and Spanish, I know basic French and a little bit of Czech. I studied English for 8 years in School and I never stopped using it and learning it, I studied French for 3 years (more than 10 years ago) but I stopped. I'm now trying to relearn it slowly. Spanish was always present in my life mainly through cartoons and games so it's kindda natural to me. The odd one here would be Czech. I started learning it 3 years ago, I went to Prague for a month and I'm a member of a Slavic choir. Slavic languages were always very beautiful to my ears and I decided to start with the language of my favourite Slavic country. It's just so beautiful and different from anything else I know.
Sorry for the long post. =/
Hi! I'm Australian, meaning I speak English and I'm not bilingual (yet!). While English is our only official language, Australia is very multiracial, and there are large communities of Asian and European people within our country. There are also, historically, 250 aboriginal languages within Australia, although less than 150 remain in daily use. It's important that we keep these aboriginal languages from becoming extinct. Therefore, Australia, while only having English as its official language, can be said to be a bit of an international and historical language hub!
"Languages Spoken in Each Country of the World"
I'll respond for FischerFS
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/2011-census-top-20-languages-1563629 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_of_the_United_Kingdom http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/polish-is-second-most-spoken-language-in-england-as-census-reveals-140000-residents-cannot-speak-8472447.html https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2013/jan/30/polish-becomes-englands-second-language
I'll admit, I thought French would be higher. But it does make sense. I know there are (some) Polish speakers in Ireland.
Wellwellwell..... I would have guessed Punjabi or Urdu. I wonder what it will be in 2021, many of the Poles will probably have fled xenophobic U.K. for friendlier climes. Actually according to Wikipedia Welsh is second, even though this is probably an underestimate of the number of Welsh speakers, because I remember noticing that there was no question on the form I filled in (being resident in England) about knowledge of Welsh or Gaelic. I think it was only asked in Wales and Scotland. I know of several Welsh speakers in my town alone who would therefore not have registered in the statistics. I also wonder which language my neighbours, who are bilingual English/Punjabi speakers, said was their main language. Or rather, a poll of the Asian community might throw up some interesting insights into language identification.
Fischer is talking about immigrant languages vs. other languages like Welsh. Polish is second (in immigrant languages), Punjabi is third.
And I hate to drag politics into this, but I wouldn't really describe the UK as "xenophobic", but, hey, I'm an American. Can't be any worse than us.
I was trying to avoid politics but I'm afraid the U.K. is no longer a particularly welcoming country - the recent referendum seems to have been largely determined by the immigrant question.
Also learning a foreign language is no longer a compulsory school subject.
However this is one of the good things about Duo - it brings together people who do want to learn about different ways of talking and thinking about the world, whatever's going on in our respective countries. Long live these forums!
Here's the list of all of the indigenous languages: https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anexo:Lenguas_nativas_del_Per%C3%BA
Alberta, Canada: Everything is English here but there are some places that offer services in French, such as the post office, the RCMP, national companies such as Rogers, or any Federal Government Dept.
If you phone one of those places, you'll nearly always hear, "For service in English, press 1. Pour le service en francais, appuyer sur le deux." I have it memorized, I've heard it so many times.
there is no official language in my country but English is the most spoken and most popular, but most people don't learn languages, not widely as others, though I do know some people who can speak a little of Spanish, French, German, etc.
And I personally love languages so I try to learn as many as I can that will be useful.
It is a tough question for me to answer.
I live in South Africa, and we have eleven official languages here, of which I'd say about five or so are the main ones; but I think I'm going with English being the main universal language used in my country.
Although Afrikaans, Xhosa, Zulu, and a few others make strong, wide-spread appearances in the media, the government, politics, and in the educational system, among others.
Swedish is the only major language. It's interesting that Swedish has been an official language in Finland and the EU much longer than in Sweden. In Sweden it became an official language as late as 2009. Then we have national minority languages since 1999. They are Finnish, Meänkieli, Sami, Yiddish, Romani and Swedish Sign Language.
Whether it's a Finnish dialect or their own language is up to debate. But Sweden recognize it as their own language.
My mother tongue is Portuguese. I've been learning English for about 3 years, I guess. There is a lot of grammar I need to improve, though. Since Portuguese is a tad similar to Spanish I can understand one or two things and this year I started to learn Japanese, probably my fav one.
We have 11 official languages but most of my friends and my family are Afrikaans. I study in English and will work in English too.
The main language of my country is English, Spanish 2nd, French 3rd and Hindi 4th and then just a mixture of other languages. :) My native language is English (now a mix of southern and NY English.) And I was learning French for 3-5 years, but now I'm doing Spanish and Italian (Sens 2015)
I live in Taiwan, my native language is Chinese and Taiwanese, and I learn English. Now I learn many languages on Duolingo.