How many languages can you speak?
Hello everyone! In this discussion I want you to tell me how many languages you can speak fluently? Explain how you learned them and why you chose to learn those languages. So, there are three categories:
Category 1 - Native/Fluent: Write the languages you can speak fluently or natively.
Category 2 - Intermediate: Write the languages you can have a general conversation.
Category 3 - Basic: Write the languages you are learning or just started learning.
Thank you so much! I hope you guys enjoy. :D
1 - Portuguese - Native;
2 - English - Fluent, I didn't really have a choice did I? I would hate it if I hadn't learn it though;
3 - Spanish - Fluent, Learned through videogames and dubbed cartoons mainly Doraemon;
1 - French, 3 mandatory years of study in school;
2 - Czech, I have been studying it in college for 3 years now. I decided to start learning it for several reasons but the main ones being Prague, Czech culture and music, out of curiosity for Slavic languages and studying a language seriously again after so many years;
1 - Italian, Duolingo, because...it's like the most beautiful language in the world? :p
2 - Polish, Duolingo, my second step into the Slavic family and it might help me with my singing. I sing in a Slavic choir. We sing Czech, Polish, Slovak, Slovene, Ukrainian and Russian songs.
I know I will. I would love to be fluent one day. Sou português hehe =)
Pois eu vi hehe ;) No meu caso é mais difícil porque tenho tudo escrito em checo. Eu estou muito interessado em aprender várias línguas eslavas, começando por aquelas que o Duolingo oferece mas também as línguas do sul. Eu prefiro checo, mas como vês, polaco é a minha segunda opção.
- English. I live in the US and it was my first language.
- Spanish. The school I went to required me to take either Spanish or French for 7 years and I chose Spanish. I didn't use it at all for a couple of years after I graduated from high school, but one year ago I decided to pick it back up again on Duolingo because I moved to an area with more native speakers. I can understand almost everything I read and hear and I can converse well enough to get by.
Tagalog. My mother is from the Philippines, though Tagalog isn't her first language. I've heard it a lot my entire life because my mom speaks to her friends and some family members in Tagalog, but she always spoke to me in English. Every few years I pick up a grammar book to learn a little and recently I've started using Memrise as well.
Portuguese, Italian, and French. I picked them up on Duolingo mainly because they're similar to Spanish, but these days I'm focusing on Spanish and Tagalog.
English - Native language.
Spanish - Native language.
Mandarin Chinese - Learned to fluency in my tween-teenage years.
Russian - Learning off of Duolingo and Memrise.
Esperanto - Learning off of Duolingo and other sources.
Category 3 - Circassian (Kabardian), Korean, Turkish, Vietnamese, Swedish, Polish, Hungarian, German, Dutch, Norwegian Bokmål, Greek, Welsh, Hebrew, Japanese, Catalan, Danish, Italian, French, Arabic (MSA+Egyptian), Croatian, Serbian, Kazakh, Ossetic, Uzbek, Uyghur, Turkmen, Tatar, Chuvash, and some others that I've dabbled a bit in.
Native/Fluent: English only.
Intermediate: Latin, in writing. Because of its "dead language" status, we didn't learn to speak it at my university, just to translate written Latin to English and vice versa. We studied classical Latin, not ecclesiastical.
Basic: Deutsch, due to my interest in German industrial music and Expressionist film.
I totally understand what you are saying about Latin. It is a great language, but when you learn it, you learn how to translate ancient works and textbooks, not how to have a conversation.
Native - English. I was born in the USA and when I was a wee lad I moved to Australia. I have never been exposed to any country that doesn't speak English. Intermediate - German. I've been learning this for a while now and although it's hard to have a hugely deep conversation I'm beginning to be able to ask about someone's day and stuff
Category 1 - English
Category 2 - German, Norwegian, Dutch, Swedish, French, Esperanto, Welsh
Category 3 - Japanese, Ukrainian, Irish, Czech, Italian, Spanish, Romanian, Danish, Vietnamese, Portuguese, Hungarian, Turkish, Swahili, Catalan, Greek, Russian, Polish, High Valyrian, Hebrew, Guarani, Basque, Finnish, Latin, Greenlandic
Nice topic, but let me a suggestion: add a Category 4 for the languages we haven't study yet but we are interested to study in the future. I'll add it in this post:
Category 1 - Native: Spanish. Well, I'm from Spain.
Category 2 - Intermediate: English. I've learnt basic English on the school but a five years ago I decided to learn English in a private academy since I was unemployed, and after that I passed the First Certificate Exam of Cambridge. I was fluent back then, but now I've lost a little of my former fluency because of lack of practice, so now my English is rather upper-intermediate.
Category 3 - Basic: French, German, Esperanto and Portuguese. I've learnt basic French in high school and I barely can speak some basic French but with difficulty. A few years ago, I studied German for 2 months in a private academy, but I had to leave the course due to my job, and since the language is very hard to me, I can't speak it at all. Last year, I've learnt some Esperanto here in Duolingo but I was disappointed since I found that language actually harder and more complex than English in some aspects despite it was created to be as simple and as easy as possible so I leaved that course. This year I started to study Portuguese in Duolingo since I planned to travel to Portugal. I travelled to Lisbon in August and I managed to speak basic Portuguese.
Category 4 - Interested: Italian and Catalan. Right now, after learning some basic Portuguese in Duolingo with almost no effort, I'm currently more interested in learning romance languages since they are by far the easiest to learn for a native Spanish speaker like myself, but also because all romance languages are quite beautiful. So my goal for the next years is to improve my Portuguese and my French, and after that I want to learn some Italian and Catalan.
-I learned English growing up, since everyone in my household spoke it. Plus, I live in North America where English is a very prevalent language.
-I have no reason other than that I was obligated to, and it was pretty much inevitable.
-Learned French within a classroom setting and on sites like Duolingo and Clozemaster.
-I first began learning French in high school. I didn't want to take Spanish, as I lacked a true care for the language, in addition to the fact that that was the language everyone took since I live in a state where Spanish-speaking people are prominent. I wasn't that interested in German at the time, so I just chose French. I was late in taking a language course, so I was older than most of the kids in the class. I thought I was going to do miserably, but French came easier than I expected. After a while, I took a great interest in the language/culture and decided that I wanted to be able to write French literature in the future, or at least French poetry. French has really changed my life and how I view different cultures in general. Hopefully, I may study abroad in France next year, or maybe the year after.
I speak English natively, and though I have not completely mastered German, I consider myself fluent. I studied German in high school, have been there as part of an exchange and visited my brother who lives there as well. I only recently discovered Duolingo, and I'm currently teaching myself Brazilian Portuguese. My best friend is from Brazil and has moved back there. Duolingo is helping a lot with Portuguese. So, I decided to freshen up on my German with this resource as well. After my trip to Brazil next summer, I want to add Spanish and other languages in the future.
I didn't get to participate in your romance language poll, so I'm gonna participate in this.
1- French. Its my native language, I didn't chose to learn it. ^-^
2- English I'd say I'm pretty fluent, haha. But I occasionally run into problems.
3- Spanish I have heard this language a lot, and have been taking classes since first year. I think I'm pretty good at it.
4- Russian I love this language so much, It sounds beautiful. I also have a Russian friend who I will speak Russian to.
5- Czech This is my language of origin, I have made it my goal to learn it.
I don't remember. I registered around 2012 (?) and did some German lessons, but I hadn't Internet. I returned in 2015 and I took many courses at same time (let's say: Monday: the 3 Nordic languages, Tuesday: Turkish, Esperanto and Irish, etc). However, it was not sustainable, especially about non Romance and non Germanic languages. In 2016 I completed English and Spanish trees (very good for improving English), then Catalan, then Portuguese and I'm learning German now. The next one will be probably a Romance language or Japanese (if it comes).
Summary: many years, but seriously since 2015. Regards.
Spanish—Fluent, I would say. I have studied for essentially 3 years, more intensely for the past two. Two years ago I couldn't have a conversation; only say very basic things. I still have room for improvement and higher proficiency, but I would say I am fluent.
Portuguese—Functional. I have spent 8 months learning portuguese with duolingo and talking with friends, and I am ok at it. I mean I read pretty well. I was going to take the third year course at my university as well, but decided not to. Still have a strong accent, but I can kind of chat with people.
Arabic—Basic. Haven't seen anyone post arabic! I spent a little over a year studying it and was going to take the 3rd year course at my university until things changed. It is a very tough language. I can say quite a bit of what I think in Fooshaa (MSA), but understanding is tough for me. At my old job, there was a volunteer from Iraq, and sometimes I we would talk in arabic and I could tell him some alright sofisticated stuff about my life.
French—I know some random little parts of it from low intensity study.
Hebrew—know some words and know the script alright. I studied it when I was a kid and may try to learn some more of it. It has some connections with arabic which will definately help me. I mean, earlier today I went and did some sections on the hebrew course and I still get the script in my own way, and it is really rewarding because it reminds me of the supportive environment I learned the languages in a long time ago.
Category 1: Hungarian (native)
Category 2: English, and perhaps Romanian, for now I can't speak it very well. When I have to speak it, I fell in panic, although I can read almost everything, I understand everything, and I can write well enough. It was almost the same with English too, until I attended some English classes. Since that time I can speak absolutely better English, and before that I was at a level B1, now I am at B2. I think that if I would/could speak more Romanian, then soon I could become fluent in it.
Category 3: German, Spanish, Danish, Turkish, Greek, Japanese, Finnish. From Finnish I know only some words.
Category 1: - English (Native language)
Category 2: - Spanish (Can speak at a good intermediate level after having learnt it for 1 year) - French (Have been learning it for 4 years in school and have recently started the Duolingo course)
Category 3: - German - Turkish
I made my list based on the Fluent, Intermediate, Basic titles. I am learning French on Duolingo but feel as though I am more intermediate than basic. And the languages in my basic skills are languages that I know the basic phrases in.
Category 1: English. I was born an raised in America, so obviously I know English Category 2: Italian, sort of. I have been taking it for a while, but I am definitely not fluent. Category 3: Latin. Although I have been taking it for a looooong time, what we learn is not exactly conversational.
English - native. Obvious why it's in category 1.
Japanese - Lived in Japan for 11 years, but never achieved fluency. I'm proficient enough to get through general conversations, especially situations like shopping, restaurants, taxis, directions, etc.
French - This used to be category 2, since I studied it for 8 years in school. But over the years, I became so rusty, I couldn't even hold a basic conversation. This is my priority for studying now, though once Japanese is available on Duolingo, I'll be going through that, too.
Spanish - Studying on duolingo.
Esperanto - Studying on duolingo. Just interested in this.
German - Barely started on duolingo.
Native English, southern dialect if anyone is interested Category 2: Swedish? I am very broken on it and can write a basic conversation but I'm far from fluent. Can only keep basic topics as I strengthen my Swedish tree Category 3: German on and off, I tried Polish since my brother in laws family is native to poland and I thought it would be thoughtful but that went south real fast
German (born there)
Norwegian (living there), Danish+Swedish (you get them for "free" when speaking Norwegian)
Italian (approaching cat 1), Duolingo++
French, 5 years at school, Duolingo, reading books
Spanish and Portuguese, Duolingo only, reading newspapers
Dutch, Duolingo and it is a funny mix of German, English and Norwegian
- Polish, Duolingo only, so far.
Category 1 English dutch
Category 2 none
Category 3 Spanish Portugese Russian Romanian German
there should be something between 2 and 3 because i can't have a good conversation in Spanish but i can understand most of it and i was also studying a few other languages but i have taken a break from them because in the last few weeks i have been distracted and i have quit Japanese for now because i don't like the mobile duolingo
English and Americans Sign Language. Born in the US. Several years ago, met a member of the Deaf Community who helped mentor me in ASL. Now I socialize mainly within the Deaf community
German. Three years of high school German gave me a solid grasp of German grammar. A couple of years of college German helped with pronunciation and fluency.
Serbian - My native language as I was born and raised in Serbia English - Always somewhere in between C1 and C2 but I believe I would reach C2 if I had an opportunity to live in English-speaking area
Swedish - I started learning Swedish a little less than two years ago on my own and than began attending classes in order to improve my level. I'm on a solid B1 level know, I would say. Spanish - It's somewhere between A2 and B1 to be fair, I'm not using it so often so it's a bit rusty but with a little practice it's quite a solid conversational level.
Not a single one at the moment, I'm afraid. It is my great wish to learn some Japanese because I'm a big fan of Japanese manga and anime, but it would take a lot of time (that I don't have) 'cause we're talking about a really complex language here. I also studied some Italian on my own but it was a long time ago and I forgot almost everything.
My English vocabulary is around 40,000-50,000 words (My vocabulary is above average because I have two degrees and a minor so it adds a lot of technical vocab that's not standard in the general population.), around 1,000-1,500 in Spanish, 200-300 in Japanese. and 200-300 signs in American Sign Language. :)
I took an English vocab test a few years back and it aproximated 35,000 English words. It didn't contain any technical vocab applicable to either of my two degrees or the minor I got. I was looking at vocabulary lengths for native English speakers, and Google said up to 80,000 words (top end) for English native speakers with university degrees. So, I took a guess. It might be generous.
As for the other languages, when I was in Japanese class, I learned around 350 Kanji and around 2,000 vocab. I've gone and forgotten a lot since then. So, again I approximated. With Spanish, I took 2 years in Uni and the Duolingo course 3 times, and the reverse Duolingo course 1 time. So, I took a guess. I think the Duolingo course has around 2,500 words? I haven't memorized them all. But, I figure my guess is likely not wildly off. I definitely tried to guess lower end of possibilities.
For ASL, I learned a lot of vocab between the textbook I bought for the Uni course (I didn't attend but I practiced with the uni students so I tried to keep up), and I did 55 of the video lessons through Lifeprint. I've gone and forgotten a lot. But, I think I still know a few hundred.
French - Native
German - School English - School Finnish - School
Italian - School Swedish - School and Duolingo Japanese - Duolingo and random things on the Internet Catalan - Duolingo and random things on the Internet
I know some words in other languages but it doesn't really count.