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Booktan
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11:56 pm, Apr 29 2012
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Four.
I can read and write English fluently, I can read and write Finnish fluently, I can listen and read Swedish but I cannot talk it (Like small children, I understand what they are saying but I have no idea how to reply.)
And to top it all off with the best one.. I can speak Japanese and read it!
Also studying French but I am dumping it as I have no interest in it after trying it out. ^^

Kurru
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12:48 am, Apr 30 2012
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Only 1. English. But I'm from the UK were we typically only speak English. But we're not american you insensitive clods! bigrazz

sweet_basil
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8:02 am, Apr 30 2012
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I know Turkish, English, Japanese and am learning Korean and Tagalog (Filipino)
But here in the Philippines knowing 4 languages is just normal, because there are many tribes and all of them talk in a different language; not dialect but real different language.
I can't imagine them learning extra languages, really approaching godly statuses.. bigrazz

randomreader
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9:00 am, Apr 30 2012
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you should make a note to all the weeaboo's that a couple halfassed japanese words and kanji you picked up watching too much anime does NOT constitute knowing a second language

CuthienSilmeriel
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10:26 am, Apr 30 2012
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By your definition - 2. I'm fluent in English (being English and all), and apparently know Japanese as I can read, write, and have conversations in it. However, I only know half of the standard 2000 kanji you need to know, my intonation sucks, and I still need help in day-to-day life sometimes. I consider myself as only being proficient in English really. Living in Japan highlights my shortcomings in the language so I am nowhere near proficient even after 2 years here as I can't handle every situation with ease yet.

Maybe understanding should be included in the definition. I can read French and Spanish, but I don't understand either, lol. I failed both at school since I was too busy trying to learn Elvish being the LotR geek that I was/am. I've forgotten all my elvish, as Viggo Mortensen or Orlando Bloom weren't available to practice on.

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Turbophoenix
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Protip - There are English-speaking countries outside of the US -_-

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xXanjaXx
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2:43 pm, May 1 2012
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mother tounge: german

english, frensh (but i have a bad mark in school shy ) ^^

Silent Howl
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2:48 pm, May 1 2012
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french is my language of everyday...

speak english, and learning rusian...

plan to learn japanese too..but I don't know when i will start...

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ajmanga
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6:21 pm, May 1 2012
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I agree with these comments. There are quite a few people in America who know two languages. Just because you're American doesn't mean you know only English.
But the fact is...most of them weren't originally American. But the children are and sometimes our parents teach us their native languages (sometimes...).
Living where I do, many people know English and Spanish. I'd say at least 50%, but I'd bet it's higher than that.

ajmanga
Post #548672 - Reply to (#548635) by Turbophoenix
Shadow
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6:21 pm, May 1 2012
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Yeah but usually they speak a second language.

Rouzmary
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6:53 pm, May 1 2012
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ok so...(so far i'm the only one from Latvia or around here huh? not undexpected but still kind of sad...)

ok, my mothertongue - Latvian smile

English - might as well call it second mothertongue but obviously not that good but still, very proficient i'd say bigrazz

German - been learning for past 3 years, not bad, as long as i dont have to listen to those tapes, they're horrible, in real life, movies or songs i can understand what they're saying but not those horrible tapes ugh dead

French - also past 3 years and the same with tapes, but when i went to France this spring, we actually understood each other, yay laugh

Russian - can't help knowing it seeing how we were under Soviet Union for so long and nearly half of our population is still remnants of those times & they're our big neighbour, but oh well, its good to know languages roll

Japanese - it most definitely can not be included in the "proficient" part but as long as it's only speaking or listening i guess i can get by cool

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6:57 pm, May 1 2012
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I know five 'living' languages, and one 'dead'.

I can speak English, French and Dutch rather fluently (I think).
(And I should: all the people in the north of my country are supposed to know these languages, since few people speak Dutch)

My German is average and my Spanish slightly below average (I can understand everything they say, but my answers are rather clumsy).
I can read Latin ('though I don't know if dead languages count), but I only know the basics of Ancient Greek

Next year I'm going to study Japanese.

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Mara618
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7:38 pm, May 1 2012
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I feel so ignorant! I only know two! Just English and Spanish for me. It's kind of a stretch, but I can read Portuguese pretty well since it's so close to Spanish, but I don't think that counts

But, I am American, so I think I'm doing alright by being bilingual smile wink grin

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thebopper
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7:54 pm, May 1 2012
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My native tongue is English., since I'm a born and raised American.

I also know a fair degree of German, because of my heritage, since I've took a few years of it back in high school, but nowhere near proficient / fluent. I can probably engage in a small chat or recognize a song, but not enough to live it 24 / 7.

I also taught myself the Cyrillic alphabet and Hangul, but I've never found the time nor urge to learn those languages.

What's the deal with those two English options? I kinda feel pissed off about it, because it somewhat insults my intelligence because I'm an American, and it plays into some stereotypes that some people like to portray us Americans as stupid, uncultured, and self-caring people.

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kingbui
Post #548725 - Reply to (#548107) by connerity
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12:05 am, May 2 2012
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I don't know about the school districts in other parts of America, but where I'm from, foreign language is required. After three years of Spanish I'd say I'm about as proficient as a native speaking child which was good enough to travel through Mexico.

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