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6/24/2015 6:23:30 PM
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I have always loved linguisitics. (Thought about majoring in it in college for a bit.) And I love learning and studying about foreign languages.

It is a rare thing in my country..to speak a 2nd language. Only 10% of all Americans are even proficient in a foreign language. (And many of them have trouble with English!) LOL--

So...I was wondering if anybody here speaks a second--or third or fourth--language. I am guessing there will be a lot more of our European amigos here on DDO that do so.

Me? I am fluent en Espanol..and have been studying German for a few years. Not proficient yet, but I can get by and if I lived in a place where they spoke only German I think I could just about communicate enough to get by.

So...who else? What languages. Perhpas give us a few words in it--with translation of course!

Muchas gracias para te tiempo, mis amigos!
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6/24/2015 7:03:13 PM
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I'm fluent in English (duh) and learning Spanish and Danish.
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6/24/2015 7:11:06 PM
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At 6/24/2015 7:03:13 PM, PatriotPerson wrote:
I'm fluent in English (duh) and learning Spanish and Danish.
Why Danish? I am curious.
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6/24/2015 7:12:48 PM
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At 6/24/2015 7:11:06 PM, Mirza wrote:
At 6/24/2015 7:03:13 PM, PatriotPerson wrote:
I'm fluent in English (duh) and learning Spanish and Danish.
Why Danish? I am curious.

Its just a cool language, and Denmark is a cool place. For example:
English: The man eats the cheese.
Danish: Manden spiser osten.
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6/24/2015 7:17:06 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 6/24/2015 7:12:48 PM, PatriotPerson wrote:
Its just a cool language, and Denmark is a cool place. For example:
Indeed.

English: The man eats the cheese.
Danish: Manden spiser osten.
FYI, if you learn Danish, you'll easily understand written Norwegian and Swedish. However, the accents are very different, so in spoken form you probably will not.
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6/24/2015 7:19:02 PM
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At 6/24/2015 7:17:06 PM, Mirza wrote:
At 6/24/2015 7:12:48 PM, PatriotPerson wrote:
Its just a cool language, and Denmark is a cool place. For example:
Indeed.

English: The man eats the cheese.
Danish: Manden spiser osten.
FYI, if you learn Danish, you'll easily understand written Norwegian and Swedish. However, the accents are very different, so in spoken form you probably will not.

How would the accents effect how they're spoken? I mean, they just sound different is all.

Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish are obviously all different languages, but how similar are they?
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6/24/2015 7:25:42 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 6/24/2015 7:19:02 PM, PatriotPerson wrote:
How would the accents effect how they're spoken? I mean, they just sound different is all.
That's what I meant - excuse me. The pronunciation is very different. For instance, "Sweden" in Danish and Swedish are spelled the same way, but listen to how they are pronounced: https://translate.google.dk... There are regional differences as well, though.

Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish are obviously all different languages, but how similar are they?
They are more like different dialects than languages.
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6/25/2015 2:47:17 PM
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At 6/24/2015 6:23:30 PM, Saint_of_Me wrote:
I have always loved linguisitics. (Thought about majoring in it in college for a bit.) And I love learning and studying about foreign languages.

It is a rare thing in my country..to speak a 2nd language. Only 10% of all Americans are even proficient in a foreign language. (And many of them have trouble with English!) LOL--

So...I was wondering if anybody here speaks a second--or third or fourth--language. I am guessing there will be a lot more of our European amigos here on DDO that do so.

Me? I am fluent en Espanol..and have been studying German for a few years. Not proficient yet, but I can get by and if I lived in a place where they spoke only German I think I could just about communicate enough to get by.

So...who else? What languages. Perhpas give us a few words in it--with translation of course!

Muchas gracias para te tiempo, mis amigos!

I am fluent in English (of course) and Greek. I am working on Spanish.
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6/25/2015 3:38:15 PM
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At 6/25/2015 2:47:17 PM, belladb8s wrote:
At 6/24/2015 6:23:30 PM, Saint_of_Me wrote:
I have always loved linguisitics. (Thought about majoring in it in college for a bit.) And I love learning and studying about foreign languages.

It is a rare thing in my country..to speak a 2nd language. Only 10% of all Americans are even proficient in a foreign language. (And many of them have trouble with English!) LOL--

So...I was wondering if anybody here speaks a second--or third or fourth--language. I am guessing there will be a lot more of our European amigos here on DDO that do so.

Me? I am fluent en Espanol..and have been studying German for a few years. Not proficient yet, but I can get by and if I lived in a place where they spoke only German I think I could just about communicate enough to get by.

So...who else? What languages. Perhpas give us a few words in it--with translation of course!

Muchas gracias para te tiempo, mis amigos!

I am fluent in English (of course) and Greek. I am working on Spanish.

Cool. (BTW: hello gorgeous!)

Say something in Greek for me. Please?

How about: "Drew...you are so hot it makes me dizzy."

LOL--or something like that.

ttyl.
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6/25/2015 3:59:59 PM
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I speak spanish (mucho gusto, joven!); I know a smattering of French (Ou sont les toilettes?); and I know how to count from zero to ten in Japanese (rei, ichi, ni, san, yon, go, ruku, nana, hachi, kyuu, juu).

Plus I'm fluent in the mysterious language of cosmic matter (taps finger against desk three times as evidence).
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6/25/2015 4:58:24 PM
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At 6/25/2015 3:59:59 PM, Juan_Pablo wrote:
I speak spanish (mucho gusto, joven!); I know a smattering of French (Ou sont les toilettes?); and I know how to count from zero to ten in Japanese (rei, ichi, ni, san, yon, go, ruku, nana, hachi, kyuu, juu).

Plus I'm fluent in the mysterious language of cosmic matter (taps finger against desk three times as evidence).

LOL---thanks!
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6/25/2015 5:03:02 PM
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At 6/24/2015 7:17:06 PM, Mirza wrote:
At 6/24/2015 7:12:48 PM, PatriotPerson wrote:
Its just a cool language, and Denmark is a cool place. For example:
Indeed.

English: The man eats the cheese.
Danish: Manden spiser osten.
FYI, if you learn Danish, you'll easily understand written Norwegian and Swedish. However, the accents are very different, so in spoken form you probably will not.

Danish is Dutch, right?

Reminds me a bit of German. "The man eats the cheese" in German would be....

Der mann isst den Kase

Mm..I think! LOL
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6/25/2015 5:21:38 PM
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At 6/24/2015 6:23:30 PM, Saint_of_Me wrote:
I speak Russian in addition to English.
You can call me Mark if you like.
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6/25/2015 5:28:21 PM
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At 6/25/2015 5:21:38 PM, debate_power wrote:
At 6/24/2015 6:23:30 PM, Saint_of_Me wrote:
I speak Russian in addition to English.

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6/25/2015 5:31:32 PM
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At 6/24/2015 6:23:30 PM, Saint_of_Me wrote:
I have always loved linguisitics. (Thought about majoring in it in college for a bit.) And I love learning and studying about foreign languages.

It is a rare thing in my country..to speak a 2nd language. Only 10% of all Americans are even proficient in a foreign language. (And many of them have trouble with English!) LOL--

So...I was wondering if anybody here speaks a second--or third or fourth--language. I am guessing there will be a lot more of our European amigos here on DDO that do so.

Me? I am fluent en Espanol..and have been studying German for a few years. Not proficient yet, but I can get by and if I lived in a place where they spoke only German I think I could just about communicate enough to get by.

So...who else? What languages. Perhpas give us a few words in it--with translation of course!

Muchas gracias para te tiempo, mis amigos!

I speak some Spanish, but I do love studying Russian and Japanese.
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6/25/2015 5:43:15 PM
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At 6/25/2015 5:03:02 PM, Saint_of_Me wrote:
Danish is Dutch, right?
No, not at all

Reminds me a bit of German.
Danish, Dutch, and German are all Germanic languages, and therefore have similarities. But, they are nonetheless very different.
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6/25/2015 6:34:15 PM
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At 6/25/2015 5:28:21 PM, debate_power wrote:
At 6/25/2015 5:21:38 PM, debate_power wrote:
At 6/24/2015 6:23:30 PM, Saint_of_Me wrote:
I speak Russian in addition to English.

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Russian is an awesome language and I thought about trying to learn it, but it seemed a bit too difficult. I mean, wow--for an English speaker--we have to learn that whole Cyrillic alphabet. And THEN the language. So it's like really learning TWO languages. But I love the sound of Russian. Do you have a Cyrillic keyboard or App for writing in russki?
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6/25/2015 6:36:10 PM
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At 6/25/2015 5:43:15 PM, Mirza wrote:
At 6/25/2015 5:03:02 PM, Saint_of_Me wrote:
Danish is Dutch, right?
No, not at all

Reminds me a bit of German.
Danish, Dutch, and German are all Germanic languages, and therefore have similarities. But, they are nonetheless very different.

Exactly right.

And..many English speakers--at least here in America--do not know that English is a member of the Germanic language tree. You can really see that influence when you read Old English. I had to read it in college when I read Beowulf. That was tough!
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6/25/2015 6:36:50 PM
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At 6/25/2015 5:28:21 PM, debate_power wrote:
At 6/25/2015 5:21:38 PM, debate_power wrote:
At 6/24/2015 6:23:30 PM, Saint_of_Me wrote:
I speak Russian in addition to English.

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Could I call you Mike also?
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6/25/2015 8:21:51 PM
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At 6/25/2015 7:47:13 PM, Scratch wrote:
Fluent in Spanish. I flirted with German for a while and plan on learning more.

donde aprendiste tu espanol? Para quantos anos?
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6/25/2015 8:43:56 PM
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At 6/25/2015 8:21:51 PM, Saint_of_Me wrote:
At 6/25/2015 7:47:13 PM, Scratch wrote:
Fluent in Spanish. I flirted with German for a while and plan on learning more.

donde aprendiste tu espanol? Para quantos anos?

Vivi en Argentina unos cuantos anos; asi que aprendi castellano como un joven.
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6/25/2015 9:01:59 PM
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At 6/25/2015 8:43:56 PM, Scratch wrote:
At 6/25/2015 8:21:51 PM, Saint_of_Me wrote:
At 6/25/2015 7:47:13 PM, Scratch wrote:
Fluent in Spanish. I flirted with German for a while and plan on learning more.

donde aprendiste tu espanol? Para quantos anos?

Vivi en Argentina unos cuantos anos; asi que aprendi castellano como un joven.

Ahh...castelleno.

Para mi, no. LOL. Porque, he aprendido la mayor parte de mi espa"oles de vivir en Texas durante 10 anos. Yo tengo mi propio negocio paisaje, y tuve varios empleados mexicanos ! "por favor: hable con mio solomente en espanol!"

Esta es el mejor escuela!

Grasias.
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6/25/2015 9:20:01 PM
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I'm fluent in English (obviously) and Mandarin. Learning French at school--I can carry on a conversation somewhat but I'm not that fluent.
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6/26/2015 3:19:32 PM
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At 6/25/2015 6:34:15 PM, Saint_of_Me wrote:
Russian is an awesome language and I thought about trying to learn it, but it seemed a bit too difficult. I mean, wow--for an English speaker--we have to learn that whole Cyrillic alphabet. And THEN the language. So it's like really learning TWO languages.
Cyrillic is a lot easier to learn than the language. I learned it by reading when I was very young. Never got to learn it in school in my homeland because I moved. But, without a doubt language is harder.
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6/26/2015 3:43:51 PM
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At 6/26/2015 3:19:32 PM, Mirza wrote:
At 6/25/2015 6:34:15 PM, Saint_of_Me wrote:
Russian is an awesome language and I thought about trying to learn it, but it seemed a bit too difficult. I mean, wow--for an English speaker--we have to learn that whole Cyrillic alphabet. And THEN the language. So it's like really learning TWO languages.
Cyrillic is a lot easier to learn than the language. I learned it by reading when I was very young. Never got to learn it in school in my homeland because I moved. But, without a doubt language is harder.

Yeah..makes sense. i think they key is to learn a language that differs so very much from your native tongue is to learn it, as you did with the Cyrillic, when we are young.
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6/26/2015 3:47:57 PM
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At 6/26/2015 3:43:51 PM, Saint_of_Me wrote:
Yeah..makes sense. i think they key is to learn a language that differs so very much from your native tongue is to learn it, as you did with the Cyrillic, when we are young.
Cyrillic is our official script alongside Latin, so I just had to learn the letters, as the alphabet corresponds with Latin. It differs in other Slavic languages, but very little. As for learning a language when we are young, it is indeed easier; the older we grow, the harder it is.
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6/26/2015 4:12:17 PM
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At 6/26/2015 3:47:57 PM, Mirza wrote:
At 6/26/2015 3:43:51 PM, Saint_of_Me wrote:
Yeah..makes sense. i think they key is to learn a language that differs so very much from your native tongue is to learn it, as you did with the Cyrillic, when we are young.
Cyrillic is our official script alongside Latin, so I just had to learn the letters, as the alphabet corresponds with Latin. It differs in other Slavic languages, but very little. As for learning a language when we are young, it is indeed easier; the older we grow, the harder it is.

Yep. We are more set in our ways. And psychologists say our brain just simply slows down in becoming "sponge like" in absorbing new knowledge, as it is in our childhoods.
Adults are also less patient; we want results faster. Thus are more apt to quit when we get frustrated by our slow pace. This is a prime reason for kids learning musical instruments faster as well.
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6/26/2015 4:18:11 PM
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At 6/26/2015 4:12:17 PM, Saint_of_Me wrote:
Yep. We are more set in our ways. And psychologists say our brain just simply slows down in becoming "sponge like" in absorbing new knowledge, as it is in our childhoods.
Adults are also less patient; we want results faster. Thus are more apt to quit when we get frustrated by our slow pace. This is a prime reason for kids learning musical instruments faster as well.
Yes. In the physical aspect as well; foot-eye coordination seems extremely difficult compared to hand-eye, which is why football (soccer) is mastered from a very young age. I don't think any football player became very good after starting in adolescence.