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What languages can you speak?
29 November 2011
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McLennonSon said:

minime said:

I'm supposed to be able to speak Swedish, but it's just pathetic. Förlåt att jag är så dålig.

Good minime, but ''dålig'' is with an r.

 

Anyway, I can speak Norwegian, English, Finnish-Swedish (not the same as Swedish), Finnish, and Music.

Really? a-hard-days-night-john-6 Just goes to show… Finnish-Swedish isn't Swedish? Huh? I know some words are pronounced a little different and there's also some different vocabulary, but's it's the same language, right? Or else I've been dissing a different language all along a-hard-days-night-george-8 (no really, Swedish is fine but Finnish system ticks me off)

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I can speak English, am learning Spanish and have just begun to speak French. However, my French teach is kind of terrifying, so I might just take at-home courses next year. 

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I also can speak a little Na'vi (yeah I watched Avatar one too many times) xD

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30 November 2011
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minime said:

McLennonSon said:

minime said:

I'm supposed to be able to speak Swedish, but it's just pathetic. Förlåt att jag är så dålig.

Good minime, but ''dålig'' is with an r.

Anyway, I can speak Norwegian, English, Finnish-Swedish (not the same as Swedish), Finnish, and Music.

Really? a-hard-days-night-john-6 Just goes to show… Finnish-Swedish isn't Swedish? Huh? I know some words are pronounced a little different and there's also some different vocabulary, but's it's the same language, right? Or else I've been dissing a different language all along a-hard-days-night-george-8 (no really, Swedish is fine but Finnish system ticks me off)

Yea, true. You can't say ''kiva'' to Carola Häggkvist. paul-mccartney

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3 December 2011
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English is my native language, but all my relatives speak Italian, so I have learned some of it from hearing them speak it all the time. Also, I have taken French in school for 3 years. My friend who is from Litheuania is trying to tech me Litheuanian, but I am horrible at it.

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I speak spanish. But I learned some english, I'm getting better at it though, because of this forum haha a-hard-days-night-george-8

But I want to learn more…

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5 December 2011
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I speak English…and some Classical Latin, which is pretty much a useless skill, unless, as my Latin teacher says, I happen to get into a time machine by accident. stuart-sutcliffe

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No no, Latin is very useful a-hard-days-night-george-4It's a very good base to learn all the Romanic languages, especially Italian. It would be useful in learning English as well, but I suppose you won't need any practice in that. It's interesting, however, to see just how many words in English are derived from Latin. And if you ever consider to become a doctor, or a scientist, anyway, it will come in handy.

 

Could Stuart speak Latin?stuart-sutcliffe

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Latin.? I would like to speak Latin, too. oh, and Russian seems interesting. and easy for me, because it's similar to Slovene. a-hard-days-night-john-6

 

5 December 2011
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The cool thing about Latin is that the words for "no" and "goodbye" are both people on this forum. Minime means no, and Vale means goodbye. You guys keep turning up in my homework!a-hard-days-night-george-8

"Now and then, though, someone does begin to grow differently. Instead of down, his feet grow up toward the sky. But we do our best to discourage awkward things like that." "What happens to them?" insisted Milo. "Oddly enough, they often grow ten times the size of everyone else," said Alec thoughtfully, "and I’ve heard that they walk among the stars." –The Phantom Tollbooth
5 December 2011
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seaglass eyes sunny smile said:

The cool thing about Latin is that the words for "no" and "goodbye" are both people on this forum. Minime means no, and Vale means goodbye. You guys keep turning up in my homework!a-hard-days-night-george-8

I wonder if McLennonSon means jerk……..

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5 December 2011
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minime said:

No no, Latin is very useful a-hard-days-night-george-4It's a very good base to learn all the Romanic languages, especially Italian. It would be useful in learning English as well, but I suppose you won't need any practice in that. It's interesting, however, to see just how many words in English are derived from Latin. And if you ever consider to become a doctor, or a scientist, anyway, it will come in handy.

 

Could Stuart speak Latin?stuart-sutcliffe

I had to learn three "dead" languages for my grad degree--Latin, biblical Hebrew and Ancient Greek. Only one proved to be useful beyond my grad area of study--Ancient Greek. The value of Latin today is quite overrated. Latin grammar is far more complex and antiquated than any modern Romance language, so it isn't as helpful as it would seem. If you have an extensive English vocabulary, chances are you already know enough Latinate words to help you learn Spanish or French. And my father was a PhD of Human Anatomy--he learned all those Latin terms without learning Latin itself.  Even the Vatican has stopped using Latin as a functional primary language--most of its documents are written in Italian first and translated into Latin for the "authoritative" version, just out of tradition. It's completely absurd when you think about it, but I guess it keeps a couple of translators in a job.

 

Sometimes, languages are killed off out of bigotry, chauvinism and cultural imperialism, and that's genuine culture loss. One language I'm studying, Scottish Gaelic, is at risk of dying off due to these reasons, even though it is still culturally relevant to a very much alive Gaelic-speaking community on both sides of the Atlantic. But other times, languages die because they were replaced by languages that better suited the people's needs for communication. Latin is definitely such an example. It had every cultural advantage a language would need to survive--governments, science, academia, even the Church used it--and it died anyhow. If we still needed it culturally, more people would be speaking it--I mean, beyond historical re-enactment actors and classical language nerds. Seaglass eyes is right--aside from a few academic fields where you might have to read original Latin texts, knowing Latin today is pretty useless.

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5 December 2011
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Scottish Gaelic and Welsh are bought being invested in so that neither die out as it was getting to the point where they were becoming less and less spoken and only in selected areas. Scottish Gaelic now has a dedicated channel on Sky where all the programmes are in that language (as does Welsh but thats been going for years). Thats one of the good things about Sky, you can have select channels where these can be screened and not be driven by high ratings and/or advertising. 

Maybe these type of languages should be taught in Schools  but then something would have to be shelved to make space(maybe they are now). Do you drop another language like French (they cant decide what to drop to bring in more Physical Exercise which is far more important at the moment never mind another language).

We had Latin in school but it was stopped to make way for something else, it was certainly more interesting than French.

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5 December 2011
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a-hard-days-night-george-5 You just made me very sad. You are absolutely right in that person can live their life happily without knowing a single Latin word (or knowing that they know), but I don't buy it that it's completely useless. English speaking natives may take it for granted, but since English is not my first language, if I encounter a peculiar word, it often helps to know some basic structures of Latin (which affixes are negative and so on). Of course, it's the same with ancient Greek.

 

I agree with you that knowing Latin may not help you very much with French, since it has stemmed pretty far from its originator, but like I said, I'm pretty sure it would be of use for Italian.( Even though my Latin teacher told me that Roman football team couldn't recognize Latin and thought it was Hebrew or something)

 

And yeah… You don't have to be able to understand Latin to be a doctor. But it can save you some time and energy if you know the meanings already.

 

a-hard-days-night-paul-4 I'm being pretty defensive here. I suppose I'd like Latin to be more widespread than it actually is. And I wonder if anyone has made Latin covers of Beatles songs? That would be awesome. It's such a beautiful language.

 

edit: in response to Happiness Is A Warm Gun

5 December 2011
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I agree with minime. Latin is a beautiful language, and it's very interesting to learn too. It isn't as useful as, say, French. But I'm glad I'm taking it.

However, the "Roman family" in our textbook makes me want to kill someone. there are stories about the Cornelius family for you to translate and the whole Cornelius clan is insufferable.

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6 December 2011
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seaglass eyes sunny smile said:

The cool thing about Latin is that the words for "no" and "goodbye" are both people on this forum. Minime means no, and Vale means goodbye. You guys keep turning up in my homework!a-hard-days-night-george-8

That is absolutely awesome. I translated "goodbye" in google translate and it really was! a-hard-days-night-john-6

And I think latin may be a language that it's not spoken anymore. But to be able to know it? It would help you in classes with names that come from latin or with other languages. I would definately learn it!

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18 December 2011
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Joe said:

I'm terrible at languages, as are far too many Brits. We tend to get by knowing that most foreigners speak better English than we speak their own languages, which breeds inaction.

I can remember a bit of French and German from school, and having lived in Wales for 15 years I can just about follow a conversation in Welsh (but can't speak or read it). Other than that I'm still trying to master the English language.

I can speak fluent English and Welsh and I can speak some French (not just the lyrics in Michelle!)

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(Mara came here to shake all the forum topics)

I can speak Italian as my native, English as second native (been learning it for 11 years and still make spelling mistakes), French and Spanish from school, and Greek, Russian, Japanese and German as languages of international communication.

 

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Oh wow, now that's a lot! 

A question though,  you know greek, russian, japanese and german a lot or just a few words?

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