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The Foreign Language Thread
7 December 2014
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I speak English, and have the spanish skills of maybe a five year old. 

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I may have said it before but my French oral exam consisted of me being asked a question in French and refusing to answer it. I hated French because of the arrogant teachers who treated myself and many others like shit. Sorry but they could take their stinking arrogance and feck off back to bloody Paris. I might have taken an interest and put some effort in if they had shown some decency and respect for their students.

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meanmistermustard said

I may have said it before but my French oral exam consisted of me being asked a question in French and refusing to answer it. I hated French because of the arrogant teachers who treated myself and many others like shit. Sorry but they could take their stinking arrogance and feck off back to bloody Paris. I might have taken an interest and put some effort in if they had shown some decency and respect for their students.

Ooh, a bit of rage.ahdn_paul_02

In French?

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Yes. I was to answer in French. My exam lasted about 2 minutes.

Two of my French classes consisted of watching Disney's 'The Hunchback of Notre Damn' and not for any literary reason.

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9 December 2014
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meanmistermustard said
Yes. I was to answer in French. My exam lasted about 2 minutes.

Two of my French classes consisted of watching Disney's 'The Hunchback of Notre Damn' and not for any literary reason.

...aren't there around two lines of French there?

Wouldn't complain if I were you, though, that thing's actually one of my favorite animated movies despite its flaws. Haha.

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I think I'll try and learn a bit of Yiddish- my only problem being the written alphabet but if I learnt it purely as an oral language, I'd be happy with myself seeing as it is so similar to German. That and I'll be Jewish in no time ;)

 

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Clara's Broken A Glass Today said

meanmistermustard said
Yes. I was to answer in French. My exam lasted about 2 minutes.

Two of my French classes consisted of watching Disney's 'The Hunchback of Notre Damn' and not for any literary reason.

...aren't there around two lines of French there?

Wouldn't complain if I were you, though, that thing's actually one of my favorite animated movies despite its flaws. Haha.

Possibly. All i remember is the teacher coming in, telling us to be quiet, shoving the video in in the machine, pressing play and finally sitting down at the back of the class for 50 minutes with the only sign she was there the occasional "sshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!".

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My problem is that I've taken several language classes and then moved on before retaining much of the knowledge. 2 years of Spanish as a child, 2 years of French and 2 years of Japanese as a teenager. I can't fluently speak any of them at this time. What I have retained allows me to read certain Japanese signs and product packages (which actually does come in handy when you're a nerd), have a pretty good idea what Spanish speaking people are saying on TV, and occasionally read French webites... sort of... and make out the general topic of the articles in question. So basically... not much.

 

I occasionally decide that I'm going to pick one of those languages and study them again, but without applying the knowledge it fades pretty quickly. I did see that there is a group of people in town that hang out at a cafe speaking French. Maybe I'll check that out sometime after a refresher course or two. :)

27 February 2015
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Interesting thread. Here's my story:

 

My native language is French. When I was five, my family moved to the US so I started school in English and only spoke French at home. When I was nine, we moved back to Canada but I kept going to school in English because I had had no formal education in French and it would have been hard for me to start doing so in fourth grade (I was put in the French Mother Tongue class anyway). Now, my French is very good, but English comes more easily to me, especially when I write because French is a hard language (there's a bunch of exceptions and verbs and adjectives to accorder (not sure what that word is in English)). With friends and family I speak "Frenglish" because I just say the word that comes to me first or there's a word in one language that more accurately describes the situation. My mom can't follow when I speak like that because she learned English much later. With my brothers, I speak almost exclusively in English. I know a few words of Spanish and German because I have a good memory but I can't have a conversation in either tongue. However, since Spanish has the same roots as French and German the same as English, I can sometimes understand whole sentences as the words look similar.

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I speak standard American English (my native language, but not my spelling), standard British English and, thanks to the Beatles, Scouse. That last is my favourite. a-hard-days-night-george-9

I learned a bit of Spanish when I was so much younger than today, but I've forgotten most of it. Except the obvious stuff, like colours and shapes and numbers, which you see at the grocery store and suchlike. 

 

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I can speak some Spanish, Arabic,and Cantonese, in Philippines we have 600 dialect in different places,  part of visaya region there's a words same like Spanish, I can speak some Arabic because I was working in Middle East 

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I can speak some Spanish, Arabic,and Cantonese, in Philippines we have 600 dialect in different places,  part of visaya region there's a words same like Spanish, I can speak some Arabic because I was working in Middle East 

I'm amazed at all the fine folk in this thread who can speak parts or all of multiple languages.

It's a skill I don't have unfortunately. I have an aunt who was an interpreter at the United Nations and spoke around 8 or 9 languages fluently, with the travel I have done that would have come in REALLY useful :)

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I revive thee thread:

 

For anyone who is learning a language, your best friend is children's-cartoons. Seriously.

Watching adult-films (no not those kind you dirty things), they use complicated words (just as we do in English) and they often talk faster and words are less enunciated (or at least that's what I find).

Disney in particular do excellent, high-class dubbing- if you hadn't seen the original English version, you would probably think the films were made in the language you're hearing it in. The syncing is always perfect and they do a decent-job translating songs. 

Disney has a French channel, German channel, Spanish channel, Italian channel and Japanese channel.

Pretty much any language with a large number of speakers has a Youtube Disney channel and they all upload at least twice a week e.g. little snippets from upcoming films (the French channel is showing the process it took to dub the latest animated film 'The Good Dinosaur' or 'Le Voyage d'Arlo'), behind the scenes from released films (the latest was Kenneth Branagh's 'Cinderella') and little Mickey Mouse shorts (the French channel is once again the best for uploading these and I adore the animation).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?.....oIeSsJIY3k

 

Enjoy 🙂

 

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Is "shhhhhh" known to library patrons across the world?

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it is very well known over here (Spain)

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Is "shhhhhh" known to library patrons across the world?

You mean, as in 'hush, be quiet'? The Dutch use it, but are more likely to use 'ssssst', possibly because the Dutch word for 'quiet' is 'stil'. And yes, that's pronounced the same as the English word 'still'.

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