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Which language(s) do you currently speak? If you could learn only one other language, what would you choose, and why?

Well, I seem to have snagged the brass ring with this question.

I am a native speaker of: English
I have close to native fluency in: French, German and Italian
I am comfortable in most subjects in: Spanish
I can survive in: Portuguese, Norwegian, Hebrew, Japanese, Gaielge, Serbian, and Croatian
I can get thrown in jail in: Slovenian, Turkish, Romanian, Dutch, Mandarin, Swedish and Danish
I have worked with and can understand varying degrees of: Bulgarian, Albanian, Lingala, Catalan, Arabic and Russian.
I am currently studying: Hebrew and Farsi

If I could learn only one other language well, it would definitely be Mandarin, based on the number of speakers - this would open up limitless opportunities.

If I were allowed to choose others that I had the time to learn well, the list would include Hindi/Urdu (basically the same tongue); Russian; Arabic and Turkish.

With these in my pocket, I could probably communicate with 95% of the world's population, as most people speak one of the languages I have mentioned as a first, second or third language. That would be fun.


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deckardcanine
Dec. 13th, 2009 12:05 am (UTC)
Sheesh, I had to look up Lingala to see where it's spoken. For a word man, I am way out of my league with regard to other languages. Next to you, anyway.

So... have you been thrown in jail in all those languages?
ccdesan
Dec. 13th, 2009 12:51 am (UTC)
Haha! Serbian was the only one I came close in... and that was pretty scary. I've been very lucky, when I've traveled to the wild places, to have good friends and good guides. With good security.
dhlawrence
Dec. 13th, 2009 12:55 am (UTC)
I wish I spoke half the languages you speak *drool*
r_caton
Dec. 13th, 2009 01:15 am (UTC)
All those and you speak sagely in all.

But .... what is wrong with the language of the bards?

Where is a proficiency in Welsh?
ccdesan
Dec. 13th, 2009 02:04 am (UTC)
I can say about 3 phrases i'Cymraeg... I have the course, and I've listened to some of it, and I'm familiar enough to recognize it...

♬ I could climb the very highest Himalayas, be among the greatest ever tennis players,
win at chess or marry a Princess or study hard and be an eminent professor.
I could be a millionaire, play the clarinet, travel everywhere,
Learn to cook, catch a crook, win a war then write a book about it.
I could paint a Mona Lisa, I could be another Caesar.
Compose an oratorio that was sublime.
The door's not shut on my genius but I just don't have the time. ♬

alaskawolf
Dec. 13th, 2009 08:31 pm (UTC)
im fluent in both english and engrish :)

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