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1. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

I'm curious what different languages people can speak. You don't have to speak them fluently, you may just be studying a language, or maybe just know enough to get by.

So which languages can you speak (just mention whether you're speak it really well, or you're just starting to learn it, or whatever).

2. Posted by Lucyc55 (Full Member 63 posts) 11y

English - I'm english
Spanish - fluently, because I lived in Ecuador for 2 years

French - basic, but enough to get by

learning Russian at the moment

3. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting Lucyc55

learning Russian at the moment

Wow, that's gotta be tough. I couldn't even read a sign when I visited Russia. What made you choose Russian for your next language to learn?

4. Posted by Lucyc55 (Full Member 63 posts) 11y

I chose Russian for a couple of reasons;

  • I can never resit a challenge, and learning Russian is certainly going to be a challenge :)
  • I plan on doing the Trans Mongolian railway when I graduate, and I want to spend about a month and a half in Russia, and I always like to learn at least a little bit of the language before I go to a country, especially when I'm going to be travelling on my own, and spending quite a long time there.
  • I think that the economy in russia may well improve considerably in the future, and it is always useful in business to be able to speak the language of a country you may want to business in, plus it looks good on a CV.
5. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Hey Lucy,

Sounds like some good reasons. I really like Russian culture. You said after you graduate, what are you studying? Are you in a University in the UK?

6. Posted by Lucyc55 (Full Member 63 posts) 11y

I'm a first year student at university in England. I'm studing business management and Spanish. But I used to live in Ecuador. I absolutely love to travel...I'm visiting 8 countries over my summer vacation this year :)

7. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

I guess that "extended" trip down in South America put the University thing on hold . How'd did it happen that you wnet to visit down there and then just stayed for 3 years? What did your parents think?

Are you the one I saw was gonna visit Syria this Summer?

8. Posted by Lucyc55 (Full Member 63 posts) 11y

How i ended up in Ecuador is rather random. About a week before my school exams finished I knew I wanted to go to SA to learn spanish for about 4 months, but I had no idea where to go so I got a map of SA, closed my eyes and just pointed on the map and it was Ecuador...2 weeks later I was on a plane. I arranged volunteer work and did that for the first 2 months, while I was doing that I got offered a job by a Canadian guy that I had met while at school, who owns a travel agency in Toronto. He hired me to do investigation work for him - find hotels, bus companies, private planes etc. all over South America. I spent 2 years doing that, and I'm working for him again this summer, and then towards the end of that job, I got offered the job of managing a hotel in the jungle, which I did for 6 months before finally heading back to England to start uni.

My father was really cool about the whole thing. My mother was more worried, but she knows there is no point arguing with me when I have decided to do something. :)

I am the one who is going to Syria. I'm travelling to;

  • Poland
  • Ecuador
  • Czech Republic
  • Spain
  • Egypt
  • Syria
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
9. Posted by Lucyc55 (Full Member 63 posts) 11y

What languages do you speak?

10. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

I speak enough German to carry on a conversation.

When I visited Central and South America I could get by with my Spanish. Could ask questions, knew all the numbers, could get directions, etc.. But I haven't spoken it much in the last 5 years so not too sure how I'd do now. When I lived in San Diego (lived there for around 10 years) I would hear a lot of Spanish because it is so close to Mexico.