Skip Navigation

What languages do you Speak?

Travel Forums General Talk What languages do you Speak?

Page

Last Post

51. Posted by Tangying (Budding Member 29 posts) 11y

Hi mtlgal,Thanks for correcting me.
But what make you think Mao is not the idol of ALL Chinese people?
I am not alone in thinking so.

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

Quoting Tangying

Hi mtlgal,Thanks for correcting me.
But what make you think Mao is not the idol of ALL Chinese people?
I am not alone in thinking so.

Obviously, I'm NOT mtlgal, but I'm guessing it has something to do the "cultural revolution", etc.

53. Posted by mtlgal (Full Member 1179 posts) 11y

Quoting Tangying

Hi mtlgal,Thanks for correcting me.
But what make you think Mao is not the idol of ALL Chinese people?
I am not alone in thinking so.

For one thing, I'm Chinese and you're probably better off not knowing what I think of Mao, but believe me when I say that he's no idol of mine.

54. Posted by mtlgal (Full Member 1179 posts) 11y

Quoting Travel100

Quoting Tangying

Hi mtlgal,Thanks for correcting me.
But what make you think Mao is not the idol of ALL Chinese people?
I am not alone in thinking so.

Obviously, I'm NOT mtlgal, but I'm guessing it has something to do the "cultural revolution", etc.

The teachings of the Chinese communist propaganda place the blame of the cultural revolution solely on the infamous "Gang of Four" and not on Mao. How convenient.

55. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Although the official scapegoats were the Gang of Four, most non-partisan scholars now agree that the prime mover in the Cultural Revolution was Chairman Mao.

56. Posted by Tangying (Budding Member 29 posts) 11y

Nobody lives without fault.
Mao Zedong is a great politician.Without the Communist Party there would be no New China. Although Mao was proved wrong of the cultural revolution, he is still the idol of Chinese people.

OK,Let's put the topic on ice in this thread . ;)

57. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

Okay, back to what this topic was actually about :)

English
Dutch
Norwegian (although I am severely lacking in being fluent in this, I am getting there)

I took the following in school so I am not that great (prefer to learn by listening and trial and error) at them, but I can get by:

German
Spanish
French

(in that order when it comes to speaking/reading/writing I'd say)

I used to speak:

Pijin English (living on the Solomons)
Rennellese (tiny language group from one island in the Solomons but we left the island when I was 6/7 so I lost that one quickly learning Pijin)

I think I'd be able to pick up Pijin again pretty quickly because it's pretty similar to English so that helps. I'd have no clue though if I heard Rennellese I'm afraid.

Mind you, I get confused in my words a lot now when visiting France or Spain. I always got those two mixed up, but now a ton of Norwegian words come out at the same time too... very interesting

I think the list looks more impressive than it is though. Most dutch do English and either French or German in highschool and usually both. Spanish I did at uni and the other languages are related to living overseas so I have/had little choice.

58. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Quoting Sam I Am

Mind you, I get confused in my words a lot now when visiting France or Spain. I always got those two mixed up, but now a ton of Norwegian words come out at the same time too... very interesting

That reminds me...

I only know a handful of words in Spanish, so when I went to Spain and couldn't make myself understood, my instinct was to switch over to French. It was automatic - it would take me a second to realize how silly I was being.

"Donde esta la...um..."
"Que?"
"La..la..."
"Que?"
"La arret de taxi?"

59. Posted by aleah (Full Member 400 posts) 11y

Hi there,

I do speak the following languages:

Swiss German (a strong germanic dialect, only spoken, Swiss like to call it an own language, it has a different sentence structure and many words influenced by French)
German although very slow, and with a heavy accent
EnglishI can communicate
French I can communicate (not as good as in English)

I can understand some words to know what subject is discussed: Dutch, Swedish, Danish and not to forget Flemish!

In a months time I will start to learn Spanish and hopefully in October Mandarin

a+,cu,tschüss,bis bald
-KAT-

60. Posted by henkrup (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y

Hello All,

I speak Danish (mother tongue) and English (fluently). My French is not great, but more than enough to get by. I also studied German and Spanish in school, but now just understand quite a lot without being able to speak it.

I understand swedish and Norwegian, but don't actually speak either. Luckily they understand my Danish aswell.

I've started to learn Hindi, but it's really difficult. Guess I better invest in some Bollywood films - hopefully I'll be able to pick up some lingo

Cheers!