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61. Posted by mahmud (Full Member 247 posts) 11y

Bengoli - Mother Tongue
English - 2 nd Language

62. Posted by yolandac8 (Respected Member 159 posts) 11y

Spanish is my mother tongue.

I speak fluently French, English and Basque, which is the co-official language with spanish where I live.
I can understand written German, and could spread some words, although I studied it for 3 years, it was to tough to coordinate 3 languages at once!
Origins of Basque are unknown and it is believed to be more ancient than Latin (this I cannot confirm). It has nothing to do with any other language, although the alphabet is latin.

Just to give you some example words:

Egunon = Good Morning
Gauon = Good Night
Nire izena Yolanda da = My name is Yolanda
Etxe haundi batetan bizi naiz = I live in a big house
Kaixo = Hello!
Hogeitalau urte ditut = I am 24
Frantzesez, ingelesez eta gastelaniaz hitz egiten dut = I speak french, english and spanish.

Things like this...
It would be really cool if people could just writte a few things in their mother tongues (the ones that are minoritary or not as extended as english, french, spanish, german, etc...).

63. Posted by NiuMei84 (Full Member 113 posts) 11y

G'day all!

Good thread,very interesting!;)
I'm from Finland, so I speak Finnish.I'm not sure if everyone knows but Finland has got two national languages,finnish and swedish so we've had to learn swedish in school starting in secondary school when kids turn to 13-14 years.I can understand swedish well but can't talk very well because I've never showed that much interest towards swedish language.
I have studied english almost for 11 years so I speak english fluently.I've also studied german and french but can't talk the languages very well.Right at the moment I'm studying spanish in college,just love that language!

64. Posted by kakapos (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y

Afternoon!

I can speak:
1. Cantonese, mother tongue;
2. English, fluently;
3. Mandarin, learnt few years in High School, can speak fluently;
4. German, learning half year ago...
5. Japanese, I taught myself Japanese for a month then gave up, because then I learnt Chinese history.. he he he...

It's amazing how European can understand so many languages, I always wonder how would I feel if I was a European... Hongkonger seems having trouble with understanding Mandarin or Chinese having problem understanding Cantonese...

65. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

Hongkonger seems having trouble with understanding Mandarin or Chinese having problem understanding Cantonese...

Is that true? Then I should feel much luckier as I speak both languages fluently. Any which Japanese did you learn before? Hiragana? Katagana? Kanji?

66. Posted by voyages (Inactive 36 posts) 11y

Arabic, swedish, french and english. Hopefully spanish in one year.

67. Posted by kakapos (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y

Quoting cikusang

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Is that true? Then I should feel much luckier as I speak both languages fluently. Any which Japanese did you learn before? Hiragana? Katagana? Kanji?

Yeah. I work in a firm where there are Mandarin speakers. I asked one guy one day if he understood when I spoke in Cantonese, he said no! He says Cantonese and Mandarin are so different.

One of my friends who doesn't speak Mandarin finds it hard to understand, well, if you speak really really slowly, she might catch what you say...

I learnt Hiragana :) You can see a lot of Japanese learning books in any of bookshops in HK...

68. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 11y

Kakapos, Hiragana is not that widely used in Modern Japan ...kanji is the most widely-spoken although I find Hiragana and Katagana are fun to be with...

Hou Hou Hiong Sau, (in Cantonese = hou :good; hiong sau: enjoy)
Lee

69. Posted by jzurdogo (Full Member 14 posts) 11y

English - native language.
French - enough to get by.
Spanish - currently studying, but am improving rapidly.

I've been to a lot of places and in most places you can get by with English. I wouldn't not go to a place because you don't speak the language. You'll miss out on a great opportunity to learn about another culture.

70. Posted by soliqa (Respected Member 284 posts) 11y

hey,

well i am impressed with some of these responses. i can speak english and have been learning french at school for 5 years. i'm good at reading and writing french but speaking is a bit harder due to the lack of opportunitis to speak it in australia. there is much less emphasis on learning another language here- maybe due to our isolation. very few people chose to learn another language in secondary school!!

cheers,

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