What languages does everyone know?

Hi, was wondering besides the wonderful languages of shorthand and english, what are the languages among people here on the forum. I would think shorthand requires some very similar skills to language learning.

Personally I know English and Russian (was born in Ukraine and moved to Australia). I spent a year in Israel but learned bugger all Hebrew, and am now learning German but I’m in the early days.

(by Michael
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  1. I studied Spanish 2 years evenings at a tech school – 10 weeks each semester. In the summer we would go to the teacher’s house – her basement was set up as a classroom. Then I took private lessons from her for awhile. She was from Mexico married to a Dutch. I like to learn from someone who grew up with the language as their accents are correct.

    Recently I took a 10 week German course at the Goethe House in Milwaukee. The instructor was excellent – he came to the US as a displaced person high school age after WW II to avoid the Russians taking over E Germany and was a high school teacher for years. I want to get back to his classes, but will have to wait until later as I’m full time student nights at the tech school now. It is a major goal to get back to his German classes. I started German classes twice in another city, but the teachers were terrible.

    I also passed a Morse code test of 5 wpm to get the Novice Amateur Radio License. This was back when the Morse code was required to get the license.

    German is my number one goal, but I’d also like to learn more Spanish and also French and Italian. The Scandinavian languages interest me too.

    If you are learning German, check out Andrea Berg’s CDs. Her greatest hits is wonderful. If you would like to listen to the track of one of my favorites – Ein Schiff Wird Kommen – I will email it to you. ( A ship is coming. )

  2. Wow that's a lot of languages piqueroi, as well as the rest of you congrats. Were most of them through visiting those countries or from self-study?

    To conniem88, it seems like you don't have the free time to learn a language. See I have free time in spoonfulls, mainly because uni holidays are long, and I cut my work down to one shift a week by not owning a car. The main thing with languages is a lot of exposure.

    I'm obviously not living in Switzerland or Germany so I need to interact for an hour a day with tapes, with internet articles and with german books. It is difficult but so far I think I'm managing to keep enough useful input to be making forward progress. Shikes it was so easy with shorthand, you can sit there studying the manual and writing all day, but with a language, well I guess a language isn't too different.

  3. Cool! My fluency in Danish results from having lived in Denmark for over a decade. Spanish has been ongoing from high school, college, and vacation trips to Spain and now Spanish novelas on TV. Took French and German at University and made straight A's and have kept up reading ability through magazines and newspapers; Italian absorbed through opera and bridge books as well as occasional magazine articles and the notes in CD opera albums. Had 2 years of Latin in high school and earned straight A's but never have used it since. Because of living in Denmark a have very limited skill in Norwegian and Swedish. Today I watch a variety of classic and contemporary movies from many countries and, if familiar with the language and have the time, watch them first with subtitles and then without. Isn't DVD technology marvelous?

  4. Sounds like you've had a lot of experience. Yes DVD is marvellous, but its amazing the possibilities for language learning I am finding on the internet. Theres a site called livemocha that is like a facebook for language learners. You add friends and you go through these interactive language lessons where your work is marked by other people who are native in the language that you're learning. You in turn mark their writing and pronunciation. You can also add them as friends and chat with them.

  5. English, with a reasonable degree of proficiency in Spanish and Esperanto. I like to dabble in as many languages as possible. I love learning useful writing systems. Just the other day, I learned how to read Hebrew (which came in handy for reading the board notes of a professor who habitually writes proper names and roots from the Hebrew Bible in the Hebrew writing system). The semester prior, I had a very interesting course in New Testament Greek, so I have a reasonable proficiency in reading from the NT and understanding the Greek (particularly since lots of words in Greek are used over and over again in the Bible).

  6. In my college days, I was fluent in French (having lived there) but I doubt I could hold a decent conversation now. My Italian was learned right after college from an LP and was very basic. I've also done the old (not the new) Berlitz "Think and Talk" German series, but that's completely gone from my brain from lack of use.

    Oh, and English, my native tongue. 😉

  7. In retrospect, how do you think you could've kept up your French. Reason being is because I'm starting German now in Uni (as an add on to my degree) and hope that any proficiency I achieve will not simply wittle away in the years to come. I figured that reading in the language could be a good way to maintain it. It surely opens up a lot more internet articles when you speak french or german or russian.

  8. I certainly could have travelled to France more often than I did. I could (and did for a while) drag myself into NYC to attend meetings where French was spoken. I never did find a local French friend although I've hoped I'd find one for years.

    As I recall, my college professor insisted that reading aloud for five minutes each day should have been sufficient for me to maintain my accent. But who has time?!!!!

  9. Simply speculative, but when you're surfing the web, and need to find out, oh I don't know, about a certain politician, you can do it in French instead of English.
    Maybe even make it a principle that surfing the internet has to be done in French where possible. I'm sure you spend much more than 5 minutes on the internet every day, and you'll also get a slightly different perspective on the world.

  10. I only speak Canadian English, although I watched and read enough British that I can understand it. In Ontario, we had to learn French. My grade 11 French teacher spoke more English than French in the class — this is after we'd had 6 years of French — so I didn't take it again. I had one course in introductory German since my then-fiance's family (now my in-laws) spoke German. It was great fun, listening to all us students not speaking English — and speaking French instead!

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