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I thought I'd do a quick poll of what languages everyone speaks here (and do a bit of user research, too). Don't include English if it's your native language.
I'll go first:
🇹🇭 "Taxi Thai" (enough to direct a motorcycle taxi, and order food)🇩🇪 German (< 5%... 🙈 but enough words to pick up some phrases)
🇫🇮 although Finns don’t always understand me 🤷🏻♀️🇫🇷 wannabe
🇺🇸 👌🇪🇸 "Donde esta...?" (fill the gap with bus, bathroom, etc. 😉)🇫🇷 "Je voudrais un croissant, s'il vous plait" 🥐😋
Spanish native 🇪🇦 Fluent English 🇺🇸
🇿🇦 Afrikaans and learnt a bit of isiXhosa but don't really speak it but would like to explore in learning to speak more
Sign language basics, mainly US Alphabet and maybe some words
I spoke Solomon Islands Pijin fluently until I was about 10 when we left the country. Can't remember much of that any more. Though I do occasionally still bust out a phrase and my kids look at me weirdly. :)
Spoke Dutch fluently when I lived there until I was 18. Not really fluent any more unfortunately, maybe 80%.
🇨🇦 French (my first language, though English came shortly after)🇲🇽 Spanish (learning, poco a poco)
English (duh right? 🤣)French (Just enough to get around)German (Just enough to get around)Tonga (Family mainly)Shona (Family mainly)
Does Japanese from 10 years of watching Anime count?? 🤔🤔
Bit of Deutsche. Bit of Nihon.
Italian: nativeEnglish: fluentSpanish: fluentFrench: just for survival!
EnglishMandarin - more accurately, "chinglish" lol
Russian (my native language), French fluent, English fluent and learnt German at the university... But can’t really talk it anymore 😔
I speak Arabic at a conversation level as I learned from my parents, but cannot write. I speak French as well, I can read, write and speak decently well. I also speak very basic Spanish, very basic hahahaa.
German and Afrikaans
Bulgarian 🇧🇬 English 🇬🇧 Un poco Spanish 🇪🇸 Cat & Dog's 🐈⬛ 🦮
Love cats and dogs!!!! On my to-do list...
Russian (native)English (fluent)Vietnamese (elementary: enough to get around and have a short chat)Learnt French for a couple of years at school but have almost forgotten it by now 😅
French as mother tongue, then I also speak English, Spanish, Dutch, hints of Italian, Portuguese and mandarin 😉
Vietnamese (native)English (fluent)Chinese (beginner)
🇪🇸 fluently and 🇩🇪 intermediate and a smattering of 🇫🇷
I speak 6 languages, 4 fluently.
Basic Spanish and IrishNative EnglishFluent German, French and Dutch
Thai (poorly) I have lived in Thailand for several months a year for about 7 yearsArmenian (not that well) outside of the US and Thailand, I have spent the most amount of time in Armenia over the years (about a year and a half)
Decent Spanish, little Portuguese :)
German (native)French and English (fluent)Spanish ( not too bad) Russian ( enough to survive if lost in Sibiria) Dutch ( I understand a bit, but my answer will be a Germenglish) Burmese ( enough to order my rice and say that I don't speak it well)
I seem to go down the rabbit hole of language learning because of traveling and have a collection of languages now....here it is:
French: I lived numerous times in France and Tahiti, one year in college I played on a female soccer team in France, later I worked in Paris a couple of times, and now spend part of the year in Tahiti (French speaking). I work in French a lot now as well.
Italian: I lived in Florence for 2 years, went to photography school there, I had 5 Italian roommates, me and my dog. I do have some Italian clients - that helps maintain it.
Greek: I used to work as a cook on a sailboat in Greece for many summers while touring the islands, so I learned Greek - I passed the second level proficiency exam offered by the government which would allow me to become a citizen.
Spanish: I did a 6-month language intensive in Madrid for Spanish - I speak fairly well.
Tagalog: I used to work in the Philippines and started learning Tagalog while there, but I have not kept that up, only remember a few phrases and greetings.
Tahitian: I spend a lot of time now in Tahiti, so I am learning Tahitian.
Wolof: I fell in love with Senegal, and I am learning Wolof.
If I have a few more lifetimes, I will learn Farsi, Arabic, and Turkish.
🇮🇳 Marathi (mother tongue)🇮🇳 Hindi (national language of India)🇮🇳 Gujarati (adjacent state language)🇮🇳 Taxi Kannada🇧🇷 Brazilian Portuguese (5 months in Brasil)🇨🇴 Latin American Spanish (5 months in Ecuador & Colombia)🇩🇪 German (A1 level from Goethe Institute)🇫🇷 French (A1 level from Alliance Francaise)🇮🇹 Greetings in Italian🇹🇭 Taxi & courtesy Thai🇯🇵 Basic greetings in Japanese
English (British - Mother tongue)English (American - now more than 50% of my life in daily contact with Americans and I live there most of the time).English (Irish varieties - north and south) I can order alcohol Francais - Enough to get me into REAL troubleNederlands - swear and asking for a toilet, food, drink and JUST enough to be polite.Also.... Pig Latin, Esperanto (if I have had enough to drink and its Karaoke night). I can write my name in Greek. In fact my skills at ordering drinks in several other languages is pretty awesome. Anything else will insult someone.
Finnish. And What's your superpower 😅? German fluent.English fluent.Montenegrin-Serbian-Croatian-Bosnian, enough to handle workshops. Swedish, when I need it.Spanish, better when there.French, when I have to. Portuguese, when in Brazil. Dogspeak, daily.
Italian as native, English ,French, Spanish, a little bit of Portuguese, German enough to be polite to ask for a beer
Portuguese (Brazilian) Chinese (Mandarin)Spanish
Languages I speakJapanese - all day everydayEnglish - native
Languages I used to speakCzech - used in be able to interpret between Czech and Japanese at business meetingsSwedish - had a Swedish boyfriend 😊
Languages I have studied French - I’m CanadianSpanish - just enough to get confused with FrenchRussian - just for one month before going there, but can still read the alphabetThai - loved it!Italian - currently studying
- Chinese (Cantonese Hong Kong) - pretty fluent but not native.- Spanish - I feel like if you grew up in Los Angeles you'd know a little Spanish hahaha. Definitely a beginner.- Starting Japanese.
Luganda-UgandaKinyarwanda-RwandaSwahili....East AfricaDutch-For Survival as wellFrench-LearningPlus many other local languages spoken in Uganda
I can do the travel thing easily in English/Spanish/Japanese/Chinese/Indonesian-speaking places, plus menus in Arabic, Russian, and Korean.
French for me!
English (native)German (fluent)Czech ( I can roughly understand basic conversation, as long as its spoken reeeeeeally slowly)Polish ( I can roughly understand basic conversation, but have been known to mix both Czech and Polish in my sentences, with utter confidence nonetheless!
French / English
Swahili - NativeSpanish - Almost fluent :)Learning German and RussianHope to learn many more.
Fluent Spanish (from the Dominican Republic!)
I do love learning languages! Portuguese ( my first language)English ( fluent)Spanish ( I can understand and communicate if you speak very slowly lol) Japanese ( Started learning a couple of years ago but still have a very basic knowledge of it)