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Ian
Founder, Travel Massive

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:

๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ "Taxi Thai" (enough to direct a motorcycle taxi, and order food)
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช German (< 5%... ๐Ÿ™ˆ but enough words to pick up some phrases)

1 month ago (edited)
Content Manager & Travel Coach, Vacayou Wellness Travel

๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ although Finns donโ€™t always understand me ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท wannabe

1 month ago
Marketing & Communications, Travel Massive / Lisa Hรผbner Consulting

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‘Œ
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ "Donde esta...?" (fill the gap with bus, bathroom, etc. ๐Ÿ˜‰)
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท "Je voudrais un croissant, s'il vous plait" ๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿ˜‹

1 month ago
UX/UI designer- User Experience. Madrid, Spain Chapter Leader. Social Media

Spanish native ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฆ Fluent English ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

1 month ago
Director, I Am Cape Town

๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ 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

1 month ago
Co-Founder, Travellerspoint

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%.

1 month ago
Digital Marketing + Strategy, Go Squab

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ French (my first language, though English came shortly after)
๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ Spanish (learning, poco a poco)

1 month ago
Independent B2B Travel Writer | Travel Intelligence Media

English (duh right? ๐Ÿคฃ)
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?? ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”

1 month ago
Co-Founder, TRAVHOTECH, FOODnBEVTECH, hiGuard, Testbed Vegas

Bit of Deutsche. Bit of Nihon.

1 month ago
founder, The Experiences Network Ltd.

Italian: native
English: fluent
Spanish: fluent
French: just for survival!

1 month ago
Chief of Awesome, Co-organizer of Toronto Travel Massive, Going Awesome Places

English
Mandarin - more accurately, "chinglish" lol

1 month ago
Co-founder, Via Nissa

Russian (my native language), French fluent, English fluent and learnt German at the university... But canโ€™t really talk it anymore ๐Ÿ˜”

1 month ago
Principal, The Urban Nomad

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.

1 month ago
Co-Founder, CityHook

๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท

1 month ago
Owner, Activities Namibia

German and Afrikaans

1 month ago
Content & Community, Travel Massive

Bulgarian ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ
English ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง
Un poco Spanish ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
Cat & Dog's ๐Ÿˆโ€โฌ› ๐Ÿฆฎ

1 month ago
Co-founder, CultureMee

Love cats and dogs!!!! On my to-do list...

1 month ago
Co-Founder, Global Experiences, SecretEATS

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 ๐Ÿ˜…

1 month ago
Co-Founder, TheWaysBeyond

French as mother tongue, then I also speak English, Spanish, Dutch, hints of Italian, Portuguese and mandarin ๐Ÿ˜‰

1 month ago

Vietnamese (native)
English (fluent)
Chinese (beginner)

1 month ago
Chief Commercial Officer & Co-Founder, Dune7

๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ fluently and ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช intermediate and a smattering of ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท

1 month ago
Co-founder, CultureMee

I speak 6 languages, 4 fluently.

Basic Spanish and Irish
Native English
Fluent German, French and Dutch

1 month ago
Travel blogger, author, documentary producer, podcaster, speaker, GlobalGaz

Thai (poorly) I have lived in Thailand for several months a year for about 7 years
Armenian (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)

1 month ago
Co-Founder, Everfree

Decent Spanish, little Portuguese :)

1 month ago
Looking for new opportunities in Tourism - Community development - sustainable tourism, www.cocreatingtourism.com

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)

1 month ago
Creator & Curator of Tours/Travels/Events/Photography, Life is Bigger Than Borders

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.

1 month ago
Travel Blogger, Exotic Gringo

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ Marathi (mother tongue)
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ Hindi (national language of India)
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ Gujarati (adjacent state language)
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ Taxi Kannada
๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท Brazilian Portuguese (5 months in Brasil)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด Latin American Spanish (5 months in Ecuador & Colombia)
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช German (A1 level from Goethe Institute)
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท French (A1 level from Alliance Francaise)
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Greetings in Italian
๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ Taxi & courtesy Thai
๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต Basic greetings in Japanese

1 month ago
Human

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 trouble
Nederlands - 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.

1 month ago
Founder; Managing Director, PRรTTO Consulting d.o.o.

Finnish. And What's your superpower ๐Ÿ˜…?
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.

1 month ago
General Manager, LATC Turismo

Portuguese (native)
English
German
Spanish

1 month ago

Italian as native,
English ,
French,
Spanish,
a little bit of Portuguese,
German enough to be polite to ask for a beer

1 month ago
Manager, Unikke Travel

Portuguese (Brazilian)
Chinese (Mandarin)
Spanish

1 month ago

Languages I speak
Japanese - all day everyday
English - native

Languages I used to speak
Czech - used in be able to interpret between Czech and Japanese at business meetings
Swedish - had a Swedish boyfriend ๐Ÿ˜Š

Languages I have studied
French - Iโ€™m Canadian
Spanish - just enough to get confused with French
Russian - just for one month before going there, but can still read the alphabet
Thai - loved it!
Italian - currently studying

1 month ago
Content creator, The Kyoto Kouple

- 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.

1 month ago (edited)
Founder, Adventures With Locals Ltd

Luganda-Uganda
Kinyarwanda-Rwanda
Swahili....East Africa
Dutch-For Survival as well
French-Learning
Plus many other local languages spoken in Uganda

23 days ago

I can do the travel thing easily in English/Spanish/Japanese/Chinese/Indonesian-speaking places, plus menus in Arabic, Russian, and Korean.

12 days ago
Founder, Yugen Earthside

French for me!

10 days ago
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