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Hello!  What languages are you fluent in?  What languages are you learning?  What languages have you always wanted to learn but scare you?  What are some of your interests around Dreamwidth? 

Also, feel free to add languages to the tags in the established format as necessary!

Date: 2011-12-09 08:40 am (UTC)
pne: A picture of a plush toy, halfway between a duck and a platypus, with a green body and a yellow bill and feet. (Default)
From: [personal profile] pne
Hi! I'm Philip, and I'm try-lingual: I'll try any language :)

My native languages are English and German. I'm fairly good at French (which I took at school for four years) and Greek (lived in Greece and Cyprus for two years). I used to have conversational Japanese, which I learned at evening school.

I also have bits and pieces of way too many languages to count, ranging from a couple of words to the ability to make some sentences but with a limited vocabulary. I can read more than I can write, understand, or speak.

There's usually one or two languages at a time that particularly fascinate me and that I'll spend some time and effort learning... until the next language comes along! I never intentionally give up previous languages, but I generally don't have time to cultivate the fascination for more than one, maybe two languages at a time, to the old ones go onto the "back burner" :(

My current practising languages are Klingon and Inuktitut. Previous languages include Niuean (a South Pacific Polynesian language related to Tongan), Verdurian (a constructed language by Mark Rosenfelder), Lojban (another constructed language), and Romansh (spoken in a mountainous region in Switzerland).

I also want to learn more writing systems! I'm practising Georgian and Armenian right now and have Hangeul, Cyrillic, Greek, and Arabic pretty much down. Devanagari is also fairly decent.

I love talking about languages - I'm afraid I'm a bit of a one-trick pony in that regard sometimes.

Date: 2011-12-09 04:53 pm (UTC)
leonhart: close-up of squall wearing his griever chain (lions represent great strength & pride)
From: [personal profile] leonhart
So jealous! I want to visit Cyprus one day. :(

Date: 2011-12-09 05:00 pm (UTC)
pne: A picture of a plush toy, halfway between a duck and a platypus, with a green body and a yellow bill and feet. (Default)
From: [personal profile] pne
One of my favourite memories was wearing short-sleeved shirts, outside, at Christmas.

At least during the day; things *did* get chilly around 4 in the afternoon when the sun started to set.

But still. So not used to those temperatures in December in Germany :)

Date: 2011-12-11 05:28 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] 38thparallel
I admire your skill with French and Greek! I am learning French now, but my vocabulary is still very limited (I have a tendency to default to Frenglish, e.g., Je suis . . . pissed). :) I am half-Greek and would love to have some knowledge of my grandmother's native language. I really need to press my mother for lessons!


There's usually one or two languages at a time that particularly fascinate me and that I'll spend some time and effort learning... until the next language comes along!


I completely understand this predicament!

Date: 2011-12-12 05:37 am (UTC)
pne: A picture of a plush toy, halfway between a duck and a platypus, with a green body and a yellow bill and feet. (Default)
From: [personal profile] pne
Enjoy the spelling of Greek :)

Actually, when reading, it's great - they even mark the stressed syllable, so it's easy to tell pairs like "present (the verb) / present (the noun)" apart.

But when writing you get to learn which of two "o" sounds, which of two "e" sounds, and which of five "i" sounds to use :) (Well, really six, but the last one is limited to a handful of words, which aren't even used all that much.)

But still - don't let that stop you! Go and learn Greek!

Date: 2012-02-19 08:34 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kangeiko
Oh, Armenian! I've completely failed to retain any of what I was forced to learn in Sunday school; do you have a particular book you favour? I keep meaning to pick it up again...

Armenian

Date: 2012-02-19 08:46 pm (UTC)
pne: A picture of a plush toy, halfway between a duck and a platypus, with a green body and a yellow bill and feet. (Default)
From: [personal profile] pne
I'm just learning the alphabet, not the language.

I found an Anki Shared Deck that I'm using to practise.

(Same situation with Georgian: just learning the alphabet, not the language. And Korean, basically, though I actually know a couple of words there.)

Date: 2011-12-09 01:40 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] beatrice_otter
Spoken, I'm only fluent in English, but I have 3.5 years of French. For reading, I have a bit of (ancient) Greek and Hebrew, which I would prefer to maintain if at all possible.

Date: 2011-12-09 04:27 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kelachrome
Hi! I'm Jack. I'm only fluent in English, but my German has progressed to the level where I can handle children's books, and I've got conversational ASL. (Oh, the grammar is so gorgeous.)

I've also got some Spanish - it was part of my schooling as a kid, and I lived in an area where it's common to hear Spanish, Hindi, and Korean on the street. I think if I were to brush up on my grammar I'd be in good shape, which is weird, because it's usually grammar that I learn first.

And then bits and pieces of any number of languages, including Finnish, Navajo, Russian, Latin, Greek, Hebrew, and Japanese. I'm just mentioning those because I'm still interested in all of them. :)

Date: 2011-12-09 04:43 pm (UTC)
leonhart: Cloud in the church, FFVII: Advent Children (searching for forgiveness)
From: [personal profile] leonhart
I'm Sean! The only language I know is English. :( I'm keen on learning Ancient Greek and Latin for pagan-y purposes, but I've always wanted to learn Russian!

Date: 2011-12-09 11:56 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] leonhart
Oh, I hadn't been there before! Thank you so much for the link! :)

Date: 2011-12-10 01:40 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alextiefling
What sort of Latin texts are you hoping to be able to read/use?

Date: 2011-12-10 01:52 am (UTC)
leonhart: black & white image of squall's gunblade & case from opening credits (revolver)
From: [personal profile] leonhart
I'd like to be able to compose and read hymns in Latin, mostly.

Date: 2011-12-10 09:18 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alextiefling
That's a really awesome ambition!

It's worth noting that within the time Latin was spoken, rhyming was introduced. So classical-era works will be rythmically strict, but not rhyme, whereas early medieval works will be focussed on their rhyming scheme. Compare any short work by, say, Vergil, with something Christian like Pange lingua gloriosi corporis mysterium.

Date: 2011-12-22 02:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] arantia
I learned Ancient Greek and Latin translation at University. I loved them both, but they're an absolute pain. For Latin, we never used a text book, we had a guinea pig text that our lecturers made for us. But for Ancient Greek, I recommend Athenaze. It's a little expensive, but it does the job. Should you need a dictionary (...believe me, it'll come in handy) the Liddell and Scott Lexicon is the best you can get. They come in a variety of sizes ;)

Date: 2011-12-09 05:43 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] reyl
Hi! I'm [personal profile] reyl :) My first and second languages are English and French. I grew up speaking both though my English is better than my French. I have been studying Modern Standard Arabic for three years. I am just starting to learn ASL online, and hope to take a course if I can afford it in the next year. I also would like to learn conversational Lebanese, since actual spoken Arabic dialects are very different from written Standard Arabic. I can order beer and coffee in almost ten languages, because these things are important ;)

Date: 2011-12-09 10:28 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] twistedchick
Hi, I'm [personal profile] twistedchick. First language, American English (and Canadian English, which is not exactly the same thing); studied Latin for nearly four years, modern German for two and classical Greek for one. I have picked up a bit of French through online lessons (livemocha), and some Spanish but I'd like more of it. At the moment I'm working my way through lernu.com, which is an Esperanto language site, in order to make it a little easier to get better at modern languages (I tend to have the Latin structures in my head so firmly that they get in the way.) I have also (unsuccessfully) attempted to learn Arabic (lack of follow-through), and Thai (problems with listening to the vowels, as there are sounds that don't exist in English.)

Date: 2011-12-09 11:26 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] foxfinial
and Thai (problems with listening to the vowels, as there are sounds that don't exist in English.)

Tones are my dump stat. SO DIFFICULT.

Date: 2011-12-09 11:29 pm (UTC)
twistedchick: General Leia in The Force Awakens (Default)
From: [personal profile] twistedchick
I'm a musician; I felt very disappointed that I couldn't use that kind of skill to learn a tonal language. But at that point it didn't work.

Date: 2011-12-12 05:40 am (UTC)
pne: A duck teathered to a spike in the ground. A sign "beware of duck" is behind it. (beware of duck)
From: [personal profile] pne
I know, right?!

I learned a bit of Chinese from books but never got the tones - making that knowledge fairly useless for actually speaking or listening!

Date: 2011-12-09 11:24 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] foxfinial
Hi! I'm Alex, a native speaker of English and for a long time not very interested in learning any others; I found languages difficult and boring at school. But recently for academic purposes I've started learning Akkadian (specifically, Old Babylonian) and I'm having so, so much fun. I love the concept of radicals - it's just pattern recognition! I can do that! - and noun-endings and forming possessive pronouns with body parts; and I am beginning to translate from the cuneiform, which I dreamed of doing for a while. GilgameŇ° and Inanna and ridiculous amazing omen-texts, here I come.

I will probably need to learn Ancient Greek at some point. I really want to learn Thai, at least spoken.

Date: 2011-12-12 05:41 am (UTC)
pne: A picture of a plush toy, halfway between a duck and a platypus, with a green body and a yellow bill and feet. (Default)
From: [personal profile] pne
Akkadian, in cuneiform even - awesome!

Date: 2011-12-10 01:39 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] alextiefling
I'm Alex, and I'm only fluent in English. I have pretty strong classical Latin (and would love to help beginners), reasonable French, and tourist-grade German and Swedish. I'm trying to improve my German right now, and I'd love the opportunity to exchange messages in German especially. But honestly, I'd like to keep my hand in with all these things. I'm also open to learning more about Spanish, Dutch, Italian or Danish.

Date: 2011-12-10 03:04 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] athousandsmiles
I'm K and I speak American, a tiny smattering of ASL and some passable Spanish. I also know about a dozen words in Portuguese. I'm better at reading and understanding languages than speaking them, but I want to keep at it. Two years ago I was given the Rosetta Stone program for learning Spanish and I was really good about working on it each night for several months. But then real life got in the way and it's been far too long since I did it. I found it really helpful though, and I was just thinking today that I need to get back to it, so finding this community feels serendipitous.

My kids are also learning Latin in school, and I've been eager to help them with their homework so I could learn it along with them, but alas, they never bring Latin homework home.

My realistic goal is to get back to the Spanish lessons. I don't have time for anything else right now, unfortunately.

Date: 2011-12-10 06:15 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] highlander_ii
I'm H2 and my fluent language is American English. (Though I have picked up some UK-English idioms and word patterns.) I learned Spanish, French and Italian in school, though they're all pretty rusty, having not been used much lately. I've been wanting to learn Russian and Japanese, just haven't rearranged my schedule enough to fit them in.

Date: 2011-12-19 11:36 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] taelle
Hi, I'm Marina, I am a native Russian speaker reasonably fluent in English (what English? Who knows! I've been taught British spelling, but I suspect my vocabulary is all over the place. I also suspect you don't want to hear my spoken English). I used to be fluent in Spanish but got terribly rusty through lack of practice, and I have yet to find a fun way to shake it up and get it up to speed.

I am leisurely trying to learn German on my own, but am afraid that the leisureliness leads to me not going anywhere in particular. I need to find some fun and uncomplicated stuff to read - that usually works. And I want to learn Japanese, but I am afraid my brain won't hold the kana and the kanji.

Date: 2011-12-21 11:22 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] erratic
Hi!

I'm Erratic. My native language is Spanish, with some Galician thrown in the mix. I like to believe I'm reasonably fluent in (American) English as well. My French definitely needs work, but I can get my point across most of the time.

Languages I'd like to learn: Russian (but there aren't any courses in my city) and Catalan.

Date: 2011-12-22 02:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] arantia
Hi everyone, I'm Ara. I'm a Brit currently working and living in Japan. I speak (in order) English, Japanese (working towards complete fluency, but I know enough to make myself understood!), French, Spanish, German and a little Modern Greek. I know Latin and Ancient Greek - I took them briefly and learned them through language translation, rather than a conversational class. I'm not great but I know how to steer myself round a sentence, and they come in handy day-to-day because they help me explain the roots of words to my kids!

As I say, I'd like to work on my Japanese - particularly reading, but I love all languages!

Date: 2011-12-24 09:35 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] poopakoopa
Hello! My name's Valerie and I'm a native speaker of American English. I just moved to Dreamwidth from LJ and I was hoping to meet some more people who love language learning, so I joined this community. :D

My main passion is Japanese, though I'm still not quite fluent yet. Working on it! I'd call myself ~advanced~ though, I think.

Meanwhile I'm currently studying Vietnamese but I'm having a lot of trouble with it. It's my first time learning a language with such a high degree of...um...."if you don't pronounce my large number of vowels and tones completely perfectly you will be completely unintelligible"ness. It's getting a little frustrating but I'm trying to keep at it. XD;

I'll also start taking a German class in January! Looking forward to that.

Languages I'd like to make time to learn someday:
-Spanish (it's beautiful and comes incredibly easy to me) -Chinese (every time I meet someone from Taiwan they're AWESOME)
-Turkish (Turkey is fascinating and I find agglutinative languages pretty easy thanks to Japanese)
-Bahasa Indonesia (know nothing about the culture but the language is intriguing)

Date: 2012-01-02 10:06 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] all_adream
I grew up speaking English and am fluent, studied Spanish and French to a fairly high level in school, some German for maybe a year or slightly less in college, took Latin and Greek primarily for etymology purposes, and have studied the primary Buddhist languages (Tibetan, Pali, Sanskrit) in transliteration mostly the last number of years. I am pretty good at Japanese for martial arts purposes, since I took classes for a long time in a few of them. I am also trying to learn to read sheet music a lot better, but I got electrocuted a few years back, with some resultant brain damage. Oh well--it is much better than it could be, and has been, but some of the languages are poor now. I find that writing is much easier than actually speaking in most cases now--but I am continuing to improve and am taking Tibetan medicine which is really good at regenerating neurological things--

I am more interested in catching up with some of my old languages and expanding them, but always intrigued by others: Italian, Dutch, and my partner speaks good Hebrew, so I am picking some of the spoken part up but not getting far in study of it. I find the idea of this community interesting, and wish everyone the best!

Date: 2012-02-19 08:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kangeiko
A bit late to the party, but anyway -

I'm Vic, and I'm a bit of a language addict. My native languages are Bulgarian and English. I have a fair amount of French, basic Arabic and random snippets of Czech, Italian, German and Swahili. I'm currently focusing on French and Italian.

Date: 2012-12-22 12:28 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rosaleda
Hello there! I am Josephine, and an avid lover of languages. I speak English and Indonesian fluently, and Spanish and Malay at an advanced level. Besides that, I know my mother's native language, which is Bangka, and I understand Mandarin fairly well. I am currently learning French and Russian and brushing up on my Japanese!
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