Date: 2011-12-09 08:40 am (UTC)
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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.
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