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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)
kangeiko: "i capture the castle" first line (literary indulgence)
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.)

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