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Old 12-13-2004, 09:33 AM   #1
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How many of you speak your native tongue?

I am curious. I don't know how to post a damn poll here so I am just going to ask you all to respond. Since I was born and raised in the US, I would say English is my native language. Some may argue that point.

For instance. I am 3rd generation Mexican-Spanish American. However I do not speak Spanish. I can understand very little and don't even ask me to speak it because I trash the language with my attempts to pronounce words properly. It is always nice to hear Spanish spoken with a Southern accent.
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Old 12-13-2004, 09:52 AM   #2
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I was raised speaking Polish first (first generation to be born in the US), but I've lost practically all of it. I can understand a few phrases and sometimes the general gist of a conversation, but that's about it.
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Old 12-13-2004, 10:01 AM   #3
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My ma's family is Italian so my grandparents raised me speaking Italian. My Italian is not the best at the moment, but I can write it and speak it pretty well.

My dad's family is Spanish so the language thing wasn't a problem because we speak Spanish in Argentina.

Besides that I speak English and Portuguese and I'd like to learn French as well.
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I'm a 3rd generation Russian-American....I can say bout 5 words in Russian....litttle bit of Yiddish too.
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Old 12-13-2004, 10:05 AM   #5
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I'm from a whole line of Dutchmen (and -women) and living in the Netherlands, so yeah, I think I speak my native Dutch quite well.
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english canadian, i obviously speak english... and i have a good grasp of french, although i butcher it with my anglophone accent. oddly, my german prof told me i spoke german with a french accent.

i've always been envious of multi-lingual people. i wish i had have been born in europe or somewhere where it's the norm to learn three or four languages in school.
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Old 12-13-2004, 10:17 AM   #7
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...and my native language Finnish is rather fluent as well.

Besides Finnish I speak English and Swedish fluently and know some German, French and Spanish. You just gotta learn foreign languages when no one else in the world speaks your language but the people in your country...
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Learning Irish is essentially pointless
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I was born in the US. I don't really speak or write any Dutch, but I can read it (taking lots and lots o' German helps!). Our family uses lots words from an old Dutch dialect, but we don't actually speak Dutch to each other.
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Old 12-13-2004, 10:37 AM   #10
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I am Japanese and sad to say I hardly speak it. I can understand it but not read or write it.
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My grndfa was Russian, but I can't speak Russian
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My ancestors are all from Slovenia, so obviously I speak Slovene.

In primary school, I studied English for 4 years and then a few - 4 or 5 - more years in high school. Also, 4 years of German in high school.
I am currently doing an Italian course. (English helps becuase there are often words with the same origin - from Latin - so I can guess the meaning of words)
I also had a year of Serbo-croatian in primary school, so I can understand, speak and write Croatian fairly good.
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I am jealous of all you multi-lingual people.
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Old 12-13-2004, 10:57 AM   #14
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you don't speak Klingon?

damn.
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Old 12-13-2004, 10:58 AM   #15
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no and I don't think I want to.
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