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Old 06-11-2003, 05:01 AM   #41
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Hello,

I speak Dutch (of course) as it is my mother tongue. Furthermore, I speak English quite well (I think). It's much better anyway than my German or Spanish. Hey! That's four languages, didn't think I spoke in so many tongues. (Although my German and Spanish is quite bad at the moment, need to study it again, especially Spanish as I really like that language and country).

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I've always wondered what (originally) non-English speakers think of English when they learn it.. is it a pretty language like French, or crude? Does it sound harsh, or is it just hard to conjugate due to our different uses/spellings of same words?

Anyone care to comment who has learned English as a second language?
I don't know... I speak English for so long now, I can't remember back that far. I got my first English lessons at school when I was 10 years young and even then I already spoke/understood it a bit. I wouldn't classify it with the pretty languages like Spanish (sorry, but I have some aversion against French, must be because I understood it when it was a subject at school). But once you hear Dutch you know it does not sound harsh. I mean, I challenge everyone to pronounce the Dutch 'G' without throwing up!
Gramatically, English is quite difficult though. I always mix up the tenses (present, past, subjective, etc.), but then again, I do the same in Dutch. As for different uses/spellings of the same words, that's the same in every language.

C ya!

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P.S. Excuse my English, I'm from a non-English speaking country...
P.P.S. Meggieish, is that one difficult to learn. Any suggestions for good books about this language?
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Old 06-11-2003, 11:52 AM   #42
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not fluent in russian, i can't speak it too well, but i can read, write, and understand (when spoken) a bit. i like watching russian movies because i don't always need the subtitles.
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Old 06-11-2003, 11:59 AM   #43
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The one thing I find funny about non-English speakers on the Internet is they'll often write "excuse my English, I'm from a non-English speaking country" and most of the time their English is actually better than what is written by native English speakers.

very true. i need a disclaimer saying "please excuse my english, it's my first language so they didn't teach us this stuff in school" or maybe "please excuse my poor grammer and inability to spell, i'm a product of the current american school system"

in truth, i learned all my english grammar from taking russian and latin

i also need a disclaimer saying that my spelling isn't actually as bad as it seems sometimes, it's just that i never took typingf in school and i'm too lazy to proofread all my posts
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Old 06-11-2003, 12:33 PM   #44
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I've always wondered what (originally) non-English speakers think of English when they learn it.. is it a pretty language like French, or crude? Does it sound harsh, or is it just hard to conjugate due to our different uses/spellings of same words?

Anyone care to comment who has learned English as a second language?
I have always wondered that too! Oddly enough, I find German to sound pretty when a native person is speaking it.

I took Spanish and German at various times in school, I'm definitely not fluent in either of them. I could get by reading Spanish, but I have forgotten what little Deutsch I learned.
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German as native language - of course i'm biased, but i really like that language because you can say exactly what you want - they much more words than most of the other languages,
some English (i didn't learn it because it's pretty, but because you don't find many Americans and British who are willing and able to talk a foreign language)
a little French (same problem with the French people *g* - but i also love to hear that language, well imho French is a beautiful language,
and a few Words Italian, just enough to be able to buy food or something to drink when i'm driving through that country - not really worth mentioning (and because of that i didn't count it)

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I know spainsh and german(tho I have noticed I am starting to forget things)

and I am in the process of sharping my Irish and Italian!!

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I speak Spanish because that's my native tongue. I can also speak Italian because my grandparents were Italian and that's how I learnt it. I speak English (duh!) cus that's my college degree.
And now I'm learning Irish courtesy of my boyfriend Brian! Go raibh maith agat!
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...some English (i didn't learn it because it's pretty, but because you don't find many Americans and British who are willing and able to talk a foreign language)
i am one of those few Americans who is willing to learn and talk a foreign language. i really wish i had more exposure to speaking foreign languages as a kid. it is a shame, because when i was a child there was not a need to speak a foreign language, hearing a different language other than English was rare, but now Atlanta is big international city and it is annoying to me now to not be able to speak different languages. i am too timid at times to attempt to speak a different language because i am worried i will throw in a southern drawl into the pronunciation and sound like a complete fool. there is a huge demand for adults in the working world to be bi and multi-lingual now and classes for foreign languages are in huge demand and fill up very fast.
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