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    Just trying to get a feel for what languages we all know and use out there. Please break it down to Read, Write, Speak and Understand.

    I'll go first...

    Japanese

    Read - very little
    Write - none
    Speak - some
    Understand - some

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    Arabic
    Read-Limited
    Write-Practically none
    Speak-Some, almost conversational level
    Understand-Some, almost conversational level

    Hungarian

    Read-Limited
    Write-Practically none
    Speak-Limited
    Understand-Limited

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    French
    read - almost fluent
    spoken - almost fluent
    written - almost fluent

    German
    read - a little
    spoken - a little
    written - not very well

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    Psst... languages is typo'd "lanuages" in the topic header!

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    Spanish - native

    English
    read-fluent
    write-almost fluent
    spoken-good enough for traveling anywhere :P
    understand- good (depending on the speaker )

    French (barely enough for some basic survival interaction)
    read- limited
    write- pathetic
    spoken -pathetic
    understand - very limited

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    Quote Originally Posted by WilliamBarkerVC View Post
    Psst... languages is typo'd "lanuages" in the topic header!
    Whatever on earth are you talking about

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    Quote Originally Posted by Col. Hajj View Post
    Whatever on earth are you talking about
    Nice catch!

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    French
    Read-Little
    Write-None
    Speak-Little
    Understand-Little

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    Spanish--learned in 2nd grade used for maybe 2 months
    Speak--little
    Read--little
    Understand--none
    Write--none

    German--2 yrs in High School
    Speak--little
    Read--none
    Understand--minimal
    Write--none


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    Only Australian, but can understand Scottish

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug View Post
    Only Australian, but can understand Scottish
    Hahaha!

    I'm about the same, but I can speak a little English and American too!

    As for Deutsche:
    Read - a little
    Write - a little
    Speak - nothing polite
    Understand - very little

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Squid View Post

    I'm about the same, but I can speak a little English and American too!
    Ah, you beat me to the punch, I was going to go with English & American too!

    England and America are two countries separated by a common language.
    --George Bernard Shaw

    Funny quote!

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    French
    Read - native
    Write - native
    Speak - native
    Understand - native

    English
    Read - fluent
    Write - fluent
    Speak - fluent
    Understand - fluent

    Spanish
    Read - some
    Write - little
    Speak - some
    Understand - conversation

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    I suppose profane language wouldn't count as a second one, would it?

    Because I'm pretty fluent on the whole Read, Write, Speak & Understand part if it does...

    I know, I'm going to loose reputation points for this post...

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    If you start talking like a sailor, I'm going to change your avatar to a Hellcat!

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    Hi everyone!

    Russian - native

    English
    Read - fluent
    Write - fluent
    Speak - fluent
    Understand - fluent

    Latvian
    Read - fluent
    Write - fluent
    Speak - fluent
    Understand - fluent

    German
    Read - limited
    Write - limited
    Speak - limited
    Understand - limited
    Last edited by mlsergey; 09-21-2009 at 14:22.

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    English/US English, Italian, Romanian - all good to very good/native
    German - medium (wretched in writing though)
    Russian - minimal
    other Latin Languages: French, Spanish or related - Understand & Read medium, rest wretched.

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    German
    Read - fluent
    Speak - fluent

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    Portuguese
    Read - native
    Write - native
    Speak - native
    Understand - native

    English
    Read - fluent
    Write - fluent
    Speak - fluent
    Understand - fluent

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    Portuguese - native

    English
    read-fluent
    write-almost good
    understand- good

    French
    read- fluent
    write- very limited
    spoken - almost fluent
    understand - good

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    Portuguese - native

    English
    read-fluent
    write-almost good
    understand- good

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    English
    Read: Native
    Write: Native
    Speak: Native
    Understand: Native

    Japanese
    Read: Basic
    Write: Intermediate
    Speak: Conversational
    Understand: Conversational

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug View Post
    Only Australian, but can understand Scottish
    I doubt very much you would understand broad Doric (Aberdeen) or Glaswegian i.e. Gawn tae the shoaps furra punna burra fur the murra - spoken in a high pitched nasal twang at speed. Translation "the gentleman is being asked to make his way to the local shop to transact a commercial enterprise for a pound of butter for his mater."

    I have survived well in Italy, Mexico and France but failed in Turkey.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0rgETg2Hoo try this if you want to learn Scottish
    Last edited by Belis4rius; 10-20-2009 at 01:49.

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    English- Native

    I can arrest someone in Spanish, write a traffic citation in Spanish and fight in Spanish...mostly because I memorized all the phrases I need to know! Oh and I know if someone speaking Spanish wants to hurt/kill me. I was once a Police Officer for quite a while, and took lots of Spanish courses!

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    Italian:

    Native (but I can't understand Mr. Berlusconi, I'm very sorry!)

    English:

    Speak: quite fluent
    Read: fluent
    Write: quite fluent
    Undestand: fluent (with some troubles with guys from Yorkshire)

    French:

    Speak: fluent
    Read: fluent
    Write: quite fluent
    Understand: fluent

    Spanish:

    Speak: limited
    Read: quite fluent
    Write: very limited
    Understand: quite fluent


    Sandro

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    German:
    native

    English:
    Speak:almost fluent
    Read: fluent
    Write:almost fluent
    Understand: almost fluent

    Frensh:
    Speak: none
    Read: little
    Write: none
    Understand: little

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    You lot are quite an bright bunch, ar'nt you!

    English
    Speek: Pretty good until I'm drunk, then turn into a babbling baffoon!
    Read: Can do, right up until the words get complicated, then I revert back to just looking a the pictures in my comic books!
    Write: I give it a good go...........thank the lord for spellchecker though!
    Understand: Sometimes, level varieys depending on how interesting i think the subject is!

    Basicaly, I'm like your average 7 year old, the down side is I'm actualy 37 and English is my primary/only language.....God help me!!!

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    My father is Autrian, but he always speaks to me in english so I am native english and zero german.

    my mother is french canadian, so i am native french.

    I was born here in Quebec.

    Soooo

    Read, write, speak fluent english and french...but that is it. I can say El nino witch is spanish and a couple of german words but thats it! hehe

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    Quote Originally Posted by ste_marthe View Post
    I can say El nino witch is spanish
    That's Spanish for "The Nino". LOL

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    English
    Native

    German
    Read - no problems
    Write - no problems
    Speak - fluent
    Understand - yes, only occasional dialect problems

    Norwegian
    Read - Intermediate/good
    Write - Intermediate plenty of room for improvement
    Speak - rusty, very rusty
    Understand - most things (except the Bergen accent)

    A few other languages too, but they're only beginner/survival level only so, I won't mention them.

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    Dutch (Flemish accent though) - Native

    English - fluent as native

    French - Fluent both read, write, speak (understand is a different matter ... only joking)

    German - understand the basics due to similarity in tones and words with Dutch.

    Scandinavian Languages I do pick up more than people think I'm picking up, especially swedish. (Our local dialect has a strong scandinavian influence).

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    I am native for English (American), and can read a tiny bit of German. Otherwise I can understand US Southern drawl, most English, Scottish and Welsh accents (including commonwealth countries) ans mathematics/science jargon

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    German: mother language

    English:
    Read - no problems
    Write - no problems
    Speak - fluent
    Understand - no problems

    Swedish:
    Read - good
    Write - acceptable
    Speak - acceptable
    Understand - depends on the dialect

    Danish:
    Read - good
    Write - acceptable
    Speak - acceptable
    Understand - depends on the dialect and how drunk people are :-)

    French:
    Read - acceptable
    Write - bad
    Speak - surviving
    Understand - surviving

    Russian:
    Read - surviving (the letters are no problem)
    Write - bad
    Speak - hardly nothing
    Understand - hardly nothing

    Norwegian:
    Read - good
    Write - bad
    Speak - acceptable
    Understand - good

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    Italian: Native

    English:
    Speak: quite fluent with italian accent embedded
    Read: no problem
    Write: you have to judge!
    Undestand: ok with Uk english , little less american an australian

    german:
    speak: very emigrant-style
    write: poor
    read: basic
    understand: basic

    spanish:
    speak: as an italian can do trying to match it to italian grammar rules
    write: poor
    read: no problem
    understand: no problems, to be italian helps this time...

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    English:
    Speak: native
    Read: native
    Write: native
    Understand: native [but then who can really understand the english language]

    Maori:
    Speak: limited
    Read: limited [place and town names]
    Write: limited
    Understand: limited

    Cheers
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    Born in the UK so I understand the following
    Pompey:
    Speak: native
    Read: native (But honestly who really knows how to read half the crap written on the walls?)
    Write: native (iz aesy jost mispel evory woord) yes im cracking on myself…
    Understand: only half of it.

    American Southern:
    Speak: well enough
    Read: I cant read that slow
    Write: same issue as above, I write to fast.
    Understand: limited to when im not being bored to death.

    Irish English: (An oxy-moron if I ever heard one)
    Speak: little to none
    Read: enough to know it aint pretty
    Write: just enough to get shot.
    Understand: enough to stay out of that pub.

    German:
    Speak: enough to get by
    Read: enough not to get lost
    Write: enough to get a date
    Understand: that I spent way to much on beer…

    Arabic:
    Speak: enough to get blown up or shot at (two tours in Iraq)
    Read: not enough to know that the funny looking box had bomb written on the side of it.
    Write: none but the word stop does look like a couple of dudes in a boat with an engine.
    Understand: enough to know I wasn’t welcome.

    US Army:
    Speak: rgr
    read: rgr GC
    Write: rgr can do
    Understand: say again, over.

    Cheers (no offence meant to anyone)

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    Finnish: native

    Swedish:
    Speak: good
    Read: acceptable
    Write: acceptable
    Understand: good

    German:
    Speak: little to none
    Read: limited
    Write: poor
    Understand: bad

    English:
    Speak: good
    Read: acceptable
    Write: acceptable
    Understand: good

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    French
    Read - native
    Write - native
    Speak - native
    Understand - native

    English
    Read - fluent
    Write - fluent
    Speak - fluent
    Understand - fluent

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    Dutch:
    Read - native
    Write - native
    Speak - native
    Understand - native

    French:
    Read - very good
    Write - very good
    Speak - very good
    Understand - very good

    English:
    Read - fluent
    Write - fluent
    Speak - fluent
    Understand - fluent

    German:
    Read - some
    Write - very little
    Speak - some
    Understand - some
    It has a lot of wordsin common with Dutch

    I also understand a few words spanish and Italian.

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    Dutch: (Flemish but another dialect then my fellow countrymen over here. I don't unterstand them )
    Read - native
    Write - native
    Speak - native
    Understand - native

    French:
    Read - average
    Write - average
    Speak - average
    Understand - average

    English:
    Read - very good
    Write - very good
    Speak - very good
    Understand - very good

    German:
    Read - some
    Write - very little
    Speak - some
    Understand - some

    I do understand some Spaninsh and Italian because of it's relation to french.

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    English
    Read - very good
    Write - average
    Speak - average
    Understand - very good

    Southern (American, below the Mason-Dixon)
    Read - native
    Write - native
    Speak - native
    Understand - native

    Yankee (American, north of the Mason-Dixon)
    Read - average
    Write - some
    Speak - some
    Understand – very little

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    English:
    Read - very good
    Write - average
    Speak - good
    Understand - good

    German:
    Read - just a little
    Write - none
    Speak - limited
    Understand - just a little

    Slovak:
    Read - excellent
    Write - poor
    Speak - just a little
    Understand excellent

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    All you people seem incredibly fancy. I'm still learning how to speak my own language properly let alone learn anyone else's! However having spent 22 years in the army I have picked up a little bit and now know how to ask for a beer in German and what time breakfast is in French

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    That'a all you need to know I got a friend in England who can perfectly ask for the train station but would never understand the answer

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    French
    Read - native
    Write - native
    Speak - native
    Understand - native

    English
    Read - fluent
    Write - fluent
    Speak - fluent
    Understand - fluent

    Spanish
    Read - some
    Write - little
    Speak - some
    Understand - conversation

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    English - native

    French
    Read - some
    Write - very little
    Speak - some
    Understand - some

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    English--Native

    German
    Read--Very little
    Write--OH BOY!
    Speak--limited
    Understand--limited

    Spanish
    read--Nota
    Write--Nota
    Speak--Very limited
    Understand--limited

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    Spanish
    Read - native
    Write - native
    Speak - native
    Understand - native

    English
    Read - fluent
    Write - fluent
    Speak - fluent
    Understand - fluent

    Italian
    Read - fluent
    Write - fluent
    Speak - fluent
    Understand - fluent

    French
    Read - more or less
    Write - some
    Speak - some
    Understand - more or less

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    Two quite well:-

    The Queen's English and the Pearly Queen's English (ici on parle Cockney).

    Plus;-

    In ordr 2 communic8 wiv yunga frnds m lernin txtin. (Not very good at that yet!)

    I suppose I can scrape by in French by pointing and stating 'Un com ca, si'l vous plaites', and basic schoolboy stuff.

    Beyond that, I'm stuck.

    (How do you get cedillas and acute accents?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bumblie3 View Post
    (How do you get cedillas and acute accents?)
    That all depends on what çomputér you use.

    If you use an Apple product like a PowerBook or something, for a cedilla you would hit Option- c to produce a "c" character with a cedilla under it. For the acute accent, hit Option- e to produce an acute accent symbol, then press the key corresponding to the letter you want to have the accent over. So, to have a letter "u" with an acute accent over it, you would hit Option- e, then "u" and there you go.

    If you're using a Windows- based computer, my best guess is you need to buy a Mac. ;-)

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