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    Quote Originally Posted by Tallyho View Post
    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. ;-)
    Some Windows computers (like mine) come with a multilingual keyboard. I can use the ctrl-shift key combination as a toggle switch from a traditional qwerty english keyboard to a french keyboard to a spanish keyboard on my HP Pavilion Entertainment PC purchased in Canada.

    For those with a full keyboard (including numeric keypad), you can use the alt-codes. Read about them here:

    http://french.about.com/od/writing/ss/typeaccents_7.htm

    I had to purchase a USB number pad for my last laptop that was not multilingual enabled and had no numeric keypad. It worked well.

    Hope that helps.

    As for languages:

    English and french: native speaker

    This is a BIG help as I was just able (yesterday, October 2010) to purchase a WWI Deluxe set. (Not the new update, the original set). It is still available in a few retail outlets in Quebec. I got myself a red "Red Baron"; you just have to be able to use the box materials in French. With taxes and shipping my total was C$73.44. It'll be cheaper to pick up the revised box set from my LGS when it becomes available there, but since the original box set is OOP it's great to have an alternate source.

    Spanish
    Good reading and understanding; poor otherwise

    Latin: good reading; otherwise poor

    Korean Good Speaking and listening; poor reading and writing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christophe View Post
    Ey up lad. Tha' knows tha can be a rite scabber when thee wants ta be lol.....
    I can translate most of it Chris, but am I right in thinking that 'Ey up lad' is Northampton dialect for 'Achtung'?
    John.

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    Like "SoldierSteve", I'm a former soldier. The US Army grooms it's officers well enough to speak, read, write and understand (this last varies from one individual to another) their own language; an indication that your US tax dollars are well spent!

    "Paid-for" vacations to exotic places (former Captain commanding an Airborne Ranger company) have garnered the following bits of knowledge:

    Spanish
    Speak: a little
    Read: a little more
    Understand: a working knowledge
    Write: very little; who needs it in the jungle?

    French
    Speak: enough to sound cute and vulnerable to the mademoiselles
    Read: a menu
    Understand: depends on the dialect and the speed at which spoken
    Write: pretty well, actually

    German
    Speak: can order a meal, a beer and a place to lay my head
    Read: great with roadsigns and maps; couldn't read a book for the life of me
    Understand: Bavarian and Hoch Deutch
    Write: passably

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    Standard American English:
    Read - native
    Write - native
    Speak - native
    Understand - native

    Hillbilly English (From my kinfolk):
    Read - "perty durn fine"
    Write - "perty durn fine"
    Speak - ok for a kid from Ohio
    Understand - "perty durn fine"

    German (Four years High School and One year Foreign Exchange):
    Read - Immerse me for a month and I could hold my own and then some...
    Write - See Above
    Speak - See Above
    Understand - See Above

    Ken Head - "The Cowman"
    “You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it.” Robin Williams

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    Born in the US of A...English!

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    Southern (Country)(American, below the Mason-Dixon) Mother’s Side
    Read - Native
    Write - Native
    Speak - Native
    Understand - Native

    Yankee (American, north of the Mason-Dixon) Father’s Side
    Read - Native
    Write - Native
    Speak - Native
    Understand – Almost All

    Bostonian – Step-Mother’s Side
    Read - Average
    Write - Average
    Speak - Average
    Understand – Enough to get by

    English - Queen's
    Read - Fair
    Write - Fair
    Speak – Enough to know if I’ll get lucky or in a fight.
    Understand – Enough to know it’s time to leave before I get arrested.

    English - Cockney
    Read - Barely
    Write - Barely
    Speak – Enough to know if I’ll get lucky, really lucky or in a fight.
    Understand – Enough to know it’s time to leave before I get arrested.

    Japanese
    Read – Practically none
    Write – Practically none
    Speak – Can Count
    Understand – Enough to know if I might get lucky.

    Binary
    Read - Good
    Write - Average
    Speak - Average
    Understand – Not as much as I use to.

    Basic
    Read – Pretty good
    Write - Average
    Speak - Average
    Understand – A little more than Binary.

    DOS (all versions)
    Read - Excellent
    Write - Excellent
    Speak - Excellent
    Understand – I can crash your computer in less than 1 Kb.

    Military (US Marine Corps)
    Read - Top Secret
    Write - Top Secret
    Speak - If I tell you, I'll have to kill you.
    Understand – Top Secret
    Any other stupid questions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by PKHansma View Post
    Southern (Country)(American, below the Mason-Dixon) Mother’s Side
    Read - Native
    Write - Native
    Speak - Native
    Understand - Native

    Yankee (American, north of the Mason-Dixon) Father’s Side
    Read - Native
    Write - Native
    Speak - Native
    Understand – Almost All

    Bostonian – Step-Mother’s Side
    Read - Average
    Write - Average
    Speak - Average
    Understand – Enough to get by

    English - Queen's
    Read - Fair
    Write - Fair
    Speak – Enough to know if I’ll get lucky or in a fight.
    Understand – Enough to know it’s time to leave before I get arrested.

    English - Cockney
    Read - Barely
    Write - Barely
    Speak – Enough to know if I’ll get lucky, really lucky or in a fight.
    Understand – Enough to know it’s time to leave before I get arrested.

    Japanese
    Read – Practically none
    Write – Practically none
    Speak – Can Count
    Understand – Enough to know if I might get lucky.

    Binary
    Read - Good
    Write - Average
    Speak - Average
    Understand – Not as much as I use to.
    Basic
    Read – Pretty good
    Write - Average
    Speak - Average
    Understand – A little more than Binary.

    DOS (all versions)
    Read - Excellent
    Write - Excellent
    Speak - Excellent
    Understand – I can crash your computer in less than 1 Kb.

    Military (US Marine Corps)
    Read - Top Secret
    Write - Top Secret
    Speak - If I tell you, I'll have to kill you.
    Understand – Top Secret
    Any other stupid questions?
    I am afraid I must protest... but shouldn't your answers to "Binary" be either "Yes" or "No"??? Just sayin'...
    Ken Head - "The Cowman"
    “You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it.” Robin Williams

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    American: Northern and Southern
    Read: native
    write: acceptable enough
    Speak: fluent
    understand: most of the time

    And from watching the 3 stooges foe years

    Pig Latin:
    Read: little
    write: little
    Speak: good
    understand: most of the time

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Cowman View Post
    I am afraid I must protest... but shouldn't your answers to "Binary" be either "Yes" or "No"??? Just sayin'...
    Well, I figured no one could read;
    01000010011010010110111001100001011100100111100100001101000010100101001001100101011000010110010000100000001011010010000001000111011011110110111101100100000011010000101001010111011100100110100101110100 01100101001000000010110100100000010000010111011001100101011100100110000101100111011001010000110100001010010100110111000001100101011000010110101100100000001011010010000001000001011101100110010101110010 01100001011001110110010100100000000011010000101001010101011011100110010001100101011100100111001101110100011000010110111001100100001000001001011000100000010011100110111101110100001000000110000101110011 001000000110110101110101011000110110100000100000011000010111001100100000010010010010000001110101011100110110010100100000011101000110111100101110

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    German:
    Native (lived in Germany for my first 21 years)

    French:
    Native (went to a french-speaking belgian school in Germany)

    English:
    Speak: quite fluent (sometimes with a 'slight British' accent they tell me)
    Read: almost native
    Write: quite fluent
    Undestand: almost native

    Dutch:
    Speak: fluent
    Read: fluent
    Write: a tad less fluent (still don't know when to put a 'd', a 't' or 'dt' at the end of some words)
    Understand: fluent (except people from West Flanders, they even get subtitles on the flemish telly!)

    Now, concerning dutch: there are some big and some less gigantic differences between Dutch and Flemish. When a translator has to translate into dutch, he/she will generally ask for which audience the text is meant. There are however specialised translators who can translate in terms that are understandable and (especially) agreable to both sides. These translators call that 'special version' of the language "flutch", a contraction of 'flemish' and 'dutch'.

    Irish Gaelic:
    Speak: early beginner level (tà she te!)
    Read: some, with a dictionary in reach
    Write: forget it!
    Understand: what? sorry? Oh, I see!
    (I studied the language for about a year about twenty years ago (Buntus Caínte), but never got to actually use it, so I forgot the almost everything. A real pity as I love this language and the culture associated with it!)

    petitbilbo from Brussels
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    English
    Native

    German
    Read - Some
    Write - Some
    Speak - Little
    Understand - some

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    Well being Australian (4th Generation)
    Speak: 'strine (Local for Australian English)
    Spell: English-English
    Read: 'strine & English
    Write: English if anyone can read my writing!
    Can read a bit of French, German & Italian.
    Have forgotten almost all my Schoolboy French & Latin!!!!

    Sheesh didnt know I was that well educated! LOL

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    English: native

    Spanish: visited there about 20 times (first time in 1974 and saw a JU-52) and lived there for 4 months (29 yrs ago) and loved it.
    read: OK but forgot so much

    Ebonics:
    read: uhh
    write: not a written language
    speak: not a word
    understand: fluent. I work at the city jail.

    Thai:
    understand: but, only when my wife is cussing at me.

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    English and jibberish, silly just ask my granddauthers

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    Down here we speak a mixture of Latin, French, German, Spanish, Hindi, Greek, Hebrew, Dutch and Maori with a slight Scottish/Dutch/Irish accent. (We call it English) and no we can't understand people from the North Island.
    Linz

    Seems I have picked up a Pip thank you very much.

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    Well, aside from English I can read and write in ancient Biblical and Paleo Hebrew if that's any help...

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    Polish - mother tongue

    English
    Read - Good
    Write - Average
    Speak - Good
    Understand – Very good

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    Swedish: Native

    English: I can manage the odd word...

    I wouldn't brag about my German or French - But I can pretend to speak them quite convincingly (actually, that goes for Spanish, Italian, Japanese and a bunch of of others too).

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    German like a Native

    English allmost like a Native

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    I am also well versed in at..tat..tat..at..tat..tat the Lewis machine-gun.

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    I am a native English speaker, however I lived in Uruguay for almost three years. I can read, write, and speak spanish and understand Portuguese. (Yo puedo leer, escribir, and hablar espanol, y comprender Portuguese)

    I also speak Basic apparantly. Rather cool that English/Basic is the language of choice for most sentinent life in the Star Wars Galaxy

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    Quote Originally Posted by CappyTom View Post
    I am also well versed in at..tat..tat..at..tat..tat the Lewis machine-gun.
    Tom from what I remember you comprehend that a lot better than you speak it... :eek2:
    Ken Head - "The Cowman"
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Cowman View Post
    Tom from what I remember you comprehend that a lot better than you speak it... :eek2:
    Good one Ken. Only when I have a contract out on me. But seriously how do you think I picked it up so fast.

    Tom

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    Quote Originally Posted by CappyTom View Post
    Good one Ken. Only when I have a contract out on me. But seriously how do you think I picked it up so fast.

    Tom
    Somebody has to keep you on your toes. (Keith, sorry for muddying up your nice serious thread... Count on us Ohio guys to cause trouble when the British fellows aren't busy doing it...)
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    English (US), native all 'round (tend to fluctuate between NW and Texas for inflection, accent and speech patterns), can make myself understood in Canadian English (GF's Canadian, and has helped with Canuck and Brit) and Aussie (thanks to a former pen-pal in Sydney). Spanish, rusty but can still speak/read/write/understand a little; German, ditto. Can do basic pleasantries and a few choice insults but not much more in Russian, Japanese and a few other languages; French and Italian, just enough to flirt with the odd bella ragazza waitress at the Olive Garden.

    Oh, and an "okay" typist on the Chicago Typewriter, but nowhere near fluent.
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    American English-fluent
    American English, hick subsect- fluent
    German, hoch Deutsch- Studied 3 years in High School, but that was many, many moons ago
    Somali- picked up a smattering of useful phrases like "Stop", "Surrender", etc.
    Sarcasm- fluent

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    Quote Originally Posted by PKHansma View Post
    Well, I figured no one could read;
    01000010011010010110111001100001011100100111100100001101000010100101001001100101011000010110010000100000001011010010000001000111011011110110111101100100000011010000101001010111011100100110100101110100 01100101001000000010110100100000010000010111011001100101011100100110000101100111011001010000110100001010010100110111000001100101011000010110101100100000001011010010000001000001011101100110010101110010 01100001011001110110010100100000000011010000101001010101011011100110010001100101011100100111001101110100011000010110111001100100001000001001011000100000010011100110111101110100001000000110000101110011 001000000110110101110101011000110110100000100000011000010111001100100000010010010010000001110101011100110110010100100000011101000110111100101110
    Binary
    Read - Good
    Write - Average
    Speak - Average
    Understand – Not as much as I use to.

    ....... or something like that

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    Swedish - native
    That also means that I understand Norwegian and Danish too. Well I prefer reading Danish and listen to Norwegian. Spoken Danish can be somewhat difficult to understand.

    English - Understand It almost perfectly, talk It OK, write It good enough.

    Basic - I'll manage, both MS Basic, Amiga Basic, Atari Basic and C-64 Basic.

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    Native born American, American English is my native tongue so I'm fluent in it and most of the dialects.

    Queens English;
    Fluent

    German;
    My second language I learned as a toddler and child, was fluent in speaking, only, when I was about 8 or 9 years old. Lost most of it over the past 45 years, nobody to use it with.

    Speak - OK
    Read - OK
    Write - limited
    Comprehension - survive/limited conversational

    French;
    2 years HS and 1 year of college
    Speak - Fair
    Read - Fair
    Write - Limited
    Comprehension - It comes back to a conversational level, if I can take it slow from the speaker initially.

    Spanish;
    No formal training but you don't live in AZ for 12 years and not pick it up!

    Speak - Good
    Read - Fair
    Write - Not good
    Comprehension - Good

    Biblical Greek; Learning it now through church bible study.

    Latin;

    Speak - I can figure out what's being said.
    Read - Yeah
    Write - a little
    Comprhension - Medicine root words

    American Sign Language;

    Speak - N/A
    Read - N/A
    Write - N/A
    Comprehension - Pretty Good

    Canadian;
    I know you add 'eh' to the end of every sentence! LOL.

    I also know, barely, bits and pieces (but can not read any) of the following languages; Lakota, Gaelic (from Celtic Woman singers), Russian, Elvish, Klingon, Loxian, and Japanese. I could not survive on my own with these languages.

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    English:
    Read, Write, Speak, Understand - quite well
    Russian: Read: fluent, Write good, Speak medium, Understand: 90%
    German: ein bischen

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    German
    Read - very good (it is my language)
    Write - very good
    Speak - very good
    Understand - very good

    Danish
    Read - good
    Write - not very well
    Speak - most danish know what I mean.
    Understand - if the speak slowly

    Japanese
    Read - some words
    Write - some words
    Speak - only some phrases
    Understand - nothing

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    I only know english as a second language... there is no first for me...

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    English: Native

    German: smattering in all aspects

    RPG: fluent

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    German
    Read - Native
    Write - Native
    Speak - Native
    Understand - Native

    Engilsh
    Read - Good
    Write - Good
    Speak - Good i guess with some strange accent i would bet
    Understand - Good

    French
    Read - Awful
    Write - Even more awful
    Speak - You would grow ear cancer if you hear me
    Understand - With some luck i get the basic meanings

    Latin
    Read - Good
    Write - Bad
    Speak - Bad
    Understand - i get the basic meaning

    Russian
    Read - Average
    Write - no
    Speak - no
    Understand - no

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    Hi, All

    This is my contribution.

    Native Language: Danish (NO, not the pastry!!)

    Read - Fluent
    Write - Fluent
    Speak - Fluent (with a smattering of accents, some funny, some not)
    Understand - Fluent

    2nd Language: English

    Read - Fluent
    Write - almost Fluent
    Speak - Fluent (with a smattering of accents, Scottish, British, Texan, "Redneck", some funny, some not)
    Understand - Fluent

    3nd Language: German

    Read - Fluent
    Write - almost Fluent
    Speak - almost Fluent (some accents, Köllsch, Bayerisch, Öesterreichisch)
    Understand - Fluent

    4th Language: Swedish

    Read - Somewhat
    Write - Somewhat
    Speak - Somewhat (sounds norwegian mostly)
    Understand - Mostly

    5th Language: Norwegian

    Read - Mostly
    Write - somewhat
    Speak - Somewhat (sounds swedish mostly)
    Understand - Mostly

    Plus a whole lot of single words and short phrases of Italian, Spanish, and French.

    Cheers

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    English - native

    Read - Fluent
    Write - Fluent
    Speak - Fluent
    Understand - Fluent


    Spanish - Native

    Read - Fluent
    Write - Fluent
    Speak - Fluent
    Understand - Fluent

    (That's Castilian Spanish as its spoken in Spain as opposed to South or Central America.)


    Italian

    Read - Quite a bit
    Write - A little
    Speak - Quite a bit
    Understand - Some

    I'm the opposite of Leuchtturm, I've used my Spanish as a crutch to get along whenever I lived in Italy

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    Well,

    In good ol' American English I can handle it all.

    From my days stationed in Europe in the late 70's and early 80's, just enough French and German to get in trouble at the bars.

    Spanish? Just the swear words, so I knew when some of my troops were really upset with me.

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    I speak bostonian slang
    Brazilian Portuguese
    speak some
    understand some
    write some

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnnyboy View Post
    I speak bostonian slang
    Brazilian Portuguese
    speak some
    understand some
    write some

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Squid View Post
    Hahaha!
    I'm about the same, but I can speak a little English and American too!
    It is funny that you write about Amarican, Australian and English language.
    For us (non-native english speakers) are those languages (above) just... English with some differencies in grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation... but still English. :-)

    But back to me...

    English
    speaking: fluent
    Reading: fluent
    writing: good

    German
    speaking: a little bit
    reading: a little bit
    writing: with problems

    Russian
    speaking: fluent
    reading: am able to
    writing: with problems

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    Quote Originally Posted by von.rybnik View Post
    It is funny that you write about Amarican, Australian and English language.
    For us (non-native english speakers) are those languages (above) just... English with some differencies in grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation... but still English. :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Niclas View Post
    Well, you know what Professor Higgins said: "There even are places where English completely disappears; in America they haven't used it for years."

    /Niclas
    There are even some parts of Nottinghamshire where this is true. See the welcome message on my profile page.
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    American
    English
    Pig Latin
    Redneck
    MidWest nasal twang.

    I'm fluent in all of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Niclas View Post
    Well, you know what Professor Higgins said: "There even are places where English completely disappears; in America they haven't used it for years."

    /Niclas
    You do know it was a Cockney girl Higgins was trying to help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed2 View Post
    You do know it was a Cockney girl Higgins was trying to help.
    Garn!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bumblie3 View Post
    Garn!
    I rest my case.

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    Spanish Fluent

    English Fluent

    Italian as much as Aldo the Apache

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    Well, there is some saying in my country which says that we (not English native) are shy for our intermediate English and how proud are Eng. native speakers for being able to ask for beer and a toilet... :-)

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    [QUOTE= how proud are Eng. native speakers for being able to ask for beer and a toilet... :-)[/QUOTE]

    It's foolish to know the first without knowing the answer to the second.

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