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Re: What languages are you learning and plan to learn?

Postby jonniez » Mon 29 Jun 2009 4:45 am

Languages I'm studying:
German
French

Teaching myself (trying to):
Dutch

Some interest:
Latin, Irish (heritage), Icelandic, Finnish.

I also want to create my own language eventually, if I ever figure out how to go about it.
Mother Tongue: English.
Studying: Deutsch, Français.
Teaching Myself: Nederlands.
Might Learn: Gaeilge, Íslenska, Lingua Latina, Suomi.
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Re: What languages are you learning and plan to learn?

Postby formiko » Mon 29 Jun 2009 9:10 am

Talib wrote:I would undoubtedly feel more connected with my heritage if my father had passed on the Polish language and if I still attended Mass, but there you go.


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Re: What languages are you learning and plan to learn?

Postby Sobekhotep » Mon 29 Jun 2009 7:05 pm

formiko wrote:
Talib wrote:I would undoubtedly feel more connected with my heritage if my father had passed on the Polish language and if I still attended Mass, but there you go.


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He's a Polish Canadian!
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Re: What languages are you learning and plan to learn?

Postby Talib » Mon 29 Jun 2009 7:12 pm

Haha, I wish! Then I'd be fluent already.

I'm flattered you were sufficiently impressed by my language skills that I could pass for a native, but I don't think I'm that good yet. I intend to study it next year at university.
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Re: What languages are you learning and plan to learn?

Postby formiko » Tue 30 Jun 2009 4:33 am

Talib wrote:Haha, I wish! Then I'd be fluent already.

I'm flattered you were sufficiently impressed by my language skills that I could pass for a native, but I don't think I'm that good yet. I intend to study it next year at university.


I'm not a good judge of Arabicness. You just say min fadlak and I'm impressed :)
(That's the extent of my Arabic :))
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Re: What languages are you learning and plan to learn?

Postby Talib » Tue 30 Jun 2009 6:43 am

More than most know.

But you'd better know شكرا too in that case.
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Re: What languages are you learning and plan to learn?

Postby scottrupe_1 » Sat 04 Jul 2009 4:55 pm

My Language list
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Definitely
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Spanish
Russian
German
Greek
Mandarin
Cantonese
Sanskrit
Arabic (MSA or Egyptian)

Definitely Maybe
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Some African language (possibly Shona b/c my brother-in-law is from Zimbabwe)
Hindi
Arabic (Dialect [unspecified])
Italian
French
Latin
Ancient Greek

If my head hasn't exploded yet
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Swahili
Zulu
Arabic (another dialect)
Quechua
Hungarian
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Re: What languages are you learning and plan to learn?

Postby Sobekhotep » Mon 06 Jul 2009 5:20 am

scottrupe_1 wrote:Definitely
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Spanish
Russian
German
Greek
Mandarin
Cantonese
Sanskrit
Arabic (MSA or Egyptian)

3 centums, 2 satems, 2 Chinese varieties, & Arabic. Interesting mix. Good luck trying to master all those!

scottrupe_1 wrote:Arabic (Dialect [unspecified])

Gulf/Khaliji! :mrgreen:

scottrupe_1 wrote:Quechua

Now that's an interesting language. The vowel system is almost identical to Arabic's!
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Re: What languages are you learning and plan to learn?

Postby Neqitan » Mon 06 Jul 2009 6:16 am

MSA's got /æ:~ɐ:/, /i:/, /u:/, /ə/, /ɪ/ & /ʊ/ (3 short, 3 long) though, not that similar. :D

And the Mashriqi vernaculars have a larger list! Like Egyptian's /æ:~ɐ:/, /ɑ:/, /i:/, /u:/, /e:/, /o:/, /æ~ɐ/, /ɪ/, /ɑ/ & /ʊ/ (four short, six long).

For a Spanish speaker, this is frustrating!
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Re: What languages are you learning and plan to learn?

Postby Talib » Mon 06 Jul 2009 8:52 am

For an Arabic dialect, I recommend Egyptian or Levantine (my personal favourite). Gulf Arabic might be useful too for business purposes.
Neqitan wrote:MSA's got /æ:~ɐ:/, /i:/, /u:/, /ə/, /ɪ/ & /ʊ/ (3 short, 3 long) though, not that similar. :D
Close - it's more like /ɐ/ and /æ:/ but I'm not entirely sure what that short /a/ is, exactly.
And the Mashriqi vernaculars have a larger list! Like Egyptian's /æ:~ɐ:/, /ɑ:/, /i:/, /u:/, /e:/, /o:/, /æ~ɐ/, /ɪ/, /ɑ/ & /ʊ/ (four short, six long).
Most dialects have a system something like this.

Anyway my eventual goal is learn the six official languages of the United Nations. I know English, some French, and Arabic and Spanish would be a snap. Russian and Mandarin are a lot more intimidating though.

If I ever master all these, I might try Hindi because it seems useful, and maybe Japanese.
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