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How many languages do you speak and what are they?

Posted - August 21

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  • 4724
    lol. You just made me remember something.  I just learned something about online translators.  When I type into Google Translate the phrase that Martina yelled when she hit her little toe on the table leg in the hotel room the last time she was here, Google doesn’t give the actual translation.  Context Reverso doesn’t give the actual translation either, lol.
      November 5, 2022 9:33 PM MDT
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  • 50707
      November 5, 2022 10:32 PM MDT
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  • 685
      November 10, 2022 10:26 PM MST
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  • 827
    Five, if my poor French counts. We spoke Bosnian and Dutch at home; then I had to take French and English (as part of the Flemish curriculum), with Spanish eventually becoming the only language I chose to learn. 

    I've been thinking of adding Italian (because it should be familiar) and Japanese (out of interest - as well as for the challenge). Then again, my eccentric (for being all too intelligent) neighbour argues that one shouldn't pick up too many languages. It supposedly leaves less mental space for other knowledge.
      August 23, 2022 12:56 PM MDT
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  • 21399
    Excellent.
      November 4, 2022 7:40 PM MDT
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  • 827
    I just ran that through Google Translate. Thanks!
      November 6, 2022 1:10 PM MST
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  • 685
    El español es mi primer idioma. English is my second language. Parlo anche italiano.
      August 25, 2022 9:35 PM MDT
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  • 50707

     

      This reminds me of the time a guy tried to tell me that I had incorrectly written “el español” in a sentence with similar context as yours above. He said that when translated directly from Spanish to English, it read “the Spanish”, and that it therefore should be changed, I should drop the word “el”. I told him that 1) direct translations from one language or dialect to another are not always accurate representations of how they are spoken or written, and that 2) there are certain instances in Spanish where “el español” is both absolutely correct and absolutely appropriate within the context of what is being communicated. Since neither he nor I are native Spanish speakers, I simply told him to ask someone for whom Spanish was their first language, but he said he didn’t need to because he knows how it’s said in English which meant it was the same way in Spanish. He dismissed me for being ignorant and went along with his assumptions. I dismissed him as being ignorant and dropped the topic, knowing that I was correct. 

      I’ve often made the observation that languages are similar to sports in that you cannot play basketball using baseball rules.
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      November 6, 2022 6:09 PM MST
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  • 80
    All of them.

      September 3, 2022 11:30 PM MDT
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  • 426
    Three of them!
      November 2, 2022 1:16 PM MDT
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  • 11806
    Three: English, Brooklynese/New Yawkish, and some Caribbean patois.
      November 2, 2022 2:05 PM MDT
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  • 2172
    I don't really speak them, but I have French, German, Latin, Russian and Albanian on my Twitter feed. 
      November 4, 2022 1:05 PM MDT
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  • 827
    Presumably with a smattering of comprehensible English now and again :) 

    But I guess, if it's on Twitter, it doesn't really matter whether you can understand the bickering or not.
      November 4, 2022 2:29 PM MDT
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  • 2172
    Of course English is the mother tongue. I like to think I make sense of the various tweets in other languages but I really should do more dictionary bashing to check it out. 
      November 4, 2022 2:48 PM MDT
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  • 3538
    Only my native English but I still have fragments of the French I learnt - well, was taught- at school and reprised in later years on holidays in France.

    I've picked up a few words of Norwegian, mainly just the normal courtesies and elements of geographical names (some of the latter appear in Northern English dialect, too.) Also by holidays.

    Even a few rather random, mainly geographical, words in Welsh! I think I can make a fair go at Welsh pronunciations, too, without necessarily knowing the meanings, of town and other geographical names.

    Just realised..... I live not far off half-way between the South coast of Wales and the North coast of France.
      November 8, 2022 3:03 PM MST
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