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Post by 03stsin » Aug 27th, '07, 14:26

I speak English Cantonese and Italian completely fluently, I can speak French Spanish and German from learning at school since i was 8 and after about 9 years i'd say im quite good. I know quite a bit of mandarine from watching too much tv (and it helps knowing cantonese) and lessons since the age of 11. Also i know Latin and can speak it but it sounds weird and i don't know if it counts as a language...does it?

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Post by Yinggg » Aug 27th, '07, 14:36

03stsin wrote:I speak English Cantonese and Italian completely fluently, I can speak French Spanish and German from learning at school since i was 8 and after about 9 years i'd say im quite good. I know quite a bit of mandarine from watching too much tv (and it helps knowing cantonese) and lessons since the age of 11. Also i know Latin and can speak it but it sounds weird and i don't know if it counts as a language...does it?
wow!! you cann speak allot of language!! :crazy: :thumright:

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Post by Silentwolfdog » Sep 3rd, '07, 17:13

I only know two, English and sign language (America Sign Language). I wish I can learn more...

Actually, I only use English to read and write and sign language to speak, lol.

I would like to learn Japanese sign language as well as reading in Japanese but I will ending up never use it because no one use it in America lol.

Anyone here is fluent in sign language? Not have to be America Sign Language but can be sign language from your homeland/country.

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Post by fayewolf » Sep 7th, '07, 15:17

I'm proud of all of you!!

I speak fluently cantonese, english, can get by with mandarin.
Learning Japanese.

I wish my cousins would read this thread because being chinese, living with chinese speaking mother, surrounded by chinese speaking relatives and not speak a word of chinese is just bizarre. I don't understand.

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Post by fayewolf » Sep 7th, '07, 15:19

I'm proud of all of you!!

I speak fluently cantonese, english, can get by with mandarin.
Learning Japanese.

I wish my cousins would read this thread because being chinese, living with chinese speaking mother, surrounded by chinese speaking relatives and not speak a word of chinese is just bizarre. I don't understand.

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Post by gelmar » Sep 9th, '07, 12:44

I speak Serbian, Hungarian and English
Also, I've been learning Portuguese on the net by myself. I can speak very little, and I understand it more or less.
Also, I understand some Spansih aswell, because I used to watch Mexican soap operas.
I'm learning German at school, but it's not my cup of tea.

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Post by miyukigrg » Sep 13th, '07, 06:52

well my mother tounge is Nepali but i can speak English,Hindi and my caste language(gurung) fluently.I can also speak a bit of of japenese since my aunt is japenase & I'm learning korean now.

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Post by lilsushi213 » Sep 13th, '07, 07:23

Fluent in English. Although Mandarin is my first language, it kind of...died after I started school..Since I was raised to speak Mandarin at home. But now, that's not so much the case. Self-teaching myself the Mandarin I've forgotten. =/
Understanding conversational Japanese/taking the language in school...Self teaching Cantonese & Taiwanese.
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Post by znikaraz » Sep 15th, '07, 09:27

english > tagalog > spanish > japanese | german | asl

i'm fluent in the first three but i've only recently started learning japanese and german. i taught myself a bit of sign language a few years ago but i'm a bit rusty on this one now.

i wish we had a japanese language class back in my hs coz i'm pretty sure i would've been fluent in nihongo by now if we had... :glare:

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Post by Cersia » Oct 20th, '07, 12:11

I can speak german, english, french and persian =)

My german and persian are very good!
english is ok xD
but i can'T speak french very good xDD
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Post by Baye » Oct 20th, '07, 12:28

I speak Arabic, English and Swedish fluently. i know a little bit of French em...and i understand Danish and Norweigan(i dont really know how to spell it :P) and i'm learning Japanese and Korean... a lot of words to remember :crazy: :-)

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Post by nstbgirl » Oct 26th, '07, 00:16

i speak two differnet languages
english of course
and portugese
i think the more languages u know the better but i don't have that much time to learn any more

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Post by pontiac007 » Oct 26th, '07, 00:34

i speak fluently in Malay (Malaysian) as that's my mother tounge. Also Java as my ancestors are javanese. then, english n also a lil' french. i use to learn it for a semester in university. but i'm quite good with the pronounciation then.

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Post by AKM » Oct 26th, '07, 22:52

German (native)
English (fluent)
Japanese (slowly but steady getting there)
French (rusty, haven't used it ever since school, but I still understand most of what I hear)
Russian (same thing)
Latin (it's better than my French)

Elvish (used to be somewhat fluent years ago, but those days are long gone, happens when you read The Professor as kid)

Do C++ and the rest count as languages? :P

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Post by radee14 » Oct 29th, '07, 01:49

I can speak Filipino & English...

I'm learning Nihongo (japanese) & Korean...

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Post by Kiriguchi » Oct 29th, '07, 02:22

Well my first language is Spanish and I learned English pretty young. I've taken 3 years of German in school and went on an exchange program to learn Japanese. I want to improve the last two and learn Korean and perhaps French....maybe Arabic....mostly I just like different forms of writing. Learning a language is like opening a little door into the culture, ne?

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Post by lynchmob72 » Oct 29th, '07, 02:24

I butcher english well, and am trying to butcher japanese atm. :)

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Post by eaachh » Oct 29th, '07, 03:08

Thai is my first language, the second is English (but not that fluent). I used to know a bit of French when I was in grade 10-12. I'm now learning to speak a little Mandarin and Korean also (just learning from Internet and from watching the series).

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Post by darksage78 » Nov 4th, '07, 21:29

First language English, grew up learning Cantonese from dad, Mandarin and Taiwanese from mom XP Of course you got the obligatory French since I'm Canadian. And I'm trying to learn some Japanese =D

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Post by bhani » Nov 5th, '07, 16:36

First language English and Nepali
bit of French..trying to learn Korean atm :)

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Post by mysggirls.com » Nov 6th, '07, 18:02

First of all, i would like to introduce myself first. I am new here and I am a Chinese from Malaysia. I can speak Bahasa Malaysia, Inggeris, Chinese, a bit cantonese, foochow, hokkien and some hinhua! hehe :D

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Post by fimfim » Nov 6th, '07, 19:51

I can speak Vietnamese, English, and some French, and I know a few Korean words because of watching K-dramas... :lol

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Post by jyori » Nov 6th, '07, 20:08

My native language is English. My parents are Filipino so I understand 99.9% Tagalog. As for Japanese ... maybe like 40%? I actually understand a lot more than I think.

But really ... all I can speak is English ... and if I tried hard enough Tagalog. But I'm REALLY trying to learn Japanese. :D

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Post by Chu ~ » Nov 6th, '07, 20:35

My firs language is Arabic
my second is English
and im learning japanese now..

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Post by mysggirls.com » Nov 7th, '07, 16:15

japanese? Watashiwa maehsia jin desu!

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Post by Desiderata » Nov 17th, '07, 19:49

English, but random bits of Spanish from the 6+ years I took it in school do pop out at random moments. I remember a bit of my biblical Hebrew, but my Arabic is getting rusty from disuse.
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Post by maruchan_192000 » Jan 6th, '08, 05:03

First language is English, and I am studing hard at Japanese. Could somebody point me to a thread where I can maybe speak with other people learning Japanese? If there is not a thread I will make one. But I dont want to do that if there is one already. Thanks
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Post by KAAdonkaDUNK » Jan 6th, '08, 05:50

I give you guys props for knowing so many languages. :thumright:

I can only speak english fluently.

but I did I grow up in a neighborhood where almost everyone spoke spanish as their first language and english as their second, so all my friends spoke spanish and i even took three years of spanish class, but i didn't pay attention much, so i only know the basics. So i cant really say i could speak spanish. But with the bits and pieces i know i can understand it pretty well.

And i recently got a japanese/English dictionary. So next year im excited to take up japanese classes. 8)
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Post by techie » Jan 16th, '08, 22:24

use German, Swedish, English fluently (almost and not in that order) on a daily basis.

Barely grasp a bit Japanese in simple phrases, and as someone else said,
does puter lingo's count :D

It is a scary fact, that I can probably insult people better than most in about three or four more languages, but at least I can apologize profusely in just as many :study:
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Post by hoosdathu » Jan 25th, '08, 10:44

i speak english n chinese fluently with a little bit of thai n bahasa indonesia

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Post by bibibing » Jan 25th, '08, 11:05

i speak Icelandic, Vietnamese, English fluently start learning danish for about 4years, French just began last year, a LITTLE bit of mandarin can try to manages when I'm lost, learning from drama and tv :)

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Post by apis » Jan 26th, '08, 01:05

I can speak malay, english n russian.. n i hope i can learn japanese..

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Post by Misha-san » Jan 26th, '08, 16:13

I know spanish because everyone in my family speaks it. I learned English from my cousin and from school. I know a little Japanese like I can say a couple of phrases but Im trying to learn more.
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Post by l3lacksnow » Feb 3rd, '08, 04:17

Catt101 wrote:what would you say is the easiest to learn?
lol i rekon english?
or jap^^

uhhm i speak smack^^

ahah jks i speak english and canto^^

but had french class in yr 8 but sucked at it...

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Post by rich69_11520 » Feb 3rd, '08, 05:17

my first language is fuchow, then english, learn 6 year of mandarin, little of japanese

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Post by avontflex » Feb 7th, '08, 16:13

english, chinese n basic japanese... knew nearly zero dialects...

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Post by blablabla » Feb 7th, '08, 16:26

french english japanese portuguese fluently
I do understand spanish and survive by mixing with portuguese
I have some basis in mandarin, the grammar is easy and I already know a lot of letters, but I am not able to speak.
More recently I started hindi and tibetan, but not intensively.
I think I'd rather go for korean, because when I watch the dramas there are so many words that sound like in japanese!

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Post by nelo » Feb 7th, '08, 16:34

I can speak and write Tagalog and English :-) only two :mrgreen:
i ♥ jdorama :-)

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Post by ailahai » Feb 7th, '08, 17:09

I can speak malay, english and arabic (so-so, not pretty good), have learn basic in italian and do understand a little bit japanese (learning from the website/forum).

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Post by leenzy » Feb 11th, '08, 03:16

1st Language : Malay :wub:
2nd Language : English (sometimes...ehehe :lol )
3rd : want to learn Japanese, Korean and others language... :wub:

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Post by zeox » Feb 11th, '08, 03:51

lets see..

1. Norwegian (I guess you can throw in swedish and danish in there as well, since they are so similar)
2. English
3. German
4. Some japanese. Studying hard as i write!

I also really want to learn korean and french at some point

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Post by janana » Feb 13th, '08, 04:00

i only speak english and hakka (chinese dialect) fluently.
i know basic words/phrases in mandarin and japanese

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Post by neuhikari » May 4th, '08, 10:01

well I can speak 3 languages well third one is japanise I'm learning it now. my mother tongue is hungarian and I can speak english

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Post by marspeach » May 4th, '08, 11:47

1st language- English. I'm American, so it's obvious.

2nd- Italian. My whole family is Italian and I actually learned this first but not having to use it as much, my English is better and more natural. I'd say I'm fluent enough though.

3rd- Japanese. It's my major but I'm on an intermediate level only.

4th-French. I took it all throughout high school but I've sadly forgotten most of it.

5th- Spanish only because I learned very briefly in middle school and because of it's similarities to Italian. I also know some very basic phrases of Mandarin. That's it.

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Post by Kungfuking » May 4th, '08, 12:12

First English-second Spanish-third Korean-fourth Japanese-fifth Cantonese a Little and sixth a Little as well Russian. and I cant spell to save my life. ha ha

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Post by ~kani~ » May 4th, '08, 12:24

1. Finnish <3
2. English
3. Swedish (somehow understand also norwegian (spoken) and danish (written...))
4. german
5. japanese. (humm I am not sure if I am better at japanese than german xD)

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Post by nankasento » May 4th, '08, 22:30

Do programming languages count because then I know quite a lot ;D

I always have found writing much more difficult than speech, atleast in the correct grammatical forms.

I disagree with having to know 50% of a language for one to say you know the language, you can get by with far less then that.
With some languages most of the people wouldn't be able to say they know the language if they have to know 50% of the language even though it's their native language.

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Post by Tomi » May 5th, '08, 14:33

English is my first language since I live in America. My parents are Bengali so I picked up on that when I was young. I've been taking Japanese for five years since 8th grade so I can hold a conversation and understand a lot of things people say...I just wish I took it seriously the first four years. :lol Also, I can read Arabic but can't speak it. And I taught myself a little bit of Russian.

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Post by sexy_kakashi » May 5th, '08, 14:49

-malay
-english
-russian (im studying in moscow)
-japanese (i can understand but i cant speak that well)
-korean (same as japanese...can understand but cant reply that well)
-arabic (i can read arabic but my understanding of it still needs work)
-hindustan (from watching too many movies)

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Post by oscar9339 » May 5th, '08, 14:49

I can read, write, and natively speaking in English, French, Thai, Mandarin, Japanese, and Korean.

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Post by kaminari_tsk » May 5th, '08, 15:28

russian, english, japanesse

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Post by Ruka707 » Jun 25th, '08, 20:01

- Hungarian... the best <3
- Japanese (I can speak fast and good, I understand almost everything, writing and reading are my weak points XD)
- German, I seriously love German.
- Somehow I can understand a little Dutch too.
- English, yeah.
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Post by akiko-chico » Jun 26th, '08, 02:58

I speak English, Khmer & Japanese

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Post by Phoenix Flare » Jun 26th, '08, 08:32

Mandarin/English/French

Most fluent in Chinglish, the one I speak at home

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Post by Fyra » Jun 26th, '08, 08:41

Ruka707 wrote:- Hungarian... the best <3
- Japanese (I can speak fast and good, I understand almost everything, writing and reading are my weak points XD)
- German, I seriously love German.
- Somehow I can understand a little Dutch too.
- English, yeah.
Hoho, another native Hungarian? Hi there, my pal xD.

So, my mother tongue is Hungarian as well, I've studied German for 12 years, but I guess my English is way better than German (I've kind of neglected it recently and I'm not glad about it). Starting this Fall I'm starting to learn Russian and Japanese at the university.

It makes them three, but will go up to five soon =).
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Post by Yurisa1245 » Jun 30th, '08, 19:50

1. German (mother tongue)
2. English (since i was 10 or 11)
3. Japanese (i just started learning it some months ago, so i'm just at the basics)

I also had latin at school, but i doubt it counts here as a language ^^

My fourth language will be french, i'll start it in August. ^^

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Post by Kana Akanishi » Jun 30th, '08, 20:03

i know 2 1/2 xDDDDDD


my mother language is spanish then english and i know a lil of japanese i can understand basic things
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Post by Kurai yoru » Jun 30th, '08, 20:25

My mother language is Polish I'm learning
English since I was 7 years old.
I start lerning German when I was 13 ,but I drop it year ago.( and I hardly remember anything xP)
in October I started to learn Spanish and Japanese.
I can understand basic things in Korean I would like to improve my Korean in the future.

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Post by garnet07 » Jun 30th, '08, 22:31

First language: Tagalog, (used to know Visayan, but lost it because hardly use it anymore)
Second language: English

Both first and second are fluent

Right now I learned Japanese in college, but learning more from watching all these animes and Jdoramas. Also learning Korean by watching lots of Korean dramas. Can understand 70% of Jdoramas and 40% of korean language. Writing though is another issue. :lol Even though I watch Chinese dramas too, I can never catch any phrases or at least a few words except Wo Ai Ni :scratch: .
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Post by XrayZ » Jul 7th, '08, 17:12

i speak only english, sadly...

well, i seem to still be able to speak french when i have to (last time i had to i was partying like a MaDMAn but somehow i managed an hour-long conversation!)

incidentally, would anyone out there be interested in giving me a little help with some cantonese translation?

very simple translation from english for a personal project, pm me if at all interested

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Post by tsumabukis » Jul 8th, '08, 12:24

In order of fluency... English, Afrikaans, Japanese, Dutch, Japanese Sign Language, Xhosa.

So, technically 6, but I only started learning JSL a few months ago, and my Xhosa keeps being replaced with Japanese words. :P So... 4 confidently, and 2 with a bit of a struggle and lots of thinking time. :)

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Post by Rin89 » Jul 8th, '08, 12:52

Let's see....

polish (well I live in Poland )
english
japanese (I still have some problems with kanji)
german (basic)
french (basic)

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Post by lushx » Jul 14th, '08, 00:12

Cantonese-Chinese.
English.

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Post by violetflower » Jul 15th, '08, 02:59

My first language was Chinese (Mandarin) but i didn't officially learn how to write, read and speak it more properly until last summer when I began to study hard in chinese at home. It helped me improve and I hope to keep studying until I can read and understand almost everything. I learned pretty fast only because most of the stuff I studied I already knew how to say in chinese but had no idea how to write or read any of it.
My second language is English. I had some trouble picking up on this when I was little, so I was in ESL for two years after kindergarten but I turned out to be a better writer than a speaker. I totally flip out when it's my turn to speak up in class. I just can't do it. ><
My parents say I learned French really fast in junior high school but since I only had that language class for a year I forget everything afterwards. It makes me sad to think of it but I want to relearn it in school again. I've been pondering for some time about learning Japanese... I don't think I'll have a problem with writing the kanji since they are basically chinese characters borrowed into the japanese language. Still, I have doubts about the speaking part ... I also have some degree of interest in the korean language but I'm sure if I am going to learn japanese or korean it's going to be tough.

If I may ask a question to everyone responding to this thread, how do you guys learn more than one language? Do you buy one of those self learning/teaching books on how to learn a language? Do you take any classes for a language? What other kinds of methods are available to learn a new language and how?

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Post by ackirom » Jul 16th, '08, 04:27

I speak 2 languages fluently: (basic) Tagalog and English. :-)

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Post by Néa Vanille » Jul 16th, '08, 04:29

violetflower wrote:If I may ask a question to everyone responding to this thread, how do you guys learn more than one language? Do you buy one of those self learning/teaching books on how to learn a language? Do you take any classes for a language? What other kinds of methods are available to learn a new language and how?
Well, I'm pretty sure the majority are just being show-offs and count what they learned in HS (hardly an effective way to learn any language) and think they can speak Japanese because they know moonspeak.

Me, I've been studying Korean full-time for a year now and unlike some people in this thread, I'm not going to overestimate myself and say I'm fluent in Korean just because I've put close to a thousand hours into it. Languages as complex and foreign as any Asian language take several thousands of hours of dedicated, focused work to truly master.

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Post by Puppet Princess » Jul 16th, '08, 05:56

violetflower wrote:If I may ask a question to everyone responding to this thread, how do you guys learn more than one language? Do you buy one of those self learning/teaching books on how to learn a language? Do you take any classes for a language? What other kinds of methods are available to learn a new language and how?
Well learning a language in any way takes takes a lot of determination and motivation. Self study takes even more since you don't really have anyone to poke you to study you can get lazy.

I study Korean alone but I use the university textbooks and workbooks. It's good for reading, writing, and comes with audio to help with pronunciation and listening comprehension but of course that's still lacking in actual conversational practice. That's why my mother is trying to set up for one of her friends' wife, who is from Korea, to tutor me.

As for how easy or hard any learning method is... well the only thing I can say is, however you learn a language, it takes years of serious study to be at a level you can call fluent. Even bare minimum conversation skills takes months of serious study and use of the language. To learn a language you need to be really serious (spontaneous or half-assed studying will do no good), determined, and patient. A language is something you will be studying for the rest of your life actually. Even our mother tongues. I still learn English words all the time and there are hundreds, probably thousands, of words I and most people don't know, but I'm still a fluent English speaker.

If you study on your own a tip I can give you is tell your family and maybe your friends that you are studying. They can help keep you motivated. They will ask how you're progressing and help you practice even. Every time my grandma calls she asks me what chapter I'm on today. When I see my parents they ask what I learned today. My mother tests me with flash cards and quizzes.

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Post by jhelie » Jul 16th, '08, 06:11

my first language is tagalog second is english then i study spanish i understand now but still not able to speak it. no habla espaniol pero me entendo un poko. i also now some basic hangul and i'm proud that i am now can read hangul(writing) a little and i only study it by myself

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Post by xvelids » Jul 16th, '08, 06:45

Fluent in both English and Mandarin.

Studied abroad for a few years so I know bits of Italian, Spanish and French.

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Post by JenniferB » Aug 18th, '08, 12:44

English
German
French
Spanish (Basic)

That's about it. :)

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Post by SnowyDreams » Aug 18th, '08, 12:57

Fluent in:
English
Chinese (Mandarin and Fookien)
Filipino

Knows basic Japanese. I'm not good at it though.. I passed JLPT level 4 but stopped studying Japanese because of a lot of factors. x_X

How to learn a language:
I'm not sure how to explain since I've been taught to speak the three languages I'm fluent in ever since I was a kid. English, Chinese, and Filipino were drilled into me at home. As for Japanese, there are a lot of schools, centers, and online training materials. I studied in a language center.

Studying a language for thousands of hours won't guarantee that you'll learn to speak it fluently. You also need hard work, dedication, motivation, and practice.

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Post by crocus » Aug 18th, '08, 13:23

english
japanese
korean
spanish
malay

learning german and italian...

but i have a big problem right now, all these languages is mixing up in my head right now... so, i'm avoiding to learn another language apart from all these seven before i started to talk a new language that consist all this 7 languages... but i want to learn chinese, it's a powerful language...

i got fluent in all these because i grew up with all these languages, especially english, japanese, korean and malay. then i study spanish in the university. after that i move to europe and i start to study german and italian...

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Post by woochan11 » Aug 18th, '08, 13:37

I can speak fluent Filipino (my mother tongue) and English. Also, I can speak basic Spanish, and I'm currently learning Japanese :mrgreen:
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Post by Youji » Aug 21st, '08, 18:29

Two, English and Japanese
Sad to say But I am only fluent in English. my second language is Japanese. It is just basic conversational Japanese. I have forgotten a lot of my written Japanese over the years. I can no longer remember a lot of kanji .I can understand most of spoken Japanese Dramas but I do resort to the subs for some of the words or the Dictionary's and translator's online.
Currently trying to brush up on my Japanese. Literacy
I would like to at least get to Business level JLPT 2

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Post by xanseviera_94 » Aug 22nd, '08, 15:14

~Malay (Cuz I live in Malaysia)
~English
~Arabian
~Korean (I can write and read now!)
~Japanese (Basic only)
~French (Basic)
~Chinese (Know a little of Mandarin)

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