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Rach



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Posted: Tue May 05, 2009 5:54 pm    Post subject: Foreign Languages  

Maybe this has been done before but I don't remember.

Basically as I am learning Norwegian atm I was curious as to how many people on here speak foreign languages, and which one(s) they speak.

I took AS levels in French and Latin and an A level in German. I am also doing a beginners Norwegian course.
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whufc88



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Posted: Tue May 05, 2009 5:58 pm    Post subject:  

I choose one as I can only read Catalan but I can speak Spanish
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pickle



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Posted: Tue May 05, 2009 7:33 pm    Post subject:  

I can't speak fluent in any other language. But I know bits of German.
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IceMan



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Posted: Tue May 05, 2009 9:29 pm    Post subject:  

:withstupid: :withstupid: :withstupid:

I only took german at GCSE and did really bad, mainly because I didnt want to do it.
If it was spanish I might have taken abit more interest
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Lamiaceae



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Posted: Tue May 05, 2009 10:48 pm    Post subject:  

I studied both French and German, and wished i'd stuck with German more, for some strange reason I took French, and I didn't really take that much interest in it, think I got an F, never liked it anyway, i'm not going to France ( i've been 7 times already) anymore.

I think German however is a fantastic language for shouting in. It's perhaps the most authoritative language in existence today. Put on a Scot's accent, and you've got a voice that'll make even the dead get back up and forget they are dead.
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Skorpz



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Posted: Wed May 06, 2009 6:24 pm    Post subject:  

I know ASSYRIAN!!! beat that :D
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Lamiaceae



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Posted: Wed May 06, 2009 7:53 pm    Post subject:  

Skorpz wrote: I know ASSYRIAN!!! beat that :D

Umm, I can't. Is there much call for it ? :P

Ha! - beat that! :D


Good to see you again Skorpz :) - thinking about sticking around ?
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aalpha



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Posted: Wed May 06, 2009 8:11 pm    Post subject:  

Great thread Rach!! :D :D Even if it is a re-do. It's time for it.

I'm right on the verge of buying the Rosetta Stone Latin American Spanish levels 1, 2, & 3. If I win just 500 dollars or more it's a done deal. I just can't make up my mind about version 2 or 3.

V3 has a brand new component called Audio Companion. It allows you to reinforce what you've been learning "on the go" via your media player. I suspect I've got enough "on the go" stuff from previous courses to more than fill that bill.

They sell version 3 like you can't learn language without AC. But they were the numero uno language course for years without it. D'oh!!

Anyone here have any experience with Rosetta, personally or thru a friend? Oh, uh, I'm an American.

What do you call a person who speaks 2 languages?
Bilingual.

What do you call a person who speaks 3 languages?
Trilingual.

What do you call a person who speaks 4 languages?
Quadlingual.

What do you call a person who speaks 1 language?
An American.
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area51newmexico



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Posted: Thu May 07, 2009 11:38 am    Post subject:  

I'm embarassed to admit it but I'm absolutely useless at languages! I even find English a pain at times!

Mind you, I did do GCSE French at school and got a C grade- w00t!!!! I beat Minty!

Good luck with your Spanish aalpha. Do a lot of people speak it in your area?
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Rach



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Posted: Thu May 07, 2009 4:59 pm    Post subject:  

@ minty. I agree, although I ended up taking both French and German, I much preferred German. Although Norwegian has overtaken French in my list of favourite languages, not sure if it will beat German though.

I have been learning random phrases in random languages, and so I can now say certain things like 'ice cream', 'good night' and 'cheers' in some more languages including Czech and Hungarian.
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aalpha



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Posted: Thu May 07, 2009 6:48 pm    Post subject:  

area51newmexico wrote: Good luck with your Spanish aalpha. Do a lot of people speak it in your area?
Well way too many IMHO, but that's another subject actually. A lot of jobs these days are looking for bilingual Sp/En applicants. Lord only knows just how much language one has to have to be a solid applicant. Seems to me most jobs requiring a second language wouldn't need a wide range of skill.
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area51newmexico



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Posted: Sun May 10, 2009 9:26 am    Post subject:  

Rach wrote: I have been learning random phrases in random languages, and so I can now say certain things like 'ice cream', 'good night' and 'cheers' in some more languages including Czech and Hungarian.

Hehe. I've always said that you on;y need to be able to say "please can I have a beer?" in every language of the places you visit and you'll be fine :D
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Lamiaceae



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Posted: Sun May 10, 2009 10:31 am    Post subject:  

area51newmexico wrote:
Hehe. I've always said that you on;y need to be able to say "please can I have a beer?" in every language of the places you visit and you'll be fine :D


Slight problem with that. When I was 'attending' french, one of the things we had to do was play this french holiday computer game simulator, and you had to type in ( in french ) what you had to do. Me and and my friend decided to use your theory, and yes, we spent most of the 'holiday' drunk and couldn't do anything else. Not really that much of a holiday... Everyone else had gone to see the sights n stuff...
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alienator



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Posted: Sun May 10, 2009 5:28 pm    Post subject:  

I can speak a little German, the odd thing in Spanish, Italian & Swedish...but nothing fluently...
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aalpha



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Posted: Fri May 15, 2009 3:02 pm    Post subject:  

I did some reviews of the Rosetta Stone software. YUHHH-uuckkk.
Besides customer service being a rude joke, they act like they still own it after you fork over your 3,4,5 hundred bucks.

One guy told how he installed it on his pc, it crashed so he replaced it. I have to take that as he had all new hardware and OS and consequently a new registry. Yet he couldn't install his RS on the new PC. According to him it had already been activated.

Well even if it has to be activated thru their website you can better well believe if I pay 400+ bucks for something I better be able to reinstall it as often as I need to. Screw these people. :evil: :evil:
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