How many languages / What languages do you speak?

Discussion in 'Linguistics' started by Giambattista, Feb 26, 2007.

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How many languages are you fluent in?

  1. 1

    29.8%
  2. 2

    37.1%
  3. 3

    22.4%
  4. 4 or more.

    10.7%
  1. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    You are replying to a post from 2007, for Christ's sake.

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  3. Dennis Tate Valued Senior Member

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    Thank you for drawing my attention to another common symptom of "Dying Board Syndrome"........


    And here I am copy and pasting a comment from a totally different discussion.............




    I was testing to see if the little arrow thingie worked over here as well.... it does.....

    http://www.sciforums.com/threads/post-a-new-slang-word-phrase.95136/#post-2430457
    Post a new slang word/phras
     
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  5. sculptor Valued Senior Member

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    70 odd years
    I been learning one language
    still working on it

    But now
    "senior moments"
    My wife and children finish my thought when I loose/misplace the "next word".
    I'll most likely die without having full command of english.
    (sigh)

    My beloved spouse has 3-4 languages and is adept at music
    My one son has 3 languages and is adept at music
    My other son has one language(as have I) and is not adept at music(me too)
    I had an uncle who could listen to a song, pick up a guitar and play it, and he was fluent in 7 languages...

    I suspect that a facility with music and facility with languages utilize the same neural pathways/areas of the brain(?).
     
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  7. O. W. Grant Registered Senior Member

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    Hi,

    dumb (adj.)
    https://www.etymonline.com/search?q=dumb

    = = =

    "I can speak 2 (3, 4, ...) languages. We don't have a TV-set at home. ..."
    /so snobbish/

    - - -

    "A language is a dialect with an army and navy."
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_language_is_a_dialect_with_an_army_and_navy

    - - -

    "
    CHAPTER I

    INTRODUCTORY

    ...

    Language is nothing but a set of human habits, the purpose of which is to give
    expression to thoughts and feelings, and especially to impart them to others. As with
    other habits it is not to be expected that they should be perfectly consistent. No one can
    speak exactly as everybody else or speak exactly in the same way under all circumstances
    and at all moments, hence a good deal of vacillation here and there.

    ..."

    Essentials of English Grammar, Otto Jespersen

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ffiDSTwO4g1utPdIxSMiSbK714IUsr-_/view?usp=sharing

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ffiDSTwO4g1utPdIxSMiSbK714IUsr-_/view?usp=sharing
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    Noam Chomsky (a paraphrase): "One needs only English."

    = = =

    There is Language and there is "Language". There is not Language (per se) - just consciousness at work.

    The idea (Chomsky?) is that one needs only English to understand Language. English at its core is just like any other language.

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    “The hardest thing of all is to find a black cat in a dark room, especially if there is no cat.”
    Confucius

    = = =

    One speaks (on) one's own language (no matter how "languages" one speaks).
     
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  8. mmatt9876 Registered Senior Member

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    I have an interest in learning Japanese sometime but I am not sure how to best go about it.
     
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  10. O. W. Grant Registered Senior Member

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    I have a Japanese grammar (a pdf file) on my other computer, probably. From a Japanese american, from the 1940-ies.
    The problem is how to make a Google drive link to work.
     
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  11. O. W. Grant Registered Senior Member

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    Hi again,

    The grammar is

    Eiichi Kiyooka - Japanese in Thirty Hours [1953, PDF, ENG]

    Tokyo, The Hokuseido Press

    First edition 1942
    Revised edition 1949
    Re-revised edition 1953

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_y60BVo0VZJOz0jLJi4VBDslSsQR24pX/view?usp=sharing



    There is a video course in English on YouTube. I'll try to find it.
     
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  12. O. W. Grant Registered Senior Member

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    The video course on YouTube:

    https://www.youtube.com/user/takineko


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    The grammar is on Google drive. I can't make the link work.
     
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  13. O. W. Grant Registered Senior Member

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  14. mmatt9876 Registered Senior Member

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    Thanks for the Japanese language learning resources, O. W. Grant. I have found a lot of Japanese language lessons on YouTube. Duolingo is another great language learning resource.
     

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