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What other languages besides English are you fluent with?

  • Arabic

    Votes: 71 3.9%
  • Bengali

    Votes: 14 0.8%
  • Dutch

    Votes: 68 3.7%
  • Finnish

    Votes: 65 3.5%
  • French

    Votes: 251 13.6%
  • German

    Votes: 143 7.8%
  • Hebrew

    Votes: 22 1.2%
  • Hindi

    Votes: 51 2.8%
  • Italian

    Votes: 42 2.3%
  • Japanese

    Votes: 85 4.6%
  • Korean

    Votes: 41 2.2%
  • Mandarin Chinese

    Votes: 116 6.3%
  • Polish

    Votes: 30 1.6%
  • Portuguese

    Votes: 54 2.9%
  • Russian

    Votes: 66 3.6%
  • Spanish

    Votes: 286 15.5%
  • Tagalog

    Votes: 56 3.0%
  • Other

    Votes: 412 22.4%
  • Only English

    Votes: 572 31.1%

  • Total voters
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What other languages besides English are you fluent with?
 

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My first language is French. Although I live in a bilingual province & country,(New Brunswick, Canada) I only learned English in eight grade. (I knew a total of three words in English before then). The teachers just assumed we already knew English because of having been exposed to the language all our life, so they skipped the basics. For those of us who knew next to nothing,it was like going into car races without having been shown how to drive. So, from fifth to seventh grade, I struggled to keep up with the rest of the students. I was mocked a lot at school because where I lived, talking in English or/and "chiac" (which is a mixture of English and French--using english verbs and other english words in a french sentence) was considered "cool". In eight grade, I got a decent English teacher who actually taught us important stuff and gave me extra homework, so I improved. The following year, I had already surpassed all my classmates, including the ones who tormented me with my poor English, took advanced English classes in my twelve grade grade. Now, I've just finished my first year at university, and because I've developped a preference of English over French, am majoring in English.
 

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English and a kinda Spanish
my Spanish use to be great but now it sucks :s
 

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Not fluent in anything (besides English), but I'm doing my damnedest with Swedish. I feel like if I lived in Sweden for a year I could be fluent, but as it is now I just have to go with what I can teach myself.
 

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My first language is French. I obviously know English too. I write it way better than I speak it though, living in Quebec where you get dirty looks if you're caught speaking English. At least that's how it is around here.
 

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Spanish is actually my native/first language, but I don't like the way my accent sounds so I try to use it as little as possible.
 

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I can only speak English. I know very basic French, but nowhere near enough to have more than a basic conversation. I tend to be better at reading foreign languages rather than writing or speaking in those languages.

Over the past few years, I've tried to learn Esperanto, Swedish, Dutch and Spanish - I think I did fairly well with the Esperanto, but haven't really learnt much of any of the four languages.
 
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