Bilingualism

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  1. Su Wei

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    Would be interesting to know what languages we can speak besides English?

    Was it taught (in school) or caught?
     
  2. FundamentalDan

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    I speak Spanish and know some sign language. I should know more, as my mom is an interpreter for the deaf. Oh, and I did not learn Spanish in school. I learned it in life.
     
  3. Su Wei

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    Hello Dan. [​IMG] Are there alot of Spanish speakers in your area? Do you have a service in Spanish?
     
  4. FundamentalDan

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    Sue,

    The city of Harlingen is 75% Hispanic. It is a border city near Mexico. I actually moved here to start Spanish-speaking services in a church. So far we have about 10-15 coming.
     
  5. Su Wei

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    Amen! 10-15 is a great start! [​IMG]

    Pray for us over here. My husband and i are part of the team to (re-)build the Chinese ministry in our (English speaking) church.

    Back to the topic.

    We have a bilingualism policy here in our Singaporean education system so everyone has to learn english plus their "mother tongue". So I did 10 years of Mandarin in school. Don't consider myself terribly proficient in the language. My dh is much more effectively bilingual than me.

    But since the Chinese population here is made up of migrants from all parts of China, most of us are familiar with the dialects of Mandarin also. My grandma (who raised me) spoke Cantonese, which i speak. But I can understand also Hainanese and Hokkien. I'm starting to venture some Hokkien with my in-laws (they think i'm a very quiet person :D ) but not terribly forth coming... There are many other Chinese dialects but i can't say i can follow them very well. [​IMG]
     
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    I too speak Spanish. Though my family is Puerto Rican and my father is fluent in Spanish, I had to learn in School and from friends. Still, it gives me an advantage, because I can speak very academic Spanish when necesarry and more colloquial Spanish also.

    Right now I am trying to become trilingual by learning Romanian, but that is going to take a few years.

    Adrian
     
  7. Artimaeus

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    I'm from Eastern Kentucky...don't really know that I can count English. :D I admire anyone's ability to speak a foreign language.
     
  8. Helen

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    Some French, but not enough to actually even mention...

    However I do know ASL (American Sign Language) and was an interpreter for several deaf friends before arthritis got the better of my hands. Typing is fine, and signs themselves aren't so bad, but finger spelling really hurts now.
     
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    [​IMG] For a second I read this as asking, "Which languages is it permissable for us to learn?"!

    I took some Spanish, but I've forgotten almost all of it. I would like to learn French at some point.
     
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    I speak English and Welsh also learned French at school but am very `rusty` . We had to learn Latin at school, as it was a grammar school , but I don`t know any I can speak that to ;) [​IMG]
     
  11. mioque

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    I can read most languages better than I can speak them.
    But I can hold at least a simple conversation in.
    Dutch
    French
    English
    German
    Italian
    Latin
    Portugese
    Spanish
     
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    I can speak dutch, though I'm poor at writing it.

    I can speak and write basic german.

    I speak a bit of spanish, but do not write it very well.

    There's an old joke:

    What do you call a person who speaks three languages? Trilingual.
    What do you call a person who speaks two languages? Bilingual.
    What do you call a person who speaks one language? American.
     
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    My husband and I are both fluent in Spanish. I also speak Portuguese, but have poor writing skills in it.
     
  14. mioque

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    I forgot some requested detail.
    "Was it taught (in school) or caught? "

    Native language
    Dutch

    School (Gymnasium)/vacationing
    French
    English
    German
    Latin

    University/vacationing
    Italian
    Portugese
    Spanish
     
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    Native language- English

    Taught- Spanish, American Sign Language

    Caught- Mexican Sign Language

    At my age I think that's about as far as I am going to get.
     
  16. Salty

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    I speak "ARMY" actually that is just a dialect of DOD, but those in the Navy and Marines, should understand most of what I say.

    See if you can make sense of the following:

    I initally enlisted in the USAR DEP on 700708. I then went RA at the end of the month. I made it thru BCT the first time around. I then had my first PCS to USAQMC to train in my MOS of 76P20 (now 92A). I then took OJT at Atlanta Army Depot. I had orders for RVN but was sent to USAEUR and assigned to MATCOMEUR. I became an Item manager for light vehicle PEMA assemblies. At my ETS I was awarded the GCM and the ARCOM. Nine months later I missed the Army and reuped. One of my faviorte duties was that of a CRIT inspector at Fort Hood, a FORSCOM unit. The only time I went on TDY was to Bremenhaufen as support for REFORGER. Well, I suppose I could go on, but I will need my DA Pam 310-1.

    All this better come back to me. I just enlisted in the
    New York Guard . If you dont live in NY, check out
    State Guard association

    Must get going, I have my first drill tomorrow AM at 0 Dark thirty. Must drive to Albany

    SFC Salty
     
  17. FundamentalDan

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    Hey, I did not think they allowed speaking in tongues on here....
     
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    Before school I grew up speaking Cantonese (a dialect of Chinese).

    Went to school in Canada and learned english.

    Moved to the US and picked up some spanish which was reinforced with a short term trip to Mexico.

    Returned to Canada and learned french.

    Went to university and learned some Mandarin (the official dialect of China) which was reinforced with a short term trip to China.

    Watched anime and learned a few phrases in Japanese. ;)

    Would love to have the time to learn koine greek in seminary or this site
     
  19. Su Wei

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    Hey Kum Long! Another Cantonese speaker here! [​IMG] Lei ho mah?

    SaltCity, my husband could take you on, (but Singapore military acronyms (army-speak)... Our whole male population 18yrs and above speak army speak. :rolleyes: such a drag to us ladies when they get into that mode...

    [ August 19, 2005, 11:31 PM: Message edited by: Su Wei ]
     
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    Fun Dan,

    Which church?

    Wayne
     

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