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manutd
11-13-2006, 02:52 PM
I wanted to know any different languages (not programming) you guys might speak. Personaly, I've had quite a bit of Spanish, but what about you?

dac
11-13-2006, 02:54 PM
[OFF TOPIC]

so are you from manchester? cause thats not very far from where im at, i thought these boards were just full of americans?

[/OFF TOPIC]

manutd
11-13-2006, 02:56 PM
No, I'm American, but I lived in England for five years. [ON TOPIC] Any languages?

Sentral
11-13-2006, 03:01 PM
I speak 1337 and English.

dac
11-13-2006, 03:03 PM
I speak 1337 and English.

o yeah, we learned a bit of that in school. ist hello "0213"?

manutd
11-13-2006, 03:05 PM
Yo no conozco.

divineleft
11-13-2006, 03:30 PM
I live in canada (new brunswick), so I speak english and french.

Prelude
11-13-2006, 03:34 PM
>I wanted to know any different languages (not programming) you guys might speak.
I know enough Spanish to direct the guys who do my landscaping, and I'm functional with Japanese.

>I speak 1337 and English.
I speak leet too, but I don't put it on my resume. ;)

manutd
11-13-2006, 03:35 PM
Nice, Japanese. How hard was that to learn (I've done Spanish and, IMO, it's not very hard, same alphabet and all)?

Prelude
11-13-2006, 03:43 PM
>How hard was that to learn
Not very. My biggest problem was getting a handle on sentence building. You have to think harder about what you're going to say before you say it because you can't just tack on extras like English.

>I've done Spanish
Japanese is similar to Spanish, but it's also more regular. You'd probably find it pretty easy.

dac
11-13-2006, 03:47 PM
so not only are you guys programmers, you also speak different languages!

you guys/gals must have done some serious swatting.

manutd
11-13-2006, 03:48 PM
Yeah, and I have a play coming up :)

CornedBee
11-13-2006, 03:49 PM
I speak English. I'm supposed to speak French, but I don't.

My native language is German.

dac
11-13-2006, 03:51 PM
I speak English. I'm supposed to speak French, but I don't.

My native language is German.

i like Germany. im gonna move there when im older if i get chance. my fav cars are BMW's and Audi's. sorry off topic again. last time i promise.

manutd
11-13-2006, 03:54 PM
@CornedBee: Really? You speak pretty good English.

CornedBee
11-13-2006, 03:56 PM
I live in Austria, not Germany.

manutd: Writing English is easy ;)

But I've been around quite a few English-speaking people all my life. Business partners of my father's, mostly. I mostly read English books, I try to watch all movies in their original versions, and so on. You pick stuff up. So yeah, I actually speak pretty good English, too.

SlyMaelstrom
11-13-2006, 03:57 PM
As I understand, English is also supposed to be a pretty easy move from German since it is a Germanic language.

manutd
11-13-2006, 03:57 PM
Nice. It doesn't show, in fact, you speak better than some native speakers on this forum :rolleyes:

CornedBee
11-13-2006, 03:58 PM
As I understand, English is also supposed to be a pretty easy move from German since it is a Germanic language.
It is. Lots of words are very close or even the same. There's a heavy word exchange, too.


Nice. It doesn't show, in fact, you speak better than some native speakers on this forum :rolleyes:
The thing with learned languages is that you're a lot more careful about grammar and stuff like that than native speakers.

SlyMaelstrom
11-13-2006, 03:58 PM
Nice. It doesn't show, in fact, you speak better than some native speakers on this forum :rolleyes:
wut r u tawking aboot?

manutd
11-13-2006, 03:59 PM
I hate that combined with asking for homework (http://cboard.cprogramming.com/showthread.php?t=85293).

PING
11-13-2006, 04:19 PM
Anyone here heard of hindi ?? its my native language, so i speak hindi very well, apart from that, i mainly use english..wanna learn german, but no time :(

CornedBee
11-13-2006, 04:38 PM
One of the ... 13? ... official languages of India I believe. Hindi is sort of considered the Indian language outside India. Or at least here where I live.

manutd
11-13-2006, 04:39 PM
Yeah, I've heard of it.

whiteflags
11-13-2006, 04:41 PM
I took like 3 years of German in high school, but I forgot most of it. I might be able to read it still if I'm lucky.

manutd
11-13-2006, 04:46 PM
What script does Hindi use?

CornedBee
11-13-2006, 04:51 PM
Devanagari.

And make that 22 official languages.

manutd
11-13-2006, 05:02 PM
That's a lot.

manutd
11-13-2006, 05:39 PM
Does anyone speak Russian?

Dark_Phoenix
11-13-2006, 05:59 PM
I took spanish and french in highschool, but almost failed both.... I want to try my hand a french again but just do not have the time...

manutd
11-13-2006, 06:00 PM
Both? Wow. I had to take both Spanish and Chinese for 1 year, then I was able to drop Chinese.

Wraithan
11-13-2006, 06:03 PM
American here, but I speak enough German to get by. My girlfriend is a lot better at it than me, I can comprehend more words than I know how to use (which I have found is pretty typical.) My written German is pretty horrid, since I haven't used it in a couple years.

Dark_Phoenix
11-13-2006, 06:04 PM
well, not both at the same time. I took a year of spanish my freshman year and 1 semester of french in (I think) my junior year

manutd
11-13-2006, 06:05 PM
Yeah, that's the way with many languages. You know enough to get by, but not enough to understand the intricacies of what someone is saying.

Wraithan
11-13-2006, 06:14 PM
Btw, on the comment about Engish and German being close, I agree with CornedBee, it was amazingly simple to pick up a lot of the basics of german one thing that I am sure I will never get right is the der/die/das (word genders) almost everyone I have spoken to about it says you learn the common ones but to get it right almost all the time you have to be a native speaker.

Sentral
11-13-2006, 06:39 PM
I know some High School Spanish. It's wierd. There are different words for EVERYTHING! Such as, there is a different word for "can" as in soup in a can, and can as in "I can jump!". But in English, it is assumed what you are talking about. I like English.

divineleft
11-13-2006, 06:44 PM
I know some High School Spanish. It's wierd. There are different words for EVERYTHING! Such as, there is a different word for "can" as in soup in a can, and can as in "I can jump!". But in English, it is assumed what you are talking about. I like English.
i'm pretty sure almost every language is similar to that, which is why most people have such a hard time learning english.

manutd
11-13-2006, 06:44 PM
If you're a non-native speaker, English is also stupid in its grammar. It's a matter of view. In fact, the difference in "can" is helpful for new speakers, not hurtful. But then again, I like Spanish.

Mario F.
11-13-2006, 06:59 PM
Most languages in the world have homographs. It's a common thing.

manutd
11-13-2006, 07:01 PM
Yep. I remember Chinese: *random symbol* this means to be, flesh, the moon, and the number 1. What?

joeprogrammer
11-13-2006, 07:05 PM
At the moment, I'm learning German:

Ich spreche Deustch nicht sehr gut. Ich lerne es. :eek:

DavidP
11-13-2006, 07:35 PM
I speak English and Italian.

I am actually thinking about teaching Italian right now. I have heard they let undergrads who are upper-level in Italian teach the lower-level Italian classes....I must check more into that.

PING
11-13-2006, 09:31 PM
Yes yes, India has quite a few official languages, that is basically because there are so many people with diverse cultures staying here :( too many people i should say..lol. Well, apart from hindi, i do know 2-3 others, but then hindi is the language spoken by majority of the people here.

Dark_Phoenix
11-13-2006, 09:53 PM
Yeah, I have always heard that English is a very difficult language to learn for people not born in America. Of course, we don't exacly speak English either... More slang than anything else.

g4j31a5
11-13-2006, 10:26 PM
I can speak the national language, Indonesia, and English. Also a little Japanese. I had passed Noryoku Shiken (like a TOEFL for Japanese) level 4 (the lowest level) with a little over the passing boundary (67%) a few years ago. Forgot most of 'em now. :D

maxorator
11-14-2006, 02:02 AM
I speak Estonian (my native language), English (6th year of English in school) and Russian a bit (3rd year).

ElastoManiac
11-14-2006, 03:57 AM
My native language is Serbian, But i've learned English, as you can see.

vart
11-14-2006, 05:57 AM
Does anyone speak Russian?
Yeah... about 280 million people... ;)

I am sure I will never get right is the der/die/das (word genders) almost everyone I have spoken to about it says you learn the common ones but to get it right almost all the time you have to be a native speaker.
It depends... Then you go from using 6 tenses to just four - It's no so complex...

maxorator
11-14-2006, 06:20 AM
There are no genders in Estonian. :)

vart
11-14-2006, 06:28 AM
Ok-ok, I also know about thing that can be found in German but has no equivalent in russian... (I mean 3 past times)