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How many languages to you read, write, and speak?
« on: March 13, 2009, 08:28:15 PM »
English - read, write, speak fluently

Spanish - read - average
            speak - average
            write - average

Italian -  read - average
            speak - semi average
            write - semi average


When I was in high school (during the years of 1982-1986), I had to take Spanish.  It got drilled into my head so much but now I appreciate that because I have retained a lot of it.

I can't speak fluently but I can listen to people speaking and I can pick up enough to understand it.

People say that English is the hardest language to learn because we have contractions and slang words and we place the noun before the verb.  In Spanish, they don't have contractions or slang and they place the verb before the noun.

But what confuses me is this:

I was taught the following conjugations in Spanish:

Yo             Nosotros
tu             (we didn't learn or use this one)
usted         van

Now, is that the conjugation you would use if you traveled to Spain and Mexico or just Spain?   When do you use the Vosotros?

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Re: How many languages to you read, write, and speak?
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2009, 08:40:59 PM »
English - read, write, speak fluently

Spanish - read - average
            speak - average
            write - average

Italian -  read - average
            speak - semi average
            write - semi average


When I was in high school (during the years of 1982-1986), I had to take Spanish.  It got drilled into my head so much but now I appreciate that because I have retained a lot of it.

I can't speak fluently but I can listen to people speaking and I can pick up enough to understand it.

People say that English is the hardest language to learn because we have contractions and slang words and we place the noun before the verb.  In Spanish, they don't have contractions or slang and they place the verb before the noun.

But what confuses me is this:

I was taught the following conjugations in Spanish:

Yo             Nosotros
tu  ( vos: en argentina, vosotros en españa, tu en el resto de centro américa)           (we didn't learn or use this one)
usted         van
Now, is that the conjugation you would use if you traveled to Spain and Mexico or just Spain?   When do you use the Vosotros?

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what the hell are you talking about? I'm spanish speaker and don't get that paragraph

don't you mean:

yo ( I ) ... voy
tu (you) ... vas
el ( he) ....  va
ella (she) .... va
usted (it's the formal word for you, when you're not familiar with the person you talk to)  ... va
ustedes (when it's more than one person, plural) ... van
ellos (they)   van
ellas (they)   van
nosotros (we) vamos

I don't think english's the most difficult language of the world. actually it's quite simple compared with Spanish or assian languages:

if you have any question and you'd like to know how to say a sentence or anything else, you should ask here (our language laboratory) :


http://www.newgnr.com/forum/index.php?topic=38304.0


but I'm from argetina and we speak slightly different from Spanish or Mexican people

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Re: How many languages to you read, write, and speak?
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2009, 08:44:40 PM »
English
Very Basic Italian
French (not too bad, I've forgotten alot though)
German (Still learning)

I can write in all of them apart from Italian.
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Re: How many languages to you read, write, and speak?
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2009, 08:47:19 PM »
English and Spanish. bilingual


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Re: How many languages to you read, write, and speak?
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2009, 08:48:36 PM »
Spanish
English
The main two
I know a little french and some Italian (both spoken not written)
I know a few words in Arab and have plans on picking up a bit more Chinese (i can only say Hi welcome)
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Re: How many languages to you read, write, and speak?
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2009, 08:59:19 PM »
English - read, write, speak fluently

Spanish - read - average
            speak - average
            write - average

Italian -  read - average
            speak - semi average
            write - semi average


When I was in high school (during the years of 1982-1986), I had to take Spanish.  It got drilled into my head so much but now I appreciate that because I have retained a lot of it.

I can't speak fluently but I can listen to people speaking and I can pick up enough to understand it.

People say that English is the hardest language to learn because we have contractions and slang words and we place the noun before the verb.  In Spanish, they don't have contractions or slang and they place the verb before the noun.

But what confuses me is this:

I was taught the following conjugations in Spanish:

Yo             Nosotros
tu             (we didn't learn or use this one)
usted         van

Now, is that the conjugation you would use if you traveled to Spain and Mexico or just Spain?   When do you use the Vosotros?

 :coffee
Vosotros is the plural of "YOU".
Yo=I
Tú=you ( singular )
Él=he
Ella=she
Nosotros=we
Vosotros=you ( Plural )
Ellos=they.

Usted is the formal way of you (singular ). It is used when you address someone you don´t know or it is used in a very formal/polite context.For exemple: If you get to meet the president of a country you use "Usted" instead of tú (you). Let´s say:
-Are you interested in developping....?---> Está usted interesado en desarrollar...?
I hope this helps solve your doubt  :)

Now, IMO, English is not difficult to learn, I think German is worse. I started learning English when I was 8 so maybe that´s why I don´t find it difficult.
I have learned/studied English, French and Italian. The one I speak better is English, and I used to speak a very fluent French but I have forgotten it because of the lack of practice. Same with Italian.
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Re: How many languages to you read, write, and speak?
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2009, 09:05:31 PM »
    English ? Sometimes.
    a bit of Spanish and brazilian
   a bit of German
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Re: How many languages to you read, write, and speak?
« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2009, 09:12:09 PM »
English - Fluent
Write
Speak
Read

French - Fluent
Write
Speak
Read
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Re: How many languages to you read, write, and speak?
« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2009, 09:17:41 PM »

ouch, I thought vosotros was singular

cause argetinians stole the first part "vos" from there and we use it for singular

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Re: How many languages to you read, write, and speak?
« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2009, 09:20:04 PM »

what the hell are you talking about? I'm spanish speaker and don't get that paragraph

don't you mean:

yo ( I ) ... voy
tu (you) ... vas
el ( he) ....  va
ella (she) .... va
usted (it's the formal word for you, when you're not familiar with the person you talk to)  ... va
ustedes (when it's more than one person, plural) ... van
ellos (they)   van
ellas (they)   van
nosotros (we) vamos

I don't think english's the most difficult language of the world. actually it's quite simple compared with Spanish or assian languages:

if you have any question and you'd like to know how to say a sentence or anything else, you should ask here (our language laboratory) :


http://www.newgnr.com/forum/index.php?topic=38304.0


but I'm from argetina and we speak slightly different from Spanish or Mexican people



Oops.  My mistake in conjugating.  I told you I was just average in Spanish   :lol:
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Re: How many languages to you read, write, and speak?
« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2009, 09:21:04 PM »
ouch, I thought vosotros was singular

cause argetinians stole the first part "vos" from there and we use it for singular
Nop, I think Argentinian " Vos" ( singular) doesn´t come from "Vosotros" ( plural ), I´m not 100% sure but it comes from Old Spanish ( from around the 15th Century ) when the word "Vos" was used like the current tú/usted.That´s why you use it in singular.
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Re: How many languages to you read, write, and speak?
« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2009, 09:32:42 PM »
Native language: German
Two main foreign languages: English and French
Basic knowledge (but I’ve already forgotten a lot): Spanish and Italian

If someone needs help with german language - don't hesitate to ask.  :)

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Re: How many languages to you read, write, and speak?
« Reply #12 on: March 13, 2009, 10:21:47 PM »
Estonian
English
Russian
I know a bit of German
I understand Spanish (especially when someone's calling me names  :lol:)
I understand some Finnish
Know a few sentences in Italian & French
And my friend is trying to teach me Japanese  :lol: :lol:
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Re: How many languages to you read, write, and speak?
« Reply #13 on: March 13, 2009, 10:33:45 PM »
im english, i understand alot of languages but i can only speak in spanish and french and not to a very high standard, i can also say the odd phrase in japanese and german
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Re: How many languages to you read, write, and speak?
« Reply #14 on: March 13, 2009, 11:15:40 PM »
Native language: German
Two main foreign languages: English and French
Basic knowledge (but I’ve already forgotten a lot): Spanish and Italian

If someone needs help with german language - don't hesitate to ask.  :)


Cool Charlie...I know two polite phrases auf Deutsch

Guten Tag, and "Guten Nacht mein herren und Damen,"
Danke  !! Ich liebe dich....!!

also-wie veil es, and einen bier bitte

The rest are curse words,and I do much better in english!
or my unique brand of english :lol:

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