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    What languages do you know?

    created by seiyuna 702 days 8 hours 11 minutes ago

    Category: Education

    What languages do you know?

    Hello everyone!

    How many languages do you know? Which ones? How fluent or proficient are you in them?

    When I was young, I knew four languages as I am from a mixed ethnic background, but I eventually lost two once I entered kindergarten. I know only know English and Chinese. I have native fluency in English and have professional proficiency in Mandarin Chinese. I actually took Chinese in college as I didn't know how to read and write.

    What about you?

    Re: What languages do you know?

    Hey there!

    I know three languages: English, Cantonese and Japanese!

    Since I am Chinese, Cantonese is my first language. Even though it is my first language, I am only moderately fluent in it. In addition, I am illiterate, where I do not know how to read or write it. My parents were planning to enroll me into Chinese school when I was four-years-old, but I kept throwing tantrums every time they suggested it to me. As a result, I never went to Chinese school and missed a wonderful opportunity to become fluent and literate in my native language. I am still unhappy with myself for being such a little brat as a child and refusing to attend Chinese school!

    The second language I learned is English, and thankfully I am fluent and literate in it! I started learning English in elementary school and loved it. Even when I get home, I primarily spoke in English, which explains my fluency in English instead of Cantonese!

    The third language I learned is Japanese, which I learned in high school when we had to take language courses. It was a slightly different language to learn because it used two different alphabets for their writing system (Hiragana and Katakana). However, once I got the hang of these different letters, it was pretty easy to learn. The sentence structure and vocabulary weren't too difficult to understand. Although it has been more than four years since I read anything in Japanese, I am still confident in my ability to decipher some of the vocabulary!

    I would definitely want to brush up on my Japanese one day and become completely fluent in it because I already know the basics for it! Cantonese is a lost cause because there are thousands of Chinese characteristics and I have no idea where to start!

    Have a great day!

    - Jason

    Re: What languages do you know?

    Hey!

    I know two languages fluently and thats Russian and English.

    I grew up in Belarus, where Russian is spoken. We also have our own language, Belarusian, but its not used very much anymore and only taught in schools. Since I came to America at a young age, I never learned it.

    In highschool, I took 3 years of Spanish. However, I didn't get much out of it as I was pretty careless in highschool.

    Have a good one!

    Gleb

    Re: What languages do you know?

    Hello there!

    I am only fluent in one language, English. Though I wish I knew others. I attempted Spanish my sophomore year in high school, and I wish I stuck it out! It would be very helpful to be bi-langual. I hope to someday pursue Spanish again! I'd also really like to learn German or French for fun!

    Thanks for reading!

    Kat