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    Languages

    created by sunnysmiles 292 days 6 hours 19 minutes ago

    Category: World

    Languages

    Hey CNET!

    If you could speak any language, what would it be? Or maybe you are already bilingual, what language do you speak?

    I am not bilingual, but speak a little Spanish and Danish. I learned Spanish in high school but have never been fluent..but I wish I was. My grandparents are from Denmark, so I grew up listening to them speak. I still have a lot of family over there and have learned to understand quite a bit through visits with them!

    BUT if I could learn any language it would be sign language. I think it is awesome to be able to communicate with the ASL community.

    What do you want to learn!?

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    I would like to learn the ancient language of the sumarians and while learning how to read sanskrit. There is so much to learn from that ancient civilization, knowledge that could be beneficial to the world now. Another language that i would like to learn is the Cherokee language.

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    I would totally say Spanish. I have taken two years of Spanish and a year of Italian.Now.. do I remember any of that Italian from my Freshman year....no:(. But the Spanish has stuck with me and I can speak a sentence or two to a fluent speaker without embarrassing myself. I think it is extremely beneficial because the Spanish language is widely used globally. Even if someone speaks a certain Spanish dialect, or a neighboring language such as Italian, they may get something out of what you're trying to say. This is a great way of expanding your communication boundaries with those around you, and others you may come across during travels!

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    Hey sunnysmiles!

    I've always wanted to learn Italian! I just find it to be such a romantic language!

    Best,

    Abby

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    I speaks English, french and a little Spanish, but I’d love to speech Japanese. It’s different from the Latin based languages.

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    Hey!

    I already speak English and German fluently!

    If I were to learn others, they'd be ASL and Portuguese.

    I think it's really important to engage with the differently abled across all spectrums, and I think ASL is critical in this.

    My dad immigrated to the US from Brazil when he was just a baby. I never met him and am kind of disconnected from that entire side of my family. I've always been really interested in Brazil because of this, so I'd love to be able to speak Portuguese.

    Have a good one!

    - Anna

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    I can read and write in Spanish and, given enough time, speak it. But the hard thing is understanding what is said. Spanish takes twice as many syllables as English, so if you want to transmit information at the same speed, you have to speak twice as fast. It's easier for me to transcribe John Coltrane's sax solos from recordings than it is to understand the actors in the Telemundo novelas. Like anything else, that takes time and practice.

    My wife is so fluent in Spanish that it turns me on every time I hear her speak it. She can speak about six syllables per second! Ever watch reruns on The Adamms Family? Every time Morticia speaks French, Gomez goes crazy? That's about how it works. I wish I could do that too but it would spoil the fun.

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    Hello CNET community!!!

    I can speak, read, and write fluently in Spanish and Tigrinya (an East African language). I also have a basic understanding of Italian and Swedish. I hope to become fluent in a great number of languages including Arabic, Swahili, Swedish, German, Dutch, Italian, and French. The tonation languages are too hard for me to grasp. I would also like to learn ASL; all I know is how to sign the English alphabet. I hear it is similar to other sign languages.

    Happy Friday to all!!

    Best,

    Deborah

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    I have taken Honors Spanish for 3 years and remember almost none of it, although certain words or phrases pop into my head occasionally. I'm not sure what language other than that would interest me. I suppose we should all learn ASL because the population in the US is getting older and hearing loss will be a thing if it is not already and it would be nice to be able to communicate with grandparents, and even parents as they age.

    Kasey

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    I speak English and Spanish. I would love to learn French. I went to France once and it was wonderful. I learned a few phrases which saved me but I would love to be fluent.

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    Hi sunnysmiles!

    I am not bilingual, however, I do speak a littl ebit of spanish. I plan on taking a few trips to costa rica to become fluent in spanish, and I am really looking forward to that!

    ~Riley G. O'Brien

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    Thanks for all the replies!

    Sounds like a lot of you are bilingual, I would love to make it a goal of mine to become fluent in the languages I only know partially now.

    Looks like Spanish is the most common, but also a lot of other languages. Keep up the good work CNET!

    Kamrin