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linda22003
06-30-2008, 08:20 AM
I'm apparently the designated substitute for day threads. In that crucial but underappreciated role I'll pose this Topic of the Day:

Are you fluent in any other languages? Meaning, into which countries could you be dropped in a rural, non-English speaking area, and be able to get around easily?

For me, France and Germany. I could probably negotiate my way in Italy due to the similarities to French.

Shannon
06-30-2008, 08:30 AM
I am fluent in Pig Latin. The beauty of that language is extremely underappreciated.

In all seriousness, absolutely not. I'm not even sure how I got by in Mexico. There was a lot of pointing and nodding going on. I did take three semesters of Spanish in college and got an A every time. I only remember the basics now and refuse to learn more on general principle. If I had the patience to learn a foreign language I would choose German.

linda22003
06-30-2008, 09:12 AM
I only remember the basics now and refuse to learn more on general principle.

What is the general principle?

Shannon
06-30-2008, 09:22 AM
What is the general principle?

You don't live in Florida. You wouldn't understand.:p

linda22003
06-30-2008, 09:23 AM
Oh, okay. I was thinking in terms of foreign travel.

Cold Warrior
06-30-2008, 09:37 AM
Hot, muggy morning in New England as I wend my way into the City. Staying at the Waldorf this week as I was able to get a fairly decent rate and haven't stayed there in years.

TOTD: My French has survived the last few years surprisingly well, as I learned on this last trip. However, despite the fact I took three years of college German, I doubt I would do well in der Rhineland.

I don't see how you can, based on your French, understand Italian. To me, it's totally incomprehensible. When we were last in Venice, even when people were speaking English, I couldn't understand them! :D

linda22003
06-30-2008, 09:40 AM
I don't claim conversational ability in Italian. Just that I would be able to read it pretty well and get around fairly reliably.

Gingersnap
06-30-2008, 09:42 AM
It will be in the low 90s today with clear skies. The monsoon has yet to strike. I used that stone finish spray on an ugly half cask that someone had painted brown. I used the "Granite" finish and gave it a clear coat. It turned out amazingly nice. I am in awe of technology since it wasn't artistic talent at work. :)

TOTD: I'd be fine in Sweden or most of the Scandinavian countries (not Finland). Between the Latin and the French I could avoid starvation in a few other places. This isn't a pressing question for me, luckily.

linda22003
06-30-2008, 09:45 AM
Who took languages in high school? I had to have two of them in school, but I think the requirement has unfortunately died out. I had four years of Latin, one of Greek, and four of French.

Shannon
06-30-2008, 09:50 AM
Who took languages in high school? I had to have two of them in school, but I think the requirement has unfortunately died out. I had four years of Latin, one of Greek, and four of French.

Latin and Greek?! They weren't even offered at my high school. I took French during my junior year. I remember how to count to ten.:p

BSR
06-30-2008, 10:00 AM
I am fluent in Pig Latin. The beauty of that language is extremely underappreciated.

In all seriousness, absolutely not. I'm not even sure how I got by in Mexico. There was a lot of pointing and nodding going on. I did take three semesters of Spanish in college and got an A every time. I only remember the basics now and refuse to learn more on general principle. If I had the patience to learn a foreign language I would choose German.

Oddly enough, my junior year in high school I got an A in spanish and a D+ in english. My dad saw my report card and said "How the hell do you get a D in your own language?"


needless to say, I told him to "verb my noun". He wasnt happy about that one..

Gingersnap
06-30-2008, 10:01 AM
Who took languages in high school? I had to have two of them in school, but I think the requirement has unfortunately died out. I had four years of Latin, one of Greek, and four of French.

I did. My college required 2 or 3 years of high school language studies. If you passed their test in whatever language you used to meet the requirement, you could then start a new language as a freshman, otherwise you had to take what amounted to remedial whatever until you could show proficiency. They dropped that requirement while I was still there.

Math, music, and language have all fallen by the wayside in the public schools. They are all related in terms of brain skills and they are all difficult for most students so it's easier to just drop them.

dixierat
06-30-2008, 10:46 AM
You can drop me into Alabama and I can speak clearly with the natives, even their slang. In New York and other places inhabited by Damn Yankees, it's more difficult, but I can get by.

:cool:

linda22003
06-30-2008, 11:10 AM
I went to a pretty rigorous prep school in New England. At the time, I expect a lot of public schools did not offer Latin or Greek any more.

SaintLouieWoman
06-30-2008, 01:21 PM
I went to a pretty rigorous prep school in New England. At the time, I expect a lot of public schools did not offer Latin or Greek any more.
My public high school offered Latin, French, German and Spanish. I took Spanish for 2 years, then had 2 additional years as a requirement for graduation at my university. Seven years in San Antonio helped more with my Spanish language skills than the academic courses.

My grandmother and great aunts spoke German and French fluently. I think I picked up the languages subconsciously, as somehow I understood German enough when touring there that I could get by with a vague comprehension of what they were saying.

Cold Warrior
06-30-2008, 01:23 PM
I went to a pretty rigorous prep school in New England. At the time, I expect a lot of public schools did not offer Latin or Greek any more.

My public high school offered French, Spanish, German, Latin, and Russian. I took 1 year of Latin and 4 years of French. At university, I had three years of German, 1 of Latin, 1 of Greek, 1 of Old English, and 2 of Old Norse.

Junebug68
06-30-2008, 01:40 PM
Not fluent in anything, but I speak some Spanish and German. But when I try to say something in Spanish and I don't know the word I accidentally throw a german word in by accident. I can also say "Hi my name is _______" and "my, what a beautiful teapot" in Russian :D

dixierat
06-30-2008, 03:12 PM
I can say "DON'T TASE ME, BRO" if four languages. :D

:cool:

DarkScribe
06-30-2008, 06:32 PM
TOTD: Not really. I know a little Spanish and some German from high school. The Pig Latin stuff that Shannon and Tristan can do drives me crazy. I refuse to even try it...

lurkalot
06-30-2008, 11:18 PM
I have found that being fluent in white trash has served me well and I can converse easily with people from any state. In fact, if necessary, I stand by on ready to translate any of Shannon's posts to english.

megimoo
06-30-2008, 11:46 PM
Hot, muggy morning in New England as I wend my way into the City. Staying at the Waldorf this week as I was able to get a fairly decent rate and haven't stayed there in years.

TOTD: My French has survived the last few years surprisingly well, as I learned on this last trip. However, despite the fact I took three years of college German, I doubt I would do well in der Rhineland.

I don't see how you can, based on your French, understand Italian. To me, it's totally incomprehensible. When we were last in Venice, even when people were speaking English, I couldn't understand them! :DItalian is easy.Just shrug your shoulders and wave your hands a lot !While skiing in northern Italy the Germans think that the Italians are after their young daughters and wives.The French complaining of the wine,food and fat Italian woman are the ones that really are after the German daughters .The older Italian men sit together in the sun,drinking their wine,eating their pasta,puffing on their Pedroni's and laughing at the stupid tourist and skiers arguing endlessly about everything !