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Language practice threads [new: Korean]

Postby ZLVT » Fri May 02, 2008 10:07 am UTC

Basically, here's a place for people to tell us what languages they speak, and hopefully, a by product will be the creation of more practice threads if enough people speak a language.

Here are the ones that already exist:
Arabic
Afrikaans (and Dutch)
Chinese
Czech
Danish
Dutch (and Afrikaans)
Esperanto
French
German
Hebrew
Hungarian
Indian (generic)
Irish
Italian
Japanese
Klingon
Korean
Latin
Lojban
North Germanic (generic)
Old English
Portuguese
Russian
Scots Gaelic
Spanish
Swedish
Toki Pona
Turkish
Urdu
Volapük

So, I'll start, I speak Hungarian, and studied Latin for 4.5 yrs though I've forgotten most of it not that I knew all that much to begin with :(


EDIT: I'll try and add people as they comment, as long as the rate of posts is low enough. This way if any language gets say 4 people, they can start a thread:

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Language -forum pop - speakers
Bahasa Indonesia-1 - Pit
Finnish    - 1 - tendays, marleen
Greek      - 1 - free eye
Hindi      - 2 - aneeshm; tendays
Marathi    - 1 - aneeshm
Norwegian  - 1 - øsse
Polish     - 1 - pfm
Serbo-Croat- 1 - Eugo
Tamil      - 1 - tendays
Tagalog    - 1 - Pit
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Re: Languages of the Language forum

Postby Robin S » Fri May 02, 2008 10:17 am UTC

This thread is pretty similar.
This is a placeholder until I think of something more creative to put here.
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Re: Languages of the Language forum

Postby Zero » Fri May 02, 2008 11:42 am UTC

I speak Portuguese. If someone need help, here i am, rockin' like a hurricane.
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Re: Languages of the Language forum

Postby ZLVT » Fri May 02, 2008 12:12 pm UTC

Hmm, I guess, but rather this topic is designed to bring together competent speakers of languages so they can gather together and speak and eductate those willing to learn. That one is more of a probe into the general Languageness of the forum goers. Well, that's what it appears to be anyway.
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Re: Languages of the Language forum

Postby 4=5 » Fri May 02, 2008 2:55 pm UTC

seems like this would be a good sticky
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Re: Languages of the Language forum

Postby ZLVT » Fri May 02, 2008 2:58 pm UTC

yeah I was thinking that too, so ppl don't start language threads that already exist. In theory though, this one should stay near the top of the page as long as new ppl keep comming along.
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Re: Languages of the Language forum

Postby Zero » Sat May 03, 2008 1:12 am UTC

ZLVT, it's Portuguese, not Portugese. :roll:

Anyway, i agree, this thread deserves a sticky. Very useful and helpful if powers of XKCD are combined. Go go Power Rangers!
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Re: Languages of the Language forum

Postby ZLVT » Sat May 03, 2008 2:22 am UTC

Well...duh...I mean who would be dumb enough to make a mistake like that? I don't even know why you posted that. You sure your eyes weren't decieving you old-timer? [looks around furtively]
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Re: Languages of the Language forum

Postby steewi » Mon May 05, 2008 1:51 am UTC

I speak Spanish and Chinese, but am competent reading in French and Italian, plus I can get the gist of Japanese. I wish I spoke Welsh, Basque, German and Danish, and more Russian, Arabic and Hebrew.
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Re: Languages of the Language forum

Postby ZLVT » Mon May 05, 2008 6:45 am UTC

So... basically you speak the forum langugaes and a bit of Arabic. What a coincidence. I'll add you as arabic then, but I can take you off if you prefer.
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Re: Languages of the Language forum (Language Introduction)

Postby Øsse » Mon May 05, 2008 9:02 pm UTC

I speak Norwegian, but that's pretty close to Swedish.
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Re: Languages of the Language forum (Language Introduction)

Postby steewi » Mon May 05, 2008 11:35 pm UTC

My Arabic's not that great, ZLVT. I can read the script (as well as the jawi letters for Farsi, Urdu, etc.), but my vocab's not up there. When I say I wish I spoke more, I mean that I've done some and wish I'd done it for longer.
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Re: Languages of the Language forum (Language Introduction)

Postby ZLVT » Tue May 06, 2008 1:24 am UTC

Øsse wrote:I speak Norwegian, but that's pretty close to Swedish.


And Danish I hear. Sorry I spelt your name in lower case but I have no upper case oe.
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Re: Languages of the Language forum (Language Introduction)

Postby ave_matthew » Tue May 06, 2008 6:51 pm UTC

I'm of no help,
I speak English and French
I know some Esperanto, Spanish, Italian and Cree (ililiimowin)
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Re: Languages of the Language forum (Language Introduction)

Postby pfm » Tue May 06, 2008 9:59 pm UTC

I speak Polish and English. I also used to speak French, but it was a very long time ago...
Also tried to learn Latin and Swedish, but didn't manage to find enough time to do it.
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Re: Languages of the Language forum (Language Introduction)

Postby aneeshm » Sun May 11, 2008 6:58 pm UTC

Marathi - mother tongue.
Hindi - as good as a second mother tongue, plus some experience with Sanskritised, or "pure" Hindi.

I can also read and write both equally fluently.

Anyone wanting any help with this, feel free to ask.
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Re: Languages of the Language forum (Language Introduction)

Postby McCaber » Sun May 11, 2008 11:08 pm UTC

I think we need a Latin thread for those of us who know the difference between a pluperfect and a perfect subjunctive...
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Re: Languages of the Language forum (Language Introduction)

Postby ZLVT » Mon May 12, 2008 1:21 am UTC

Yeah I think I'll make a Latin thread soon, but doubt it will be speaking based, rather an education thing.
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Re: Languages of the Language forum (Language Introduction)

Postby Bobber » Tue May 13, 2008 7:54 am UTC

I speak Danish, so you can add that to the list.
So I guess we've got the Scandinavian languages covered (fuck off Iceland, you're not part of Scandinavia :) )

I also speak, English, obviously and a little German.
I learned all of my German in 9th and 10th grade, so it's kind of rusty nowadays.
I can have simple conversations though, "Wo ist der Rathaus?" etc, with shitty improvised grammar.
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Re: Languages of the Language forum (Language Introduction)

Postby ZLVT » Tue May 13, 2008 8:55 am UTC

Bobber wrote:I speak Danish, so you can add that to the list.
So I guess we've got the Scandinavian languages covered (fuck off Iceland, you're not part of Scandinavia :) )


Well neither is Finland linguistically but they're in the nordic council and I like Iceland and it has no other friends so you'll just have to put up with them. there're only 300,000 anyway.

Well, if we take the "scandinavian 3".. more accurately perhaps the "viking 3" you all understand each other anyway so there should just be one big North Germanic thread.
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Re: Languages of the Language forum (Language Introduction)

Postby ZLVT » Wed May 28, 2008 10:29 am UTC

Just movign it back up to the top.

also, in case you havn't noticed, the Latin thread is up and running.
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Re: Languages of the Language forum (Language Introduction)

Postby ZLVT » Tue Jun 03, 2008 1:26 am UTC

The Portuguese thread is now also up and running
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Re: Languages of the Language forum (Language Introduction)

Postby ZLVT » Thu Jun 12, 2008 2:01 am UTC

Irish is now also up and running
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Re: Languages of the Language forum (Language Introduction)

Postby free eye » Thu Jun 12, 2008 10:21 am UTC

I speak German and Greek fluently and I am supposed to know some french since I had it for 3 years in school, but I suck miserably at it.
Ok and obviously I know some English.
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Re: Language Introduction - CHECK HERE FIRST

Postby tendays » Sun Jun 15, 2008 6:07 am UTC

viewtopic.php?p=71904#p71904 (by order of fluency: French, English, Portuguese, Finnish, Hindi, German, Tamil). I vaguely tried starting an "Indian languages" thread as well.
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Re: Language threads - CHECK HERE FIRST

Postby ZLVT » Thu Jul 03, 2008 6:13 am UTC

Danish is up and running
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Re: Language threads - CHECK HERE FIRST [new: Danish added]

Postby enk » Thu Jul 03, 2008 8:56 am UTC

Yep, another Dane here.

I also speak enough English to get through everyday stuff as well as academic conversations, but I'd like to learn to speak more like a native (Briton or American - I have yet to decide).

I had French for five years in school and even got an A in my final exam at high school (11 in the old Danish grade system, anyway) but I'm forgetting a lot of it :(

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Re: Language practice threads [new: Danish added]

Postby Eugo » Sun Jul 13, 2008 6:06 pm UTC

OK, anybody for the general mix of српски, hrvatski and bosanski/бошњачки? Which are actually one language (if anyone asked me... but they didn't, so now I speak two languages more than before, without any particular effort).

For lurkers out there, these are Serbian, Croatian and Bosnian.

I'd also like to see if there may be people for Slovenian, Macedonian, Polish, and a few others where I'd be the lurker, being unable to complete a sentence but quite able to understand a lot.

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Re: Language practice threads [new: Danish added]

Postby ZLVT » Mon Jul 14, 2008 7:18 am UTC

"-unk egy magyar oldalt"

Persze, de nekem itt nincsen ekezetem szoval neked kell majd csinalni, and there is a thread for the discussion of serb-horvat in the "balcan langugaes, how many are there" thread. I'll update the OP in a moment
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Re: Language practice threads

Postby Marleen » Fri Jul 18, 2008 11:57 am UTC

I vote for Finnish. :)
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Re: Language practice threads

Postby ZLVT » Fri Jul 18, 2008 1:48 pm UTC

well, maybe you and tendays can get one going, I've seen one or two finnish speakers around...
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Re: Language practice threads

Postby Piper » Sat Aug 02, 2008 2:14 am UTC

I have some basic german (four years at school), but would like to learn more. I'm also picking up bits and pieces of bastardised Scottish dialect and Gaelic through old songs.
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Re: Language practice threads

Postby Alpha Omicron » Sat Aug 09, 2008 6:12 am UTC

tlhIngan Hol vIjatlhlaH, ach lI'chugh 'oH vISovbe'.

I can speak Klingon, but I don't know if that's useful.

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Re: Language practice threads

Postby enk » Sat Aug 09, 2008 10:05 am UTC

Alpha Omicron wrote:tlhIngan Hol vIjatlhlaH, ach lI'chugh 'oH vISovbe'.


That looks like one part Lojban, two parts R'lyehian. Shaken, not stirred.
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Re: Language practice threads

Postby Alpha Omicron » Sat Aug 09, 2008 6:03 pm UTC

enk wrote:
Alpha Omicron wrote:tlhIngan Hol vIjatlhlaH, ach lI'chugh 'oH vISovbe'.


That looks like one part Lojban, two parts R'lyehian. Shaken, not stirred.

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Re: Language practice threads

Postby steewi » Wed Aug 13, 2008 5:15 am UTC

I'm adding an Englisclæden thread. I can't agree that it will always be grammatical, but that's why it's a practice thread.
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Re: Language practice threads [new: Old English added]

Postby Eruantale » Thu Aug 14, 2008 6:38 pm UTC

Is there an official Tamil thread, or just Indian languages? I know a smattering of Hindi, but nothing else.
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Re: Language practice threads [new: Old English added]

Postby ZLVT » Fri Aug 15, 2008 7:39 am UTC

Nope, if it's not in the list up the top it doesn't exist...or at least no-one's told me, but there's use for a hindi thread if you want to start one.
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Re: Language practice threads [new: Old English added]

Postby Mr_Rose » Fri Aug 15, 2008 9:54 am UTC

Is there room for fictional/artificial language practice threads here?
I was thinking specifically of Quenya, but there are many others...

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Re: Language practice threads [new: Old English added]

Postby ZLVT » Fri Aug 15, 2008 10:53 am UTC

Battle of the *langs you can try here and see if anyone's interested.
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