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Poll: Do you see yourself as a polyglot? Please share.
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Ron Peek  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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German to English
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Are you a polyglot (or not)? Feb 10, 2009

Hi everyone,

Thanks for replying to the poll! I would be grateful if you could give an
indication as to why you think you are a polyglot (or why not). I am
currently doing some research on the topic and am interested in
how people would define the term ´polyglot´.

If you have any questions, then please let me know as well.

Kind regards and many thanks,

Ron


 

Interlangue (X)
Angola
Local time: 03:29
English to French
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NO Feb 10, 2009

Others may consider me as a polyglot but I know what I have left to learn.

 

Fabiana Papastefani-Pezzoni  Identity Verified
Romania
Local time: 04:29
Member (2003)
English to Albanian
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Yes Feb 10, 2009

By definition, a poliglot is a person who speaks, reads and writes many languages. Probably the question would be how many languages would make you a poliglot and at what level each of them has to be? I don't know but here's what I do:

- Speak, write and read Alabanian (mother tongue);
- Speak, write and read Italia (second mother tongue);
- Speak, write and read English (Working language as translator and interpreter);
- Speak, write and read at a student level Russian language (lived in a Russian speaking country for 5 years and took lessons). At the end of the 5 years period I was able to understand the news, to speak about not complicated concepts, to read the prescription of my medicine.
- Speak, write and read Romanian at a decent level. Moved to Romania for the second time and besides, Romanian is so easy to understand for an Italian speaker like me.

I guess I am a polyglot, unless someone explains me the contrary. So are my kids...they are much bettern then me, actually. They surprise me with the capacity they have to dive into a language.

My 2 cents. Best regards,

Fabiana


 

Michał Szcześniewski  Identity Verified
Poland
Local time: 03:29
English to Polish
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Yes Feb 10, 2009

One of the definitions is that a polyglot is "a person having a speaking, reading, or writing knowledge of several languages".

With very good English and French, and basic Spanish (plus two more languages I am currently learning), I do see myself as a polyglot.


 

Yaotl Altan  Identity Verified
Mexico
Local time: 20:29
Member (2006)
English to Spanish
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Yes Feb 10, 2009

I speak, write and read Italian and Spanish.
I work from English and French.
I know a little bit of German.

[Modificato alle 2009-02-10 13:46 GMT]


 

Annika Persson  Identity Verified
Sweden
Local time: 03:29
Member (2008)
English to German
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Yes Feb 10, 2009

I've never thought about it before now, but I guess I could call myself a polyglot, yes.

My mother-tongue is German, I speak English with my Swedish husband, and Swedish with my Swedish friends, family, acquaintances, and other people I meet in everyday life. Unfortunately, I have lost most of my other language knowledge over time (I've also learned some French, Russian, Spanish, Dutch, Latin, and a teensy-weensy bit of Chinese, as well as Irish-Gaelic)... but nevertheless, it's a dream come true to be able to speak several different languages on a day to day basis! I used to only be able to do that on holidays, and I used to looooong to get the opportunity to speak English again when the holiday was over... I don't know why, but I really like the languageicon_wink.gif (which is one of the reasons why my husband and I haven't switched to Swedish in private conversations - we both love speaking English!).


 

Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 02:29
Member (2000)
Russian to English
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No Feb 10, 2009

Non-Polyglot's Lament

Do I think I'm a polyglot?
Why, no, in fact I'm sure I'm not.
Though other tongues are known to me,
I cannot speak them fluently.
My writing in them's not creative.
I mix up genitive and dative;
And if I tried to write this verse
In them, it would be even worse.


 

Saskia Steur (X)  Identity Verified
Local time: 03:29
English to Dutch
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No, I am not a polyglot Feb 10, 2009

According to myself, but also according to this definition (sorry, only in Dutch) I am not a polyglot

http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polyglot

I am a native Dutch speaker.
I am a near native English speaker
I can read German and basic French
I can speak basic German en a tiny bit of French and Italian...

I am quite happy about my skills, no mistake about that, but there's so much left to learn...

Saskia

[Edited at 2009-02-10 15:15 GMT]


 

writeaway  Identity Verified
French to English
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Wonderful Feb 10, 2009

Jack Doughty wrote:

Non-Polyglot's Lament

Do I think I'm a polyglot?
Why, no, in fact I'm sure I'm not.
Though other tongues are known to me,
I cannot speak them fluently.
My writing in them's not creative.
I mix up genitive and dative;
And if I tried to write this verse
In them, it would be even worse.


Thanks Jack!
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Oliver Lawrence  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 03:29
Italian to English
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Sadly not Feb 10, 2009

It must be lovely to be genuinely fluent in several languages. I'm more of a linguistic tourist (through want of time not motivation), and my attempts at Swahili, Arabic, Hindi, Basque and Estonian didn't seem to get very far. For now, at any rate. Perhaps that's something to remedy when I retire. Er, better wait a few decades thenicon_frown.gif.

[Edited at 2009-02-10 15:31 GMT]


 

Oliver Lawrence  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 03:29
Italian to English
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Nice one, Jack! Feb 10, 2009

Jack Doughty wrote:

Non-Polyglot's Lament

Do I think I'm a polyglot?
Why, no, in fact I'm sure I'm not.
Though other tongues are known to me,
I cannot speak them fluently.
My writing in them's not creative.
I mix up genitive and dative;
And if I tried to write this verse
In them, it would be even worse.


 

Michael Brady
Spain
Local time: 03:29
Member (2007)
Spanish to English
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Thanks Feb 10, 2009

Jack Doughty wrote:

Non-Polyglot's Lament

Do I think I'm a polyglot?
Why, no, in fact I'm sure I'm not.
Though other tongues are known to me,
I cannot speak them fluently.
My writing in them's not creative.
I mix up genitive and dative;
And if I tried to write this verse
In them, it would be even worse.


Thank you Jack - you`ve brightened up my morning!


 

Oleg Osipov  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
Local time: 04:29
English to Russian
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I... Feb 10, 2009

I was majoring in English and Spanish at the university and later had to learn Portuguese to be able to perform my duties as translator/interpreter deep below the equator.

I also have some basic conversational skills of German.

Yet, the only chance to "unfold" my languages is in the States when I am on visit there. The reason is obvious - multicultural and, hence, linguistic diversity.


 

Rebecca Garber  Identity Verified
Local time: 21:29
Member (2005)
German to English
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Not Feb 10, 2009

Thanks, Jack!!icon_smile.gif
You defined exactly why I'm not, and made me laugh at the same time.


 
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