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Poll: If you had to lose one of your languages, which would you choose?
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Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Member (2011)
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Other Apr 5

Foul language. I could usefully be more ladylike.

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Serena Basili  Identity Verified
Belgium
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You always make my day! :D Apr 5

Chris S wrote:

Foul language. I could usefully be more ladylike.



Well Chris, I AM a lady but do not speak "ladylike" lol

Honestly, with all the time and passion spent and put to learn the languages I speak (including my mother tongue) this would be the same as asking me "If you had to choose, would you rather have your left of right hand cut?"


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Elizabeth Tamblin  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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French to English
Depends Apr 5

Would I be able to "find" it again later?

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Noura Tawil  Identity Verified
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Err Apr 5

Some questions!!

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Aleksandra Muraviova  Identity Verified
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Perks of being obsessed with learning languages Apr 5

Back in the days when I spoke only English and Russian I hated English and dreamed of forgetting it, while realizing that it was practically impossible at that point. However, it motivated me to learn other languages, though it all turned out to be futile.
Then Japanese dawned on me and my dream almost came true.
Now I depend on my knowledge of English so much that I cannot possibly sacrifice it for the sake of whatever. Luckily, in pursuing my dream I picked up enough languages that I can spare Shoo, French, shoo. Here, German, let me show you the door. No, Icelandic, you stay, I still love you and want to know you better.

To be fair, English still isn't my favorite.


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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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One that I don't use for work Apr 5

That seems pretty obvious to me.

If I didn't work and I had to choose between my two source languages, I would give up Spanish, which accounts for most of my work, and keep Portuguese, which I speak with my family.


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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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Other Apr 5

I assume the query refers to working languages. About 99% of my work is translation from Spanish to English, so I'd have to keep them. I occasionally get a bit of French or Catalan to translate, but only rarely, so I'd keep them too. So that only leaves German and Russian, neither of which are working languages for me as a translator, but I'd still be loath to give them up. I also know a smattering of Polish, which I'd be only too happy to throw onto the sacrificial bonfire, if that meant saving the others.

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Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
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English to Italian
not my working languages Apr 5

strange question anyway....

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Maxi Schwarz
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I don't get the question Apr 5

How would one "lose" a language? How does this relate to translation?

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Nikki Scott-Despaigne  Identity Verified
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Haha! Apr 5

Elizabeth Tamblin wrote:

Would I be able to "find" it again later?


Like!


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Teresa Borges
Portugal
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Other Apr 5

Why would I have to lose one of my languages? I just see no reason to! Anyway that would be kind of a “Sophie's Choice” for me, even if I translate much more from English than from my other three source languages, and losing my only target language would be a catastrophe…

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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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@Teresa Apr 5

I never heard the expression "Sophie's choice" before, but I assume it is the same as "Hobson's choice".
Hobson's choice - Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hobson's_choice
In other words, one may "take it or leave it." The phrase is said to have originated with Thomas Hobson (1544–1631), a livery stable owner in Cambridge, England, who offered customers the choice of either taking the horse in his stall nearest to the door or taking none at all.


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Rita Utt  Identity Verified
France
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Impossible to choose Apr 5

I love all of my languages even those I don't speak very well.
(Or, maybe Latin which is already nearly lost)


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tomtom88  Identity Verified
Germany
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ahem... Apr 5

Worst poll ever

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