Poll: Have you ever lived in a country the language of which you do not use for translation?
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Aug 20, 2017

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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 15:38
Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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No Aug 20, 2017

Outside the US, I have only actually lived in Mexico. I spoke Spanish except at home, where I spoke Portuguese with my husband. Found myself forgetting English.


Teresa Borges
Local time: 23:38
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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Yes Aug 20, 2017

I lived in Belgium for 30 years (1986-2016), besides French (language I used everyday), German and Flemish are also national official languages. I do regret not having the time to learn at least one of them...


Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 23:38
Member (2000)
Russian to English
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Yes. Aug 20, 2017

I lived in Sweden for about six months in 1973. I found my knowledge of German enabled me to get the gist of newspaper articles. I learned very little Swedish. I could never understand anything said to me in Swedish, though I could make myself understood using the few words I knew. Fortunately most Swedes speak English.
I spent over two years in Hong Kong in the early fifties, but that was in the RAF, so in an English-speaking community. I can count from one to ten in Chinese, but know hardly anything apart from that. But for over-persistent beggars and people trying to sell something, I learned a rude way of telling them to go away in Chinese.


Mario Chavez (X)  Identity Verified
Local time: 18:38
English to Spanish
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Portugal Aug 20, 2017

I spent 3 months in Aveiro (2016) and 3 months in Lisbon (2017) to attend first and second semester classes for my PhD program. I can speak fluent basic Portuguese now... and I hope not to lose it.


Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
Local time: 00:38
Member (2012)
English to Danish
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Yes Aug 20, 2017

I lived for 2 years in Germany and speak quite good German.
I also lived for 11 years in France and speak French, but not perfectly, (we spoke English at home and I was an English teacher).

I rarely use German or French professionally, but they are nice to know and sometimes come in handy.


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