Poll: How many languages do you speak fluently?
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Yetta Jensen Bogarde  Identity Verified
Denmark
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Member (2012)
English to Danish
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4 Jan 16

Four fluently, but only 2 perfectly.

Mohamed Ahmed
Laurent Mercky
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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
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Spanish to English
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Two Jan 16

Apart from my native English (UK) I speak my source language, European Spanish, at bilingual level, but still with a bit of an accent and the odd mistake. My other languages are a bit rusty but I can have a conversation in French, although. I wouldn't say fluently. And my German and Russian have dwindled to basic levels through lack of use/practice.
I understand Valenciano/Catalan, but don't usually speak more than the odd phrase, which is quite common in my area, where many people speak
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Apart from my native English (UK) I speak my source language, European Spanish, at bilingual level, but still with a bit of an accent and the odd mistake. My other languages are a bit rusty but I can have a conversation in French, although. I wouldn't say fluently. And my German and Russian have dwindled to basic levels through lack of use/practice.
I understand Valenciano/Catalan, but don't usually speak more than the odd phrase, which is quite common in my area, where many people speak "Valenciano apitxat" and often switch from Spanish to Valenciano in mid-sentence.
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Teresa Borges
Portugal
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English to Portuguese
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Almost 2 (1 + 3/4) Jan 16

For me, "fluently" means that I speak that language without having to look for words or hesitating because I'm unsure how to express myself. This being said, I’m fluent in 1 + 3/4 languages, 1 being my native language (Portuguese) and 3/4 being French. I lived in Belgium for 30 years and I used French on a daily basis, so I was quite fluent, but after returning to Portugal I find that my fluency is going down through ageing and lack of practice. I’m not that fluent in English but I manage. M... See more
For me, "fluently" means that I speak that language without having to look for words or hesitating because I'm unsure how to express myself. This being said, I’m fluent in 1 + 3/4 languages, 1 being my native language (Portuguese) and 3/4 being French. I lived in Belgium for 30 years and I used French on a daily basis, so I was quite fluent, but after returning to Portugal I find that my fluency is going down through ageing and lack of practice. I’m not that fluent in English but I manage. My oral Spanish and Italian are as rusty as ever.Collapse


 

Jean Dimitriadis  Identity Verified
France
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English to French
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Speaking vs writing Jan 16

As a bilingual introvert having a hard time expressing myself orally:

Fluently spoken languages: probably none

Fluently written: three

Thankfully, translation is about the latter.


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Baran Keki
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Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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Spanish to English
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Almost 3 Jan 16

English is my mother tongue and my Portuguese is near-native. I've been speaking Spanish for 70 years, lived in Mexico, and hung out with native Spanish speakers in my office for several decades, but I still hesitate when I speak. Hardest for me are household words because Portuguese keeps creeping in. When people give me a blank stare, I usually know why.

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Tom in London
United Kingdom
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Member (2008)
Italian to English
Only 2 Jan 16

Only 2 (English and Italian) perfectly (bilingual written and spoken as working languages). French: very good for conversation and day-to-day use but not for work. A smattering of German. I have an aspiration to learn Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, and Classical Arabic.

An Italian hotel manager recently asked me "what part of Tuscany are you from?"

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Guofei_LIN  Identity Verified
Australia
Local time: 03:17
Chinese
Still learning English Jan 16

I'm still struggling to learn English. If I can achieve the degree of fluency I'm aiming at in English, then I will be able to speak two languages fluently. Currently I speak just one language fluently, my native Chinese.

 

Kaisa I
Canada
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Member (2019)
English to Finnish
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0-3, depending on situation Jan 16

Jean Dimitriadis wrote:

Fluently spoken languages: probably none

Fluently written: three

Thankfully, translation is about the latter.


I hear you. For my citizenship application, I have to do a speaking test. My husband and in-laws think I'm crazy for worrying, but it's not the language but the possibility of freezing mid-sentence that gives me anxiety, especially in a test situation.


 

Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
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Danish to English
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Two - and I've lost one Jan 16

Two, English, my native language, and Danish, my language of habitual usage.

At times I have been able to speak French fluently, but I have lost it from lack of practice, although I can follow a French film on TV or read French. My German was never that fluent, but I can ´find´ what I have far more easily than French. I need the subtitles in German to get all the finer details of a film. I am very text-oriented, and if I am struggling with a language, I try to envisage how it woul
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Two, English, my native language, and Danish, my language of habitual usage.

At times I have been able to speak French fluently, but I have lost it from lack of practice, although I can follow a French film on TV or read French. My German was never that fluent, but I can ´find´ what I have far more easily than French. I need the subtitles in German to get all the finer details of a film. I am very text-oriented, and if I am struggling with a language, I try to envisage how it would be written, and then I often recognise it!

Now we have a new Italian branch of the family, and I am trying hard to learn Italian. School Latin helps, even after fifty years, and oddly enough, my French pops up at the wrong moments. At least the grammar is a help sometimes.

Mercifully, our guest from Finland this Christmas spoke excellent Swedish and English... I don't think I could manage another completely new language!

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Laurent Mercky
France
Local time: 18:17
Member (2019)
Chinese to French
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Two Jan 16

Chinese and English
Fluent in Chinese language, especially southern part of China and Taiwan.


 

Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
Netherlands
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Member (2006)
English to Afrikaans
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Two Jan 16

...but the one is a bit rusty (having relocated to a country where no-one speaks it).

 

Michael Newton  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 12:17
Member (2003)
Japanese to English
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Speak fluently Jan 17

Two fluently and perfectly: English and Japanese. Japanese because I lived in Japan for eight years, attended a Japanese university (Todai) for four years and how speak it at home. Truth be told, I speak more Japanese than English.

 


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