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    How many of you are into learning languages? For the purpose of this discussion I only include actual human, spoken languages, and not computer / scripting languages.

    I am fluent in Dutch and English, have a reasonable knowledge of French, and I can get by in German. Currently I am learning Japanese and while it is a real challenge, I one day hope to be able to know enough to go to Japan and get by on Japanese with the natives.

    If I ever get to a decent level on the JLP tests, I will probably add another language, like Spanish or Chinese, or Arabic or Hebrew. I used to dislike language studies in high school, but I've come to realize that languages are fascinating.
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    I really enjoy learning new languages.
    I speak English, Spanish and German, in addition to my native one, Norwegian.
    Would love to learn French and Portuguese.
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    Um, all of them, any of them that have been in front of me over all these years....


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    I am very interested Bruno. I speak English and Potuguese, (I understand most spanish), and I'd really like to learn Japanese. No rhyme or reason... I've just always wanted to.

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    Native language Bulgarian.
    I am fluent in English.
    I understand Russian fairly well, I can read it but can't speak it well.
    I am beginning to think about Japanese, if you do not mind pm me with some info on where to start from.
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    Here in the USA English and Spanish are the predominant languages. In the early and mid '90s I worked at a tattoo shop on South Beach. At the time there were many European and South American tourists. Many of them spoke 3 and 4 languages fluently and that impressed me so much. I have a desire to learn to speak Spanish fluently but haven't applied myself. I can understand and to a lesser extent speak it a little bit. I agree that learning a new language can be a fascinating experience. Particularly if the student has the opportunity to use it.
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    I speak English as my native language, and acquired fluent Hebrew during the 25 years in which I lived there. I've got a smattering of Spanish and Russian from high school, and enough German to order in a restaurant, bar, or bordello.

    I'm now working at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and if I want, the opportunity is there to formally study Yupik, Inupiaq, or Koyukon.
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    I was born and bred in England and I'm pretty good in French as well. I studied it up to my first year at uni, so I learnt it for about 10 years.

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    Hebrew/English.. fluent in both ;-)..born n raised in the USA..IDF served 1998-2k..refreshed Hebrew there
    Now living with wife n kids in SoCali

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    I think the hardest part of learning a new language is "thinking" in that language rather than translating from your native tongue. Knowing the words will get you by but you don't own it till you can think it... if that makes sense. That said I am very rusty in Italian & French. Have very poor restaurant quality Japanese, can swear in Arabic & failed English at school
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    My first language was Greek but learned English when I was old enough to go to school.

    I eventually learned French because it is Canadas second language. I understand some Spanish and Italian

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