Second Language

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  1. Jon_B

    Jon_B Screenwriter

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    I would like to learn a second language sometime in my lifetime. Watching foreign movies and HBO's band of brothers has increased my interest in learning a second language.
    What language would you choose as your second language and why? I know that quite a few people on this forum are from a different country and thus already know a second language.
    I guess I would choose Spanish. I've heard that Spanish is practically USA's second official language.
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  2. Gilbert Galindo

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    Hey, you gonna close this thread too!!!!!! I learned a different one...it's called english.
     
  3. Nick Sievers

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    Whats up with you Gilbert?
    Anyway when I get around to it I would like to learn Sweedish as I have a lot of friends who live there and go there about twice a year on business. I've always wanted to learn another language but always find an excuse not to [​IMG]
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  4. Kristian

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    Well, I'm already bilingual, but I'd love to learn either French, Mandarin, Cantonese or Japanese.
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    Another vote for Spanish, then French
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    I'm actually thinking about taking French for the sole purpose of watching films without subtitles. I do watch films in other languages, but French is by far the most common after English.
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    A vote for French. And then Russian.
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  9. John Besse

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    Does Pig Latin count as a second language. I would love to learn sign language with a few friends. I think you could really throw some people off with that. I also want to learn Spanish.
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  10. Jason Whyte

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    I know a little bit of french but I still rely on subtitles when watching said films (though, I just watched "With A Friend Like Harry" last week and didn't need the subtitles at times), and would very much like to learn the language completely. Maybe even the Quebecian dialect, too. [​IMG]
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    I speak Spanish, German, and enough Japanese to be dangerous [​IMG]
    I used to know French but lack of use has entropied my French muscles.
    I'd love to learn Russian and Cantonese.
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  12. Jon_B

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    That's awesome Ric. [​IMG] How did you learn all those languages? Did you take special language classes, learn it on your own, go overseas and learn?
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    I started to learn French in high school (took 3 years but it didn't do any good because I still couldn't carry on a conversation in French).
    After high school I lived overseas for a couple years in Taiwan and learned to speak Mandarin Chinese quite well. It's been a few years since I've used it so I'm beginning to forget it.
    I'd like to learn German because I think it's the coolest sounding language, but I'm afraid that if I learn another language then I'll forget Mandarin completely (that's what happened with what little French I knew). I'm very fond of Mandarin and don't want to lose it completely. I can still almost keep up with the Chinese "soap operas" on TV, but I'm completely lost in the news. Even after my return home when my Chinese was still fresh I couldn't understand the Taiwan news broadcasts. They speak way too fast and use vocabulary I'm not familiar with. I'd say I'm "conversationally fluent."
    In college I was going to minor in Mandarin, but my engineering courses were so demanding that I really couldn't dedicate the time I needed. So I began to learn to read and write Chinese, but have since completely forgotten what characters I did know. I was at a basic reading level when I quit.
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    I've desperately wanted to learn German, so maybe I should get off my butt and get started. I agree, it is often the coolest sounding (I loved my trip to Germany) and I love the word structure.
     
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    I have a second language, Greek, my parents are Greek Cypriots, but my Greek isn't great.
    What I really want is a good firm grasp of German (evil hand is typing this btw..),
    if only so I won't have to reach for my little German/English book every time I get screamed at...
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  17. Dome Vongvises

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    How about a little Thai to go here folks? [​IMG]
    But seriously, any European or Asian language will do.
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