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Old September 24th, 2010, 03:36 PM
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Do you speak more than one language and if so do you find this helps you while traveling ?

I speak 5 languages beside English in a manner that I can converse
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I grew up hearing French my entire life, but flunked it in school.. Gee
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I studied spanish ,german and hebrew in school .
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I speak fluent Spanish, as well as conversational German, Italian and Portuguese, and yes, I find this helpful when I travel to countries where these languages are spoken - especially Spanish. I've taken non-Spanish-speaking people on tours in Spain and Mexico, free of charge, when they were uncomfortable going by themselves and didn't have professional tour guides readily available, and it boosted their confidence. In fact, one couple was so afraid, they stayed in Texas, but wanted to get a room in Mexico the next time they went.

Of course, that was before the current civil war in Mexico became an issue in 2006.
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I am a native Portuguese speaker and also do quite well in Spanish. My wife speakes Italian. I have helped some Brazilians on a couple of cruises.

When we travel on Europe today almost everyone speaks English quite well.

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I speak fluent pig latin. I know you are all impressed. I really try not to brag about it too much.
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I can't even speak Pig Latin, B/W. I have so much problem with the English Language that I was always afraid to try my hand at another. Well, that's my story and I'm stickin' to it! You don't think I'm going to admit that I'm lazy and didn't apply myself, do you?

I was the bane of my mother's existence inasmuch as she was an English major and fluent in four other languages: French, German, Spanish and...............hold on now, cause you're not gonna' believe this one............... LATIN! I'm not kidding you either, the woman could speak, read and write LATIN!

Now, everyone knows why "they" are always trying to take me away, away!

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It took me over 50 years living in Quebec to be sufficiently fluent in French, and then I go and move to Nova Scotia, where nobody speaks French!

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I speak a little German. Speaking of Latin. I had to take it because I was pre-med. That was the most boring time of my life. What a waste of time.
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I speak a little German. Speaking of Latin. I had to take it because I was pre-med. That was the most boring time of my life. What a waste of time.
I was pre DVM for my first year of college .I went from that to psychology ,quite a switch .
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No one ever told me that to be really good, you had to be able to read the Latin that was written. lol
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If you know a second language it is always an asset when traveling. My wife is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish and can get by in Italian. She is very good at deciphering languages. She is my best travel asset.

I always find it funny when we are traveling and using taxis or with a guide. She finds out their entire life story by the time we reach our destination.

I know enough German to get me around but that's it. I also know enough Portuguese to get me in trouble.

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I taught myself conversational Italian which came easy because I was nearly fluent in spanish at the time .
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I always find it funny when we are traveling and using taxis or with a guide. She finds out their entire life story by the time we reach our destination.
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I do the same thing.

I have worked part time as a Portuguese interpreter for the US immigration service.

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My father came to the US in 1913 from Poland speaking not a word of English .Over the next 50 years he became fluent in german ,italian ,spanish and russian ,all self taught .
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Moi, je parle francais.
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I forgot to add that I am fluent in Brooklynese as well
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as a Catholic alter boy I learned to lip synch Latin..living in New Orleans I can speak fluent Cajun and Creole I use to understand Ebonics and I have a passing knowledge of the King's English and upstate New Yorkese
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I forgot about my ability to speak southern. It's a real easy laungage to learn. With the hot weather, you learn to talk really fast, and put many words together, while fanning the nats, and skitters.
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I forgot about my ability to speak southern. It's a real easy laungage to learn. With the hot weather, you learn to talk really fast, and put many words together, while fanning the nats, and skitters.

My friends residing in Texas have been there between 30 and 50 years and still have their Brooklyn ,NY accents .However ,their spouses are all native to Texas and its quite a difference .
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Once apon a time our neighbors were from Boston. They had their first baby and we did not have any yet. I would go and get her baby during the day, so I could be around her, and so her mom could rest.

When the baby learned to talk, it was to me that she said her first word.

When the baby turned 1 grandma and grandpa came down from Boston for the celebration. They had not seen her since she was born.

All day long we tried to get Chrissie to say something. When she finally did, she said daaawggg. (Dog)

Grandma was not happy that her g-baby had learned a strange language.
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My high school reunion will be next year .People will be coming from all over the world with so many wonderful accents .
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My FIL who is originally from Tennessee, has been living in Italy for many years. He now speaks Italian with a southern accent.

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Generally people living in the US who were born in europe tend to always have their accent
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Given the state of today's language skills, one might almost make a case for saying that speaking English itself is a foreign language.

I retain the ability to speak, albeit limited nowadays, Lithuanian. Growing up, my parents and grandparents on my mother's side shared a 2 family house. My grandparents spoke almost no English, so conversations with them were in Lithuanian. Then, as I began to go to school and play with other kids in the neighborhood, no one spoke Lithuanian, so I spoke English with them.

Over time my Lithuanian skills declined since there was usually no one around to speak it with. But I was surpise at what I have managed to retain. This last cruise I met a waiter on Solstice who was from Lithuania. So I began speaking to him in my limited way. He was so suprised ! However, my limitations soon became apparent, and he was nice enough to switch to English when needed.

I took 2 years of German, and can sort of fumble my way around in it. On our Panama Canal cruise last year, we met a couple from Germany, and I was able to practice somewhat; enough to be understood with basic phrases anyway.

I too took Latin: porto, portas, portat; potamus, portatus, portant. Declination of the verb porto - to carry. They may be out of order. In 1958, my first year Latin teacher told all of us we would never forget that mantra. By golly, she was right. Don't get to use it much.

Venice, I grew up in upstate New York as well. In the Mohawk Valley 40 miles west of Albany. Not sure what would be considered "upstate-ese", but we always said "crick" instead of creek for small streams.

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crickin Dutchess County meant either creek or a tightness of muscles in the neck
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Special toast to Sid1962 - SVEKAS - yes, I too, am of Lithuanian descent. Both parents born here but spoke to each other in their native tongue so I wouldn't know what they were saying. All of my relatives spoke the language especially when they all got together. My grandmother on my mother's side resided in Pennsylvania. The church she attended conducted services in Lithuanian. I recently heard that that church was closed due to lack of parishioners. I have a Lithuanian cookbook but have yet to make any native dishes. I always remember the "little ears" (pastry that was fried and then twisted and dusted with powder sugar). My mother even had a bumper sticker that said "Svekas". I am 100% Lithuanian but cannot speak the language.

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I just got back from a party ,most of the guests live in Boston .A waitress had a problem understanding one guest ,he said ,oh ,I guess its my Boston accent ,she said no that is not it because she too is from Boston
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Generally people living in the US who were born in europe tend to always have their accent
When we get to meet face to face you can check out my accent.

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Manuel and Henry,

You should get a kick out of the following but you'll just have to imagine the sound.

A young lady from Normandy who didn't speak English came over to this country around fifty years ago as an Au Pair for a French couple who lived in our town, the husband being associated with a large American industrial firm. My family is not alone when we considered she was treated very poorly and the tone of voice of her employers to her was one of superiority personified.

My mother was one of probably a small handful of people outside of her employers who was not only fluent in French but also the type who would reach out to such a person. Giselle was more or less adopted into our family and in fact, eventually became far closer to my mother than her natural mother in France. She was the type of girl who caused traffic accidents just by walking down the street and what was so precious about her demeanor, was that she was completely ignorant of and could not understand the uproar that she seemed to cause. Yeah, she was definitely that good looking.

Anyway, while at tha time she had almost no education to speak of, she was undoubtedly Mensa material. Mother taught her proper English. She then got her own education (even going to High School when she was over twenty-five and she graduated with her class!). She then continued into higher education. You couldn't embarrass her or especially suggest there was something she could not do.

After several years, Giselle acquired a decidedly southern flair to her French accent.

I swear guys, she could walk up to any man, ask him a question in her "French Southern Drawl" and they'd go weak in the knees.

BTW, she married quite well, is still drop dead gorgeous at 67 years old and her accent hasn't changed.

Even today, when someone asks where she's from, she replies,
"Tennessee!." The looks on the faces of those whom she is addressing is priceless.

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