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hercfan1

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Message Posted On Thursday, March 30th 2006 at 4:57 pm
I'm in my fourth year of German right now
GreenScale

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Message Posted On Thursday, March 30th 2006 at 5:10 pm
On Thursday, March 30th 2006 4:44 pm, WiseCrack wrote:
I speak a bit of spanish.


Ditto. I've been working on Spanish skills for a few years now... I mean Spanish and English are the two big commercial languages right now.
MirrorKirby9062

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Message Posted On Thursday, March 30th 2006 at 5:29 pm
lets see Ive been learning italian since 5th grade so thats about 6 years
and i still have trouble with basic verbs

luckily i manage to get good grades by goofing off in class but cramming the night before a test
Foreva

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Message Posted On Thursday, March 30th 2006 at 5:45 pm
On Thursday, March 30th 2006 4:24 pm, MoggIntellect wrote:
On Thursday, March 30th 2006 3:30 pm, Joshua_Graham wrote:
Another thing I think I should bring up is that some people just can’t speak some languages. We all have those words we just can’t pronounce, but imagine if that covered your entire vocabulary.


No, it just takes understanding and practice. We have tongues to make the noises and if we know what to do with it we can change. For example, on of my students always said, 'N' instead of 'L', so I taught her how to move her tongue to make the 'L' sound, and voila! She could say it. ^o^



I dunno... I've been taking spanish for years and I still can't roll my r's...
It's a bit aggitating, really...
MoggIntellect

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Message Posted On Thursday, March 30th 2006 at 6:43 pm
On Thursday, March 30th 2006 5:45 pm, Foreva wrote:
I dunno... I've been taking spanish for years and I still can't roll my r's...
It's a bit aggitating, really...


I know what you're saying, but I think you could probably do it with time and practice, and an understanding of how. Just like how I can't do yoga, but if I practised and tried I could probably get into the 8th supreme position of ecstasy. LOL
andrew
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Message Posted On Thursday, March 30th 2006 at 6:54 pm
On Thursday, March 30th 2006 6:32 am, Joshua_Graham wrote:
I’m learning German.

The thing about one international language is that Latin is already an international language, but no one I know wants to learn it.

I do.
LB_Fan

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Message Posted On Thursday, March 30th 2006 at 7:50 pm
On Thursday, March 30th 2006 6:54 am, MoggIntellect wrote:
Support one, there already is one: English. It's the language of travel, it's the language of the world really. Just look at international flights (pilots and radio control towers), they're all English.


I agree... In my country if you can't speak English you're nobody! you won't get better jobs, or even understand the name of some products in the supermarket!

Want it or not we speak Spanglish when we answer the phone instead of Hola we say Hello? instead of Adiós we say Bye .........we are invaded by American (Aren't we all American, why do we only call "American" the people that live in the United States if America is the continent..... but whatever) Culture (that's what we think to cover the fact that we actually copy from you) : holidays, food, music, cloth, and many more. .
I'm not complaining, I love it, because that just give me the sense that I live in the US... but it's sad that we've lost our personality as a free country and try so hard to be like others, when our culture is so rich!

Anyway English is the international language, even if you travel to France not knowing french if you speak English you will find a way to be understood.
GreenScale

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Message Posted On Thursday, March 30th 2006 at 7:59 pm
On Thursday, March 30th 2006 7:50 pm, LB_Fan wrote:
On Thursday, March 30th 2006 6:54 am, MoggIntellect wrote:
Support one, there already is one: English. It's the language of travel, it's the language of the world really. Just look at international flights (pilots and radio control towers), they're all English.


I agree... In my country if you can't speak English you're nobody! you won't get better jobs, or even understand the name of some products in the supermarket!
Want it or not we speak Spanglish when we answer the phone instead of Hola we say Hello? instead of Adiós we say Bye .........we are invaded by American (Aren't we all American, why do we only call "American" the people that live in the United States if America is the continent..... but whatever) Culture (that's what we think to cover the fact that we actually copy from you) : holidays, food, music, cloth, and many more. .
I'm not complaining, I love it, because that just give me the sense that I live in the US... but it's sad that we've lost our personality as a free country and try so hard to be like others, when our culture is so rich!

Anyway English is the international language, even if you travel to France not knowing french if you speak English you will find a way to be understood.


True, English is spoken by many of the world's superpowers- not all, but enough.The internet, commercial businesses, you name it.

Oh, and BTW, the reason people from the US are called "Americans" is because.... what else are you going to call us? Unionians? Staters? Other countries don't have that issue.
PhilisntSte

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Message Posted On Friday, March 31st 2006 at 9:28 am
I would think, around 500 million people speak English, if not that, then more
Joshua_Graham

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Message Posted On Friday, March 31st 2006 at 12:16 pm
On Friday, March 31st 2006 9:28 am, PhilisntSte wrote:
I would think, around 500 million people speak English, if not that, then more


There are about 215 million Americans, and to be an American you have be fluent in English. Then there are Canada England, Australia, Scotland, and Ireland (Did I miss any major countries who know English as a first language?). There are also people who know English as a second language.
manson_rules

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Message Posted On Friday, March 31st 2006 at 2:49 pm
Whilst at the moment english is the universal language, chinese may start to creap in. China is set to become the worlds largest economy in about 10 years and they already have about 1 1/2 billion speakers of the different forms of chinese.
But at the moment english is the universal language. The two main countrys, US and EU (not technically but unfortunatly we we no doubt soon become one country like the US), have english as either their mother tongue or are taught it in school. The Commonwealth nations also have english as either their mother tongue or are taught it, and in other major western countrys it is taught. English is definatly the "worlds language"
MoggIntellect

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Message Posted On Friday, March 31st 2006 at 5:31 pm
On Friday, March 31st 2006 2:49 pm, manson_rules wrote:
Whilst at the moment english is the universal language, chinese may start to creap in. China is set to become the worlds largest economy in about 10 years and they already have about 1 1/2 billion speakers of the different forms of chinese.


Never. Not only is Chinese f***ing hard to learn, but every Chinese student must study English and pass certain English tests. ^o^
PhilisntSte

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Message Posted On Saturday, April 1st 2006 at 6:27 am
On Friday, March 31st 2006 12:16 pm, Joshua_Graham wrote:
On Friday, March 31st 2006 9:28 am, PhilisntSte wrote:
I would think, around 500 million people speak English, if not that, then more


There are about 215 million Americans, and to be an American you have be fluent in English. Then there are Canada England, Australia, Scotland, and Ireland (Did I miss any major countries who know English as a first language?). There are also people who know English as a second language.


Does New Zealand have English as a first language? If so, then I would say half a billion people speak English as a first language. And over a billion people have English for a second or third language.
manson_rules

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Message Posted On Sunday, April 2nd 2006 at 2:00 pm
On Friday, March 31st 2006 5:31 pm, MoggIntellect wrote:
On Friday, March 31st 2006 2:49 pm, manson_rules wrote:
Whilst at the moment english is the universal language, chinese may start to creap in. China is set to become the worlds largest economy in about 10 years and they already have about 1 1/2 billion speakers of the different forms of chinese.


Never. Not only is Chinese f***ing hard to learn, but every Chinese student must study English and pass certain English tests. ^o^


Wow, well ok then Chinese won't become a universal language then. Dam you and your persistance to prove me wrong
PhilisntSte

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Message Posted On Monday, April 3rd 2006 at 10:40 am
That's MoggIntellect's job! lol:}
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