Soon my german and my english will be at the same level I think, and I really hope that my japanese will be as good as these languages. I speak swedish fluently and can understand much norwegian and danish because, duh, these three are like dialects. But there is so many languages I want to speak fluently and there is so little time. I hope that I can travel a lot and live in several countries for a time so that I can learn the languages better.
I took Spanish in grade school and German in high school and I'd love to learn to speak each fluently, kedo... I'm not sure what it is. Maybe it's because I was educated by feminists. But I really, really can't stand nouns having gender. Especially when it's largely unpredictble and meaningless.
They're words! They don't have sexual organs. It's a bizarre systemic aberration of language and I will risk sounding like a foriegn buffoon to attach neutral gender to every noun or whatever gender to whatever noun I damn well please. Will the world please follow? O:)
I actually studied both Spanish and German in junior high, but when I went to high school (Graduated some days ago) I didn't want to continue studying any of those languages, instead I chose Japanese and Chinese (Mandarin). Unfortunately I couldn't study Japanese that much due to various problems, but that's a little off-topic. ^^;
Right now I want to learn more Chinese so I'll be able to speak it better soon. I've also thought of starting to study Spanish again some time later in life, because I've got some Spanish-speaking friends.
Well not all languages use genders that are either feminine our masculine, there is Utrum and Neutrum as well and lot's of others. In swedish we sometimes use feminine, masculine reale and neutrum and sometimes we pull them together to just utrum and neutrum. But don't get mad at the genders They were first made to indicate words that really had gender for example boy & girl.
If I had the time and/or the self-discipline needed, I would like to learn all the languages which I have started at some point (courses that I have been buying through the years and left dormant): German (I have basic knowlege. though), Finnish, Italian, Danish, Swedish, Farsi, Icelandic, Hindi and more that I sure shall buy as they take my fancy). Of all the languages cited, I would really like to learn German, Finnish, Farsi, Icelandic and Hindi.
i'm a language addict--- i love them all and want to learn them all-- so i've jumped around a bit in my own studies... a little german here... a little spanish there... really japanese and french are the only ones i've ever really stuck with over the long haul, and that was mostly because my best friend is japanese, and being a canadian french is kinda mandatory.
i'd also like to learn mandarin chinese, vietnamese, thai, greek, arabic, farsie... oh i might as well face it... i want to learn them ALL.
The Frankensteiner wrote:For me it'd have to be German. I know some people don't like the sound of it because it seems harsh and abrupt, but I've always loved the way it sounds. Maybe if I ever get this Japanese thing down I'll move on to German.
What about you guys?
Nazi! I'm just kidding! Beside Japanese, I want to learn Norigean, Chinese, Korean, French, Thai, etc!
You guys are cool!
I love languages - I have a number of them that I want to learn:
Occitan ('dialect' of french)
I would also like to continue my studies in:
I would like to improve my:
I am only 26...by the time I reach 62 I should have a grasp on at least some of them
I tried Italian for about a month a couple of years ago and didn't think the genders were all that bad; they're fairly easy to learn and add an interesting sound to language. Of course, I can't speak for other languages that use genders though.
As for languages I'd like to learn, Chinese seems interesting but westerners can't pull it off very well. I'm still trying to convince myself I don't sound like an idiot speaking Japanese, which is much simpler pronounciation wise from what I know
untmdsprt, here's a few useful ones
bollo - short for bol*ocks, can use interchangeably with bullsh*t, and as a word for testiclé
fit - most people use this where americans would say 'hot' when describing the opposite sex.
mug - gullible or stupid person, e.g. 'what a mug', and as a verb 'she mugged you off' (took you for a fool).
untmdsprt wrote:I've found a few websites that are British/American dictionaries. Quite a lot of reading!!
Oh, would cockney slang be considered a language all it's own?
Do you mean cockney rhyming slang like 'dog and bone' for phone? You rarely hear that nowadays, at least when it comes to more youthful generations. I'm 21 and I never hear it. The last one I heard was 'Kermit the frog' (bog - slang for toilet).