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Old 10-12-2005, 04:34 PM   #21
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Took Latin in high school, nearly 40 yrs. ago...
Agricolae et puellae sont pulchrae.

Sorry, that's about all I retained.
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Re: What language do you speak?
Old 10-12-2005, 05:52 PM   #22
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We're considering Costa Rica as one of the places to retire to, so I'm learning more and more spanish each day. Not a need in that country, but I would like to eventually get "immersed" in their culture...

I also speak Tagalog fluently...(Philippine language). It won't make a difference really, though since the National language is actually English...if you visit one of the 7,000 islands, the locals would most likely speak English before they speak Tagalog...guess I better brush up on my English skills a bit more since we're considering a visit to the Philippine Islands outside Manila soon!
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Old 10-12-2005, 08:29 PM   #23
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I think Spanish will probably be the most useful language for English speakers in travel and ER.

I ofter wonder how those in Thailand communicate with the locals.

Do you know any Thai?
I would think it would be a hard language to learn.
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Old 10-12-2005, 08:36 PM   #24
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Hi,

Swedish (because I am Swedish)

Danish (because I lived in Denmark for 10 years)

English, German and French (because unless you wish to limit your communication and business opportunities to 9 million Swedes and 5 million Danes, you learn other languages)

In the process of learning Thai. Been married for 8 years, but haven't bothered to learn beyond the basics as we haven't lived in Thailand. As we are moving there on November 15, this boy is going "back to school".


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Old 10-12-2005, 09:46 PM   #25
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I had 3 years of French in high school. Definitely do not remember it!

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I have been described, though, as a cunning linguist!!*
Unless you get your teeth tangled in someone's merkin...
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German: Learned it in grad. school and use it some professionally. I read it better than I speak it, but I can get along.

Spanish: A little...enough to get along in casual conversation if forced to.

Swedish: Swedish-speaking grandparents. I am particularly fluent in peasant crudities, thanks to farfar.

English: Worser all the time.
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English: Mother Tongue

French: Good conversational and business, plenty good enough to get by.

Spanish: Basic, but enough for "tourist" use

Latin: 5 years worth at school, not much call for it in real life, save for the serious legal letter now and then

Chinese (Cantonese dialect): very basic conversation, but improving!

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Trying to learn Thai
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I am trying Spanish again. I did 2 yrs in high school and once spoke it after a night of tequila in Mexico.
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sorn pa sa thai phom dai mai krab?

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http://www.learningthai.com

my travel clock is counting down, just 11 days to go.

sawat-dee krab.

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I have heard that 's one of the most difficult languages to learn.
Tell me about it. I'm trying to teach my husband Croatian and it's pretty frustrating since he can't roll his "r's".
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I speak English pretty well. Some may disagree.

I speak Spanish not as well. I've traveled extensively in Mexico, Peru, Chile, Boliva and Spain. I can get around, but am not able to carry on a social discusussion very well.

I did post-Doc work in Italy over 20 years ago and believe I could speak Italian again if I worked at it.

I tried to learn French several years ago, but really never got past a few phrases.

I am working on German now -- very rudimentary level.
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