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Sophisticated Gentleman 12/07/27(Fri)03:15 No. 1341

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Good evening, gentlemen.

I come to you today curious as to whether or not any of you fellows are proficient in a second (or third!) language.

I myself have studied Russian on and off for the past two years and may plan on learning conversational French as well.

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/07/28(Sat)14:05 No. 1350

In my earlier years, I've learned Dutch (native), German, Spanish, Italian, Latin and ancient Greek. Most of which have been reduced to nothingness or basic level. In my spare time, I've learned bits of Korean, Mandarin Chinese and Japanese. The Asian culture is quite fascinating.

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/07/29(Sun)00:37 No. 1355

I myself am a native Russian speaker.

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/07/29(Sun)15:38 No. 1357

I speak intermediate German, beginning Spanish and I'm learning Russian, French, Latin, and a few others. Thinking about being a translator; they make, on average, 50k a year.

Cirrus 12/07/29(Sun)17:53 No. 1359

I consider myself relatively well- versed in Quebecoise French, and am currently studying classics of Greek and Roman history in their original Latin prose.

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/07/29(Sun)20:06 No. 1364

Ahh, I too am learning Russian. I almost am proficient in Latin as well.

At first glance many a man would consider Russian a language of barbarians and slaves - and who could blame them? To the refined Englishman's mind a sentence without linguistic articles is not a sentence at all.

But there is an ever so sweet, and concise pleasure from reading a sentence in Russian. The Cyrillic alphabet, the "Right-to-the-point" feeling, and the way certain letters roll off one's tongue.

It's admirable and distinguishable at that.

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/07/29(Sun)20:58 No. 1365

Native Norwegian Speaker here, which means I also understand and can be understood by Swedes and Danes.

I was taught English from elementary school. I also know some basic German; pretty much just enough to order food and lodgings when I travel.

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/08/04(Sat)07:08 No. 1386

but with potato in mouth :P

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/08/04(Sat)14:07 No. 1387

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Well, it's really not a subject for a well-mannered gentleman to speak about himself, but I must admit being rather fluent in English and Swedish, get somehow magically along with French, especially after an aperitif or two, and read/write fluently classical latin and classical greek. All this in addition to my native language, of course.

Some autodidactic activities with Russian are being planned for near future.

From what I've read on this thread Russian seems to be quite often mentioned.


Jeg her lert meg lite norske också, men det kommer ut som felstavad svensk varje gång. Any tips for how to get that vocabulary straight? Speaking is not an issue, but writing is: I just write swedish wrong instead of getting norwegian right, and that's even worse than just writing straightforward swedish.

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/08/05(Sun)08:15 No. 1389


Sophisticated Gentleman 12/08/05(Sun)19:29 No. 1390

Growing up in the Bayou swamps of Louisiana, I often spoke Creole just as much if not more than English. When I moved further east to Georgia and studied French in High School, my teacher used to love speaking "français rustre" or dirty/rustique french with me.

It was actually a big deal to a lot of the other kids, thinking that I had an unfair advantage over them, while really it was hard for me to re-learn the language but with properly. I love telling this story :3

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/08/10(Fri)16:57 No. 1402

In general I find reading books and well edited newspapers to be a great aid in learning a language in its written form.

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/08/11(Sat)23:32 No. 1406

It would be well to supplement this by watching the news of a country that speaks the language you'd like to learn.

Indeed, your first many attempts at this will generally result in confusion and an inability to recognize more than a small handful of words, though the benefits eventually show themselves (as they oft do in situations involving repeated practice).

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/09/17(Mon)12:12 No. 1540

I am conversant in Mandarin, and have been learning German and French, although I must confess that I've put them off for quite a bit now

Frisenius 12/09/17(Mon)18:40 No. 1541

My native language is german and I got into two languages well: English and French because I was in a bilingual class since the fifth grade.
I then chose Spanish for my future classes in 11th grade but my teacher was not very enthusiastic in her doings, so I didn't really speak nor write good in Spanish.
And now I'm refreshing everything because I was a lazy monkey in school and want to change my bad habits.

Sophisticated+Finn 12/09/20(Thu)20:58 No. 1553

As my handle name may indicate my native language is finnish. I also speak english(obviously), swedish, japanese and a smattering of latin and german.

Иван 12/09/22(Sat)07:37 No. 1570

Разговариваю по русский, спрашивайте свои вопросы.

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/09/27(Thu)07:02 No. 1579

I, too, speak the language of the Middle Kingdom, though I would venture so far as to say I have attained fluently, having spent three of my years teaching English to the children there.
The Land of the Rising Sun's language is far easier to learn, especially their "kanji," as they call it, as I have already mastered their peculiar and curious written characters.
Additionally, many things are pronounced similarly, such as 天使 and 人. It makes for a very pleasurable experience which does not quite offset the frustrations of Japanese grammar.
Even so, demystifying the Orient is no simple process. I will soon be entering my second year studying the language of those curious islands. I daresay I'm quite excited, a feeling that I have not felt linguistically since my studies of Mandarin, some eight years past now.

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/10/03(Wed)04:19 No. 1599

I learned english myself (as it obviusly may seem english is not my native language). I plan to study german though

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/10/03(Wed)06:00 No. 1600

Being monolingual, I wish to learn Latin and Arabic (seeing as they are two languages which have interested me for years), though I'm also of a lower class and am forced to "pinch my pennies", so to speak. I have procured an electronic touch-tablet at a discount, and, testing my luck, have begun to browse the Android application market for trial applications so that I may eventually purchase a full language tutoring program. After nearly two hours of browsing, I have found only one passable basic phrase tutor for Arabic. Latin, on the other hand, has presented me with an odd situation. You see, when I search for a Latin language tutor, it displays roughly 1,700 applications, but only one in ten results are specifically for Latin related applications. The rest are for Korean, Thai, Hindi, Spanish and so on. Simply baffling. I'm forced to wonder what algorithm takes an inquiry for Latin teaching devices and returns a slew of exactly what that wasn't an inquiry for.

As you may have guessed by now, I have found very little success in this venture and turn to my fellow gentlemen for advice. I ask you: what is the least costly learning tool for Arabic and Latin which isn't made by a jackanape who knows only simple phrases and possesses basic programming skills?

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/10/26(Fri)01:44 No. 1681

My good friend, because Latin is no longer a language of the tongue I would suggest searching the depths of your local books store. A book is precisely the tool I used to develop my skills in the venerable language. Do not be afraid to ponder through other mediums bar the modern electronic contraptions. I hope you are successful in learning the sumptuous language that is Latin!

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/10/26(Fri)07:08 No. 1682

I know five and speak four.


I can read and write Latin

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/10/26(Fri)07:08 No. 1683

I know five and speak four.


I can read and write Latin

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/11/15(Thu)06:30 No. 1739

i happen to see that none of you know any computing/computer/programming languages

Fine Plutonium Broker 12/11/15(Thu)07:13 No. 1741


Not true, good sir. I am familiar with C++, Javascript, HTML and XHTML, Actionscript for Flash, and am currently picking up PHP.

Fine Plutonium Broker 12/11/15(Thu)07:20 No. 1742


As an addendum, I will say that they are not quite the best medium for gentlemanly discourse, though perhaps along those lines one might converse well in Lojban, with its semantic precision. Though far too few seem to use it, and the generally unkempt nature of those who profess knowledge of it has not yet inclined me towards learning it myself.

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/11/16(Fri)04:13 No. 1743

-english (native)
-español (learned through early childhood immersion
-french (awful, i learned it over a summer while in quebec and i dont use it much so its rusty)
-norsk (norwegian) curently learning this so i can move to norway for dat free tuition
-japanese, although i took only two classes in it and its useless unless i go to japan so i stopped (cool language though)

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/11/16(Fri)21:54 No. 1746

Begone. Your poor diction, grammar, and syntax are a clear indicator that you have no place in this forum.

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/11/19(Mon)19:45 No. 1755

I am skilled in a few European languages, some more so than others. I would like to learn Arabic and Hindi in the future, complete with respective culturally influencing religions Islam and Hinduism.

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/12/22(Sat)08:33 No. 1865

I grew up speaking three languages, English, Macedonian, and Serbian. I can speak the three fluently, having been able to distinguish between them since a very young age. (Macedonian and Serbian are very similar, so at first it was essentially, and excuse my choice of words, a convoluted clusterfuck of words and phrases unintelligible to anyone other than my parents) Through schooling, I've become almost fluent in German, and I'm currently undertaking the learning of Russian. I'd like to learn Afrikaans in case I find myself hunting for elephants in South Africa.

Does anybody know if it's possible to hold modern conversation in Old West Norse? That would be my preferred language for primary conversation, if that were the case.

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/12/24(Mon)15:53 No. 1872

I am fluent in Irish and fairly well versed in Spanish.

Man:Endangered. 12/12/26(Wed)04:30 No. 1881

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I speak English, and Quebec French.
When it comes to French, truthfully, I read it and write it better than when speaking it. I would say passable when attempting to speak (Quebec) French.

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/12/26(Wed)09:18 No. 1887

I'm interested in learning a third language. For whatever reason I'm drawn to Germanic languages which aren't that widely spoken, like Frisian. Does anyone know of any online resources where one could learn such a language?

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/12/28(Fri)19:06 No. 1896

There is a Frisian dictionary issued by the Dutch government, unfortunately it's only available in Dutch and Frisian http://gtb.inl.nl/openlaszlo/my-apps/GTB/Productie/HuidigeVersie/src/inlgtb.html?owner=WFT

There is a Frisian radio and tv broadcast network, also very modest: http://www.omropfryslan.nl/ ("utstjoering mist" = missed broadcast - with some programs you can watch)

Here's a course in Frisian http://www.allezhop.de/frysk/frikure1.htm, though I have no idea if it's any good.

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/12/29(Sat)16:15 No. 1897

Can a kind fellow point me to a russian radio and or tv broadcast network?
Wish to listen and follow to improve my speaking, writting is currently decent, only need to add more words to my vocab.

Sophisticated Gentleman 13/01/01(Tue)10:48 No. 1908

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I learned Russian, German, French, and Chinese, but since none of those languages are really relevant anymore I don't talk about it much.

Well, Russian, German, and French are classy but irrelevant. Chinese is relevant but has no class at all and never will.

Sophisticated Gentleman 13/01/01(Tue)12:47 No. 1909

The are three radio stations held in esteem by the educated Russians:
1.Echo of Moscow
along with the Novaya Gazeta paper this is the last remaining vestige of an independent public sphere.
Most important liberal journalists such as Latynina, Venediktov and Ganapolskiy work from here. Still it's owned by Gazprom.
2.Voice of America
American state radio initiated by Zbigniew Brzezinski. It's somewhere to the right from Glenn Beck but it can afford more than anything transmitted from Russia. As opposed to BBC, EuroNEWS or Deutsche Welle all VoA channels are run by autonomous editors and not by translators.
3.Silver Rain
Primarily a music channel; Never listened to but my buddies like it a lot. Ran the "Silver Overshoe" prize every year, usually granted for plagiarism in the entertainment industry. Last year's ceremony (http://video.yandex.ru/users/row-het/view/532/) caused a tremendous outrage since it was focussed on the mock elections, the resulting mock trials and the corruption in the mock church; not a single line was dropped about music. It was presented by a (former) pop star and a (former) tv comedian; both booted last year for their involvement in the liberal opposition.
I'd love to learn about similiar networks in any of the languages spoken here :)

Sophisticated Gentleman 13/01/02(Wed)16:29 No. 1913

Bulgarian being my native language I also speak fluid English and French, mediocre Russian, broken German and a tiny bit Japanese.
Though I only get to use the English IRL, sadly.

Sophisticated+Gentleman 13/03/22(Fri)16:43 No. 2153

Functional but not exactly fluent in French. I'm told my accent is like a Québécois street performer on acid, but it gets the job done.

Sophisticated Gentleman 14/01/08(Wed)09:17 No. 2662

I studied Spanish in Europe and plan on continuing to learn until I become fluent. After that I plan on learning Arabic.

Sophisticated Gentleman 14/02/12(Wed)05:49 No. 2705

Unfortuneatly, no. My father is however of Serbian descent and I have been planning on learning the language at last.

Re: Russian Zaqik 14/03/03(Mon)17:58 No. 2712

I've tried learning Russian. It has not gone
so well for me, esp. since I changed my system's
keyboard layout to Dvorak and crippled the
layout for Russian in Emacs' MULE.

Sophisticated Gentleman 14/03/04(Tue)03:46 No. 2713

While I endeavour wholeheartedly to master the German tongue, I remain essentially a monoglot.

I have been slowly making my way through Michel Thomas's excellent course but find it hard to commit to an entire hour of the man and his awful students.

Would any of you find fellow have any suggestions as regards increasing my motivation or at least finding more joy in the challenge?

Sophisticated Gentleman 14/03/06(Thu)07:43 No. 2715

German is a pretty easy language to learn if English is your basis. I lived there for a little while and picked it up very fast.

Sophisticated Gentleman 14/03/07(Fri)13:57 No. 2717

I'm a translator, and I'm sick of people claiming there's a quick trick to language learning.

You can potentially get to survival level relatively quick, and the most "efficient" method would be to live in a place where the only option you have it to use that language daily.

DuoLingo and shit like that are absolutely overrated by lazy pieces of shit who preffer to do ABC multiple option exercises than learn about the grammar of a language. They are good exercises, but they are NOT what will teach you the language, you need to study.

You also, need to practice ALL aspects: reading, writing, listening, speaking, if you really are serious about it.

Sophisticated Gentleman 14/03/09(Sun)01:45 No. 2719

Fluent in spanish and english beyond even most native speaker's command of either language. My french is more than conversational but not quite fluent. I know enough Italian and Portuguese to get around in Roma or Lisboa without getting lost. Currently leaning Russian from my Ukrainian paramour.

Sophisticated Gentleman 14/03/17(Mon)23:18 No. 2722

What's your opinion on Pimsleur?

Sophisticated Gentleman 14/03/20(Thu)23:54 No. 2724

I have recently substituted Duolingo for Anki. (With the Español Visual and Websters new world 575 Spanish Verbs decks)

I also have a grammar book. But these things are a lot more difficult to begin than Duolingo, reading grammar just isn't as fun. But I definitely feel I learn more thoroughly and quickly with these methods combined with multimedia (Movies and Cartoons in particular) from the language in question.

Since you are a translator it would be interesting to hear what you think are some great ways to practice a language.

Sophisticated Gentleman 14/03/21(Fri)06:24 No. 2725

What languages do you understand? Which of these take part in your translating?

Sophisticated Gentleman 14/03/23(Sun)01:50 No. 2728

I pride myself, but not too much, in being able to speak and understand Italic, Rus and Britannian. Am light-heartedly "studying" castillian.
To my dismay, i may soon be forced to learn the judaic speech, a vulgar language useful only for the mingling of bankers and qabbalists.

Personally, as in, free from my "have to"s, i'd enjoy studying nipponese, as to be able to open myself to a broader spectrum of entertainment, free from the degradation that, ahime, corrupts almost all of the west(but a small enclave, to which i pridefully belong).

Sophisticated Gentleman 14/05/17(Sat)10:39 No. 2780

Recently I started listening to Michel Thomas' German (Foundation) course as a complete beginner to German. I am curious as to what exactly you find or found problematic with this method.

Sophisticated Gentleman 14/05/21(Wed)02:34 No. 2784

I am fully proficient in Brittanic, as it is my native language. For 5 years I have studied the language of Spain, although I am not yet fluent. I have also recently become interested in the learning of the language of the Japanese nation.

王小碧 14/06/28(Sat)21:50 No. 2821

My native language is Serbo-croatian. I am also fluent in English language, and I can understand Macedonian and Slovenian, and I can hold a basic conversation in German language, but not much more. I am also learning Cantonese language. As for reading, I can read several hundred Traditional Chinese characters, Hangeul, Cyrillic, Katakana and Hiragana, although I do not understand much of languages that use those scripts.

noob123 14/09/03(Wed)14:09 No. 2869

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how long did it take for you to learn Russian fluent?

Sophisticated Gentleman 14/09/04(Thu)08:15 No. 2871

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I know the language of the mind itself, psychotherapy.

Sophisticated Gentleman 14/09/04(Thu)20:14 No. 2872

It depends on how much of your everyday time you can spend on studying, as it is the best to study on a daily basis.
Also, it depends on whether you already know how to read Cyrillic script (which is relatively easy to learn, at least that was my experience), and on your native language.
If, in your native language, a letter is pronounced exactly the same every time, no matter where it is in the sentence (for example, Serbo-croatian, Japanese, German), then it might be somewhat easier to learn Russian.
On the other hand, if your native language's letter pronunciation differs from word to word (see, for example, English, French and Vietnamese), then it might be a bit harder as you will have to acclimate to the fact that the letter is the same every time you pronounce it.

For me, personally, that is the issue, as in my native language (Serbo-croatian), letters are always pronounced equally, and I am now learning Cantonese using materials on English. The explanations when it comes to pronunciations are confusing, as I am used to pronouncing the letters differently than, for example, English speakers.

Although, I am not OP, because who knows where he/she/they is (as this thread was started more than two years ago).

Sophisticated Gentleman 14/09/05(Fri)09:01 No. 2875

Gentlemen, truth be told, and without boasting, I am fluent the language of pussy fucking.

Sophisticated Gentleman 14/09/19(Fri)22:50 No. 2900

I'm a Native Portuguese speaker (From Brazil), and it mean that i understand a bit of Spanish.

I've learning French for a few months, especially the grammar, but, my vocabulary is a quite poor. And i only use my English for read, and rarely for expression.

Sophisticated Gentleman 14/10/09(Thu)16:01 No. 2922

ты хуй

CptOz 14/10/13(Mon)21:14 No. 2929

I speak 3 languages
I studied a 4th one but the class was boring so i abandoned it

languages Ev 14/10/21(Tue)18:37 No. 2936

native german, then english, russian and late french, fluent in both english and german(naturally), pretty well in french, bit rusty in russian

Sophisticated Gentleman 14/10/26(Sun)02:17 No. 2940

I am Portuguese. I can communicate in Spanish and I studied Latin.
I also studied French and can communicate at a very basic level.
I studied German and I keep learning it, because I'm working there and having classes.
I have a lot of foreign friends, so I can say hello and stuff like that, in many languages. Not to mention, that I am cultured and open-minded about other views.
Needless to say, I can speak English...
Oh, and I've also lived in Romania, without knowing jack sh!t of Romanian, but I can tell you that you really don't need it that much...
I'm pretty sure I forgot to mention stuff, but, anyway, Good luck /class/!

Sophisticated Gentleman 14/12/03(Wed)15:42 No. 2967

I recently picked up a book on teaching oneself Japanese from my local used book seller, and while quite novice have been pleasantly surprised to find that so far it is quite a reasonable language for an adult student.

Sophisticated Gentleman 14/12/20(Sat)10:40 No. 2979

Говорю. ftfy

Sophisticated Gentleman 15/01/22(Thu)02:45 No. 2996



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