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Can you speak more than one language?

66Mustang
66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,986 Disability Gamechanger
edited January 8 in Coffee lounge
Just wondering out of curiosity whether we have any multilingual people here.

I guess for clarity’s sake you should answer 2+ if you have the vocabulary to comfortably hold a conversation in your second language.

Can you speak more than one language? 17 votes

Just one language
58%
leeCalwoodbinejaner196766MustangTori_ScopeRoss_ScopeMarkM88L_VolunteerTheAlienLibby_Scope 10 votes
2 or more languages
41%
mikehughescqGlobsterSandy_123Teddybear12Poppy_Autumn_Feelingrish 7 votes
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  • Ross_Scope
    Ross_Scope Posts: 5,697

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    Just one language
    My second language is nonsense :) 

    I did learn German to A-level standard in school, and quite a lot of that has lingered in my mind, so I reckon I could at least get by if I was there on holiday or something.
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  • MarkM88
    MarkM88 Member Posts: 2,276 Pioneering
    Just one language
    Unfortunately not. 

    I did do French to GCSE but I was never any good at languages and came out with an F. 
  • 66Mustang
    66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,986 Disability Gamechanger
    edited January 8
    Just one language
    I wanted to do German but I was no good at French so they wouldn’t let me. :( 

    In my 13 year old mind I thought German would be more useful as I was into engineering and science so was more likely to go to Germany, I thought France was more arts and cooking. :D 
  • 66Mustang
    66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,986 Disability Gamechanger
    Just one language
    @MarkM88 that’s better than I got, didn’t even make it to GCSE!
  • Ross_Scope
    Ross_Scope Posts: 5,697

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    Just one language
    The part I enjoyed most about learning German was the school trips, we went to the Christmas markets in Koln. The language itself was very interesting too, I find it humourous that people associate German with sounding quite angry in general.
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  • vikingqueen
    vikingqueen Member Posts: 624 Pioneering
    I can get by in Turkish but it is a very hard language to learn, and the problem is when you speak to them in Turkish they answer back in English. You can't win with them 🙄
  • 66Mustang
    66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,986 Disability Gamechanger
    Just one language
    Yes it sounds like a great country,. I agree it is a silly thought about the language sounding angry. I’m guessing it came from the war, prison officers maybe? I have met several people who use a German accent and impersonate a prison officer when they are mocking rules/regulations. E.g. “you vill not park on ze yellow lines or you vill be shot”.

    I quite like how Germans have one word where we have several words. :)
  • 66Mustang
    66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,986 Disability Gamechanger
    Just one language
    @vikingqueen haha that is funny. I can imagine Turkish being a hard language to learn. Impressive that you could get by over there. :)
  • Globster
    Globster Community Co-Production Group, CP Network Posts: 1,042 Pioneering
    edited January 8
    2 or more languages
    I speak Gujarati at home with my parents 
    Otherwise I speak english
  • 66Mustang
    66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,986 Disability Gamechanger
    Just one language
    @Globster that’s awesome :)
  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Member Posts: 2,366 Pioneering
    2 or more languages
    I did O level Punjabi, which was useful at work as I was 1 always  asked to communicate.  Not that hard really. Also when working with old veterans who were stationed in India they also could count in Punjab etc, they got quite a surprise when I joined in with them. I'm not going to loose it as I use it.
  • OverlyAnxious
    OverlyAnxious Member Posts: 1,721 Disability Gamechanger
    edited January 8
    I'm not sure I 'comfortably' speak one language tbh!  :D

    I got a C in French GCSE (got a high written grade pulled down to a C by the poor oral exam, same as my English GCSE, yet no-one had suggested potential ASD at the time!).  I believe I could get by in France by reading signs etc but wouldn't be able to understand a fast paced conversation.  Though admittedly struggle with that in English too, especially with strong accents.

    I've also got a bit of German and Italian but not enough for a conversation.


  • leeCal
    leeCal Member Posts: 4,504 Disability Gamechanger
    Just one language
    We did French at school but I left before O levels so who knows if I’d have passed or not, I think I was average at it so probably would’ve passed. 

    I like it that a great proportion of the world world speaks English 🤣

    Happy new year 🥳 


  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 6,052 Disability Gamechanger
    Just one language
    I can speak some schoolboy French and have picked up some Spanish when on holiday, but the answer is not really.
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  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 13,272 Disability Gamechanger
    Just one language
    What a coincidence I have just this morning ordered an audio course to learn Spanish as I wanted to do a new course and with the long term plan of moving round Spain thought I would get prepared 

    Like many I did gcse French at school but only retained a few bits of it 
  • Teddybear12
    Teddybear12 Community Co-Production Group Posts: 2,043 Pioneering
    2 or more languages
    French , German and English.
  • Autumn_Feeling
    Autumn_Feeling Member Posts: 22 Connected
    2 or more languages
    I studied some French in High School. Then, I took Scottish Gaelic in my last couple of years.

    Nowadays, I’m self taught in Korean which is still work in progress.
  • 66Mustang
    66Mustang Community Co-Production Group Posts: 5,986 Disability Gamechanger
    Just one language
    @OverlyAnxious glad I wasn’t the only one. I got A*-B grades for all my English coursework but this was brought down to a C because I didn’t do well in the speaking or drama sections :(
  • mikehughescq
    mikehughescq Member Posts: 8,228 Disability Gamechanger
    2 or more languages
    English, Welsh, French and “bad”.
  • TheAlien
    TheAlien Member Posts: 208 Pioneering
    Just one language
    I can swear in several different languages, but I'm not sure that counts, lol.

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