Do you know/are you learning a second language?
Yes, because I want to learn it.
60.9% (378)
60.9% (378)
Yes, because I have to learn it.
20.9% (130)
20.9% (130)
No, but I want to learn one.
14.2% (88)
14.2% (88)
No, and I don't want to learn one.
3.5% (22)
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I've studied German for five years at school, I picked it because I'm of German descent and my dad speaks it semi-fluently. I'm still not fluent and still have trouble understanding native speakers.

I know bits and pieces of French. If speaking Scot slang is considered a second language then I speak that quite fluently. And I know bits and pieces of Italian and Greek. Not enough to carry on a conversation. And because I live in Southern California I have unfortunately picked up some of the Spanish spoken around here....The one language I DON'T want to learn....

Fluent in Russian,French,English and now currently learning German....maybe later i'll learn Japanese as well

I speak Latin. Sure its a dead language but you can find traces of it in English everywhere. Plus because of it I have a basic understanding of all the Romance languages including Spanish and French.

I'm Swedish so swedish and english with danish and norwegian being close enough to swedish to understand.

platinawolf:
I'm Swedish so swedish and english with danish and norwegian being close enough to swedish to understand.

So from the Skåne then? Because I can't understand danes one bit ._.

OT: I learnt English as my second language back in grade school. It´s mandatory to take English here and as such I was kinda turned off from it to begin with, but it grew on me and I have to say, I like it a lot better then Swedish since it´s easier.

ejb626:
I've studied German for five years at school, I picked it because I'm of German descent and my dad speaks it semi-fluently. I'm still not fluent and still have trouble understanding native speakers.

Ja... hören ist sehr schwer, aber lesen und schreiben ist so einfach. Ich versteh nicht, wieso kann ich schreiben aber nicht hören.

Five years is impressive, I've only been studying German for a little over two years.

do programming languages count lol? I voted based on my experiences with French however, which was certainly not motivated by desire to learn it xD

Well I'm Danish, so I speak Danish. It's mandatory in the public schools in Denmark to have English education for at least 5 years. And 2 to 3 years more for the 80-90% who chooses to continue in highschool. So I speak English.
It's even mandatory to have a 3rd language for 3 years in the public schools, so I speak a little bit of German aswell, and I even managed to be pushed by my parents to have French as well, that I luckily got to quit after a year, so I do not speak French! No offence France, I just didn't see any need for me to learn French

kebab4you:

platinawolf:
I'm Swedish so swedish and english with danish and norwegian being close enough to swedish to understand.

So from the Skåne then? Because I can't understand danes one bit ._.

Actually from middle Sweden (Västerbotten). But understanding a danish person is easier than understanding a Chinese one. Isn't easy mind you :P

Yes. I'm learning Japanese as a peripheral course module. Also want to learn German.

Zarkov:

Creator002:
I've been learning German for about 3 years, nearly 4 now. I understand pretty much everything grammar and sentence structure wise, but my vocabulary is still quite tiny, but I love the language and learning and also practicing with German speaking people both face to face and online.
I plan to then learn Dutch.

Zarkov:
Oh, und, ich hab Deutsch seit zwei Jahren jetzt gelernt, und ich liebe Deutsch. Tut mir leid, wenn mein Deutsch nicht perfekt ist. (Use Google translate :D)

From what I understand, that was perfect except for the overuse of commas and the wrong case on "Jahr", but you did use Google, so no grudges shall be held. :)

Nein, ich hab das ohne Google geschrieben. Ist seit nicht dativ? Lol, aber danke!
(and I believe clauses must be separated by a comma, although I could be wrong lol)

Oh, Ich dachte, dass du mit dem Übersetzer geschrieben hast. Tut mir leid. Von meinem Verstanden "seit" braucht den Akkusitiv. "Ich habe schon seit 3 Jahre gelernt." Ich weiß nicht darum. Deutsche Sprache, schwere Sprache. :)
Wenn du Deutsch seit 3 Jahre gelernt hast, dein Deutsch ist schon sehr gut.

About commas used before clauses, no idea. I don't think you need them before und and aber, but I use them before wenn and dass and sometimes aber and doch.

I speak Russian (it's my first language), Lithuanian (I grew up there), English (because it was taught in school) and now I'm in UK learning Japanese in uni :D

i speak arabic, french, english and danish fluently. i studied norwegian bokmål which is basically danish with a funny accent and can pretty much speak spanish, though not as good as the other ones. but considering where i live right now, learning a language from a nearby country scares the shit out of me: swedish or german ( heard german was really tough). But i'm going to try and learn some russian as soon as i get the money to pay for the classes >.<

Lieju:
Well, English is my second language, Finnish being the first.

Those are the only languages I can say I speak fluently.
I also know Swedish (a language I had to study at school) and Japanese (a language I have studied for fun).

I'm almost the same. Finnish was my first language, followed by English, then French was mandatory through public and high school, and I've been studying Japanese through university.

SckizoBoy:

seraphy:
Most of Europe knows english as a second language.

Because it is useful to whine about stuff in websites like these!

I also speak swedish and germany a bit.

I find your avatar most quaint after reading that... and chuckling...

OT: Where's the option for plain old 'yes'...

I'm... whatever, I speak English, Yue, Japanese and conversational French and German. And I can read Italian passably, though don't expect me to speak it.

Where would the fun be in that? Besides, the point of the poll was to identify why someone did or didn't take a language. And however it's not specific, it got the point around.

I would say to learn a language that will be beneficial to where you live and for future employment (in my case, Spanish) and you should learn a language of some culture that you find interesting (again, in my case, Japanese). Although some languages are arguably harder to learn, being able to properly communicate with others of that nationality or when you travel yourself to that nation, will be a great accomplishment.

I grew up in California, and the state mandates that everyone takes two years minimum of a foreign language in high school (which is the minimum language requirement to get into the University of California)...so I least when I grew up, everyone took at least two years of something. We also took a foreign language in Middle School.

Yo tuve español en mi escuela, pero no puedo hablar ahora. Yo he todo olvidado...necesito practicarlo.

On the other hand, after high school I joined the Army and was stationed in Germany. After I got out of the Army I stayed in Germany for a couple of years.

Das bedeutet daß ich fleißig bin...aber, obwohl ich deutsch sprechen und verstehen kann, ich bin nicht so gut beim schreiben. Geschriebene deutsch ist sehr anders als gesprochene deutsch...besonders weil ich bairisch spreche! Jetzt wohne ich weiter in USA und habe wenige Chance meine deutsch zu üben...aber ich bin Musikwissenschaftler und ich schreibe ganz oft über deutsche music (Marlene Dietrich, Tic Tac Toe, Extrabreit, etc) und so hoffentlich verliere meine deutsch-sprachige Fähigkeit nicht!

Ich vermisse Augsburg!

Zarkov:
Hello mono-, bi-, and multilingual escapees, what (second) language are you learning and why do you learn it? and if you aren't learning one, why not?

It's a question of mine, because here at my high school (in the US) there a maybe 3 people in the entire school that actually like learning a second language. Learning a second language in this school, and in general America, doesn't seem very popular and I'm not sure why. Learning a second language doesn't seem to be a very popular decision in the states (and at my school).

So what's your opinion about foreign language, Escapist community?

Oh, und, ich hab Deutsch seit zwei Jahren jetzt gelernt, und ich liebe Deutsch. Tut mir leid, wenn mein Deutsch nicht perfekt ist. (Use Google translate :D)

Really Because in my high school also in the U.S.A I've been told that most colleges require at least 2 years of a foreign language. So everyone's taking a foreign language class
Anyways I'm in my 2nd year of French right now and hope to learn Spanish and Japanese in my lifetime

I'm learning Arabic for a trip to Jerusalem this year with some friends (We'll be spending alot of time in Palestine though).

I'm bilingual, French and English, and I swear in Russian

Zarkov:

Retal19:
I'm learning German. I have to take at least one language in School, and I could only choose between French and German. I'm planning on going into Engineering, so I thought German would be the best choice. Aber, ich bin nicht so gut, und die uhr ich spende in die klassenzimmer ist todlangweilig. Es ist ein sehr schone sprache, aber ich hasse die stunde. Meine lieblingsfache ist Geschichte, und es habe kleine Deutsche.
My Vocabulary and Grammar is horrid, I know. ._.

Du schreibst gut! Ja, ein schlechter lehrer kann furchtbar sein, wenn man eine Sprache lernen will. Leider lehrt meine Lehrerin nicht so viel, also muss ich zu hause lernen. auch hab ich meinen Onkel, der Deutsch spricht, und er hilft viel. Und mein Deutsch ist nicht perfekt auch.

I'm impressed I actually understood that, maybe my German's not quite as rusty as I thought.

BlackStar42:
Ich kann ein kleine bisschen Deutsch sprechen, aber ich bin ein bisschen scheisse. Aber, meine Uni hatte ein Deutscherin nach studieren, so es könnte nutzlich :)

(That was probably wrong, wasn't it?)

Yay, I understood that!

As a British-Canadian raised in the States, my environment wasn't great for fostering multi-lingualism. I've taken Spanish (2 years), French (5 years) and German (1 semester) at various points in my education, though.

I'm doing an evening course in french because I do engineering and my department pays for it. Plus it's a wonderful language to curse in...

I speak english and portuguese fluently and i can maintain basic conversations in spanish and in italian.I would like to learn more languages(german is one of them).

Here in Canada (Or at least British Columbia, Canada) you need a Second Language to get into most Universities, So I learned The Local First Nations Language - Coast Salish. It was kind of awkward going to that class because I was the only white kid and the Teacher kept on talking about "Her People" and the evils of "The White Man". She gave me plenty of dirty looks....It was odd and incredibly awkward for me. Anyways I was in that Class for Grade 9, 10, 11, and I also completed Grade 11 Advanced (There is no Grade 12 level class). I also know a bit of French thanks to being in A English/French split Elementary School as a Kid and The one year of French I had in High School, plus the 4 years I had of it in Elementary School. I basically know a enough French To ask for directions and Say Please and Thank You - The very basics of what you'd need if you were say planning to visit France.

So My main language is English and I also know how to Speak, Write & Read Coast Salish and a little bit of French.

I'm learning Spanish. It would be useful but my school has a horrible language program and most people learn just enough to pass the tests. Virtually no one can speak fluently even if they have taken 5 years of it.

Creator002:

Zarkov:

Creator002:
I've been learning German for about 3 years, nearly 4 now. I understand pretty much everything grammar and sentence structure wise, but my vocabulary is still quite tiny, but I love the language and learning and also practicing with German speaking people both face to face and online.
I plan to then learn Dutch.

From what I understand, that was perfect except for the overuse of commas and the wrong case on "Jahr", but you did use Google, so no grudges shall be held. :)

Nein, ich hab das ohne Google geschrieben. Ist seit nicht dativ? Lol, aber danke!
(and I believe clauses must be separated by a comma, although I could be wrong lol)

Oh, Ich dachte, dass du mit dem Übersetzer geschrieben hast. Tut mir leid. Von meinem Verstanden "seit" braucht den Akkusitiv. "Ich habe schon seit 3 Jahre gelernt." Ich weiß nicht darum. Deutsche Sprache, schwere Sprache. :)
Wenn du Deutsch seit 3 Jahre gelernt hast, dein Deutsch ist schon sehr gut.

About commas used before clauses, no idea. I don't think you need them before und and aber, but I use them before wenn and dass and sometimes aber and doch.

Vielen dank! (Ich übe mein Deutsch viel lol) Vielleicht braucht seit Akkusativ, aber ich bin noch nicht sicher. Und Deutsch ist besonders schwer, wenn man in den USA wohnt, weil niemand auf dem ganzen Kontinent Deutsch spricht. nun außer mein Onkel und ich haha. In Europa ist viele sprache an einem ort. Nicht in Amerika lol

Zarkov:
Hello mono-, bi-, and multilingual escapees, what (second) language are you learning and why do you learn it? and if you aren't learning one, why not?

It's a question of mine, because here at my high school (in the US) there a maybe 3 people in the entire school that actually like learning a second language. Learning a second language in this school, and in general America, doesn't seem very popular and I'm not sure why. Learning a second language doesn't seem to be a very popular decision in the states (and at my school).

So what's your opinion about foreign language, Escapist community?

Oh, und, ich hab Deutsch seit zwei Jahren jetzt gelernt, und ich liebe Deutsch. Tut mir leid, wenn mein Deutsch nicht perfekt ist. (Use Google translate :D)

:D Ich bin in meiner zweite jahre von Deutsch auch!
Ich liebe Deutsch auch! In meine klasse ich habe mein guten freund Paterick. Siene und meine Deutsch sind sehr gut fuer Deutsche zwie.
I cant spell well though :(
But basically I am one of the best in my class, so if that was horrible, than that says something about the rest of my class.

The only one I know to speak quite fluently apart from my own language(romanian) is english.

I know a bit of French(I understand it,I cannot write it) and some dutch(I lived 1year in Belgium).

That's about it.

yman15:

Zarkov:
Hello mono-, bi-, and multilingual escapees, what (second) language are you learning and why do you learn it? and if you aren't learning one, why not?

It's a question of mine, because here at my high school (in the US) there a maybe 3 people in the entire school that actually like learning a second language. Learning a second language in this school, and in general America, doesn't seem very popular and I'm not sure why. Learning a second language doesn't seem to be a very popular decision in the states (and at my school).

So what's your opinion about foreign language, Escapist community?

Oh, und, ich hab Deutsch seit zwei Jahren jetzt gelernt, und ich liebe Deutsch. Tut mir leid, wenn mein Deutsch nicht perfekt ist. (Use Google translate :D)

Really Because in my high school also in the U.S.A I've been told that most colleges require at least 2 years of a foreign language. So everyone's taking a foreign language class
Anyways I'm in my 2nd year of French right now and hope to learn Spanish and Japanese in my lifetime

Yeah, I said that there's only three people who like taking a foreign language, but the rest are simply taking the class because it's requirement.

And I really think that foreign language should be taught way earlier in school, like some Eurpean countries do.

Well, I speak German and English fluently. Because I'm in a stupid school I had to decide between studying Latin or French. I hate French and now that I have a lot of Latin classes I hate Latin.
But I recently started studying Japanese 'cause I'm cool and stuff. And a retard who likes studying 2 languages at once.
Yeah so I'm at most bilingual. 2 languages fluently, Latin just misses some vocabulary and in Japanese I know a few words, about 15 characters in Hiragana and a bit of grammar.

Arina Love:
My main language is Russian, at 7 y.o i started learning English in my language orientated school, now i know it good, i think. Well at least i have no problems with communication. 3 years ago started learning Japanese, progression is slow but i'm getting there. In summary i know 2 languages and another one is on 35%.

Привет хД тут маловато русских, я даже не ожидала, что кто-то тут будет. Я, кстати, тоже японский учу, но только в этом году начала, так что мало пока что знаю. Но нравится :3

I'm Learning Spanish, I know English. I think.

Anglais es mon languege de premier et je parle tres petit francais.

I hope that was about right.

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