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    • fairy lights
    • By fairy lights 5th Oct 16, 10:55 AM
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    fairy lights
    How many languages can you speak?
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    • 5th Oct 16, 10:55 AM
    How many languages can you speak? 5th Oct 16 at 10:55 AM
    I did French and German at school but can only remember un petite pois.
    I've recently started Spanish classes and I'm hoping I will be able to learn enough to get by on holiday but I'm making slow progress. It's in one ear and out the other.

    I wonder if it's true that you lose the ability to learn new languages as you get older?
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    • PompeyPete
    • By PompeyPete 8th Oct 16, 6:20 AM
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    PompeyPete
    And I'm amazed you missed my post #6.
    Originally posted by missbiggles1
    How do you know I missed it?
    • Tighter Than A Ducks Bum
    • By Tighter Than A Ducks Bum 8th Oct 16, 7:21 AM
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    Tighter Than A Ducks Bum
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    • missbiggles1
    • By missbiggles1 8th Oct 16, 8:19 AM
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    missbiggles1
    How do you know I missed it?
    Originally posted by PompeyPete
    Because you said nobody'd picked up on the mistake.
    • seven-day-weekend
    • By seven-day-weekend 8th Oct 16, 8:33 AM
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    seven-day-weekend
    Can get by in everyday Spanish (or could while I lived there - I'm rapidly forgetting it). Schoolgirl (O level) French. Can speak Black Country dialect, although I don't, my normal accent is ordinary West Midlands.

    Them furriners dow spake propa, ower kid.
    Last edited by seven-day-weekend; 08-10-2016 at 8:39 AM.
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    • pollypenny
    • By pollypenny 8th Oct 16, 8:51 AM
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    pollypenny
    I know the deaf alphabet! I really should learn sign language, but I don't know anyone else who is deaf!
    Originally posted by Nomoonatall


    I can sign, very slowly. However, when you get deaf people signing together it's hard to follow as the go so fast, as well as having a certain amount of their own slang.
    Member #14 of SKI-ers club

    Words, words, they're all we have to go by!.

    (Pity they are mangled by this autocorrect!)
    • PompeyPete
    • By PompeyPete 8th Oct 16, 9:00 AM
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    Because you said nobody'd picked up on the mistake.
    Originally posted by missbiggles1
    Nope, still can't work it out.
    • Andypandyboy
    • By Andypandyboy 8th Oct 16, 11:32 AM
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    Andypandyboy
    Nope, still can't work it out.
    Originally posted by PompeyPete
    I took it that the poster was saying she could speak french "un peu" ( a little) but used the word "pois" instead which means "pea". That was what MissB referred to in her comment.
    Last edited by Andypandyboy; 08-10-2016 at 11:38 AM.
    • PompeyPete
    • By PompeyPete 8th Oct 16, 1:13 PM
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    I took it that the poster was saying she could speak french "un peu" ( a little) but used the word "pois" instead which means "pea". That was what MissB referred to in her comment.
    Originally posted by Andypandyboy
    That's a different deliberate error to the one I picked up, but I understand now.....tvm.
    • MothballsWallet
    • By MothballsWallet 8th Oct 16, 3:34 PM
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    Let's see - well, English is my native language.
    First language I started learning informally was Spanish at a very young age.
    First language I started learning in school was Latin (2 years), then French (5 years).
    I've also picked up a little Dutch, Portuguese and tried to learn Russian.
    Always ask yourself one question: What would Gibbs do?

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    • Murphybear
    • By Murphybear 9th Oct 16, 6:54 AM
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    Yes!

    That's precisely why I thought I'd do this very short course.

    You can still sign up for it.......it's free........as you can do it anytime you like once you're signed up.
    (Openlearn is a free Mooc provider, and is a branch of the Open University).



    I'll find the link........

    https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/frisian
    Originally posted by Pyxis
    Thanks for that, it's amazing . Can't believe how many interesting things for free, not just languages. As a point of interest, I didn't know Frisian was The Netherlands second language, I understand not many people speak it.
    • vivatifosi
    • By vivatifosi 9th Oct 16, 9:20 AM
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    I speak French, German and Spanish v badly. I can say most things in a foreign language, the problem for me is that I can't say them all in the same foreign language.

    Given that I only learned German at school, I have no idea why I can say "I have a gun" in it. It seems a random thing to know.

    I also know how to ask if there is a chemist nearby in Italian, but this is only useful if the answer is "yes, there is one behind the cathedral", as that's the only response that I learned.
    Please stay safe in the sun and learn the A-E of melanoma: A = asymmetry, B = irregular borders, C= different colours, D= diameter, larger than 6mm, E = evolving, is your mole changing? Most moles are not cancerous, any doubts, please check next time you visit your GP.
    • tommix
    • By tommix 9th Oct 16, 2:16 PM
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    tommix
    I speak 632 languages..I have a good ear for languages, I inherited the talent from my Father who was a Diplomat working for the Russian Embassy in London. His Job took him to the far flung corners of the Globe.

    I remember on one occasion he was part of a trade delegation visiting the Pitcairn Islands In the Pacific..I got to know the locals very well. Indeed I embarked upon a relationship with one of the Local girls whose name escapes me..Cut a long story short, within a week I was fluent in Pitcairnian.
    Last edited by tommix; 09-10-2016 at 3:26 PM.
    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 9th Oct 16, 6:41 PM
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    Pyxis
    I speak 632 languages..I have a good ear for languages, I inherited the talent from my Father who was a Diplomat working for the Russian Embassy in London. His Job took him to the far flung corners of the Globe.

    I remember on one occasion he was part of a trade delegation visiting the Pitcairn Islands In the Pacific..I got to know the locals very well. Indeed I embarked upon a relationship with one of the Local girls whose name escapes me..Cut a long story short, within a week I was fluent in Pitcairnian.
    Originally posted by tommix

    Great! So am I!...........

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