Friday, September 17, 2021
Friday, September 17, 2021

How many languages besides your native language do you speak FLUENTLY?

¿Cuántos idiomas además de su lengua materna habla FLUYENTE?
母国語以外に流暢に話せる言語はいくつありますか?
Hoeveel talen behalve je moedertaal spreek je VLOEIEND?
כמה שפות מלבד שפת האם שלך אתה מדבר בצורה שוטפת?
Wie viele Sprachen außer Ihrer Muttersprache sprechen Sie fließend?

OK, we’re pretty sure those above translations aren’t entirely correct (Google isn’t always reliable…), but if you speak Spanish, Japanese, Dutch, Hebrew or German, you might’ve at least understood what we were trying to say, which was asking you how many languages besides your native language you speak fluently.

So, how many? After you’ve voted, please tell us in the comments below which languages you speak. Thanks!

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Skip
7 months ago

I learnt French (France), Spanish (Spain), German, Russian, Italian, Spanish (Puerto Rico). And recently Abanicki (my family roots native tongue. I stumble with English because of accents – Australian/Irish/Scottish/England and including the south and deep South.m within the deep south

Last edited 7 months ago by Skip
Terry Duran
7 months ago

I forgot to mention our cocker/poodle mix Gracie also understands 3 languages!

Terry Duran
7 months ago

I speak 3 languages…
English, Spanish, and Spanglish
My father in law taught me the correct form of Spanish as I had learned the slang growing up in Califirnia and I taught him English.

Tom
7 months ago

Not sure I can speak my native language FLUENTLY. DW is always asking what the heck I’m taking about

Tom
7 months ago

Does norther, eastern, southern, and west coast count as different languages?

Estep
7 months ago

Born in Southern Missouri and was raised speaking Southern. I also speak Northern very well and can converse in both English and Western Canadian. Also understand and speak some Austrailian.

Roy Davis
7 months ago

I said one but the key word here is FLUENTLY. I have studied Spanish and understand far more than I can speak. My wife took 4 years of French but, as the saying goes, “if you don’t use it you lose it”.

Del
7 months ago

My father was fluent in German, Russian, Japanese and conversant in Spanish. His job in the military required it. I am fluent in Spanish and semi-conversant in German. It is nice to be able to speak to others in their language and they are usually very helpful when you sometimes get it wrong. Most of the people I have met who spoke Spanish were very happy I would try to communicate in their native language. It led to some very pleasant and happy memories.

Gene Bjerke
7 months ago

Do you count nautical?

Brian Burry
7 months ago

Bill is so sadly wrong – as example of Americans who never spoke the languages of the countries they fought in, and so many wounded or died, had nothing wrong with their attitude or opinions. If a person traveling to another country would enjoy learning that language,it can be just fine. However as a US Army Soldier, who has fought, and was severely wounded in two wars, I never learned those languages, but treated all with dignity and respect as we were taught do do.
A Proud American.

Grant Graves
7 months ago

I answered one but my wife speaks Mandarin, Japanese and English. Her English is not fluent but close. We are planning a trip to Japan after the pandemic so I’m working on Japanese. It helps to live with a fluent speaker.

Larry
7 months ago

My partner and I are fluent only in English. I felt so provincial in my travels in Kenya, Thailand and Mexico, being around natives and other travelers, even though I work hard (in the short term) at learning and using the countries’ languages.

Curt Rigney
7 months ago

I (Curt) only speak English but, my wife, who’s from Switzerland, speaks 2.

John Bilby
7 months ago

Born in the USA. Only speak English!!!!!!!

Bill N Stacey
7 months ago
Reply to  John Bilby

🇺🇸Thankyou John B🇺🇸

Neal Davis
7 months ago

Just English, but we do have a computer program to learn Italian. We have picked up a word or two of Hawaiian and Irish/Gaelic as well.

MN Anon
7 months ago

I am learning German, my husband speaks enough Spanish for us to get around Spanish speaking countries. It’s important.

Ron
7 months ago

I answered that I only speak my native language, English. However, my wife speaks Spanish because her parents were missionaries in Peru. When we were in Peru a number of years ago, I would have been lost without her.

Ron Twellman
7 months ago

Not Fluent in any others, but had two years of French in high school and four semesters of German in my second stint in college. Got by passably on our tour of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. If you can say please and thank you and order a beer, you’re good!

Bill
7 months ago

Americans are very proud of their ignorance and often follow the rule to just speak louder if you don’t know the local language. There is nothing like foreign travel to help you learn a little humility.
This past winter we spent 5 months RVing in Mexico. Our Spanish isn’t that good, but the people are very helpful and friendly. We got along fine. Mexicans are taught English in school.
We spent 3 of those months quarantining in a Oaxaca campground with 35 people from 10 countries. It was fun trying to stumble along in French, German, Spanish, Portuguese and helping others with English, although most of them got some in school.
It’s a big world. Open your mind and your heart.

Brenda
7 months ago
Reply to  Bill

Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience! I agree wholeheartedly with you.

Ray
7 months ago
Reply to  Bill

Sounds like a wonderful experience.

Grant Graves
7 months ago
Reply to  Bill

I agree the American’s I know that have never traveled internationally think all other countries are backward. It’s too bad more Americans have not traveled; it would open their minds.

Bounder
7 months ago

We speak English, French and Spanish.

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