Tuesday, November 28, 2023


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

¿Cuántos idiomas además de su lengua materna habla FLUYENTE?
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!

Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodburyhttps://www.rvtravel.com
Emily Woodbury is the editor here at RVtravel.com. She was lucky enough to grow up alongside two traveling parents, one domestically by RV (yep, Chuck Woodbury) and the other for international adventures, and has been lucky to see a great deal of our world (and counting!). She lives near Seattle with her dog and chickens. When she's not cranking out 365+ newsletters for RVtravel.com she's hiking, cooking or, well, probably traveling.



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Veve (@guest_217590)
10 months ago

I am fluent in SPANISH ENGLISH and FINNISH languages. I can also read in Italian

Skip (@guest_112621)
2 years 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 2 years ago by Skip
Terry Duran (@guest_112614)
2 years ago

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

Terry Duran (@guest_112613)
2 years 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 (@guest_112612)
2 years ago

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

Tom (@guest_112607)
2 years ago

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

Estep (@guest_112599)
2 years 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 (@guest_112598)
2 years 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 (@guest_112596)
2 years 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 (@guest_112592)
2 years ago

Do you count nautical?

Brian Burry (@guest_112591)
2 years 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 (@guest_112588)
2 years 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 (@guest_112583)
2 years 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 (@guest_112578)
2 years ago

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

John Bilby (@guest_112575)
2 years ago

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

Bill N Stacey (@guest_112611)
2 years ago
Reply to  John Bilby

🇺🇸Thankyou John B🇺🇸

Neal Davis (@guest_112571)
2 years 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 (@guest_112568)
2 years ago

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

Ron (@guest_112567)
2 years 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 (@guest_112566)
2 years 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 (@guest_112565)
2 years 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 (@guest_112570)
2 years ago
Reply to  Bill

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

Ray (@guest_112576)
2 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Sounds like a wonderful experience.

Grant Graves (@guest_112593)
2 years 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.

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