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    I was just thinking about languages and was wondering do any members speak a 2nd language.

    so do any members speak a 2nd language.

    Im sure some of us mite have taken school classes in another language.




    My 2nd language is japanese which ive been learning for about 18th months.
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    I did German at school (my school was twinned with one in Germany, hence the language learnt). Not quite the same thing, but I do have a go at translating things via Google.

    Funnily enough, I bought something earlier on today from Argos and its instruction manual consists of instructions no fewer than 28 different languages! - Ukrainian rather confusingly abbreviated to on the manual as "UK".

    I wonder if things like sign language, braille and the like would also count as languages in this respect, even though we don't speak them?
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    I learnt enough French at school to get by on a holiday, & have been trying to learn Japanese for a few years without much success.
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    If the Eurovision Song Contest and other places have anything to go by, it does seem that our European counterparts at least speak good English, and so in that respect, one feels as they are meeting us halfway with the language situation.

    A bit topical l I know regarding Brexit and the like, but I was watching the BBC News earlier on and several European Prime Ministers were interviewed on camera, and many of them including the Dutch and Luxembourg ones spoke very good English and needed no subtitles on screen. In a nutshell, most people on the continent if asked whether they could speak another language, they would most probably respond "English", even if their "English" was actually based on American vocabulary.
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    When I was a child could speak Welsh fluently.It was a difficult language to learn probably even harder now if your starting from scratch

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    Apparently Mandarin is the hardest language to learn and Norwegian the easiest ...(source unknown)
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    Grade A at French 'O'-Level but that's it, although I know a few German words and numbers...
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    Thanks for the list Darren, I've heard Finnish is supposed to be the hardest European language to learn, at least for an English speaker.

    While Japanese has 3 scripts to learn, the spoken version probably isn't much more difficult than another European language to learn, certainly it doesn't have the very tricky tones to learn that most other far eastern languages have.
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    CHECK THIS LINK ON JAPANESE.https://youtu.be/WjNNIUkdd4c


    Quote Originally Posted by Richard1978 View Post
    Thanks for the list Darren, I've heard Finnish is supposed to be the hardest European language to learn, at least for an English speaker.

    While Japanese has 3 scripts to learn, the spoken version probably isn't much more difficult than another European language to learn, certainly it doesn't have the very tricky tones to learn that most other far eastern languages have.
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