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Post Reply Bilingualism - how do you feel about it?
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24 / M / UK
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Posted 3/3/15
Im British, currently learning Japanese
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39 / M
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Posted 3/3/15
bilingualism..why not.me Indonesia.can do english too.so..part of seen different cultured use your bilingual skill.I learn my english from game , forum or any music I heard.
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Posted 3/3/15
Monolingual, but want to learn a second language.
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24 / F / United States, DE
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Posted 3/3/15 , edited 3/3/15
I only speak English fluently, but would love to be able to speak different languages.
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31 / M / Central KY.
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Posted 3/5/15
Learning a new Language breaks huge Social/Creed/Cultural barriers. It's One of the best things You could do for Yourself and Your Mind.
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21 / M / Australia
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Posted 3/6/15
only English as of now but been meaning to learn other languages.
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I grew up bilingual and the second language has done jack for me so far, I hardly ever associate with others who speak it and there is no demand for it in the fields I'm working in. English is my 3rd language and the one I use the most and while I'm looking into learning another one I lack the drive to just do so.
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Posted 3/10/15 , edited 3/10/15
I'm native English and Vietnamese. Studied French in high school. Plus whatever little Japanese & Korean I run into from anime/drama/etc.

Knowing a bit about the other languages really helped me to understand the way thoughts are formed for different cultures (because of the grammatical constructions in those languages that forces people to think a certain way). Personally it's influenced my thought process as well, I frequently have thoughts, think about things in multiple structures. Not necessarily thinking in two languages, but say thinking of something using English words but set in Japanese grammar.

And then you run into someone whose not so good at English, and you don't get upset because you appreciate that their thoughts are just wired a different way.
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Posted 3/12/15 , edited 3/23/15
Bilingualsim is all well and good until the goverment requires you learn a savage tongue, French!
Posted 3/13/15
I'm kinda bilingual. I was pretty good at Spanish, but became rusty over the years.
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Posted 3/13/15

StormYul wrote:

I'm native English and Vietnamese. Studied French in high school. Plus whatever little Japanese & Korean I run into from anime/drama/etc.

Knowing a bit about the other languages really helped me to understand the way thoughts are formed for different cultures (because of the grammatical constructions in those languages that forces people to think a certain way). Personally it's influenced my thought process as well, I frequently have thoughts, think about things in multiple structures. Not necessarily thinking in two languages, but say thinking of something using English words but set in Japanese grammar.

And then you run into someone whose not so good at English, and you don't get upset because you appreciate that their thoughts are just wired a different way.


I really like your way of thinking. I work in a hotel and I spend a lot of time interacting with different cultural groups in my community at local markets and restaurants, so I really appreciate the efforts people make to communicate, and it's just as you say - their thoughts are wired differently. I find expanding my linguistic horizons over the years has helped me appreciate other cultures and ways of life a lot, and have helped me broaden my mind and see things through various point of views. In following the comment of not getting upset at someone's ability to speak English, it's something I come across a lot at my job, and in a lot of circumstances, people are very happy and relieved when I can communicate to some level in their native tongue, and often, they get a lot more comfortable in their efforts and ask me to correct them or supply them with the words they can't recall, and I ask them to do the same, so it's a fun learning atmosphere on more than one level.
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20 / M / Germany
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Posted 3/23/15
I am multilingual, I currently speak Dutch & German fluently, and I'd say my English is pretty decent as well. I'll be picking up Japanese as well in 1.5 months once I finish my pre-university education, as I'll have a lot of time then. Speaking both Dutch & German has really helped me in my daily life, as I cross the border every day to go to school, and it also helps to communicate when I get lost in the city. Overall I'm really happy to be multilingual
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22 / F / NY
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Posted 3/23/15 , edited 3/23/15
People are suggesting me to learn Mandarin for potential business opportunities in the future but it's such an ugly language and I don't care about China at all... I'm pivoting between mono and bilingual because I can speak English perfectly fluently but sometimes I speak some disgusting dialect w/ my family members and I'm really bad at it? So I'm not quite sure where that places me. I wish I knew a better sounding language but it's whatever. Barely anyone knows that I'm "bilingual" because I never, ever speak it.

Anyway, if I could be fluent in any language it'd have to Norwegian or French but I can't be arsed to learn either. Oh well
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24 / M / San Francisco Bay...
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Posted 3/23/15
Monolingual. In high school (and very technically in college) I studied Latin, so I don't really speak that inasmuch as I read/write it.

I'm otherwise indifferent to it. If my study with Latin was any indication, actually learning a second language well requires a lot of dedication (that, is unless, you grow up in a multilingual household wherein you learn both languages naturally from a very young age). It's a skill that seems like it can be very useful to apply, but you'd need to have a somewhat specific purpose in mind. It's like the same with engineering: a very useful skill indeed, but unless you wanna go on to build things, it's a lot of effort to put in. And as it stands, I just don't have that time and effort to learn (another) language.
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22 / M / Fraxinus
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Posted 3/24/15
Monolingual, and though I think it'd be great to learn another language, and be able to speak it fluently, it's not exactly a necessity it my life, and therefore I'm somewhat indifferent to it. I imagine I'll probably try to learn more languages later in life.
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