How many languages can you speak fluently?
In my case: -
English (Mother tongue)
Bahasa Indonesia / Malay
Cambodian / Khmer
In my case: -
English (Mother tongue)
Bahasa Indonesia / Malay
Cambodian / Khmer
Wow, are you Cambodian American? I can only speak two, Chinese and English.share
No, I was born in England, lived in the US for a while, then spent a lot of time in SE Asia.share
I just returned from a fascinating 20 day tour of Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.
I first went there in 1984 as a skinny 17 year old - blew my mind!share
Fascinating. Which country did you live in?
Thailand, but my work also led me to spend a lot of time in Cambodia, Indonesia, Singapore and Japan.share
Where in Thailand did you live?
Bangkok, Sukhumvit soi sam (soi 3).share
A fascinating city. How long did you live there, and how did you like it?
A couple of years - loved every minute - the only downside was the pollution.share
None to be honest
Not even the language of lurve? Lol.share
I'm a solid B average:)share
What about the interpretive language of dance?share
I can do a mean Elaine Benes but I'm too proper to twerkshare
If l spend too long in the pub, I find I become fluent in talking bollocks.share
You must be Irish👍
I have a touch of that too...a solid A+ student in fact
Spot on! Irish Father, English Mother.share
Irish, we seem to find each other, it's uncanny!share
In which case; Conas 'tá tú?
Followed by a massive, Sláinte
Yep, what you said🍻share
I’ve also noticed that some of the posters on the Superhero Film boards are fluent in hyperbole and hysteria.share
Avoid anything Star Wars and Superhero...they are batshit crazy on those boards, and not in a fun way:/share
Yes they are.
Jeez, I read some of the nonsense posted there (Captain Marvel seems to be the latest warzone) and just shake my head in disbelief.share
Amen, Bro! I had a lot of fun a few years back with the Max Max Fury Road fanboys.
They were absolutely livid when I dismissed their holy grail movie as a "boring two hour car/truck chase." It was hilarious!
same here 🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂
Arrogant but true...once you learn English they come to you😎share
English and sarcasmshare
Fluent in English and French. I can communicate enough to get by in Spanish as well but it's not pretty.share
English. I studied Spanish in college, and while I understand a lot of it now, I don't speak Spanish. I would love to learn French.share
I used to think i was fluent in english but i've been humbled a few times and accepted i'm not.
your written English seems fine.share
Thanks, glad you think so, i seem to get my points through at least, i feel my grammar can be a little quirky sometimes and a word here and there can go over my head and i have to look up it's definition :-P Writing on message boards and forums such as this is a nice training.share
English, that's it. I can speak a few words and phrases in Spanish, and a few words in French, German, and Japanese.share
That's actually kinda disturbing, hearing people from your own country butchering the native language.share
Yes, it is; but I deleted my post because, when I thought about it, it was unkind. First, we have posters here for whom English is not their native language. English is the only language in which I am fluent, indeed, super fluent (which is uncomfortablely close to “superfluous”!), so I respect and admire the polylingual people. More to the point, I’m not certain that written communication, as on a message board, is real evidence of fluency. There are three components to human communication: words, vocal inflection and tonality, and posture and gestures (body language). Someone may have a limited vocabulary and grammar and diction skills, but still be EFFECTIVELY fluent in a language. I stunk in French class as a little boy, but my teacher praised my hand gestures. I had a speech challenge as a pre-school little boy: I pronounced the letter “r” very broadly, so it sounded like “w” Given that my nickname was Raymie, this was socially difficult. “What’s your name?” “Waymie.” “Waymie?” “No! WAYMIE!” One day, my father and I were walking in the woods. I spotted a Robin. Excited, I tugged on my father’s sleeve. I said, “Daddy, see the bawd?” My father said, “Bawd? What’s a bawd?,” but not unkindly. I was his son. He loved me. I was SO frustrated! I said, “You know: BAWD!” Again, he didn’t understand, though he really wanted to. I pointed at the Robin, squatted down, tucked my little hands into my armpits, stuck out my elbows and flapped my “wings,” and said, “The bawd! You know? ‘Tweet, tweet?’” Then he understood. My point is that people can find a way to effective language fluency that is not apparent on an internet message board, so I regret and renounce my original post.
My father never tired of telling that story.
AmeriGirl, I agree with you, by the way (kind voice and compatible body language😋). I simply think my first post was wrong.
It's not about people who don't speak English as a first language. I fully expect them to have difficulty, and it's perfectly natural not to write very well in a language you didn't grow up with. You should hear my Spanish. My grammar is horrible, hehe.
I'm talking about people who were born and raised in America, learned English as their first language, and went to school to learn how to read and write in English, and yet do terrible at it. I mean, they have Sentence Correction taught in school, and yet, I STILL see people doing the exact same typing mistakes in spelling and grammar online, and HEAR people using bad grammar or pronunciation, despite being raised in the same environment. It was especially awkward for me in high school when our English teachers would have the kids read parts of a story out loud, and you hear 16-year-olds reading as if they were still 6! It's like, "What the hell were you doing in First Grade when they taught you to read? Did you sleep through it, thinking you could get away with it?!" It's tragic and disgusting to witness.
Here's a few tips, people:
"Women" does NOT refer to a single woman
"They're" is the contraction for "they are," "their" indicates ownership, and "there" is a location.
"Vein" does not refer to someone who is obsessed with their appearance. It's a blood vessel that returns de-oxygenated blood to the heart. The correct spelling is "vain."
And when a place is "too" far, you do not use the word "to" when referencing it!
GOD it drives me up a wall how badly some people write in English! I can understand IM-speak, but not when it's in longhand.
Corporate writing is as bad, if not culturally worse. The barbarians are storming the gates.
I admire your English language skills, AmeriGirl (what a Superhero name!). You make me happy. Like William Saphire, and John Ronald Ruel Tolkien, language matters to me. I know that there are those, here and elsewhere, who use language weakly, and I grieve for them.
Thanks. I do screw up sometimes, but I try to fix it if I can :). On Discord I'm always correcting minor typos I have made when talking to people.
My name was inspired by the American Girls franchise, of which I was a huge fan of growing up.
We bought our little girl one 2 years ago when we were on holiday touring California. She named the doll Mela because "it looks like me" and we bought it in LA.share
Awww, that's sweet :D. I had one of the "She Looks Like Me" dolls, and had fun with her. The funniest moments were at airport security, where they had me put her on the belt for the x-ray, and you could tell they thought it was cute to see a little girl with her American Girl doll.
What's nice now is, there are 18-inch dolls that look similar to the AG brand, that are cheaper and more available to people who couldn't afford AG dolls, and they have a huge variety available.
I understand your frustrations. I will admit that my grammar isn't always perfect, and I make mistakes a lot more than I think I should, but when someone who I was in university with is so lazy on Facebook that they use cud instead of could I go a little batty.
'I seen' is one of my biggest pet peeves. It's horrible to hear it spoken and even worse to see it written.
I would also like to lament the death of the adverb. It did it's job perfect. (That hurts to leave like that)