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Tuesday, December 13th, 2011
2:15 pm
[penpal_russian]
hi from Russia
Good day to royal polyglot community :-)) I am Slava from north part of Russia where is very cold. I know Russian my native language, understand Ukranian, know basic English, i am going to learn French. My profession is an epidemiologist  in AIDS-center.
I am glad to help everyone who  learns Russian. Welcome!

Current Mood: excited
Wednesday, March 25th, 2009
6:46 pm
[bezoomniy]

Hi ,

 

I'm writing a graduation thesis about individualism in French and English-speaking countries now and I'd really appreciate if you'd give me your opinion:

list at least three assosiations which come up to ur head when u hear the word "individualism".
Please, answer in French if you are from a French speaking country and in English if you are from an English speaking country

Thank you a lot for your help :)

12:29 am
[eileengallia]
Hallo!
So I see that this community is rather quiet... but I like it and have joined anyways. I'm am a native English speaker, taking the first baby steps in learning Dutch. I started with just a few words from a close Dutch friend, but now I'm also using http://www.lesexpres.nl/dutch along with reinforcement from my Dutch friend. After Dutch I wish to learn Scotch Gaelic and Irish, but one language at a time. I have a two year old daughter who is pickup up on the language as I repeat it often through the day to work on my pronunciation. I've been working for a bit less than a year, and am glad that my 'g' is finally starting to sound right. Now on to 'r'....

Anyways, that's my intro thing. Doei!
Thursday, December 25th, 2008
7:40 pm
[realitydoubtsit]
Hey all,
I'm new to this community so I thought I'll just post an entry. I'm fluent in English and Chinese and I'm also learning French as a 3rd language. I would also like to learn Japanese but haven't really got the chance to do so. So if there's anyone who is good at French or Japanese and who would like to learn Chinese (that's the only one that I can offer cos I'm quite sure everyone knows English), if you don't mind, you can add me as a friend and we can help each other with the languages. Thanks and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Rachel
Sunday, November 5th, 2006
5:20 pm
[al_aaraaf]
forgive me if this isn't the place to post this, I'm looking for advice about what to study and how to study it...I've cross posted this a number of places (mostly language-related communities):

I currently have nothing but fluency in english and a lame smattering of phrases in other languages. I studied latin in a classroom for 2 years and have the barest of grasps of its grammar and vocabulary, and my spanish is even worse, though I've taken several years of introductory spanish (due to switching schools a lot...grrr). my ultimate goal is to be fluent in multiple languages, (I'm hoping for spanish, arabic, and russian) but my eyes are bigger than my stomach, so to speak. I've bought books on languages ranging form ancient egyptian to nahuatl to koine greek, and not been disciplined enough to teach myself any of them.

I'm interested in, first and foremost, actual fluency in widely-spoken modern languages, and also some sort of formal training in them...preferably in more than one at once. whatever it is I end up doing, I'd like to travel. I'm not sure which of my interests to follow professionally, but humanitarian aid is one of them, as is history/archaeology (note my attempts at learning a bunch of dead languages)...or perhaps actual professional translation. one of my unlikely goals is to speak (or at least read) all 8 of the languages Plutarch writes that Cleopatra spoke...I've been interested in dead languages since I was about 5. unfortunately I can't think of a more useless thing to be fascinated with. I was a bit of a prodigy with english, but I'm not sure that that ability will carry over into any other tongues.

that said...is there a sort of degree or training that would lend itself to combination with such varied disciplines as social work, political science, economics, and archaeology? it seems that no matter what sort of study I consider pursuing, my plans inevitably involve fluency in other languages. it seems sensible (and interesting!) to make studying them the framework with which any other sort of study could be paired. does a degree in linguistics fit the bill, here? I'm not so much interested in the theory of language as much as actual fluency - though I find things like theory and etymology and all that fascinating as well...I don't want to spend 4 years and a lot of money learning to *think* about languages without actually speaking them as well. Nicole Kidman's character in "the interpreter" is a bit of an inspiration for me. I don't have the diverse background she does (the last person in my family not to exclusively speak english was a welsh immigrant in the 1800s...much to my chagrin, I'm about as anglo-american as they come) but I'm not without intelligence, so I'm holding out hope that I may be able to build up to some kind of fluency. thus far traditional academics hasn't been good to me...I've been in the top 10% of lots of classes, most of which I have dropped out of. I don't necessarily have to have a degree, but I'm thinking its inevitable that I buckle down and finish one some time soon. any advise at all relating to becoming a polyglot, and successfully integrating it with a career, would be more than appreciated.

Current Mood: inquisitive
Saturday, September 16th, 2006
5:39 pm
[maartje]
Lovey-Dovey in 11 languages (now with added Dutch!)
Only the French can get away with calling their lovers their little flea and get away with it. This and other weird nicknames lovers have for each other are found in How to Speak Fluent Lovey Dovey in 11 Languages in 24 Hours. I will add some weird Dutch nicknames:

-"Little poo" (poepie)

-"Little fart" (scheetje): I don't know why but apparently the Dutch are scatologically obsessed. Freud would love this.

-"Love-chop/-bolt (?)" (schattebout): 'bout' is usually a piece of meat from the leg above the knee or a bolt (you know, one that goes with a nut). 'Bouten' is an informal word that can be translated as 'to shit'. A strijkbout is a laundry iron, a soldeerbout is a soldering iron.

-"Heart-thief" (hartedief): someone who likes to engage in the stealing of donor organs for fun and profit, perhaps?

-"Little piece of licorice" (droppie): the national candy obsession.

Riiiight...
Tuesday, August 15th, 2006
10:36 am
[jexia]
Hi, I'm hoping someone can help me. I know this is a really random question, but here goes.

I spend a lot of time on a site where we are creating a dictionary where all the definitions are in limerick form. Bizarre, I know, but fun. Anyway, I've been working on the following limerick:

The adzuki's a smallish red bean
Often cooked with in Asian cuisine.
It's used in sweet soups,
And for ice cream in scoops,
Or for mooncakes, or tea. Oh, how keen!

As you can see, the "Oh, how keen", is a rather pathetic ending. What I'd like to do is end it in an exclamation from a culture that uses red bean paste, and that rhymes with "bean"!

Can anyone help? It would be appreciated.
Saturday, July 1st, 2006
8:26 am
[kharkov32]
Hello!

I'm Sergiy, from Ukraine. English, German, Dutch, Polish, Ukrainian and Russian... ;) Can help if somebody needs a help with those languages.
Tuesday, June 13th, 2006
2:01 am
[kelly_in_taiwan]
A Few Questions...
This community's been a little dead lately so I thought I'd try and spark a bit of discussion. ^_^

1) How do you 'choose' the languages you want to study? Do you base your choices on cultural reasons, academic interest or purely practical reasons (eg. furthering career prospects)?

2) What are your opinions on studying more than one language at a time? Do you prefer to dabble in several or are you the type of person who will not move onto a new language until you have attained at least basic fluency in your current language?

3) What techniques do you feel are best for language learning? Attending classes, self-study from books/websites, immersion programmes...?

Let's get talking. ;)
Friday, May 5th, 2006
12:45 pm
[rackstraw]
Rosetta Stone?
How are the Rosetta Stone programs? Worth the price?

Do they include any kind of audio programs to listen to while driving?

I'm interested in learning French, Japanese, and Esperanto. (Of course I'm out of luck with that last one, as far as RS is concerned.)
Friday, April 14th, 2006
1:02 pm
[kelly_in_taiwan]
Hi All!
I just came across this community so I thought I'd say 'Hi'. :)

My name's Kelly, I'm 25 and originally from Gibraltar so I've had a more or less bilingual upbringing (English and Spanish). I'm fascinated by languages and various aspects of linguistics and am constantly trying to learn phrases in new languages.

The only languages I can claim so form of basic understanding or fluency in are English, Spanish, French (intermediate), Mandarin (intermediate-advanced) and Dutch (beginner). I studied French at school many years ago and have recently tried to brush up on it through self-study. I studied Mandarin at university for four years and am currently a freelance Chinese>English translator in Taiwan. As for Dutch, my partner is Dutch and I am hoping to move to the Netherlands later this year so I'm aiming for at least basic fluency before I get there. This has been a little hard so far as I'm not exposed to Dutch on a daily basis other than through my self-study and listening to Dutch online radio.

There are many other languages I have an interest in, some of which I hope to study in coming years. These include Tibetan, Hebrew, Basque, Romanian, Korean and possibly Turkish. Swahili, Japanese and Rapanui have also caught my attention lately. I'm not sure I will ever be able to study all of these, at least not to an advanced level, but I can always try, eh? ;)

Anyway, that's about all from me for now. Hope to get to know some of you other aspiring polyglots better. :)
Sunday, March 5th, 2006
3:35 am
[rolephant]
hi or/of hoi
hi im kez im 21 and am english
i love learning languages! I can speak french pretty well and enough german to get by in the country but am currently learning dutch, japanese and i just started learning norwegian i'd be greatful to anyone who could help me improve any of those three
thanks!
Tuesday, November 29th, 2005
9:43 pm
[biting_bitch]
fire....
i just decorated a box for a guy where i'll put matches and candles in. I'd be so happy to get help with something for the box...I'd like to write the word "fire" on the box in many different languages... and this is here you guys come in.. :) If you know the word fire in any language but danish, english and german i'd love to know so i can write it on the box :)

Thank you :)

Current Mood: excited
Saturday, November 5th, 2005
11:06 pm
[autotwilo]
Hello
Hi everyone, my name is Seán Óg and I'm from Ireland.
I'm 21 years old and my first languages are Irish and English. In high school I developed a reasonable standard of German which is sadly decaying due to lack of use. Currently I am working hard to teach myself Japanese and hope to take the level 3 JLPT (Japanese Language Proficiency Test) next year.
Tuesday, November 1st, 2005
11:02 pm
[biting_bitch]
hi :)
I'm new here so I think I'd better introduce myself :)

My name is Lene and I'm a 21 year old girl from Denmark :) This means that my first language is Danish and my second is English. I'd love to teach other people Danish :D I know it's a pretty unknown language as many English-speaking people think that we speak Dutch in Denmark.. but I am sure there are people out there who'd like to learn my language...
I tried to teach Danish to some Asian and American people a while ago and I honestly think it went ok :)

I have a list of languages I'd like to learn before I die:

latin, german, gaelic, greenlandic, japanese, arabic, chinese, russian.... well... this is just a part of the list.. I think it'd be cool to know a few languages really well and then know a little of all the rest.. LOL..
Saturday, September 10th, 2005
12:52 am
[thesparque]
Greetings!
Hi everybody. My name's Frank, and I'm 21. My first language is English, and about 5 or 6 years ago I began to learn Spanish. I can now read and write with almost complete proficiency, and I'm taking classes over the next three semesters to improve my conversational skills. So with that in mind, I decided the time was right to continue my journey and take on a third language; thus, I've begun learning Italian. I really only started today, so all I can do is say the alphabet and the months.

Anyway, I'm glad to see a polyglot community on LJ. It's the only one, so I'd love to see it grow; it's so hard to find communities like this anywhere. There's only one I know of on Myspace, and it's only a little bigger than this one.
Wednesday, August 3rd, 2005
12:33 pm
[scarytale]
Hi everyone!

I'm Kyla (23), a linguaholic one struggling to teach myself French. I would appreciate any help and especially will be glad to chat with patient people who can sometimes correct my mistakes :) In return, I can be of help to guys learning English, Russian and Hebrew.

My e-mail is kyla_hrwtz@yahoo.com,
ICQ #312794244

Waiting for guests :)



x-posted in one_language, learn_languages


Current Mood: optimistic
Friday, January 28th, 2005
10:26 pm
[maartje]
Welcome again. I am sorry, I have neglected this community for too long. I'll start off by saying a few things about myself and why I am proud to be a polyglot (other than the obvious coolness of the word).

What is a polyglot? Polyglot is a Greek word, and it simply means many-tongue. Someone who is a polyglot is a person who knows multiple languages. But the word, to me, also implies one loves the languages one speaks. That is not the official definition, certainly not. But the first place where I heard it was from my classical languages teacher, and because I liked his classes that word got a very positive feel to it.

Now, after having graduated high school where I had classes to learn 6 languages (Latin, Greek, native Dutch, English, French and German), I started studying Japanese and found that the problems in learning Japanese were often different from the problems I had had while studying European (Indogermanic) languages. Not only was the writing system different, but also the way words are compounded, the many homophones and several other, mainly vocabulary based issues made this a hard language for me to learn whereas for example French came more or less naturally to me.

I expect to graduate university before november this year, but still struggle with the language. Yesterday I met 2 Japanese girls somewhere, but I couldn't carry a conversation anymore. I have not had conversation practice for half a year... It sure is volatile knowledge apparently :(

I hope others who read this will introduce themselves as well and tell me about their studies.
Friday, July 30th, 2004
9:19 pm
[maartje]
Welcome!
To all who visit this page (a select view, I suspect), welcome.
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