Do you speak a 2nd language?

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    • #12008
      Daisy
      Keymaster

      Lately, I have been working on learning a second language. Once I’m conversational in the first, I want to add another one.

      I think learning other languages could be very useful skills in many situations.

      I’m using the Duolingo website (it’s free) and I’m currently working on Spanish.

      Do you speak any other languages?

    • #12020
      Rich Sullivan
      Participant

      I did have some French once upon a time but other than that no, Spanish would be very good for one to know in the United States though I been one interested in that language in which you speak everyone listens even lawyers, Latin 🙂

       

    • #12031
      Tolik
      Participant

      Russian as a hobby , not serious tho ,  because I live in the US , its not that much of a necessity . Russian , more because the alphabet is like a naval code to most people .  Especially if you combine the two , English words using the Cyrillic alphabet , not correct in either language lol . Phone apps wont translate it . You could do that with any non latin based language .

    • #12033
      Daisy
      Keymaster

      Tolik that’s a great idea!

    • #12068
      corsaire
      Participant

      Duolingo here also

      Brushing up on my German and starting from scratch with Swedish, Klingon and Polish.

    • #12119
      Tolik
      Participant

      Klingon wont do you any good outside Louisiana , or Quebec .

    • #12129
      Crow Bar
      Keymaster

      I would like to learn Klingon.

    • #12111
      OldMt Woman
      Participant

      LOL….that Klingon is going to be really useful, Corsaire.  I think I know a few words/phrases…so ya just never know.

      I’ve studied one language for several years…..wayyyy long time ago.  It’s in my head somewhere.  Another one for less time and remember little.  But one thing I’ve done was to collect dictionaries in different languages.  English to Spanish and reversed, etc.  I think I’ve got about 5 languages, including the 2 I’ve studied …plus the first language of a family member who learned English.  We KNOW how much a dictionary is vital when you have no common language.

      Anyone know the manual alphabet for the deaf [speaking with fingers]?  Or Braille?  LOL  All thru school my best friend and I passed notes in Braille.  Not bumps on stiff paper but just written dots…so no one could read our notes, of course.  Also “spoke” across the classroom with hand-spelling with the deaf alphabet.

      Actually I do have a Braille slate/stylus and paper but it’s a doozy to reverse the order cuz you poke the dots thru the back of the paper and read the front.

      Under the heading of:  you just never know when it might come in handy.

      OldMtWoman

      • #12704
        Mama cando
        Participant

        Old Mt Woman, there is a course you can take on line from The Klingon Language Academy (IF it’s still running) and if you want to brush up on your Klingon, Que’pla, LOL !.  I need to “relearn” the language, teach it to the grand kids as code for emergencies, as I don’t think a lot of people would recognize it or be able to understand it.

    • #12163
      corsaire
      Participant

      Its a fun language. And something which may not be easily recognizable; eg a code language. There is a Klingon dictionary also.

      Besides Duolingo, The Klingon Language institute has online classes as well as Memrise. The KLI one is pretty good with worksheets you can print out.

    • #12196
      woodsrunner
      Participant

      I would like to learn a second language besides the Latin I “learned” in school years ago.  Morse code is almost like learning a second language.  I used to pump German words out of my Dad after WW2.

      I used to do braille.  I had a braille writer from the school and did it for the school kids.  Forgot it now though because I moved and had to give the braille writer back to the school and there were no blind kids in my new town so I just didn’t keep it up.  I do have my own form of shorthand that helps me write faster and sometimes I can hardly read it myself.

      When I get done with code so that I know it well enough at a good speed I will study a second language.  DH knows two besides English.  I have read that learning a second language or something like it like Morse code gives you an edge from dementia later in life, especially if you learned the second language as a kid.  Keep that brain active.  Kudos to everyone doing this.  In a grid down situation Morse code would be valuable because you could listen to what’s going at greater distances.

    • #12706
      namelus
      Participant

      Only have to worry about klingon if they are dressed in red

       

    • #12832
      Mama cando
      Participant

      namelus, That’s only for weddings. IF they start cussing ya out and swinging the Bat’Leth, youse in big doo doo. LOL

    • #12841
      OldMt Woman
      Participant

      After reading this thread more than a week ago, I have been taking a course on DuoLingo.  It’s fun and tho I know a lot of nouns in this language and some phrases, I haven’t studied the grammar/spelling.  Uff tah.  That’s much harder.  I’m enjoying it tho.  Going to make some flash cards…not used to reading it either.

      OldMtWoman  ….no, it’s not Klingon but I think that could be a code language…like the Navajos?

    • #12968
      namelus
      Participant

      You can always make your own short speak not like it will.have to cover many situations only security ones. Or you can pick up such a southern drawl  few can understand you or what you are saying  is english ha ha.  I speak a few languages what messes with people.is when kids are learning new languages they sometimes mix and match and if you don’t know the languages or are mentally agile enough it is utterly confusing. Expecially when mixing very diverse languages that share next to nothing like russian, cantonese, dari, German.  You get some.messed up looks add to that a code.like code.talkers and you have 100 ways to say a 5 word.sentence.

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