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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-10-08 09:27 AM
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Languages you want to learn before you die!
For me:

Latin
Classical Greek
Sanskrit
Old English
Mandarin Chinese
Ojibwe
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Veritas_et_Aequitas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-06-08 08:12 PM
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1. My languages:
Hebrew
Arabic
Russian
Mandarin
Irish
Welsh

Old English can be fun. Terri Curran wrote a book about Old and Middle English that's pretty good to begin with. There's another good book out there, but it went out of print in the 60s (and I can't recall the title). From there you can check out the Cambridge Old English Reader. Good luck!
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AsahinaKimi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-14-08 10:57 PM
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2. As for me..
Nihongo ga jozu ni naritai desu (Japanese!)
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BlancheSplanchnik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 01:38 PM
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3. Hello! this is a cool group! Here's some of mine...
I'm fascinated with languages, tried to create my own when I was a little kid...
I'm fluent in American Sign Language, but not in any spoken languages. I just have too many interests, too many to focus on. Languages are in that "I WISH!" category!!

I would love to learn

Old English
Old Norsk
German
Norwegian, Dutch or Swedish (no particular preference right now)
Gaelic (Scots Gaelic appeals to me for no particular reason)
Mandarin Chinese
Swahili
Masaai
Hindi
Cherokee
Inuit
Hawaiian

:D
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ZombieNixon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-25-09 05:05 PM
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4. Well, I'd like to be fluent in the languages I'm already somewhat familiar with
Spanish, German, Norwegian, Irish Gaelic, Hindi. I'd also like to learn Sanskrit, Greek, Latin, Old Norse, and other ancient Indo-European languages.
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Flaxbee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-01-09 12:53 PM
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5. I would be content with Russian, and either French or Italian
Lots of other languages fascinate me, but my wishes are simple.
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TuxedoKat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-14-09 11:04 AM
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6. This is fun
Just found this forum, didn't know there was one in this category:

Here are some of mine:

Hindi - It sounds so beautiful (heard in Hindi Films and from native speakers)
Arabic - Same as above
Icelandic - Have a penpal from there
Catalan - Have friends from that area of Spain
Indonesian
Greek - Actually studied this a little
Latin
Czech

That's what I'm coming up with off the top of my head, I'm sure there are some others too.

Ones I've studied but would like to improve on:

Mandarin Chinese
Spanish
French
German
Italian
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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Aug-01-09 02:35 PM
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7. I'd like to learn a bit of Korean
Hawaiian and Ojibwe and improve my other languages.
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ZombieHorde Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 11:21 PM
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10. The Korean alphabet looks pretty cool. nt
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-04-09 02:38 PM
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8. Spoken Mandarin is really simple
and it's much like the telegraphic speech of toddlers. There are only 4 tones plus neutral to worry about, and no verb tenses. They have modal particles to indicate probability but aren't as obsessed with time as we are. Most compound words actually make a sort of sense.

Written Chinese is a bugger. I got to the point I could use a Chinese to English dictionary effectively, but that's it.

I could always read Italian and Spanish. I'm now working on speaking them understandably and without looking like a total blockhead.
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ZombieHorde Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 11:20 PM
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9. Japanese, Greek, and maybe Latin.
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eShirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-08-09 08:14 AM
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11. realistically, I'll do very well to learn Latin, Spanish, and French
if I were immortal:

everything


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