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Old February 8th, 2017, 06:11 AM   #1
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Are there people here who generally use more than 2 languages on a regular basis? How do you guys cope with it? I often find myself substituting words between languages when I forget the word in the original language that I am speaking with. The irritates me a lot but most who I speak to don't seem to mind too much. Is this a curse for those who know a few languages? It is also irritating when I feel that a particular language can't adequately convey what I want to say as well as in a different language. Some meaning just can't be adequately captured after translation.

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Old March 3rd, 2017, 11:42 AM   #2
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All it takes is practice. You need to think in that language, speak it and read/write.

I am Indian and thus I have to know at least two languages. I am fluent in Hindi and in English.

As I said ere, practice is the key to success. I can also speak (though not perfectly) French, Spanish and Latin. and (because I am a nerd) I am learning to speak in Quenya (elvish).

Practice is the key to success.

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Old March 3rd, 2017, 08:51 PM   #3
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I am used to speaking English as well as German. I've been raised bilingually and am able to switch between the languages quickly and without problems.

It's a bit more difficult with Spanish, Italian and French. I've started to learn these languages later in life (at 18, 15, 12) and since they are quite similar, I am mixing up vocabulary and grammar sometimes. However, due to the similar grammar, it is easier for me to learn a new language (Spanish). When I started to learn Italian, I always mixed up words. It's the same now with Spanish.
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Old March 4th, 2017, 12:19 PM   #4
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I speak french, german and english but the language who are the most difficult is english.
I have to know a lot of expression, words for my future job. if some of you want to learn british english I know a channel on yt which called englishwithlucy this is an interesting way to learn a native language.
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Old March 4th, 2017, 03:08 PM   #5
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My mom has complained about this same thing before. She is fluent in English and Italian, and will sometimes mix up words, or forget a a word in one language but know it in the other...but that's usually only temporary, and not something that hinders me or others from being able to understand her.

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Old March 19th, 2017, 06:49 AM   #6
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I'm so jealous of ppl who speak more than one language! I so have to learn one, or maybe more. Very cool!
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Old March 20th, 2017, 02:35 PM   #7
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i have always liked and known languages, i can make small mistakes etc... i am slovakian, and the education here is awful.. i was selftaught... i speak slovak, czech, english, german, russian on a fluent/good level, then i have trouble with swedish, arabic, spanish.. also im learning latin, cuz we have to learn the body parts, cells, etc in latin.
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Old March 21st, 2017, 05:12 PM   #8
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I guess just practice, because where I live, some of my aunts speak in Quechua and Aymara (I only understand Aymara, dont really speak the language) so with my friends and parents I speak Spanish and with my cousins in English

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Old March 26th, 2017, 02:35 PM   #9
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I use Portuguese, Spanish and English (because of foreign language classes) at school. I also speak the three fluently, and I use English in a daily basis. So, sometimes, I do not know how describe something in Portuguese, so I describe in Spanish or English (and people usually understand), and vice versa.
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Old January 4th, 2018, 02:01 AM   #10
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I consider myself fluent in 3 language haha english spanish and spanglish
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