why?

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vernon

Re: why?

Postby vernon » Mon Dec 30, 2002 7:28 am

I THINK IT IS NORMAL,I CAN SPEAK 3LANGUAGES TOO HAKKA , CANTONESE, ADN PUTONGHUA.AS I KNOW MANY HAKKA PEOPLE CAN SPEAK 3 LANGUAGES AT least.

sean

Re: why?

Postby sean » Fri Jan 17, 2003 9:56 am

i can speak 4 languages. Hakka, Cantonese, Hokkien, Putonghua but i'm come from China. I also can speak foreign language like English and Malay. Too normal..

sean

Re: why?

Postby sean » Fri Jan 17, 2003 9:57 am

sorry, i'm not from china.

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Re: why?

Postby Mia Anne » Sun Aug 30, 2009 8:19 pm

James Campbell wrote:Since you bring it up and I don't mean to boast but if you think 4 is special:

Hi Mr. Campbell,

I was truly amazed with your ability to master all those languages. I was an international flight attendants for two major US carriers and had the opportunity to meet multi-lingual people such yourself but what suprising to me was that most of them were such "down to earth" (humble) people. They did not advertise their language abilities. I sincerely believe that Ji did not intend to boast about his/her ability to speak 3 chinese dialects but to explain why majority chinese people are able to speak at least 3 dialects. I feel bad for Ji because most the replies are sarcastic and hurtful toward him, especially critizing his English. Let us be kind and support each other and treat others the way we want to be treated. Have a marvelous day.

Mia


I speak English, German, Italian, Russian, Mandarin, Minnan, and Wu, in addition to reading ability in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Polish, Czech, Croatian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Slovenian, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Malay, and Indonesian. In addition to those I have basic ability in Cantonese, Hakka, Arabic, Mongolian, Uyghur, Turkish, Hungarian, and Hindi.

If you add them up, that's 7 languages I speak, 19 more I comprehend, and 8 more with basic abilities. That's 34, so, 3 or 4 languages in comparison is nothing special.

Those 19 languages of comprehension would only require about 3 or 4 weeks in that location for me to acquire a good speaking ability, since I have already studied much of their related vocabulary and grammar. So if I had the time and money to do about 20 months of globe-trotting in the right spots with the right environment and regimen, I would be able to speak 26 languages within 2 years. I don't find it very difficult if you have your own system of categorizing vocabulary and a good memory.

I also claim that I can learn an unrelated language I've never touched before in 5-6 weeks as long as I have full-time available, and contact with a native speaker.

So to answer the question WHY? Because it's fun and a very pleasant experience that opens you up to new cultures and peoples. For somebody like me, it's great because I'm in constant contact with multinationals every week.

Hey, Mark, how about yourself? I was under the impression that you know quite a few yourself, including the Chinese ones. Kannst du auch einige Europäische Sprachen? Hoantsai, goa ma guanyi ka li sia banlam-oe e phoe, tse si kong, nasi li u chhubi, tioh ka goa lianlok. Goa chin hoaNhi u chit-e kihoe ka li anne liansip!

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Re: why?

Postby Mia Anne » Wed Sep 02, 2009 12:38 am

Hi Mr. Campbell,

I was truly amazed with your ability to master all those languages. I was an international flight attendants for two major US carriers and had the opportunity to meet multi-lingual people such yourself but what suprising to me was that most of them were such "down to earth" (humble) people. They did not advertise their language abilities. I sincerely believe that Ji did not intend to boast about his/her ability to speak 3 chinese dialects but to explain why majority chinese people are able to speak at least 3 dialects. I feel bad for Ji because most the replies are sarcastic and hurtful toward him, especially critizing his English. Let us be kind and support each other and treat others the way we want to be treated. Have a marvelous day.

Mia

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Re: why?

Postby ericpepin » Fri Dec 31, 2010 11:58 pm

James Campbell wrote:Isn't there a saying that the people who know only one language are called American?

Most the people of the earth are multilingual. In fact, in most countries there is exposure to more than one language, and most everybody growing up today studies English. So it's safe to say that most people in the world know at least one or two local languages in addition to their study of English.


Haha very funny but ya i agree, every person should know more than one language. although I am also an American but i know a little bit Chinese also want to learn more that why i joined this forum Thank you all.


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