Jan. 12th, 2012

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First off, I got a reply from LJ support, and they said the issue was a result of the journal style I was using. So I changed it. It'll take awhile to get used to, but at least in the meantime, comments should be working again! Yay!

Recently I have been reflecting on how few languages I actually speak, compared to how many I have studied at different points and for varying periods of time. I'm often pegged as multilingual (which I'm not at all), and it occurs to me that that's probably because I've mentioned so many languages here in my journal and tend to reflect on them so much in general, that it makes people think that I know more of them than I do.

So here's me coming clean. This is what I know of various languages.

Fluent: English. ONLY English.
Languages I can usually conduct meaningful interaction in: Spanish (pretty good), Brazilian Portuguese (not so good), French (pretty bad).
Languages that I can understand pretty well generally (especially written), but can't produce myself: Italian, Esperanto, Catalan
Languages that I can't claim to understand 'generally', but know enough of that in some situations, I can understand sentences and phrases given context: Japanese, Danish, ASL, Latin
Languages that I know a bunch of random words and phrases in, but not usually enough to understand much when someone is speaking: Navajo, Kaqchikel, German, Mandarin Chinese

And uhm, yeah. I guess there are a handful more languages that I know how to say really basic things in like 'Hello', 'Goodbye' and 'Thank you', but I don't really count them. It might seem like a long list, but it would unfortunately be way more impressive if there were more languages in the upper categories and fewer in the ones below. ¬_¬;

I'm also curious about you people, if anyone wants to share. :) What languages do you speak, and not-speak-so-much? Feel free to make your own categories if mine don't really work for you.

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