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Old 08-19-2014, 08:47 PM   #81
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CharleyD, I think it's impressive that you are able to speak, read, and write all of those languages. I know a smattering of Spanish and English is my mother tongue.
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Old 08-19-2014, 08:56 PM   #82
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I agree, Fairygirl. My English is good, my French is not even marginal at best, and my Spanish totally sucks. I really admire folks who can speak more than their native language. Charley is doing a great job!
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Old 08-19-2014, 09:32 PM   #83
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don't care about it it's the same in all language particularly in France where grammar and spelling are very important
Welcome to Discuss Cooking inviteur. Don't get stressed about having perfect spelling or grammar. Like Got Garlic, I too admire someone who can communicate in more than their native tongue. If I were in France, I would consider it a success if I was able to ask for directions to both a restaurant and a restroom. However, I can fluently deliver the phrase "Excuse me, but do you speak English?" It's been 40+ years since my two years of high school French.

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Old 08-19-2014, 11:03 PM   #84
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You are all welcome to correct my spelling But i do not think it has anything to do with English. I am a horrible speller no matter what language I write in. Russian, Ukrainian, Spanish back in school and college, now English.
I appreciate being corrected. Believe it or not I love to spell words properly, I just cannot.
Nobody's perfect! Your spelling isn't nearly as bad as some that I've seen on facebook! Some are people that I graduated high school with, I often wonder how we could have come from the same school!
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Old 08-20-2014, 01:06 PM   #85
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My English is very good, my German is also quite good, my French is passable, my Spanish, Italian, and Hungarian suck, ditto Russian, let's not go to my understanding of Ojibway or Swahili. I've forgotten all the Latin and Greek I studied, the same is true of Portuguese. My ability to understand Swedish and Norwegian is good when it is spoken s-l-o-w-ly, I just can't write very well in any other language than English.
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Old 08-20-2014, 05:02 PM   #86
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CW, I am ambaresed to even mention the fact that I speak more than one language, standing next to you. My gosh, all those languages. In school and college, and even many years after, I did really well with Spanish. When I lived in Italy, for 6 month, I picked up enough Italian to get by. But when I came to America and started learning English, it was like all other languages got wiped up from my head.

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Old 08-20-2014, 10:46 PM   #87
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I just got done with 3 semesters of Spanish and I am horrible
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Yes, we already knew that, Frank. So where does Spanish enter into it? (Ducks and runs).

I'm better at reading French and Spanish than I am at hearing them. I can pick out a word here and there and sort of get the general idea.
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Old 08-20-2014, 11:31 PM   #89
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I just got done with 3 semesters of Spanish and I am horrible
When Poo's first wife was in college she was unable to graduate with her class. She was in college for five years just to get her Bachelor's Degree. What was her problem? Learning Spanish. She just couldn't get it. Kept failing. She tried everything. Tapes, private tutoring, you name it, she tried it. She finally was able to accumulate enough points to graduate. They mailed her the diploma.

So don't feel bad Frank. I just hope you do better than her.
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When Poo's first wife was in college she was unable to graduate with her class. She was in college for five years just to get her Bachelor's Degree. What was her problem? Learning Spanish. She just couldn't get it. Kept failing. She tried everything. Tapes, private tutoring, you name it, she tried it. She finally was able to accumulate enough points to graduate. They mailed her the diploma.

So don't feel bad Frank. I just hope you do better than her.
Sad part is I did well in the classes...
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