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Is English your first language?

Asked by Brian1946 (19007 points ) January 3rd, 2013

If not, what is your native language? If you like, would you please post a sentence or a thought in your native language, with an English translation?

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laurenkem's avatar

Yes, it is.

FutureMemory's avatar

First and last. I suck at learning new languages.

The teacher that passed me in Spanish 101 and 102 (full year of college Spanish) should be fired.

muppetish's avatar

English is my first language. I studied Spanish for a year and forgot almost everything that I learned. I studied French for roughly a year and a half as an undergraduate and didn’t retain as much as I should have. C’est la vie.

livelaughlove21's avatar

Yep, first and only.

I’ve taken a total of 7 courses in Spanish in the past 10 years, passed all of them with flying colors, and still can’t speak much Spanish. My first college Spanish professor suggested I minor in it – HA!

poisonedantidote's avatar

It is my native spoken language, as it is the language I learned to speak first. However, my first written language is Spanish, as I was educated in Spain and never got to go to an english school. English is my first spoken language, and third written language, after Spanish and Catalan.

Seeing as we are writing, and Spanish is my native written language…

Ya he respondido, y ahora me voy. / I have answered, and now I’ll leave.

Ayesha's avatar

No. Third actually. My first is Urdu and then Punjabi.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

No. My first is Russian.

Brian1946's avatar

@Ayesha

Does India have several native languages?

Ayesha's avatar

@Brian1946 I’m from Pakistan.

dxs's avatar

English is my first language. American English.

linguaphile's avatar

English is my first language, is the language I use to read and write, but it is not my primary language for daily usage. I use American Sign Language for any language usage other than reading or writing.

bookish1's avatar

English is my native language and I’m really glad I did not have to learn it as a non-native speaker… Fluent in academic and street French, but I may never speak like a non-bookish native speaker :-p

@Brian1946 : The official languages of the government are Hindi and English. But India has hundreds and possibly thousands of languages. Punjabi, Urdu, Kashmiri, Marathi, Telegu, Kannada, Mayalam, Tamil…Hundreds of others I’ve never heard of.

Brian1946's avatar

@bookish1

But India has hundreds and possibly thousands of languages. ...Kannada….

I speak fluent Canadian, so perhaps I’m already fluent in Kannada. ;-)

Thanks for the info.

cookieman's avatar

No. I spoke “Baby” first.

Goo goo, gah gaah. Ba doo goo, ba gah.

Kardamom's avatar

Yes, but I also speak fluent cat and dog : ) Or at least they seem to understand me.

Das a good boy, yes you’re a good boy, who’s a good boy? You’re a good boy! I woof you : )

wundayatta's avatar

First…. and last.

bob_'s avatar

No, Spanish is.

tups's avatar

No.
Danish is my first.

Rød grød med fløde. Red porridge with cream.

Brian1946's avatar

@tups

Is the ø on your keyboard?

tups's avatar

Yes, the æ ø å

Mamradpivo's avatar

Yes, but I also speak French and Dutch pretty well, and work in an office where I speak exclusively Dutch.

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