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If you could be totally fluent in another language other than your own, what language would that be?

Asked by ibstubro (18644points) January 4th, 2016

And why?

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ragingloli's avatar

Japanese, so I would not have to rely on subtitles to watch my favourite tentacle porn

zenvelo's avatar

French, the language of romance. Plus if you are fluent in French, it isn’t a leap to be conversant in Italian or Spanish,

jca's avatar

Spanish, because there are so many Hispanic people that work in the area I work in, it would be helpful.

Cupcake's avatar

Spanish or Arabic.

To increase my potential pool of research study recruits.

filmfann's avatar

Arabic, because it would be so useful now, or French, because it is so beautiful.

Seek's avatar

Irish Gaelic.

I want to be able to read Irish literature in its intended form.

si3tech's avatar

American Sign Language

filmfann's avatar

@si3tech That is very easy to learn! Find an adult education class.

zenvelo's avatar

@si3tech My son is taking ASL as his foreign language requirement for entry into University.

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Blondesjon's avatar


miss you gail

ucme's avatar

Chinese whispers, a surprise ending to every conversation.

cazzie's avatar

Norwegian… because I am forced to live here and being completely fluent rather than sounding like a bit of an idiot would help me with study and/or get a better job and in every day dealings in life…. like today, when I get another reminder in my email for something that looks urgent, but for the life of me, I can’t work out the language well enough to figure out what the fuck they are on about.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Sarcasm but only somedays.

si3tech's avatar

I have been taking classes in American Sign Language for some years, going into the advanced class this month. I do not know people who use it all the time so between sessions of classes I lose some. If you don’t use it you do lose it. It is a beautiful language.

janbb's avatar

It would have to be French since I am there frequently visiting my son, DIL and grandsons.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

I wish I could be a little more like my sister, she speaks ASL, Spanish, Swiss and French. She speaks Swiss and French well enough to teach medical massage therapy in Europe.

longgone's avatar

Hm. Arabic, I guess. That would come in handy with all the refugees.

dappled_leaves's avatar

Italian, because I started and didn’t finish.

Spanish, because doesn’t everyone speak Spanish? Why don’t I?

And Arabic, because the script is beautiful, and I don’t know any languages like it. I have a thing for languages that don’t share our alphabet.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

1st: Chinese
2nd: Spanish
3rd: Russian
4th: Sign language.

flutherother's avatar

Chinese so I don’t get left out of conversations when I’m over there.

Adagio's avatar

French, for the sheer romance of the sound.

stanleybmanly's avatar

Tough question. But considering where life led me, it would have been useful to have command of Latin and its idioms circa 50 C. E.

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

Only one? I’ll go with French. It’s such a pretty language.

Other than that I’d like to learn Spanish. I’d like to travel more and it would be helpful to speak French and Spanish.

I’m not good at learning languages so this isn’t going to happen!

msh's avatar

I can get by on English (by wildly gesturing and speaking really, really loudly- it helps others comprehend so much better!) and French. I would learn to speak the Russian dialect, and it’s street jargen also. You get farther when you do so.

ibstubro's avatar

I would probably have to go with Arabic. I’d like to know first hand what Islamic militants are saying, and their fellow Arabs response.
It would also be an excellent paying job at present, and yes, I’m willing to relocate.

However, like @Earthbound_Misfit, “I’m not good at learning languages so this isn’t going to happen!”

OpryLeigh's avatar


I love the way it sounds.

janbb's avatar

@OpryLeigh A bissele mazel, shayna maidele!

OpryLeigh's avatar

@janbb i hope that’s friendly. It sounds friendly!

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Italian. I like the sound and it is very expressive when spoken properly.

ibstubro's avatar

I hope you’re good with your hands, @Espiritus_Corvus.

janbb's avatar

@OpryLeigh It means, “Have a little good luck, pretty young woman!”

OpryLeigh's avatar

@janbb Thank you.. That really is lovely :)

stanleybmanly's avatar

@janbb “pretty young woman” should be luck enough!

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