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    Geek. They may be able to speak 16 languages, but they wouldnt be able to hold a conversation due to the amount of time theyve spent on it.
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    (Original post by deltabomber)
    Geek. They may be able to speak 16 languages, but they wouldnt be able to hold a conversation due to the amount of time theyve spent on it.
    wwhhhaaa....... hmmm...i guess it depends on he who welds the lightsaber.
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    Attractive and worldly-wise, so long as they were also a well-balanced person.
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    Very attractive :sexface:
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    impressive... but not a geek...
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    (Original post by deltabomber)
    Geek. They may be able to speak 16 languages, but they wouldnt be able to hold a conversation due to the amount of time theyve spent on it.
    Well duh....if they could speak 16 languages then of course they could hold a conversation....speaking = holding a conversation.
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    (Original post by language_man)
    As the title says. If you knew someone who could speak 16 languages fluently, would it change your opinion of them? Would you be more or less likely to be attracted to them? Or would you think 'Omg, geek! They must have no life and spend all their life studying and practicing their languages!' Would you also think they are an over-achiever too and thus feel a bit uncomfortable around them?

    EDIT: I don't currently speak 16 languages, but it's one of my life goals. So it's more of a hypothetical question really.

    Cheers,

    Language_Man
    It would depend how they learnt them, if they grew up in a multilingual family and as a result found it really easy to pick up languages then maybe not, but if they literally did spend ages learning loads of languages for no particular, apparent reason then yeah I would be bit put off.
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    (Original post by hippieglitter)
    It would depend how they learnt them, if they grew up in a multilingual family and as a result found it really easy to pick up languages then maybe not, but if they literally did spend ages learning loads of languages for no particular, apparent reason then yeah I would be bit put off.
    Actually, I would be more impressed if they DIDN'T grow up in a multilingual family and instead they learned the languages on their own. Anyone can speak another language if they're born into it, but it takes someone more special to do the work to learn languages when they have to learn them by being self-taught.
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    It would be very attractive.I adore languages but at the moment can only speak two,one fluently and one only semi fluently.Hoping to add more later though.
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    Would smash with the force of 300 spartans (no homo) <3
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    I would think your inferior. I speak 17 languages.
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    (Original post by language_man)
    As the title says. If you knew someone who could speak 16 languages fluently, would it change your opinion of them? Would you be more or less likely to be attracted to them? Or would you think 'Omg, geek! They must have no life and spend all their life studying and practicing their languages!' Would you also think they are an over-achiever too and thus feel a bit uncomfortable around them?

    EDIT: I don't currently speak 16 languages, but it's one of my life goals. So it's more of a hypothetical question really.

    Cheers,

    Language_Man
    Tbh, I'd find it pretty hot. I love languages
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    If they genuinely could speak 16 languages and weren't making it up, I'd be pretty proud of them - but also maybe feel a tiny bit insecure if I got with them, like people must think I'm thick in comparison.
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    If you can speak English you can speak every language anyway since everybody learns English.
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    I'd just find them cool
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    (Original post by language_man)
    Ignore that idiot. By fluent, I mean total mastery of each language. That's what I meant in this thread.
    Define "total mastery".
    I mean, I'm a native English speaker, but to suggest I have "total mastery" of the English language would be absurd, as that would mean knowing the definition of every single word in the language and how to use each of them correctly.
    Surely "fluency" should be defined by the ability to speak, listen, read and write a language to a level similar of perhaps a 12 year old native speaker.
    Good enough to get by on but not total mastery of the language.

    Which brings me to the question, is a 12 year old native speaker of English "fluent" in the language?
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    (Original post by munn)
    Define "total mastery".
    I mean, I'm a native English speaker, but to suggest I have "total mastery" of the English language would be absurd, as that would mean knowing the definition of every single word in the language and how to use each of them correctly.
    Surely "fluency" should be defined by the ability to speak, listen, read and write a language to a level similar of perhaps a 12 year old native speaker.
    Good enough to get by on but not total mastery of the language.

    Which brings me to the question, is a 12 year old native speaker of English "fluent" in the language?
    Nope, as a 12 yr old, your not totally fluent in the language. A person is not fluent until there late teens at least, as until then they will not have learned enough vocabulary. Although a 12 year old can speak their native tongue pretty well, their not going to know the elaborate vocabulary that a young adult will have developed.
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    yes , I am currently learning spanish and some danish
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    (Original post by super_dooper)
    Nope, as a 12 yr old, your not totally fluent in the language. A person is not fluent until there late teens at least, as until then they will not have learned enough vocabulary. Although a 12 year old can speak their native tongue pretty well, their not going to know the elaborate vocabulary that a young adult will have developed.
    I don't know if I'd agree. I reckon, as a 12-year-old, my vocabulary was still superior than some of my adult friends now. I don't think you can really measure it in age, but I would definitely say that a normal 12-year-old is fluent in their mother tongue.
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    (Original post by Raving_Hippy)
    Actually, I would be more impressed if they DIDN'T grow up in a multilingual family and instead they learned the languages on their own. Anyone can speak another language if they're born into it, but it takes someone more special to do the work to learn languages when they have to learn them by being self-taught.
    Yes bit someone who speaks 16 languages just through constant learning obviously either has too much time on their hands or needs to get out more. I can't see myself finding anything of interest in a guy who spends his time learning to speak foreign languages fluently,
 
 
 
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