Hey there! Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free

Would you find someone who speaks 16 languages attractive or a geek? Watch

    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by jismith1989)
    I'd call you a liar and ask you to stop promoting your shoddy website on our forum.
    This. Learning 16 languages is pretty much waste of time and life.
    Offline

    15
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Isambard Kingdom Brunel)
    I don't know why people are claiming 16 languages is something special.

    I am fluent in 34 languages (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) and have rudimentary knowledge of another 50+ (and excluding regional dialects). If you dedicate all your spare time to learning these languages with a trusted local language tutor then it really isn't anything major.

    My life ambition is to be an expert (D.Phil level) on dozens of nations' culture, music, politics, media, history, and languages.

    Apart from Welsh. I'm not that desperate. :rolleyes:
    You make me giggle.
    Offline

    13
    ReputationRep:
    Which languages can you speak out of interest, OP?
    I would find it unbelievable and want proof. I don't think it would have any effect on me. It's not sexier or geekier - it just is.
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by hannah_dru)
    Are we talking fluently? Cos that'd be pretty cool (but maybe a little daunting).
    He has another thread about this, basically his idea of fluent is lame (he only does 3 months on each language).
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    My mother speaks 8 languages. She was taught 6 of them as a child though - I find it bizzare as I can only manage two or three.
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by S_123)
    Which languages can you speak out of interest, OP?
    I would find it unbelievable and want proof. I don't think it would have any effect on me. It's not sexier or geekier - it just is.
    English, Welsh, Spanish, Polish and German.

    Currently learning: Japanese and Italian

    It is my goal to master English, Scottish Gaelic, Welsh, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Arabic, Hindi/Urdu, Persian/Farsi, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Italian, Portugese, French and Esperanto.
    Offline

    13
    (Original post by language_man)
    English, Welsh, Spanish, Polish and German.

    Currently learning: Japanese and Italian

    It is my goal to master English, Scottish Gaelic, Welsh, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Arabic, Hindi/Urdu, Persian/Farsi, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Italian, Portugese, French and Esperanto.
    Why those languages?

    Seriously, Farsi? Why?
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by im so academic)
    Why those languages?
    Well these are the most widely spoken languages, so it'll allow me to go most places in the world without communication problems. These are also the cultures I'm most interested in exploring and so forth.

    (Original post by im so academic)
    Seriously, Farsi? Why?
    Farsi is an interesting language and Iran is an interesting culture. Also Persian women are beautiful.
    Offline

    13
    (Original post by language_man)
    Well these are the most widely spoken languages, so it'll allow me to go most places in the world without communication problems. These are also the cultures I'm most interested in exploring and so forth.
    Since when were Welsh widely spoken?! :rofl:

    Farsi is an interesting language and Iran is an interesting culture. Also Persian women are beautiful.
    And Hindi/Urdu?
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    I would be extremely impressed. Just Sayin
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (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
    I would be convinced you can only say '16 languages' fluently in 15 other languages and take me as an idiot who would believe your stupid lies.
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by im so academic)
    Since when were Welsh widely spoken?! :rofl:
    In Wales it's widely spoken. Also in some parts of Argentina too.

    (Original post by im so academic)
    And Hindi/Urdu?
    India is an interesting country. Also, there are a lot of Indian and Pakistani people in Britain, so if I can speak to them in Hindi/Urdu then I immediately stand out from other British people because British people generally don't learn other languages.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    16 languages? Would that even be possible?
    I mean, I know once you speak say; Italian, Spanish & Portuguese become easier to learn, and then french is probably easier. But once you get past them the likes of German & Dutch, stuff like Finnish, Swedish & Danish would be hard to learn, then Japanese, Mandarin, Russian etc are all extremely hard because they have more than one alphabet/new alphabets.. i know Korean is supposedly the hardest language to learn.
    All in all, I'd be impressed by someone that spoke say, 6 languages, but 16 is just kind of pointless really. And i'm sure you;d probably get them all confused.
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Paint-a-Picture)
    I would be convinced you can only say '16 languages' fluently in 15 other languages and take me as an idiot who would believe your stupid lies.
    But what if he truly COULD speak 16 languages fluently. No bull****. How would you feel then?
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by georgia246)
    16 languages? Would that even be possible?
    I mean, I know once you speak say; Italian, Spanish & Portuguese become easier to learn, and then french is probably easier. But once you get past them the likes of German & Dutch, stuff like Finnish, Swedish & Danish would be hard to learn, then Japanese, Mandarin, Russian etc are all extremely hard because they have more than one alphabet/new alphabets.. i know Korean is supposedly the hardest language to learn.
    All in all, I'd be impressed by someone that spoke say, 6 languages, but 16 is just kind of pointless really. And i'm sure you;d probably get them all confused.
    16 is easily possible. In fact, have you heard of Ziad Fazah? He is a man who speaks 59 languages. Check out these videos of him speaking in 20 different languages, it's very impressive stuff....

    http://www.myvido1.com/vsearch.php?t...reignlanguages
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by im so academic)
    Why those languages?

    Seriously, Farsi? Why?
    What's wrong with farsi? :O That's a perfectly acceptable choice!
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by LeeC)
    He has another thread about this, basically his idea of fluent is lame (he only does 3 months on each language).
    In that case, not cool. It annoys me a bit when people have this false idea of being fluent or say they're able to speak a language when they haven't spent a lot of time on it. It's like on Facebook with the "X knows X language".
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by hannah_dru)
    In that case, not cool. It annoys me a bit when people have this false idea of being fluent or say they're able to speak a language when they haven't spent a lot of time on it. It's like on Facebook with the "X knows X language".
    Ignore that idiot. By fluent, I mean total mastery of each language. That's what I meant in this thread.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by language_man)
    16 is easily possible. In fact, have you heard of Ziad Fazah? He is a man who speaks 59 languages. Check out these videos of him speaking in 20 different languages, it's very impressive stuff....

    http://www.myvido1.com/vsearch.php?t...reignlanguages
    Woah, that's pretty impressive stuff. Didn't think it would be possible. Think languages are something you're either good at or not, with very little middle ground (i know that sounds stupid, but i know people with GCSE's in say, German that can't really speak a word of it, and others that are highly competent).
    I guess i just don't really understand WHY you want to learn that many (sorry if you've already said why). Personally, I learn Italian & Irish because I'm from that heritage and they particularly interest me, other than that I'd fancy learning Spanish and possibly French as I want to be a Journalist (and I'm pretty sure I couldn't learn Mandarin) for work purposes but beside those I wouldn't particularly have any desire to speak any other languages :/
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (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.
    I stick with what I said in my first post then Cool but probably a bit dauting (only because I'm very competitive when it comes to languages).
 
 
 
Reply
Submit reply
TSR Support Team

We have a brilliant team of more than 60 Support Team members looking after discussions on The Student Room, helping to make it a fun, safe and useful place to hang out.

Updated: February 9, 2012
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • Poll
    Has a teacher ever helped you cheat?
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

    Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

    Write a reply...
    Reply
    Hide
    Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.