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    Donovan Nagel
    Mezzofanti

    avatarbeer.pngG’day all!

    This forum is for introductions so people can get to know a bit about each other.

    I figured I should introduce myself first (even though many of you probably already know quite a bit about me from my blog).

     

    My name’s Donovan and I’m from Brisbane, QLD, Australia (that’s smack-bang in the middle of the east coast). This year I’ll be 29 years old.

    I have an MA Applied Linguistics (not the same as linguistics!), I do occasional work as an Arabic->English translator and I’m currently living in South Korea learning Korean (while teaching English). After conquering Korean I plan to turn my attention to minority and endangered languages which is something I’m really passionate about, and I’m considering the possibility of a PhD on some area of second language acquisition in the next few years.

    My skill set (in no particular order of proficiency):

    Egyptian Arabic, Modern Standard Arabic, Classical Arabic, Levantine Arabic, Georgian, Irish, French, Koine Greek, Ancient Hebrew and now Korean.

    I also have levels of basic competency in German, Italian, Russian and Mandarin (the latter of which I learned in school for 5 years). Still undecided if I’ll take these 4 languages up again in the near future or not.

     

    My other interests and hobbies include the gym, violin/fiddle, bass guitar, travel/adventure, computer programming, graphic and web design, video and photography, and politics.

     

    I run this website too of course which is something I’m also pretty passionate about! :)

    #8585

    JustinRy
    Polyglot

    Dia dhuit Everyone!

    Not sure if I should start with “good day” or “good night” being 2:00 in the morning, but good day is better for a salutation and so it goes.

    I am happy to have found this site as I’m trying to learn new (and old) languages and looking for ways to express myself.  After noticing the similarities between several languages, I thought it would be helpful to learn them in groups. I am actively practicing French, Italian and Spanish. I am also attempting to learn Gaelige for my husband’s ancestry and German in honor of my German ancestors and the germanic influence on the English language.

    Bonne nuit, buonna sera, buenas nochas, gutten abend, and good evening.

    #8586

    Donovan Nagel
    Mezzofanti

    Hi Teri!

    That’s great. How’s your Irish coming along? :)

    #8587

    AlaskaSam
    Polyglot

    Hello, people:

    Past: 4 years of Spanish in high school, 1 year of German in college. Forgotten most of each.

    Present: Modern Hebrew

    Future: Modern Hebrew, Biblical Hebrew, Arabic (MSA and Levantine), German, Spanish, Mandarin, Persian, Turkish

     

    #8588

    Donovan Nagel
    Mezzofanti

    Hi Donovan

     

    Salutations from Paris , France 😮 WOW this website is just GREAT i was wondering for months if any such existed :wink::wink::wink:

     

     

    My name’s Nina i am french/russian . I am 22 years old.

    I have a BA in hindi and bengali from Parisian INALCO (oriental school, literature and linguistics).

    I am also writing dramas as a hobbie and reading a lot. I play badminton and surf in south france ocean :) See, Australia isnt the only country where to surf !

     

    My languages skills are: German, Spanish, English (good) French (mothertongue), Hindi (good) Bengali, Persian (average),  Japanese (3 years study)

    I am also learning by myself: Polish, russian, arabic, indonesian, tamil, corean, chinese, tibetan.

    Only living languages because I love (despite of outstanding poeti potential in each lang. ) to be able to communicate…

     

    I have difficulties with tibetan and vietnamese but i manage with the others trying to focuse on oral and meeting people natives from all around the world… DATS WHY THIS WEBSITE IS IMPORTANT!

     

    I attempt to give each day 20 minutes per language (20 lang) in a routine. My goal is to become fluent in most of them =D

    Mission impossible?

     

    Cheers 😳

    Nina

    #8591

    Liza Corpuz
    Polyglot

    @donovan Nagel said:
    avatarbeer.pngG’day all!

    This forum is for introductions so people can get to know a bit about each other.

    I figured I should introduce myself first (even though many of you probably already know quite a bit about me from my blog).

    My name’s Donovan and I’m from Brisbane, QLD, Australia (that’s smack-bang in the middle of the east coast). This year I’ll be 29 years old.

    I have an MA Applied Linguistics (not the same as linguistics!), I do occasional work as an Arabic->English translator and I’m currently living in South Korea learning Korean (while teaching English). After conquering Korean I plan to turn my attention to minority and endangered languages which is something I’m really passionate about, and I’m considering the possibility of a PhD on some area of second language acquisition in the next few years.

    My skill set (in no particular order of proficiency):

    Egyptian Arabic, Modern Standard Arabic, Classical Arabic, Levantine Arabic, Georgian, Irish, French, Koine Greek, Ancient Hebrew and now Korean.

    I also have levels of basic competency in German, Italian, Russian and Mandarin (the latter of which I learned in school for 5 years). Still undecided if I’ll take these 4 languages up again in the near future or not.

    My other interests and hobbies include the gym, violin/fiddle, bass guitar, travel/adventure, computer programming, graphic and web design, video and photography, and politics.

    I run this website too of course which is something I’m also pretty passionate about!

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    Wow, very impressive. I lived in Italy for two years and of course learned the beautiful Italian language. I was on an Italian wrestling team and all the instruction was in Italian. Also I had an Italian girlfriend and many Italian friends that only spoke to me in Italian. Then when I came back to California I learned Spanish since it is close to Italian.  Took 18 classes of Spanish over the years. I went to school and lived with a Mexican family in San Miguel De Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico. Then in 2007 I got a scholarship and went back to Italy and attended school in Perugia, Umbria, Italy. I taught high school Spanish for years and Itallian to adults for 7 years. I have a black belt TKD and learned Korean from my years practicing that art. Got my black belt in Judo and learned Japanese that way. My neighbors on both sides of my house are Chinese and my girlfriend speaks Chinese so I’m learning Chinese. Been to France 4 times and have learned French. I taught English to Brazilian students and learned to speak Portuguese. Mi piace parlare moltissimo.:D

     

    #8592

    sebapoli
    Polyglot

    Hello  all, it is so nice to have found this page. My name is Carolina and I am a native speaker of Brazilian Portuguese, I am originally from Rio de Janeiro. I hold a BA in letters, English and Portuguese and an MA in literature in English but that was all a while ago, after that I saw fit to join the Brazilian Foreing Service and I am now posted to Tel Aviv. This is my first posting within the Foreign Service and I have been living in Tel Aviv for a year.

    I speak Portuguese, English, French, I can understand Spanish since it is very similar to my native Portuguese. During my first year out here I studied some Arabic (spoken palestinian dilaect) and next week I will restart with the Arabic and possibly Hebrew at the Ulpan.

    I love learning new languages, specially when one reaches the level of starting to notice how languagecan  convey so much of the culture and habits of a given place. Since joining the FS, I have missed learning and studying on a more dedicated level. I am excited about going back to language learning since now I do seem to have gotten my time more organized.

    Other than languages, I love reading books, I mainly read novels in English, and movies and I take regular ballet classes which were something I used to be very passionate about growing up, and now do it for the exercise and because it is also fun, of course. I am 33 years old, actually just turned, and it is nice to meet you guys.

    #8593

    Aella
    Polyglot

    Hi everyone,

    I’m Amanda, and I live and work as an anthropologist and archaeologist in Alice Springs, capital of outback Australia.

    I’ve got a PhD in anthropology, for what it’s worth (not much in terms of $, but a lot of grey hair!). You’ll probably guess from my work and location that I speak and study languages that virtually no one else does – Aboriginal languages in Central Australia, and for which there are few online resources. I speak Arrernte (pronounced a-RRUN-duh – trill the double ‘r’), Indonesian (went to university in Java) and a bit of German. I’ve just started learning another Aboriginal language, Pitjantjatjara (prounounced PIDj-un-djara), which is one the languages of the people who live around Uluru. As you’ve probably guessed, I love learning languages like everyone else here.

    I’ve just started work on a new contract with the Aboriginal Interpreter Service here in Alice Springs, and will be going out to bush communities, training new Aboriginal interpreters to work with Aboriginal people and whitefellas (yes, that’s the real word we use here to describe Caucasian people) in all kinds of situations, such as in courts, in government departments, in hospitals, when dealing with the police etc.

    My other interests include: reading, running, being a fitness nut, web design, travel and I run a number of websites.

    So I’m hoping to be inspired and also see if there’s any other people around who are learning languages that are way, way, way, out of the ordinary, and picking up tips etc.

    Cheers,

    Amanda

    #8594

    nicaveron
    Polyglot

    ¡Hola! My name is Nicolás, and I come from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I work as a Web developer and my favourite hobbie is drawing. My languages are: Spanish (native), English, Brazilian Portuguese (intermediate, I love this language!) and Italian (not fluent yet).

    #8597

    kellylaine
    Polyglot

    Hello!

    My name is Kelsey. I am currently working on my undergraduate degree.  I started learning German on my own in high school, and I have taken German, Russian and Japanese in college. I am working on a comparative literature and translation degree.  However, I have noticed that I have had very little interest in Japanese, and my interest in Arabic is only growing, as I am interested in becoming a translator of both Arabic and Russian texts, so I decided to drop Japanese from my formal education, and add Arabic. But of course I will continue to work on my Japanese in my free time.

    In the future, I would like to also learn Modern Greek, because of my heritage, Turkish, and possibly Hindi, or Persian.  But I will work on these other 4 languages first.

    I love literature, and right now I am in Russia as an intern, teaching English. I will return to the USA in two weeks.  I have been studying Russian for a year, and I love it, but it is the most difficult language for me, at the moment.

    #8598

    andrew86
    Polyglot

    I’m Andrew

    I know English fluently, high proficiency with Japanese, med. proficiency with Mandarin Chinese, limited proficiency with Korean and French.

    In addition to the above, I’m trying to learn Ancient Greek, Old English, German and have resources to learn a few more.

    I’m training to be a teacher, but would love to know what options are out there for comparative/historical linguistics, so will probably check in here from time to time.

    #8599

    albert
    Polyglot

    Hello there.

    I randomly encountered this site and while I haven’t looked around too much, it seems interesting all the same.

    I am from the United States, and I am very interested in languages as a hobby, I suppose you could say.

    I am currently a 20 year-old college student (not majoring in anything strictly language-related), but I am currently taking Japanese, Russian and Hebrew simultaneously. I am decently fluent in Spanish having taken it all throughout school, and I know little bits of Portuguese and Italian, and am currently studying French in my free time. As you might be able to tell, my primary interest in language might seem to reside with the Romance languages, but I am interested in a little of everything, I suppose. (Oh, and obviously English is my native language).

    In the future, just off the top of my head, I plan on looking into more Portuguese and Italian, German, Dutch, and Korean, among many others.

    I am currently studying television production in school, and am minoring in music. My primary instrument is flute/piccolo, and I can play a little violin, clarinet, and piano as well.

    I guess that’s it for now, I suppose.

    #8604

    annesleyclavell
    Polyglot

    Hey everyone! Looks like a language party! Cool

    @Amanda: !?! Wow. Did your learn Arrernte from speakers? At school? On your own with books? Unfortunately, there aren’t many books for learning Aussie langs (although I do have a small book for Arrernte). Do you know of any other good resources?

    #8614

    pookyjoralyn
    Polyglot

    Hi folks, I’m a Khmer/Cambodian. I have nothing to do with teaching or working with people from different countries, but I know 4 languages at the moment: Khmer (native, obviously), English, French (hate it), and Korean (since I’m a fan of Girls’ Generation). I’ll move on to another language after I master Korean.

    #8637

    Mr_VampShaz
    Polyglot

    Hi People 🙂 i am from Pakistan. Urdu is my native language. But have good English writing and speaking skills. I moved to Dubai, UAE 2 years ago to join Real Estate Business. Now learning Arabic Language as it is the need of the culture i am living in.

    Cool

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