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    Quote Originally Posted by mikedowds View Post
    ...and English is like the link language between Germanic languages and Latin languages. Many formal words in English vocabulary are Latinate and the less formal equivalents are Germanic. Grammar is Germanic but closest to Nordic languages rather than German itself.
    Also, there is no such thing as "English" in real terms as the language is "simply" a mix of Germanic via Anglo-Saxon, Latin (three times, via the Romans, the Church and again via Norman, which also brought Germanic again - Normans were related to Nordic people) plus original British, which was related to Gaelic. Then all the loan words from oter languages too. People who claim to be true English are talking out of their arses because real Britons were basically annihilated 2000 years ago and the Angles (where the word English comes from) were a Germanic tribe of settlers who alongside the Saxons (also Germanic) struggled against other settlers like Danes, Norsemen, Romans and Normans and didn't really do that well in all - certainly no better than anyone else. There was so much interbreeding anyway that these distinctions fade into insignificance. An "English" person is no more Anglo-Saxon than they are Danish, French, Celtic or Italian or anything else for that matter - and they're almost certainly not "British" Makes a mockery of immigration talk, eh? If they all went home, there'd be no-one left
    Its funny you say that Mike, as I know for a fact that there is an organ donation cooperation scheme between the UK and Ireland due to the fact that we are genetically / racially closer to each other than to any other European nations. In fact during the Roman times, Celtic tribes in Ireland raided the coasts of Scotland, England and Wales carrying off plunder and slaves of whom the most famous is..... Saint Patrick . Our patron saint is an Englishman / welshman

    Also Irish tribes settled in South Eastern Scotland, and later they reinvaded Ireland under Cromwellian rule, today they call themselves Ulster Scots. It is actually more likely that they are Irish.

    Its funny how history can show us that this idea of race and nationality is just a method used to divide us.....
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    wellll.......i speak greek and english fluently...my spanish is getting worse lol i've been studying finnish for 2 years........and i can understand french.....thats all....hihi

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    Quote Originally Posted by reea View Post
    Russian, well I know couple of words and phrases, but nothing more. I can't read it.
    Russian is easy to read - there is a sound for (almost) each letter, like in Finnish. The Russian alphabet contains more letters, though some of them are the same (a, o, e, k, ...). Other letters are different: a few look the same as in the Latin alphabet, but mean different sounds (y is u, b is v, p is r, etc), and a few are not found in the Latin alphabet. Many letters are the same as in Greek, from where the alphabet was adopted.

    Russian grammar is a bit tricky, but some things are easier - for example, the absence of articles and the system of tenses.

    Well, Russian is my native language.

    I have a good command of English, Swedish and French.

    I have also studied Finnish, Spanish, German and Norwegian (now they are between the beginning and the intermediate levels).
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    Hungarian as a native language
    Romanian as let's say second native language because it's a must
    English fluently
    Finnish a bit
    German... even less than Finnish though i learned it for almost 8 years.

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    Russian is my mother tongue (including science language). In truth, my mother tongue is Chuvash (Turkic language), but I can't speak it to my shame. (. By the way my neighbors are Mari those speaking mari language (marii jylme). It's the Finno-Ugric branch of the Uralic language family.
    English ~ Intermediate (read, write and some build phrases). I need more practice with speaking English people. )
    Finnish I learning only 3 months ( very very old book for newbie)).

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    Bi-lingual English/Finnish
    Czech : Lived there 5 years..am pretty good, speak Czech with a Finnish accent
    Italian : lived there short times
    German : 4 yrs at school and listen to Rammstein to practise ( I sing the songs in my car)
    English, Finnish and Czech are may favourites cos I understand the culture the most.

    Question: Is your language better when you immerse yourself culturally?
    Answer: It should be (pieni vinkki)

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    Unfortunately not many..

    Greek: is my mother tongue.

    English: I started to study it when I was 9 years old so I'm pretty good at that.

    German: I started to study it when I was 12 I think, I dropped out though so I don't remember very much.

    Finnish: I would love to learn finnish and since there isn't a place that teaches finnish where I live, I bought a 'teach yourself' book with an audio cd. I actually got it yesterday and it seems good. Very happy about that

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