Since I'm already learning Irish and French and know quite a bit of them, it would be a waste to automatically learn one of those. I'd probably pick Italian or Icelandic.
I can speak Welsh and English. I used to be able to speak Irish, but I'm out of practice so I'll have to relearn that. I can't write it at all, but I can read it and understand it. I'm learning French at school.
My favourite non-English language is either Welsh or Irish. Contrary to what otehr people may say() I think they're pretty languages.
Hmm. automatically? I guess I'd say Spanish, since like half of America (not to mention much of the world) speaks Spanish so it would be nice to be able to remove that cultural barrier of understanding. I guess it would also be cool to know Sanskrit (though, people don't speak that, do they?)
I've learned several languages, but the one I could probably most easily get by speaking in is Italian, which is the one I've learned the most (and I also learned it from a native Italian professor, which helps). In terms of time learned, I should know Russian the second best, but I've found I can really never follow any Russian speaker when they are speaking (maybe because my professor was NOT Russian...). I also learned French in high school, and didn't think I remembered much but I've noticed that when French speakers are having idle chitchat or speaking with children that I can follow their conversations pretty easily. I also know a few basic German phrases and can count to ten in German.
I think maybe Russian is my most favorite, because it's fun to speak, and I liked having to learn to read and write a completely different alphabet. Too bad I had such a terrible, mean horrible Russian teacher who made me cry and caused me to drop my class...
In terms of appearance, I also really love the way Sanskrit looks, and Arabic too. So beautiful looking!
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Learn any language automatically, now that would be nice! I guess if I had to choose it would be Japanese. Some of my favorite things come from Japan and it would definately be handy to know. Plus I hear it's rather hard to master, so learning it automatically would be nice. Spanish would be my second choice. In the end it would probably be way more useful than Japanese.
English is the only language I speak fluently. I took Spanish in High School but since then I've pretty much lost most of it.
My favorite languages would be Japanese and Spanish. I like the way Japanese looks, especially when it's Kanji. As for Spanish I like the way it kind of rolls off your tongue.
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I'm with malpal on this one-- Japanese! It's such a different language stylistically and has proven very difficult for me to wrap my brain around. I'd love to just wake up one day and know it!
My favorite other language is French. I spent many years in HS and university studying it and I think the discipline intrinsic in the language helped me more easily understand other Romantic languages like Italian, Spanish etc.
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I'd like to learn/instantly know German or Portuguese. Mainly because I'd like to know a third language. There's no good reason to learn any other language if I plan to live in my country most of my life, though.
My native language is Spanish and it'll always be my favorite language. I love Spanish and I really love to speak it. It's a cultural thing. We're taught to love our language, our roots, appreciate it and hang on to it like if it were more than just a communication tool.
For a language I'd like to instantly know it would be Japanese. I like the way it sounds stylistically and it'd be cool to watch anime in raw Japanese without subtitles Another one would be Chinese. As China is fast becoming a world power I think it'd be useful to know this language (and its dialects).
I can speak a bit of spanish. I studied all through high school and college (have a minor in Spanish Language). I've probably lost a lot of my vocab and ability to properly conjugate verbs in the the more advanced tenses, but I've been told that I know enough to get by should I be immersed in the language.
Spanish is probably my favorite language. There is a melodic flow to it that I enjoy. I wouldn't have studied it past what was required if I didn't like it.
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Any other language? I'd go for Welsh. It looks VERY difficult, and that's what makes me want to learn it. I don't think I'd have the time or patience to do so, however. Since I live very near the Welsh border, I think it would be cool to learn the language and then actually be able to pronounce the place 'Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch' in Wales, along with know what it meant.
I'm learning French in school. I'm semi-fluent - well, I could get myself around France I think.
I love learning French - I hope to continue it at least to A-Level, if not University. That's probably my favourite non-English language too, solely because I can speak it.
My language is English. Oddly enough the high school I went to, we were required to take four years of Latin. So if I ever run into an ancient Gladiator I'll be ready. I would learn spanish as so many people in the US speak it.
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If I could pick one language to immediately know, it would probably be Python Japanese. I tried teaching it to myself as a third grader, but other than a few common phrases I've retained none of it.
I can speak a fair bit of Chinese, I've been learning it in school since I was 12. (Although, Japanese kanji and Chinese characters are the same thing, so I guess I can already write in Japanese, I'm just not able to speak it. )
I'd have to go with Chinese. I was considering taking it in high school thinking it would help with my future career, but I was told that any Chinese person I'd be interacting with professionally would speak English well. Now that I've been to China, I know that's not very true.
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I speak English, and some 7th grade French. The Junior high school where we used to live offered German, but we moved that summer before school started and the new Junior high school only offered Spanish and French. My mother had taken Spanish when she was in High school but found that they taught Castilian Spanish and couldn't follow what the Latin/Hispanic girls were saying! So, I decided to take French since it's a part of our family history. I still wish I could have learned German though. That was my mother's first language. Sadly she lost the use of German since there weren't many people around to speak it with her over the years.