#AtoZChallenge: L is for LOGOPHILIC LINGUIST

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#AtoZChallenge: L is for loquacious
Day 12, April 14

TWO FOR ONE SPECIAL!

Hubby and me on our wedding day
My Italian teacher ☺

As mentioned during the Great Theme Reveal, language holds a special fascination for me. There’s nothing like a well-placed, elegant word to attract attention. Even as a child, my vocabulary was extensive and people said I sounded like a miniature adult. I also grew up bilingual, German/English and was blessed with an ear for foreign tongues. At school in Switzerland, a Guatemalan housemate taught me some Spanish (most of  it forgotten now), and French was a favourite subject. Italian came to me by way of Hubby, who immigrated to Canada from Italy in 1970, shortly before we met. We despised each other at first, which is kind of funny, considering our upcoming 42nd anniversary in Aug.
For a change of pace, I’m offering a verbal lesson in foreign languages today:

French/Français: Bonjour mes amis    German/Deutsch: Guten Tag Freunde    
Italian/Italiano: Buon giorno amici   Spanish/Español: Buenos dias amigos
Greek/Elliniká [ελληνικά]: Kali̱méra fíloi [Καλημέρα φίλοι]

Do you speak any foreign languages? Which ones?
Is there one you would like to learn?
(I gave up on Greek, but would like to expand my knowledge of Italian and Spanish)

Looking forward to your comments!

Debbie

Photo credits: LOGOPHILIA from flickr.com / LINGUIST from commons.wikimedia.org

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Canine Innkeeper in suburban Toronto, Canada, known as “The Doglady”. Writer/website owner, photographer, animal lover, music fanatic, inveterate traveller. History, literature and cinema buff. Eternal “hippie/rockchick”. Binational, German/Canadian and multilingual. Looking for the next adventure!

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47 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge: L is for LOGOPHILIC LINGUIST

  1. I wish I spoke a foreign language it is on my lazy bucket list. I would like to learn Spanish and at the moment simply trying to say I LOVE YOU in Polish is a task LOL my current partner is Polish and it’s not an easy language to learn.
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  2. Logophilic isn’t a word you hear every day – I knew you’d come up with some unusual ones while you were doing this challenge.
    I know all the important things such as going for a walk, food, etc in Spanish as well as English. I can also spell many of them in English – which is quite good for a dog! This came about when my bipeds were trying to have conversations without me getting excited about these things when I was an adolescent.
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  3. That was so much fun, Debbie. Loved your mini language lesson and hearing your voice! You are great to learn so many languages like that. I only know French having lived in Montreal in my 20’s for 7 years and having worked many years for the Federal Govt here in Ottawa. I’d like to learn some other languages. Spanish and Italian look like they’d be fun to learn. I know a few words and I enjoyed taking Latin in high school. I had a teacher who was really keen about Latin which helped. I took a German course in Montreal once years ago. I thought it was a real bonus that the class were all French so I got two languages for the price of one. I don’t remember any German now though. Sigh. If you don’t use it, you lose it as they say!
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    1. Not that great, Cathy; The German was by accident of birth and it’s the only other language I’m fluent in. I can get by in French and to a lesser degree, Italian, but have forgotten most of the Spanish. Since you do speak French and studied Latin, it should be fairly easy for you to learn Italian and Spanish. Arrivederci, amica mia. 🙂
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    1. Italian is a beautiful language and the music! Don’t you just love Italian music? 🙂 Glad you liked the photo. Yup; I was still a hippie on my wedding day. Do you speak any Dutch, Elly? One of my closest friends is Dutch. Although it sounds like a cross between German and English, I find it hard to understand when she speaks it, but, can figure it out when it’s written.
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  4. I know my mother tongue and Hindi which is our national language. I learnt French at college and still try to speak it whenever I can. I would love to learn Dutch and Chinese…..I too used to have a ear for languages and prided myself in accents too. Sadly as I grow older, it is becoming harder to pick up new skills.
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  5. I do love language and words. There is a lot old dialect in Georgia that I always enjoy. I would love to speak another language but I don’t. I can piecemeal read French, Spanish and German.
    I entertained two East Germans back in the early 90’s with some sort of friendship program before the wall fell. They spoke some English. I had a dictionary and rudimentary knowledge of the language. Surprisingly if the woman spoke slowly, I could make out what she was saying. There were enough commonalities in words between English and German. Granted it was not complicated ideas. We drove her husband nuts one night. We were talking about men. It was funny, he knew we were saying something but not quite what we were saying. lol.
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    1. Interesting! I’d love to hear some of that old Georgia dialect. 🙂
      Funny story about the German woman and her husband. 🙂
      I remember many years ago, my Italian sister-in-law (who spoke no English) and I (who speaks some Italian, but not fluently) conversed long into the night using booze and a dictionary as our tools. The more we drank, the more fluent we became . 😀
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  6. This is great! I now can say this phrase in a few languages! 🙂 I can’t seem to get the pronunciation right on the last part of the German phrase though…I’ve always had trouble in foreign languages rolling my Rs/making them sound right. My French teacher used to get so annoyed with me! I will have to practice some more. 😀 Thanks for the language lesson!
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  7. Great choice for L:-) Languages can be such an ice breaker when traveling . just a few friendly words in the local language and people respond so positively. I know the scandinavian languages: Norwegian, Danish, Swedish and also English, French, Greek and a little bit of Hindi and Marathi:-)
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  8. One – That word was a learning. Loved them!
    Two – You are so awesome. How many languages you know! Wonderful! I know Hindi and English.
    Three – The audio message was the most innovative thing to do 😀
    Four – Congratulations on your upcoming 42nd anniversary!! Wow! wow!!
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  9. I’m a word monger, and I, too, just love words in a number of languages… I speak English and Italian fluently; my Spanish is good enough that I can translate FROM it, but when I speak, although I start out well enough, I end up speaking in Italian. If I’m in a conversation in one single language, either English or Italian, I’m good, but if I’m in a bilingual group, fuggheddaboudit! I’ll start speaking in Italia to the English speakers and English to the Italians; they both sound the same to me and I don’t realize I’m doing it until I see a funny look on people’s faces. And see, I can speak a little Brooklynese, too.
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  10. I love words and languages too. I often catch myself trying to find the root of a word.
    English is actually a “foreign” language for me, but I do see it as my other mother tongue.
    The first language I learnt was German, then came English and then French. But I did miserably in Spanish class, I did not like the teacher and my French was in the phase of consolidation. I lived in Poland for an Erasmus semester, but my lessons were too full of grammar and did not teach practical language skills… So I’d love to learn Polish correctly now.

    Viel Spaß mit A to Z!
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  11. Wow, how cool to hear you speaking all those languages! I’m impressed. I know a little Spanish … and wish I had paid more attention in high school. I took three years of Spanish back then but it was high school and we usually smoked joints at the bus stop before school. Spanish was my first period class for three years in a row and I was more often than not stoned. Had a hard time speaking English first thing in the morning, let alone Spanish! Now that I live in Texas, I really wish I had retained more. I do know all the cuss words though… 🙂
    I took a semester of French in college but all that has left my mind.
    Your pronunciation of all the languages you demonstrated was fantastic. Girl, I could never keep up with you! 🙂
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    1. It’s not really that impressive, Michele. 🙂 I was born in Germany and my mother is German, so that one’s a natural. Many Europeans speak multiple languages, all taught in schools there. Failed miserably with Greek though! 😛 That’s a completely different alphabet and I’m sure age is a factor. Easier to learn a language when you’re young. I bet speaking Spanish would be a plus where you live. You probably know more (besides the cuss words 🙂 ) than you realize.
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  12. I’m too lazy to learn any new languages, but I’d like to be able to speak a few fluently.

    I do know some French–I took it in college, but have forgotten much of it.

    I do understand a bit of Spanish which is a good thing since my wife is Ecuadorian and when she gets together with her family they speak Spanish so I can get the gist of what they’re saying. I do speak a little. When we were in Ecuador I conversed some with some of my wife’s friends. She said later that they told her that I spoke Spanish very well. I don’t know about that, but I’ll accept the compliment.

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