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What is your first language?
English  
 60%  [ 123 ]
Hebrew  
 0%  [ 2 ]
Yiddish  
 23%  [ 47 ]
Russian  
 5%  [ 12 ]
French  
 1%  [ 3 ]
Spanish  
 2%  [ 5 ]
German  
 4%  [ 9 ]
Dutch  
 0%  [ 2 ]
Total Votes : 203


sequoia




 
 
 
 

Post Wed, Nov 28 2018, 11:19 am
English, Russian, French, now learning Ukrainian

Oh and I used to know Italian but I forgot it all.
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gingertop




 
 
 
 

Post Wed, Nov 28 2018, 11:22 am
dovebird wrote:
You didn’t put an other option. First language is Persian, learnt English when I went to school!


I love the sound of Persian. It's my favorite language in terms of the music of it. I wouldn't spend time learning it because all the people I know who speak Persian speak English or Hebrew mainly. But I love hearing it.
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Rappel




 
 
 
 

Post Wed, Nov 28 2018, 11:23 am
English, then Hebrew, then Spanish
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corolla




 
 
 
 

Post Wed, Nov 28 2018, 11:26 am
I wouldn't say it's my first, in terms of most used, but Russian was the first language I spoke, until about the age of 4. Then I went to school and promptly learnt English, my main language spoken today.
My parents are Russian, and they urged me for many years to start speaking it again, until I did. Now, it's stood me in good stead since DH is Russian speaking as well Smile
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CHAYA R




 
 
 
 

Post Wed, Nov 28 2018, 11:33 am
Yiddish is my first language. English is my 2nd. I first started learning English in 1st grade. My kiddos too....fluent in both
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Ruchel




 
 
 
 

Post Wed, Nov 28 2018, 12:07 pm
French!
Bilingual English, started in middle school
Yiddish I wish I wasn't so basic
Lost my German, now I can handle some of it mixed in with Yiddish and Flemish.
Hebrew on a childish level.
Notions in various from Italian to Spanish and a Chinese trimester in uni.

My husband puts me to shame. His father was in diplomacy so yeah. FRench German Spanish italian Hebrew yiddish... He could have worked in disney easy but the work conditions aren't good. he wants to learn russian
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WitchKitty




 
 
 
 

Post Wed, Nov 28 2018, 1:50 pm
My first language was English. I'm probably more fluent in Hebrew.
As a rule, I'm better at writing in Hebrew, reading in English.
It's bilingual, but with strengths in either language.
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Jewel22




 
 
 
 

Post Wed, Nov 28 2018, 2:13 pm
There's no other option...but my first language was Farsi...now it's English 😊
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rikki!




 
 
 
 

Post Wed, Nov 28 2018, 2:15 pm
dvorak613 wrote:
Native: English
Fluent: Hebrew
Can hold a conversation: French
The very basics: Spanish, German
Can swear: Yiddish LOL


What are some Yiddish swear words? I’m intrigued.
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twogees




 
 
 
 

Post Wed, Nov 28 2018, 2:54 pm
English. Can speak basic Hebrew and understand a bit of yiddish.
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Saralle




 
 
 
 

Post Wed, Nov 28 2018, 10:23 pm
First language was Yiddish, learned English when I went to school. But now I use English much more so it's my "first language" as in, I think in English.
But I do speak, read, write... a perfectly fluent Yiddish. I speak Yiddish to my husband, father, brothers, kids... basically the men and children in my life.
I understand and read some Hebrew but can't speak or write. I wish I would know more languages... maybe one day.
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dovebird




 
 
 
 

Post Wed, Nov 28 2018, 10:34 pm
Jewel22 wrote:
There's no other option...but my first language was Farsi...now it's English 😊

Now we can have our own secret language here and no one will understand Cool
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dovebird




 
 
 
 

Post Wed, Nov 28 2018, 10:35 pm
gingertop wrote:
I love the sound of Persian. It's my favorite language in terms of the music of it. I wouldn't spend time learning it because all the people I know who speak Persian speak English or Hebrew mainly. But I love hearing it.

Really? Most people say that don’t like the sound of it and that it’s an “ugly” sounding language! So interesting you like it!!
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Jewel22




 
 
 
 

Post Wed, Nov 28 2018, 10:49 pm
dovebird wrote:
Now we can have our own secret language here and no one will understand Cool


Hahaa for sure....and yes people have told me that it sounds like a weird language...don't know what that means really
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Zehava




 
 
 
 

Post Wed, Nov 28 2018, 11:32 pm
rikki! wrote:
What are some Yiddish swear words? I’m intrigued.

Well if we’re counting swearing I can swear in Russian and in Spanish LOL
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dvorak613




 
 
 
 

Post Wed, Nov 28 2018, 11:40 pm
rikki! wrote:
What are some Yiddish swear words? I’m intrigued.

Nothing I can say here. Not looking to get this thread shut down or myself booted Laugh
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crust




 
 
 
 

Post Wed, Nov 28 2018, 11:52 pm
dvorak613 wrote:
Nothing I can say here. Not looking to get this thread shut down or myself booted Laugh


I cant think of any Yiddish swear word that is so terrible it would kick you off the site?

My first language is Yiddish. My Yiddish writing is better than my English and I express myself best when I use a combination of both languages.


Btw, I read write and talk a fluent Hindu.
( LOL You cant really prove that not. )
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BetsyTacy




 
 
 
 

Post Thu, Nov 29 2018, 12:00 am
Is Hindu a language? I thought Hindu was the religion and Hindi is a language.
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nomismommy




 
 
 
 

Post Thu, Nov 29 2018, 1:47 am
Wow 4 German speakers Hi
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chanchy123




 
 
 
 

Post Thu, Nov 29 2018, 2:49 am
I voted Hebrew. But really my parents spoke to me in English as a child and we spoke English at home. I am also completely bilingual Hebrew/English. I went to school/college in Israel so my Hebrew skills are a bit stronger. I know some Arabic, can read the language too - but not at a high level.
I am exposed to a lot of Farsi through my work, and I must agree that it is not a pleasant sounding language. It is also very different from Hebrew English and Arabic in sentence structure, idioms, and even intonation.
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