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  1. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dodger67 View Post
    I presume that both of you mean Mandarin as your spoken dialect?
    Yes, the dialect I learnt was Mandarin.
    Due to poor demand and lower mutual intelligibility, other dialects are rarely offered to foreign language learners of Chinese.

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    I have some Italian capability so I raise my hand

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    I have a degree in German, although my written skills are a bit rusty now.

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    My native language is Dutch. Translating from Dutch to English and English to Dutch is no problem. I have basic skills in understanding German and French. To speak or write it, I don't feel very confident (vocabulary is definitely lacking, compared to English).
    Working for the International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus, I have access to volunteers who translate English to French, English to Portuguese and English to Spanish, and I'm sure they can manage the other way around as well. However, their time is limited.

  5. #15
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    Hello all, I'm new here, but I can offer my translating skills!
    I can easily translate Serbian (my native), Croatian and Bosnian language.
    Some Greek, French and Russian too, but I'm a bit rusty in those...

  6. #16
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dodger67 View Post
    I wonder where our Spanish speaking regulars are?
    Is my impression (from movies and tv) that Hispanic Americans are generally bilingual incorrect?
    I vote totally incorrect. Most of the Hispanic Americans I know dont' speak a lick of spanish of any dialect/version. I think it will depend on how far in generation they are. Same goes for anyone of any origin. This is quite the sweeping generalization you have made.

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    We'll just have to blame Hollywood for spreading such false impressions around the world.
    I was expecting at least a few posts here saying "I can translate between Spanish and English"

    Anyway it's really awesome to see this list grow.
    Roger
    Sumus semper in excretum sed alta variat!

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    I can't translate, but I have used http://babelfish.yahoo.com/ to talk to some family in France. You can Type in your language, and then pick which language you want to translate it to, then copy and paste to whatever you are using to communicate. Some times it mixes up some meanings, but it works pretty well for the most part.

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    I can't translate anything, by I think this is a really cool thread/idea.

    As for Hispanic Americans, it really varies. As a teenager I lived in an area with a large Hispanic community, and the majority of the kids were bilingual. It was pretty common to hear Spanish being spoken in the halls. I also know plenty of Hispanic people who only speak English.
    Mama to an adorable 4 year old girl with SB, lipomyelomeningocele, TCS, neurogenic bladder & bowels
    http://www.mindfulmeerkats.blogspot.com

  10. #20
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    In my experience machine translations range from lousy to dangerous...

    I started this list specifically to be able to offer assistance to a number of recently joined members who are not fluent in English. Automatic translations cannot be trusted for stuff like medical terminology where accuracy is really important.
    Roger
    Sumus semper in excretum sed alta variat!


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