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A group for all the nerdfighters who love learning languages-whether they be ancient or modern, reality or fiction (yes-nerds who are interested in fictional languages such as Klingon, Elvish, etc. are welcome too!)

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Language Nerds

Language Nerd of the Week- J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkein is well known for his career in writing, especially for The Lord of the Rings trilogy, which were made into Acadamy award winning films by director Peter Jackson. But did you know Tolkien was also a linguist?

Tolkien learned Latin, French, and German from his mother, and studied Middle English, Old English (the language of Beowulf, an epic poem that would help inspire his later works), Finnish, Gothic, Greek, Italian, Old Norse, Spanish, Welsh, and Medieval Welsh. He was also familar with many others, including Swedish, Russian, and Norwegian. His knowledge of language would help him create the Elvish language, which would be used throught his works.

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Old English, anyone can write/speak/understand it? 1 Reply

Hi, just btw, when I say Old English, I mean that what was spoken between the 5th and 12th century. Basically I need someone that knows something about the language, b/c I'm writting something that…Continue

Started by Nik Rawlins. Last reply by Jehanne L'Hiver [Amy] Aug 14, 2013.

What languages do you want to learn? 65 Replies

As the title says, what languages do you want to learn?What are your reasons?Does your school offer it or will you have to teach it to yourself?Any good resources to share?Are you looking for someone…Continue

Started by Marz. Last reply by Joshua Perry May 13, 2013.

Word for "Beautiful tragedy" 1 Reply

Hi, I know this isn't exactly the point of this group, but I figured if anyone would know the answer for this, it would be Nerdfighters. Especially Nerdfighters who know/are learning different…Continue

Tags: tragedy, beautiful, languages, words

Started by Kassie Taylor. Last reply by Danno Mar 16, 2013.

Are Language and Culture One? 7 Replies

It's always been my belief that language comes out of necessity and I'm sure most if not all of you will agree. We don't speak our first language because we think it sounds cool. We need it to…Continue

Started by Rya. Last reply by Rachel Starkey Feb 2, 2013.

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Comment by Ellen on May 18, 2014 at 10:49am
Hi there! I'm a native Swedish speaker but I go to an english speaking school and I'm fluent in English. I take French and Mandarin classes but I'm trying to also learn Spanish at home. My goal in life is to be fluent in all five languages. That would be amazing! If I would learn a sixth language it would be ether Arabic or a really small african language like Wolof or something. I love learning languages and being able to communicate on different ways!
Comment by John Smith on January 17, 2014 at 6:22pm

i figure the best way to learn is to speak. so anyone who knows spanish message me. the more messages i have to translate the faster i'll learn. i might be slow and inaccurate though. i just started learning last week.

Comment by Franco Leocan Roa Núñez on November 14, 2013 at 9:24pm

Hello nerdfighters, I found this youtube channel about linguistics, I hope you enjoy it http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCE5TIvPAnxloLNpqMCtbXkg

Comment by Ashley on April 26, 2013 at 9:10pm

Hello everyone! I took Spanish for about 8 years, I am currently learning Modern Greek, and I'm thinking about taking up Italian next year! :)

Comment by Danno on February 10, 2013 at 4:02pm

that is an impressive list.  particularly the Chinese and Japanese as they are, to my knowledge very different gramatically, not to mention you have a whole different list of symbols to work in.

Comment by Alena Pons on February 10, 2013 at 8:40am

Hi!

I'm a native Catalan and Spanish speaker. I speak English, French, half decent Chinese and some Japanese.

My focus right now is to improve my Chinese and Japanese.

よろしくお願いします。^^

Comment by Elliot on December 4, 2012 at 3:50pm

hey everyone
for any language nerds who like the celtic or elvish tongues, i started a group for Gaelic.  It's aimed at Scots gaelic but if you speak Irish (or to a lesser extent, Welsh) you'd probably follow a lot.
A' Gaidhealtachd na h-Alba
:D

Comment by Anthophobic Rose on September 17, 2012 at 6:10am

I'm just beginning my second year of an English and Spanish undergrad degree with a view to specialising in textual translation one day. I taught myself Japanese for about two years, which didn't go especially well as I'm a rather poor teacher and found it hard to break out of my Romance language comfort zone. My spoken Spanish is, as it always has been, much than my written - so if anybody's looking for a language exchange partner or someone to practise with, I'd be ready and willing, as if nothing else my social anxiety will make me mind my demonstrative pronouns :P

Comment by Samantha on September 7, 2012 at 8:09am

I took two years of German, but had to stop because I moved and my "new" school didn't/doesn't offer it :,(. Yeah, I almost cried. I love German. I am going to minor in German once I get to college, though.

Comment by Andrea on September 7, 2012 at 7:56am
I'm learning spanish at the moment, and I'll continue for the next 3 years in school, I'm also gonna learn latin, for just 6 months:) It would be brilliantly wonderful if you could communicate with some people, in a language, that only you know, something you made up yourself, you could take bits from the languages you know. It's hard to use my own first-language, Danish, because the accent is so different from any other, so if I chose to say; 'My name is Andrea', (saying Andrea with my Danish accent), it would sound weird. 'Me llamo Andrea', is the same, so it wouldn't sound like a 'fluent' language, if you mixed it with other languages ;)
 

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