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Do you consider yourself a polyglot?

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 Message 17 of 89
22 November 2011 at 9:36pm | IP Logged 
1) Not yet.
2) Yep! Been a goal of mine for years. :-)
3) On no other basis other than personal reasons, I won't consider myself a polyglot until I am fluent in five languages. What I mean by fluency: generally educated writing and speaking; generally correct spelling, pronunciation, and grammar; comprehension of written common media with seldom dictionary usage, and understanding sustained speech in at least personal conversations.

This is my baseline standard of fluency for myself that I've come to over the years. Although it's not explicitly stated, I have to have a fair degree of comfort in the language, which means confidence in expressing anything I want with a fluid and not thrown-together way. It doesn't include elegance, which I think comes only with more usage, and not every language I see myself using as much.

I also am hoping to learn well over five languages, from many different families. Included on my hit list: Finnish, Arabic, Lakota, Japanese, French, Norwegian, and Swahili, for example.

Also, it's not something I'd brag about. I'm doing this out of joy, not ego-stroking.

:-)
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 Message 18 of 89
22 November 2011 at 9:37pm | IP Logged 
Arekkusu wrote:
numerodix wrote:
No, because some of them tend to be rather
pretentious and I have no need to be in some
elite club where we look down on non-members.

Factually I am, but I don't call myself that.

Are you not a human either?

I beg your forgiveness, but I don't follow.
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 Message 19 of 89
22 November 2011 at 9:39pm | IP Logged 
numerodix wrote:
No, because some of them tend to be rather pretentious and I have no
need to be in some elite club where we look down on non-members.


But that then puts you in the club of people who look down on people who look down on
people, which cannot possibly exist, due to Russel's paradox.
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 Message 20 of 89
22 November 2011 at 9:41pm | IP Logged 
numerodix wrote:
Arekkusu wrote:
numerodix wrote:
No, because some of them tend to be rather
pretentious and I have no need to be in some
elite club where we look down on non-members.

Factually I am, but I don't call myself that.

Are you not a human either?

I beg your forgiveness, but I don't follow.

I assumed that if you disliked any group where some members are pretentious and look down on non-members, that perhaps you also avoided calling yourself a human being.
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 Message 21 of 89
22 November 2011 at 9:47pm | IP Logged 
Serpent wrote:

1. Do you consider yourself a polyglot?
2. Are you planning to become one?
3. If you are, what are you planning to achieve before you can call yourself a polyglot?

1. - Never thought about it. The label isn't important enough for me to worry either way.
2. - See 1.
3. - See 1.

R.
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 Message 22 of 89
22 November 2011 at 9:48pm | IP Logged 
Splog wrote:
But that then puts you in the club of people who look down on people who
look down on
people, which cannot possibly exist, due to Russel's paradox.

Arekkusu wrote:
I assumed that if you disliked any group where some members are
pretentious and look down on non-members, that perhaps you also avoided calling yourself
a human being.

Two excellent responses. I wish I had something clever to say now, but I'm outclassed.
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 Message 23 of 89
22 November 2011 at 9:50pm | IP Logged 
Oh lordy, I love me a good philosophy chat, but let's not start this young thread out with a semantic battle. :-P
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 Message 24 of 89
22 November 2011 at 9:52pm | IP Logged 
"I can see your vanity under your ragged clothes"


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