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You don't have to be good at it. Just say what you know.
[[Ronit Bhattacharyya '07]] lived in Jakarta for seven years, still has an okay grasp of the language.
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=08sjh Thunny Khaft] learnt from his Bangla friends back in the former Soviet Union
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06dr David Rodriguez] learned a bit while abroad in Barcelona and completed a phonetic study of it as his final project for LING 111.
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=08slh Son '08] knows some bad words, thanks to Jing.
Jessie Yu '07
====[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penang_Hokkien Penang Hokkien]====
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=09tk Teng Jian Khoo] '09 can speak it tolerably, but will not be understood by pretty much everyone on campus. Bar the Taiwanese.
Noemi Fernandez '09 can fake it pretty well while ordering you a drink at a cafe or bar, your choice.
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06hdc Heather Casteel] '06 (drunkenly)
08sjp Samantha Peterson ' 08] knows a funny joke that makes fun of the Canadian accent. Ask her aboot it sometime, eh?
:[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=09cjv Cat Vielma '09] hates it, and reminds people that Chicago is universes apart from the rest of the grand ol' Midwest
:Teng Jian Khoo '09 speaks this at home. Somemore now got Singaporeans here dee, can tok crap with them liao - so shiok!
[[Joe McDonough '06]] visited the International Esperanto Museum in Vienna, but by that time he had forgotten most of the Esperanto he had learned in a fit of boredom during Winter Study two years previously.
[[Carl Vos '09]] mom is french, and I know a lot, but havn't spoken it in a while. I can get by alright.
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=09bdk Brian Kim '09] owes much of his sanity to the fact that dead French men write better books than most people.
[[Ben Grant '09]] took French for a while and has a pretty decent accent. Shows a flair for making fun of random French Canadians in bars because they sound so funny.
[[Robin Allemand '10]] speaks French fluently thanks to his
Chaedria Robinson '07 has a complicated relationship with the French she refuses to speak.
[[Jono Dowse '06]]
[[Joe Hutchinson '06]] thinks in and sometimes thinks he's German
[[Carl Vos '09]] is taking German and will be spending the summer of 2006 in Munich and Berlin.
Shawn Woo '09
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=07dpg Daniel Gross '07]
[[Jason Leith]] rejects the notion that a velar trill is impossible. It is, however, so ugly a sound that not even languages like Dutch and Danish have adopted it. He uses IPA when indicating pronunciation in his music.
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06dr David Rodriguez '06] knows all of the great insults and generally vulgar phrases.
Davide Carozza: born in Roma baby!
[[Sam Doyon '05]] took Japanese for 3 1/2 years at Williams, lived in Tokyo for two months before he forgot every word of Japanese.
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=09bdk Brian Kim '09]
took this in high school but now retains little more than the ability to pretend he is speaking Japanese by inserting whatever he wants to say in English between "watashi wa" and "desu. "
Shawn Woo '09
A rather cool internet program created by Lee Butterman of Brown University is a text to speech program that will read any latin poetry or verse aloud and give you a decent pronunciation of it. Find it [http://www.poetaexmachina.net/ Here]
===Love, the Language of===
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=10bt Bolor Turmunkh] '10
[[Jack Nelson '07]] speaks relatively fluently, especially when inebriated on some good ol' Mack
Øl, due to an exchange year there before Williams. Continues to delight in the fact that Norwegian includes the words fart, snart, fred and slut which means things entirely different.
[[Jono Dowse '06]] knows how to pronounce written Polish and has quite a few audio samples of Polish phrases on his iTunes account courtesy of [http://www.linguistics.ucla.edu/people/ladefoge/ Peter Ladefoged].
Chaedria Robinson '07: Sim, eu falo um pequeno do Portugues.
[[Laurie Brink]] knows just enough to sing the entirety of "Dragostea din Tei" (a.k.a. the Numa Numa song).
[[Andana Streng]] Born in Romania but speaking a funky kind of Romanian called "ardeleneste" which I mix with English when I'm really tired. And no, I don't like "Dragostea din tei".
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=09bdk Brian Kim '09] used to beg his Russian teacher for borscht in the middle of the night. It was delicious, by the way.
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=09nyi Nina Ivanova '09]
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=08slh Son '08] knows one phrase: "
ну Заяц погоди!"
?unix=09mm_2 Monsie MuÃ±oz '09] speaks Mexican Spanish - is slowly adopting a chilanga accent
?unix=09adr Alejandro RodrÃguez-Prieto '09] also speaks Mexican Spanish- but can speak an even more special subversion- the Chihuahuan accent
?unix=08lmg Luz M. GÃ³mez ' 08] speaks paisa Mexican Spanish , can speak "proper spanish" when needed and can do a messed up chilanga accent---- oh, and a beatiful Xicana accent
?unix=07ps Pablita Santos ' 07] speaks Mexican Spanish and has a beatiful Chicana accent when slightly intoxicated
?unix= 06dr David RodrÃguez] speaks Dominican Spanish to his fellow Dominicans and a more comprehensible Latin American Spanish to others, but often swears like a Spaniard for no good reason.
[[Jonathan Landsman|Jonathan Landsman '05]] (budding bachatero)
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=09emf Emily Flynn] took 6 years, an A.P., & taught it in her hometown to overenthusiastic middleschoolers. Su palabra favorita esta sacapuntas.
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=08eaa Evelyn A. Aguilar ]
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=06eb Ersen Bilgin '06]
All these students are fluent in written and spoken Urdu, the national language of Pakistan. Urdu is a unique language adapted from Persian and written in Arabic text, though it sounds identical to Hindi, the national language of India, which is written in
Sanskrit script. (It's Devanagari script not Sanskrit)
[http://wso.williams.edu/facebook/view?unix=08slh Son '08] what does "phuc" mean? - It's pronounced different than what you think; but it means "happiness" (kinda make sense ;-))