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Students with language skills
You don't have to be good at it. Just say what you know.
American Sign Language
David Rodriguez (learned a little bit while abroad in Barcelona)
Jason Law '06 can get by, but not as well as with Mandarin (though Cantonese was his first language...).
Jing Cao 08's first language
Jason Law '06 can get by.
Jing Cao 08's second language.
Katherine Huang '08
Kim Fassler '06
Rachel Ko '09
- British Accent
- Chinese Accent
- East European Accent
- Indian Accent
- Japanese Accent
Diana Davis '07 spent a month speaking English with a Japanese accent, so she can still do it very convincingly.
- Scottish Accent
- Southern Accent
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.
David Rodriguez (He used to be much better, but he now inserts random CatalÃ¡n words in French conversation.)
Diana Davis '07 is still pretty good at French.
Katherine Huang '08 took a lit course with Professor Martin and scored well on the SAT II and AP exams, but that doesn't mean her accent isn't atrociously American...
Samantha Peterson is majoring in it, so she probably knows a few phrases.
Katie Montgomery '07 can, in theory, communicate in French.
- Swiss German
Jono Dowse '06 has a German-language textbook on Swiss German and really wants to be able to speak it authentically. At this point, he knows the numbers and some basic vocabulary and grammar.
Hazen (As in I can write in it and tell you how to pronounce the letters of their alphabet. I didn't write this.)
Math nerds know the Greek alphabet.
So do Classics majors. (And in order. What comes after phi, oh my math and physics friends?)
- Modern, anyone?
Robert Streicker '07
Zachary Ulman '06
Davida Kutscher '03
Elissa Brown '09
is not a language; it is an omnipotent alphabet. See also Phonetics.
David Rodriguez learned the IPA incredibly well as Jono Dowse's (who's Nate Sanders?) student in LING 111
Lucy Cox-Chapman '06 spent a semester in Italy
Amanda Van Rhyn now knows how to say "my husband got drunk and hit me."
Diana Davis '07 frequently mutters small phrases in Japanese. People think she is mumbling, becuase they don't understand Japanese. In addition to randomly speaking in Japanese, she also randomly speaks English with an excellent Japanese accent.
Leah Weintraub '06 spent a semester in Japan. Ergo, she probably speaks Japanese.
Charlotte White rocks at Japanese, and is easily distracted by pretty things from Japan. She also says "WTF Japan" rather often. As should we all.
Alden Robinson '06 whopat dopo yopou thopink opof thopat?
Seth Brown taught a course on Pig Latin during Winter Study 1997.
Jonathan Landsman '05 can say "What's up, sweetheart?"
O Marcos Gouvea '05 fala portuguÃªs. E vocÃª?
Emily Button '07 can say "I've seen more women than you've seen sparrows!"
Ilya Khodosh does an excellent drunk old Russian man impression.
Suzanne C. Walsh '05 can say, "Her breasts are as big as pineapples" and can translate for fiends who lose the ability to speak English and can only speak in Russian while drunk. She is also known to mutter things in Georgian. And we're not talking about, "y'all."
Anna Tsykalova '08 says that all good things come from Mother Russia.
David Rodriguez (speaks Dominican Spanish--impossible to comprehend for most other spanish speakers because it sounds more like really fast Italian than anything else)
Jonathan Landsman '05 (budding bachatero)
Sofia Torres (but apparently she speaks Mexican, a variation of Spanish)
Paulette Rodriguez can speak Spanish without consonants (also known as Puerto Rican--similar to Dominican)
Sarah Steege can speak with or without the sexy Spanish lisp.
Dave Senft can count to four in turkish, and also knows six through eight, and ten.