You don't have to be good at it. Just say what you know.
American Sign Language
David Rodriguez learned a bit while abroad in Barcelona and completed a phonetic study of it as his final project for LING 111.
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
Nela Vukmirovic '08 lived in Hong Kong for 2 years, and all she can say in Cantonese is "mgoi sai"...
Jessica Chung '07 (Wishes she had Cantonese soap operas to watch.)
Jason Law '06 can get by.
Jing Cao 08's second language.
Jason Ren '08, but only after disgusting losses in Beirut.
Kim Fassler '06
Kristyn Bretz '06, but only when drunk
Estalyn Marquis has some awesome skills
Elizabeth Macek passable
Richard Zhang I'm counting on it to get me a job
Lingwei Gu '07
Richard Zhang '07 You wish you could speak this exclusive dialect
Rachel Ko '09
Amy Chin '08, but not really.
Jason Law '06 can understand it almost as well as Cantonese.
Heather Casteel '06 (drunkenly)
Jason Leith lived in the Netherlands for a few months, and can tell you what "neuken in de keuken" and "let op zakkenrollers!" means. He had little opportunity to actually speak the language, though, which was probably actually a good thing, as he values the integrity of his velum.
- Jing Cao speak Proper Chinese Flavor English
East European Accent
- Nela Vukmirovic '08 speaks English with East EU accent, though she doesn't notice it. Hmmm, it's not even pure East EU, it's a mixture of several...
- Nirmal Deshpande '07 speaks with a British-tinged Indian accent when drunk, specifically responding "You can make me drink, but you cannot make me get you a beer!" to demands that he wait hand and foot upon someone.
- Sean Milano '09 tries to immitate his neighbour upstairs, but fails miserably. He just isn't cool enough.
- Diana Davis '07 spent a month speaking English with a Japanese accent, so she can still do it very convincingly.
- Evelyn Robinson '05 has an occassional native Southern accent so sudden and endearing you'd swear she is joking, but she aint.
- Katie Montgomery '07 has heard and can imititate an accent so strong that you will not believe that it actually exists.
- Samantha Peterson '08 can't speak it that well, but she can make fun of it like no one else.
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 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.
Lindsay Long-Waldor '08 has not spoken in a while, but I might still have some skills.
Nela Vukmirovic '08 fourth language in which she has basic skills.
Tosin Adeyanju '08 third language I can kinda speak.
Vlado Nedkov '06 spent last year in Paris. He can say a lot more than 'voulez-vous coucher avec moi, ce soir', althought that phrase comes in handy quite often.
Kimi Gilbert '06 spent more than a year in Berlin. Hence, she is legitimately badass. Her German skills are unbelievable. And she starred in a Deutsch ScheiÃŸe Video. Go figure.
Vlado Nedkov '06 used to kick ass in German. Unfortunately, he's a sell out and has moved on to romance languages.
- 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. (TAs swoon when he counts to ten.)
Joe Gangestad '06 speaks a mad Munchen Deutsch, and will one day teach astrophysics to unassuming little German children.
Hazen (As in I can write in it and tell you how to pronounce the letters of their alphabet. I didn't write this.)
Brent Yorgey '04
Math nerds know the Greek alphabet.
So do Classics majors. (And in order. What comes after phi, oh my math and physics friends?) (the "$" comes after "\phi", unless it's on its own line, in which case you'll put "$$")
Joanna Demakis knows some but she dropped out of Greek school after first grade.
Jono Dowse '06 thinks Modern Greek is cool and spent some time in online lessons for it his sophomore year. His study has since lapsed. He knows the order of the Greek alphabet well despite being a math major.
Jim Prevas knows all the bad words.
Robert Streicker '07
Zachary Ulman '06
Davida Kutscher '03
Elissa Brown '09
is not a language; it is an omnipotent alphabet.
David Rodriguez learned the IPA incredibly well as Jono Dowse's (who's Nate Sanders?) student in LING 111
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.
Lucy Cox-Chapman '06 spent a semester in Italy
Katie Josephson '07 is dying in Italian 103
Nela Vukmirovic '08 loooooves Italian 103! It comes like a breeze after all those DIV III classes...
Samantha Peterson '08 is in 101 and discovered she can speak Italian by throwing in vowels here and there while speaking French.
David Rodriguez '06 knows all of the great insults and generally vulgar phrases.
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.
Dawn Robinson '08 is Korean. She can read and write Konglish, and say, "Hello, my name is Dawn" in Korean. :)
Angela Lee '07 can speak, read and write Korean surprisingly well, even though she emigrated at the age of 6. She also has a (dare I say) encyclopedic knowledge of Korean pop culture.
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 Here
Love, the Language of
Marilyn is quite fluent. She lives in Dodd 201 if you need lessons in this language.
Middle Earth (assorted languages)
Laurie Brink sort-of-'05 was the "official unofficial" translator and pronunciation expert for the NYC area premiere of the Lord of the Rings Symphony, and, as such, can say a variety of things in Quenya, Sindarin, Adûnaic, Rohirric, Khuzdul, and the Black Speech. It also helps that she has, in a certain sense, been speaking Quenya since the day she learned her own name.
Jonathan Landsman '05 can say "What's up, sweetheart?"
O Marcos Gouvea '05 fala portuguÃªs. E vocÃª?
Laurie Brink sort-of-'05 knows just enough to sing the entirety of "Dragostea din Tei" (a.k.a. the Numa Numa song).
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.
Sara Beach '06 (a.k.a. Zlaya Antonovna)
Eugene Berson '08 puts the hammer together with sickel.
Monsie MuÃ±oz '09 speaks Mexican Spanish- is slowly adopting a chilanga accent
Alejandro RodrÃguez-Prieto '09 also speaks Mexican Spanish- but can speak an even more special subversion- the Chihuahuan accent
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
Pablita Santos '07 speaks Mexican Spanish and has a beatiful Chicana accent when slightly intoxicated
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 '05 (budding bachatero)
When traveling in non-Hispanophone countries, Alex Lavy's brother pretends he is from Spain, where he "fights the bools" and "stoodies the art".
SofÃa Torres (but apparently she speaks Mexican, a variation of Spanish)
Paulette RodrÃguez can speak Spanish without consonants (also known as Puerto Rican--similar to Dominican)
Sarah Steege can speak with or without the sexy Spanish lisp.
Cat Vielma can speak spanish with both an American accent and a Chilean accent in the same sentence.
Julia Brown speaks Ecuadorian Spanish with an American accent.
Dave Senft can count to four in turkish, and also knows six through eight, and ten.
Marisa Lau spent a semester (Spring 2005) in Turkey so she knows numbers and greetings and maybe a bit more
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.
S. Waqqas Iftikhar
Uzaib Y. Saya