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Simple sentences about languages.

Postby MrApple » Sun 03.21.2010 5:45 pm

私は言語が好きです。私の母語はマルタ語と英語です。イタリア語を話します,でもフランス語少し話せます。今、日本語を話したい。

I am trying to say that 1) I love languages, 2)My native languages are Maltese and English, 3)That I speak Italian, and can speak a little French, and 4)I would like to speak Japanese as well.

Does it make sense?

Thanks :)
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Re: Simple sentences about languages.

Postby coco » Mon 03.22.2010 6:15 pm

はじめまして。 :)
You are doing very well!
イタリア語を話します,でもフランス語少し話せます。今、日本語を話したい。


でも here is usually used as a contradictory conjunction. 
イタリア語を話しますし、フランス語少し話せます。

ます & 話ます here are both very fine.

今、日本語を話したい isn't grammatically wrong, but this might have a tone as if you can't use Japanese despite being capable of speaking Japanese.
Like "今、泳ぎたい"

日本語話せるようになりたいと思(って)います。 would be fine.
~ようになる is a very useful expression.

Anyway, your language ability is much better than mine.
( Only language I can speak is Japanese. )

Hope this helps.
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Re: Simple sentences about languages.

Postby MrApple » Thu 03.25.2010 5:32 pm

Thank you so much coco :)
I've never heard of the expression yet, but I'm still new :P

And as for my language ability, I believe that it's all about geography. I happened to live in a place where it is necessary to learn Maltese, English and Italian. And I learned French at school for 7 years :). Now trying to learn Japanese to broaden my horizons :)

(PS : you can speak Japanese AND English - two of the world's most used languages)
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