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Old January 11th, 2017, 02:55 PM   #271

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Sadly, I'm really bad at languages. I can understand spoken Hindi and related Indian languages, but I can't read them too well. My Spanish is halfway decent, so I can understand a smattering of French and Italian, but don't get me started on German- the only phrase I know is "Ich bin ein Berliner ".
That's a lot better than myself. Among the Napoleonic enthusiasts here, I must be alone in knowing nothing but English.
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Old January 11th, 2017, 03:30 PM   #272
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That's a lot better than myself. Among the Napoleonic enthusiasts here, I must be alone in knowing nothing but English.
I got some high school German but very neglected. I tried to learn Latin once.
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I got some high school German but very neglected. I tried to learn Latin once.
Took high school Spanish, but I got almost nowhere with it.
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Old January 11th, 2017, 06:24 PM   #274

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My first language is Spanish but after I grew up in Canada I had to speak English. Learned French all throughout elementary and high school, I skipped grade 10 French and did grade 11. As a youngster my mom also tried to get me to learn Hebrew, aside from a basic understanding of the Hebrew Aleph-Bet I got nowhere with it. In grade 10 I took German and did decently. Also as a youngster I watched lots of Brazilian and Italian television and discovered that it was really easy to understand. I also took Latin in university.
Recently I have also watched some Japanese and Chinese shows and actually managed to pick up a few words. Though reading the characters is another animal altogether.

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Old January 11th, 2017, 10:06 PM   #275
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I can understand spoken Hindi and related Indian languages, but I can't read them too well.
Are you of non-Indian origin?
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Old January 11th, 2017, 10:09 PM   #276

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Only English,hindi and bengali.Plus some very broken german.
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Old January 11th, 2017, 10:16 PM   #277
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I can speak fluent standard Hindi and many of the regional dialects, Punjabi and a bit of Gujarati and Marathi. I tried learning Persian on my own a few months ago, but did not get anywhere with it. I can read Sanskrit. I also know English but I'm not very fluent at it.
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Old January 12th, 2017, 01:03 AM   #278

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It seems like most of the people outside of those who were born and raised in North America know more than one language. In my experience though very few people in South America can speak more than one language. When they do it tends to be something like Portuguese and Spanish or English. But when it comes to literature South America is kind of the bottom of the barrel. Most of their books deal with more recent events like the drug cartels or events from their past like the various revolutions.

I've been to a couple book stores in South America and many of their books were translations. I got myself a cool looking Napoleonic Wars box set. It was very general and had lots of pictures but it also had some very nice looking maps folded on separate pages and things like old newspaper clippings. I couldn't resist so I bought it, though I initially thought that it would come with a replica medal which was part of my motivation for buying it. I got this when I was 14 or 15 and it is what really engaged me in the Napoleonic Wars.

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Old January 12th, 2017, 01:38 AM   #279

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I really got interested in military history in general from a chance read of osprey campaign books.Always loved history and stories of great conquerors,but it only really became an avid interest after i read books with maps of the campaigns like in the osprey series.The wall of text imo is not a good way to learn military history as its very difficult to make an understanding of the battlespace.
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It seems like most of the people outside of those who were born and raised in North America know more than one language. In my experience though very few people in South America can speak more than one language. When they do it tends to be something like Portuguese and Spanish or English. But when it comes to literature South America is kind of the bottom of the barrel. Most of their books deal with more recent events like the drug cartels or events from their past like the various revolutions.

I've been to a couple book stores in South America and many of their books were translations. I got myself a cool looking Napoleonic Wars box set. It was very general and had lots of pictures but it also had some very nice looking maps folded on separate pages and things like old newspaper clippings. I couldn't resist so I bought it, though I initially thought that it would come with a replica medal which was part of my motivation for buying it. I got this when I was 14 or 15 and it is what really engaged me in the Napoleonic Wars.

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I think I was 12/13 when I received a book from my mom called 'the little Emperor'. Was a small book, but I was hooked right away. The man's life reads like a novel which contains pretty much everything I liked as a young boy. Afterwards I started reading more heavy stuff, started to watch movies and docus etc. My first heavy pill was McLynn's bio, and boy did it shatter my overly pro-Bonapartist views. Though this was somewhat healed sincr then . I was always someone who went from period to period when I felt like it. Nowadays its pretty much all focussed around the Napoleonic Era, though with exceptions to WW1, Dutch history and other French history. Now nearly 10 years on since I read that first book I admit I have become an addict to this time period. Especially when I browse the book storr. I mean I want to read about the Boer war, but that Napoleon book there looks quite tasty .
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