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An evil witch has cursed you, you suddenly become fluent in three languages but may never read translations, which languages do you choose?
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english, spanish, japanese
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>>7549128
French, German, Russian.
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Latin, German, Enlish
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>>7549128

I can still speak English fluently, yes?

If so:
Japanese
German
French
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>i already speak 7 languages fluently

fuck your witch
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>>7549138
>I can still speak English fluently, yes?
It's a curse, only three languages or the witch kills you
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>>7549144

I'll keep the Japanese fluency ability but not so sure about German or French, on one hand it would be great being able to read the surrealist works of French literature fluent and not needing translations for Kafka, Mann or Heidegger.

Sorry German, I just like the surrealists a little bit more. French, Japanese and English would be my answers. If I didn't pick French then I would've decided on Czech or Russian. Hungarian would've been a good choice too.
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>>7549128
id fug that witch
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>>7549141
This
I put on my wizard hat and robe
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>>7549141
which?>>7549160
she's not for sexual, unless it's guts>>7549158
good choices. i would go with english, french and japanese
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French for almost entirely literary purposes and English and Chinese for practical purposes with secondary literary advantages.
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English
French
Chinese
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japanese
german
russian
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>>7549128
three additional languages? or are all of your other languages taken away
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>>7549228
it's a tsundere witch, but it's still a curse. all your languages is gone with the wind
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>>7549128
Can I learn new languages?
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Russian
French
Hungarian
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>>7549242
Yes
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>>7549184
I'd go with Russian instead of French, but good picks
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I'll keep spanish, add english and german. If it's three new ones I'd make it german (literature and expanding my ideas of sentence and word structure), chinese (market of the future) and japanese (disgusting piece of shit weeaboo)
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Oh I like this.

English, German, Latin
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>>7549128
three languages I don't already know?

French
German
Ancient Greek
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English, German, French
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>>7549128
Linear A
Cretan Hieroglyphics
English

And then I'll become a famous linguist easy as pie
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>>7549128
English, German, Ancient Greek
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>>7549141
tips on achieving such a feat?
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>german
>top kek
Mandarin, Hindi and Italian
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Chinese, Arabic, French
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>>7549128
well I already know three.

I'll keep Japanese and English, so I'll add in French.
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>>7549128
I just need the two I already speak, Italian and english
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>>7549832
Well also Ancient Greek and Latin but all those years in high school made me hate them
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>>7549158
You would need French for the whole goddamn Mann family anyway lmao, they love their little French digressions
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>>7549128
I rape her instead.
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>>7549832
what is up with this image
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>>7550306
Nooo, that's not how the game works.
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>>7549128
Persian, Arabic, Chinese. I can learn European languages.
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>>7550319
Kek something from a /got/ general
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This thread is so American it smells like Hamburgers.
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>>7550621
Keep Dutch and English, add something difficult since I'm not barred from still learning easier languages down the road. Maybe Russian?
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Japanese/Russian/Hindi–Urdu

>>7550729
If you're already flaunt in Dutch or English, you can pick up the other quickly. Same with Japanese, you can use your knowledge in it to become flaunt in Korean within a couple of years.
Learn to Min-Max.
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i am the evil witch
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>>7549134
This is the correct answer
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Japanese
Korean
French
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>>7549128
Latin, Chinese, German.
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>>7549128
fucking witch is going to take a language away from me
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>>7549128
English
Japanese
Russian
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italian, so i can go live in italy for awhile
french, cos i have a ton of french friends
japanese, so i can begin my samurai training
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>>7552587
>implying french would like to be friends with you
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>>7549128
Well, that's more than I can do now
English, because its useful and I live in burgerland
Bosnian, since all my relatives speak it and I wish I was more fluent
and Japanese, because closet weeb

All I read is academic journals anyway, I don't belong on lit
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>>7549128
English
Spanish
Russian

>>7549523
Count closely related languages as separate.
e.g Luxembourgish and German
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>>7549523
Travel a lot as a kid growing up and live in very multicultural countries. Which I guess isn't really something under your control.

>>7549176
English French German Chinese Japanese Swedish Danish. Dad traveled a lot for work.
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>>7552667
Damn son. I apologise. Very impressed.
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>>7549128
English
>duh
Spanish
>gotta have my Borges and Bolano
Hungarian
>family reasons
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normal people English
English English
Special English
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Russian and English (for supreme literary canons)
German (in order to read the philosophers).

Considering you may never read translations, I think answering with the assumption that you can learn new languages is missing the point... basically it's forcing you to personally assess which three languages have produced the most valuable, original, written media.
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>>7553071
What canonical books and what German philosophers did you have in mind? With philosophers in particular it sounds strange you want to learn the language since the obscurantists (hegel, heidegger) did have a language of their own, whereas those who wanted to be understood supervised their own, fairly liberal, but crystal clear translations (marx, wittgenstein).
And those Russians who it makes sense to read in Russian (Leskov, Aleshkovsky, Saltykov-Shchedrin) are not considered canonical by the English speaking nations because they aren't well translatable. Gogol is the exception since he was popular with Russians who are popular in the West.
As for English... do they even have a canon?
brb reading Tynyanov's essay on Tyutchev and Heine.
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russian
german
sanskrit

the only ones i wanted to learn that i don't know already
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ctrl+fing results:

English
26
French
22
German
19
Russian
12
Latin
4
Czech
4
Chinese
4
Spanish
4
Hungarian
3
Greek
3
Italian
3
Handi
2
Arabic
2
Hindi
2
Japanese
2
Dutch
2

which of these do you already speak and on what level?
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>>7553127
>english
>french
>spanish

fluent, at near-native or native.

>Greek

intermediate.
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>>7552667
>Swedish Danish
Det kalles Norsk, gutten min
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>>7553127
My Russian, my German, my English are good.
My French is meh. And I would like to get learn Swahili, Chinese and Arabic. Italian is comprehensible with French alone. The Spanish of Ortega y Gasset has however been impenetrable; Marquez Spanish was not quite as easy as Italian but close. The minor slavic languages are all, Western measure, just a dialect of Russian. I have read the Polish Lem with only a dictionary since the grammar was almost exactly the same. Now, the Danes are surprisingly distant from German although they are ought to be under their influence and they're ought to have influenced the English. A lot of their phrasing is counter-intuitive. Kudos for using the Frakturschrift in the 19th century though!
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la douce langue natale de l'âme
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French
Spanish
English
Russian runner-up but i dont wanna die
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>>7549128
English, german, and russian.
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