I've noticed that a lot of people here (me included) aren't native English speakers and I was wondering what languages do you guys speak/ understand/ dabble in?
So I'll go ahead and start it.
Portuguese (always good to speak one's native language at native level)
English (I make grammatical mistakes here and there, but so do a lot of the native speakers I talk to =P) - My sister taught me how to read, write and do math at the age of 3, so when I started school (not pre-school) at the age of 4 I was bored out of my mind and decided to learn English. At about 6 I was watching movies without subtitles and was always really good In English at school. The actually speaking part of the language though, I only started practicing when I started working with a US team...it caught me by surprise how long it actually took me to say anything in the beginning...I could understand anything without a problem but it took forever to formulate a reply in my head...decided I would go for a more well-rounded learning on my next language.
Spanish (I'm fine with reading/writing and can make do with speaking and writing, although sometimes it's hard to not let a little Portuguese slip in there) - Think I started learning when I was about 12, watching Spanish channels (with Portuguese subtitles). I mostly watched cartoons since they were mostly accent neutral and I found it easier to learn from. Haven't had the need to use Spanish often, so not much in the way of speech practice.
Dutch (as long as people try to be clear while speaking and the conversation is not too technical I'm golden) - Moved to the NL 2 years ago, and other than English (which doesn't have all that many parallels with Dutch), Dutch is my first German based language so it was a really slow start...also, the accent here is quite hard to grasp, so that slowed my learning more than if I lived, for example, in Amsterdam where I feel the accent is clearer.
French (can understand and read with no problem, have trouble with the writing and speaking) - Had French in school for 2 years but never had anyone to speak French to, so the basic knowledge is there, but the speaking part is all gone.
Italian (Reading/understanding is easy enough, writing and speaking not so much =P) - Using Portuguese and Spanish, it's easy enough for me to understand Italian, but other than the week I've spent in Rome I have never spoken Italian, so I'm not all that great =P
German (wanted to have German at school but the teacher at my school had quit and they couldn't find a replacement) - My wife works in Germany often so I'm "exposed" to it...I mostly can draw parallels with Dutch and get the gist of it, but that's about it.
Japanese - Can grasp the context and translate some stuff but I'm pretty bad at it. Years and years of anime I guess...
German (work opportunities, Germany being "next door", etc...)
Japanese (I started, so might as well)
Swedish (My wife wants to learn and I have family there)
How about you? Is English your only language (or second language), or do you try to learn as many languages as possible?