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Calling all polyglots!

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Leader of the Balkan Squad
Joined: 14.10.2016
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Hello, everyone,

I am conducting a formal research project on language learning across the globe and would greatly appreciate it (if anyone has the time) to fill out a survey on language experience and education. The survey is about 15 questions long, and I am looking for responses from

-10 native Russian speakers
-10 native English speakers (preferrably Americans, but other native English speakers may take the survey as well)
-10 native speakers of ANY other language (It really does not matter which one-anyone is welcome!)

If anyone has any questions, feel free to PM me.
Many thanks in advance to anyone who takes the survey. Your help is greatly appreciated!

To take the survey, please click the following link:
https://goo.gl/forms/o0I8vxzKGBQdhlK42

-Βασιλική Ο.

Super Member
Joined: 03.03.2017

There is an odd question. "Who taught you your native (first) language?"
I don't know what to say.

Senior Member
Joined: 08.10.2016

I am Russian native speaker (Russia). I'm done with the questions. I agree with Oleg, cause in Russia a lot of people are monolingual.

Super Member
Joined: 14.07.2018

I´m "the other" native speaker and I´m done with it. Regular smile

Moderator Polyglot Scot
Joined: 26.07.2013

I filled it in. My native language is English and I'm from Scotland.

Moderator Polyglot Scot
Joined: 26.07.2013
Олег Л. wrote:

There is an odd question. "Who taught you your native (first) language?"
I don't know what to say.

I just said "family". This is indeed a strange question to ask!

Member
Joined: 21.10.2018

Done, I'm from Ukraine, but my first language is Russian.

Leader of the Balkan Squad
Joined: 14.10.2016

It's just to get more information about language learning. Most of us were taught by family, so if you put that, it's okay.

Senior Member
Joined: 23.01.2017

Done, my mother tongue is Czech.

Editor .
Joined: 09.10.2018

Done. Pardon my French, by birth and by language Wink smile

Budala sa rečnikom
Joined: 20.09.2018

Done.
I hope my answers will be useful.
I'm among "the others". I hope I answered properly.
P.S.
I've said "my parents" to that question.

Budala sa rečnikom
Joined: 20.09.2018

Pardon my question, but I have to ask. Your profile picture... Is that the cat from the novel "The Master and Margarita?

Editor in search of Anningan & Malina
Joined: 10.05.2012

Filled it in. It was really fun, though the last question was funny: we all make the same kind of translations here on LT.

Leader of the Balkan Squad
Joined: 14.10.2016

I also plan to get responses from other people (who aren't on LT) so they might have different responses.

Thanks for your time!

Editor .
Joined: 09.10.2018
Jelena Petrovic 1 wrote:

Pardon my question, but I have to ask. Your profile picture... Is that the cat from the novel "The Master and Margarita?

Yep. Behemoth lives! Regular smile
The coolest and funniest demon ever.

Budala sa rečnikom
Joined: 20.09.2018

https://www.vulkani.rs/cb68d2d8-5fa4-418c-b3ad-69e9b386e052/MAJSTOR-I-MARGARITA.aspx
If someone is interested to see, the covers of the book in Serbia.
I read it this year and I fell under Behemoth's spells (I mean, I like the novel so much).

Senior Member
Joined: 08.10.2016

I didn't know that somewhere people read the roman,lol

Budala sa rečnikom
Joined: 20.09.2018

Yep, there are freaks like me who stil read, lol.

Editor .
Joined: 09.10.2018

A true masterpiece. I must have read it 3 or 4 times over the years. Only in French, unfortunately. Bulgakov's refined language is way beyond my Russian. Besides the hillarious mischiefs of Behemoth, the dialogs between Pilate and Jesus are a joy to read:

- 'These good people,' the prisoner began, and hastily adding ' hegemon', he went on, ' are unlearned and have confused everything I said. I am beginning to fear that this confusion will last for a very long time. And all because he untruthfully wrote down what I said.'
There was silence. Now both pain-filled eyes stared heavily at the prisoner.
- 'I repeat, but for the last time--stop pretending to be mad, scoundrel,' said Pilate softly and evenly. ' What has been written down about you is little enough, but it is sufficient to hang you.'
- 'No, no, hegemon,' said the prisoner, straining with the desire to convince. ' This man follows me everywhere with nothing but his goatskin parchment and writes incessantly. But I once caught a glimpse of that parchment and I was horrified. I had not said a word of what was written there. I begged him-- please burn this parchment of yours! But he tore it out of my hands and ran away.'
- 'Who was he? ' enquired Pilate in a strained voice and put his hand to his temple.
- 'Matthew the Levite'

Teeth smile

Ἐλέῳ Θεοῦ Βασιλεὺς Ῥωμανίας
Joined: 01.08.2018

I also took part a few moments ago Regular smile

Miss Pumpkin~
Joined: 26.09.2017

Done ^^

Super Member
Joined: 03.03.2017

The Master and Margarita in Russian. I think it is the best version.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAVWzN2e1fs&list=PLhNqogHvR1F8OUqlxTwTPb...

Super Member
Joined: 30.07.2014

Done! 'Others' group! Hope it's useful for your project Regular smile if anytime the results are to be published, please, I'm interested if they are open/public Regular smile

Leader of the Balkan Squad
Joined: 14.10.2016

They most likely will not be made public, but if anyone is interested in reading them I will be happy to post a PDF of my final research report!

Editor
Joined: 29.03.2016

Done.

Leader of the Balkan Squad
Joined: 14.10.2016

Hello again, everyone,

Many thanks once again for all your responses! The third category has received all the responses it needs (but you are welcome to fill it out anyway if you wish). I am now looking forward to hearing from more Americans and Russians!

Editor .
Joined: 09.10.2018

If Russians and Americans could agree to fill your form, that would be a small but significant step toward world peace.

Senior Member Knight of sleep
Joined: 23.09.2018

Russian native: done!
Hope it isn't very messy. Good luck with your research project!

Super Member
Joined: 01.07.2018

Mummy did ! (in my case). And she also helped me to read. For ex, one day I saw a big vertical sign in the city, I read it as "SIPAT" and wondered what it meant. My mother explained me I should have read it the other way : "TAPIS" (=CARPETS).

Leader of the Balkan Squad
Joined: 14.10.2016

I must admit I busted out laughing when I read your comment  Teeth smile

Editor
Joined: 11.10.2014

I filled it in and picked English too, despite being from Scotland and having fluent Gaelic (native fluency 50 years ago, having started picking it up 20 tyears before that, but it's all gone rusty on me now).

I wonder why there's no way to pick more than one native language - does the survey have this restriction because it thinks no-one is ever bilingal from the start? If so, that strikes me as a bit sloppy. If not, it needs to explain which language to pick.

Leader of the Balkan Squad
Joined: 14.10.2016

The reason there is only one option for native language is because, for the purposes of my research, "native language" is the very first language a person learns. You could, however, pick "other" and add more than 1 N.L.

Junior Member
Joined: 05.11.2018

I'm done. My native language is Russian

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