Jack's Language Chart

Below are the languages I know, listed more or less in order of proficiency. The first elevenn I speak with various degrees of fluency, the last four I only read. Please put your volume up since the sound may be low. By all means, explore the fascinating links, but remember that only Yiddish and Aramaic are local for now.



Evenin', laddies and lassies :-)
They say it's an "international" language -- I say let's stamp out "linguistic Imperialism" and let other languages live! Yep, it's my strongest language -- sigh ;-]


Konnichiwa -- Nihongo no sekai e yookoso!

Soft sounds, intricate script, vagueness galore. I love kanji, detest katakana proliferation. For better or for worse, Nihongo is my life.


Shalom khaverim. Ma nishma?
Ancient and guttural, the once "dead" Holy Tongue thrives in everything from the Scriptures to ichthyology (huh?) As the language of the Hebrew Bible, its importance far outweighs its number of speakers
4 Yiddish

Sholem-aleykhem, yidn un goyim! Nuuu...vos hertsekh?
This is indeed my mame-loshn (mother tongue). Sweet and beautiful, zaftik and heartwarming, it justs melts in your mouth. If you think it's not a "real" language or it's only for "joking and cursing" -- may your harddisk crumble and a flood of GPEs torment you!
5 Portuguese

Bom dia, pessoal. Tudo bem?
If you don't consider Brazilian P. the galaxy's most exquisite language, suspect an acute otorhinolaryngological disorder ;->. Some call it God's mother tongue :-) -- what would life be without those delicious liquids and rich nasals flowing like a bosanova rhythm of infinite softness?
6 Spanish


Hola amigos, ¿que tal?
Spoken in some 26 countries (really!), this rich and beautiful tongue is a joy to speak, sing and listen to. For beginners, it's a cinch to learn.
¡Adelante, amigo. Aprenda español!
7 German
Hallo, ihr Leutchen! Was ist denn los?
Sharp, crisp, logical -- sounds like the rat-tat-tat of machine-gun fire. I love that cold, guttural feel, the sharp edges and rectangular (harsh?) sounds.
8 Chinese

Pengyoumen, nimen hao! Yiqie dou hao ma?
      朋友们你们好! 一切都好吗?

Unvoiced and retroflex consonants flow among subtle? vowels in a torrent of melodious tones. The complex, exquisite script adds ineffable beauty to a feast for the eyes and ears.
9 Esperanto Saluton, karaj geamikoj. Kiel vi fartas?
"Internationalism par excellence! This planned language boasts ease of learning, simple grammar, and infinitely flexible word-formation. It aims to be a universal auxiliary -- not to supplant ethnic languages.
10 Arabic

`Assalam `Alaykum. Kayfa Haluka, ya-Sadiiqi? AlHamdu lillaa.
السلام عليكم. كيف حالك يا صديقي؟ ألحمد لله
Harsh, powerful, sexy and juicy -- this beautiful language with its beautiful script and complex verb system is the official language of 25 countries. Yes, it is difficult, but if it weren't it wouldnt't be fun!
11 Vietnamese

Tiếng Việt
Xin chào mọi người. Bạn có khỏe không?
This exciting language is really fun to learn. Except for the pronunciation, it is much easier than your realize: no gender, no plurals, no conjugation, and more...
12 Interlingua Bon die, senioras e seniores. Como sta?
If you heard of it, you're either a language freak or a World Citizen. Another planned language, a kind of simplified Latin, that aims to be natural and easy. Proof?
Interlingua es lingua facile e natural de parolas international. Got it?
13 Ladino Kerido lektor, avla Djudeo-Espanyol?
Also known as Judaeo-Spanish, this Jewish language is based on Spanish plus Hebrew-Aramaic elements. It was carried by Jews to Mediterranean countries after their explusion from Spain in 1492.
14 Papiamento Bon dia, con ta bai? Mi por papia Papiamento. Mi stima Aruba. Hopi bon!!
Spoken in Aruba and several other islands in the Carribean, this delightful language is "a piece of cake" to learn if you know Spanish/Portuguese and have a bit of sprachgeful. I amazed myself in how I leaned enough to converse a bit and read rather fluently after about a week's vacation with my wife in Aruba.
15 Aramaic Yehe shlama raba min shemaya.
Spoken by Jesus Christ and heard in the movie The Passion of Christ, the lingua franca of the ancient Near East is still spoken mostly in Iraq and Turkey and lives on in Jewish prayers and the Talmud, which I studied as a Yeshiva boy.