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August 29, 2011  |  Yeah, I'm fluent in that  |  4921 hit(s)

Among the many privacy-invading questions (haha) that Facebook asks you is what languages you speak. This is a slightly odd question to me, because I can't imagine why this is interesting information to post on a Facebook page. (On a LinkedIn profile, sure, where there might be professional advantages.) In cynical moments, I suspect that people sometimes fill this in to a) show off that they speak more than one language and b) neener-neener.

On the other hand, it turns out you probably know more languages than immediately come to mind. In fact, you're probably fluent in quite a few of them. Like which? Well, Colleague David discovered some of these recently when he was updating his profile:

Fritinancy   29 Aug 11 - 5:31 PM

Maid Marian (Olivia de Havilland) to Robin Hood (Errol Flynn): "Why, you speak treason!"

Robin Hood: "Fluently."

(At 2:35: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Evof-iVDOwQ)