McGhiever (mcghiever) wrote in linguaphiles,
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Languages I Can't Speak

I'm hoping some folks here might be interested and able to provide additions or corrections to my website. I am collecting the sentence "I can't speak ____ but it's a beautiful language" in as many languages as possible. I've got 65 languages so far, most displayed in their proper orthography and with an IPA transcription.

Anyone interested in contributing, please don't hesitate to contact me, either by commenting here or emailing the address on my How You Can Help page. I'm particularly looking for new languages, audio files of native speakers saying the phrase, and help with the IPA.

Thanks everyone!

Edit: I should have mentioned; I favor idiomatic translations over literal ones. For example, in many of the Romance languages it is more natural to say "I don't speak" rather than "I can't speak" and so I think the former is preferable.
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