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Learning ancestral languages

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One of my goals with Duolingo and other methods is to learn my ancestral languages. On my dad's side of the family, there's Irish. On my mom's side of the family, there's German and Norwegian. I would love to go to my ancestral countries and be able to speak their languages.

Is anyone else studying their ancestral languages?

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/WinAR6
WinAR6
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Most of the languages I'm learning are ancestral. I am mostly German, but I'm also part Irish (which I'm not learning yet), Swedish, Norwegian, French, English, Russian (which I will learn when it comes out), Czech (I'll be learning that too), and Dutch (which I'm also not learning yet). I'm mostly learning German for ancestral reasons. French is partially too, and Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian are for family reasons. I don't have to learn any of these languages, but this is one of the things I find interesting.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jarcher77
jarcher77
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I guess I should say that I will also study Russian, since that's my grandfather's first language. However, he was German, one of the Volga Germans that left Russia before the revolution.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sapphireoceanELF

That's why I joined Duolingo when I first started, but I got kinda sidetracked :) I still want to learn my ancestral languages, which are half German and half Korean on my dad's side, and my mum is Scottish (so I may learn Scottish Gaelic) (even though her family are from Glasgow) and a little bit Irish.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DavidStyIes
DavidStyIesPlus
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Ethnically I'm Sami and would like to learn at least enough to be conversant throughout the Sami-speaking areas, but to do so (given the paucity of resources I've been able to find, or rather not), I think I'm really going to go and have to do a course up there at some point (pretty sure Universitetet i Tromsø has a course, for example; so does Uppsala and Murmansk).

I'll not hold my breath for a Sami course to appear on DL :p

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/qwertylaal
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Wow. I am German, Norwegian, Irish, and and a little Czech. We have almost the same ancestral languages!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jarcher77
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Very similar. I am also Scottish, but Scottish Gaelic isn't available. My grandfather was born in Russia, but he's German. However, his first language was Russian, so I'd like to study that, too.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/anne_omoly

Depending on which part of Scotland your ancestors hailed from (and when!), you might be after Scots and not Gaelic :)

Or Norn, if they were from the very north east, Orkney or Shetland!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jarcher77
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That's true. I'm not sure which language my ancestors spoke in Scotland.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KristenDQ
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Yes...French (mom's side) and Italian (dad's side). I've already visited my ancestral countries of Canada and Italy (but I'm also German and French and have never been to either of those countries).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jillianimal

Yep, my dad's side is Italian/Sicilian, German, Lithuanian & rumors of Dakota (there was also talk of Scottish, Dutch, I think something else, it gets really hairy XP) then Irish, more German, Polish & apparently some English on my mom's side.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Elizabeth261736

At the moment, none are ancestral unless you count French Flanders. However, I do plan to learn Swedish at some point.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheLangGeek

I'm learning German because of my mom/dad's sides (mom is German and dad is Austrian), and i'm going to learn Russian because of my dad's side. I also want to learn Hebrew because i'm Jewish.

I'm also Irish on my mom's side but i'm not as interested in Gaelic due to the fact that they don't use it in the more modern areas of Ireland.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PolyglotCiro
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My blood is Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, a little French and other mores but i'm learning German and Herbrew!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/otsogutxi
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I am studying Norwegian and it feels like I learned it before, even though I never did. I might have Norwegian relatives since it is coming so naturally. If I do, then I'm booking the next flight to Norway:D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fr224
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I starting learning Irish for ancestral reasons, but I've continued mostly because I like the language and the culture. I do have some Québécois ancestry, but I'm learning French because I like it and it's very useful. I have no Russian ancestry, but I definitely want to learn the language.

I also think I have slivers of English, Welsh, German, Czech/Bohemian, Greek, Sioux and Navajo ancestry, but I'm not sure about any of those and don't really want to learn the languages (except for English, of course).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jarcher77
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I'm not even sure if Quebecois qualifies as a kind of ancestry, considering many of them are not only French, but also Irish.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BigMac_ComboMeal

I plan to start looking into Irish at some point. I'm not really sure of any other prominent ancestry in my bloodline, though.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/soedori
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Well, I consider myself pure Korean, but apparently, there is a weeeeeeee bit of Chinese in my mum's side, so I might learn Chinese.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ashbolt
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That was the reason I signed up here in the first place. I wanted to learn Dutch because my mum's side of the family is from the Netherlands.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NikiSlips

Yep.

Father's Side = Norwegian and English

Mother's Side = Welsh and Japanese

At the moment I'm learning Norwegian only, but I already know some Japanese and I'm hoping that Welsh will be added to Duolingo at some point.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheEeveeLord

I'm learning Hebrew, and I'm hoping to learn Russian and Romanian when they're released.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/abe_tz
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Im learning Spanish (my dad is Mexican), learning Hebrew in school (I am Jewish), plan to learn Russian and Yiddish when they are released (all of my great-grandparents spoke both languages).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/earthkissed
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Well I'm not a mix of anything, I'm 100% French. Surely there are other stuff in me somewhere, but its too far back in my heritage to know about. I'm just learning languages for fun.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gabzerbinatoEng
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I'm more Italian and Dutch (both present in my name), but I'm planning to study these languages in the future.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WahahaDrills
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Yep. French and German. I feel a little bad for not doing German so much even though I really like it. Lol.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ChristianofPeace

If I did this it would take forever. I'd have to learn Irish, Welsh, Scottish Gaelic, English (yay I have one), French, German (both from Austria and Germany), Dutch, Swedish, and some more I think.

Primarily German, French and Swedish.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger
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Well, I don't know how ancestral this is, but when Russian finally reaches beta test I'll study it here--my mother's parents spoke it, and I'm working on the English for Russian speakers course here right now--and when that is sufficiently well learned, I'll take up Swedish, which my father's parents spoke.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JessePaedia
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My ancestral languages are English, Hindi, French, Russian and Cantonese. I want to learn Hindi and Russian when they're released. I'll probably learn French after learning them.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jerseyjoe2

My ancestors are from France, Belgium (Walloon region French), Netherlands, England (already know), Italy, Poland, and Lithuania. A little story from my paternal grandfather that his father spoke Lithuanian, Russian, and English.

I mainly study French, and Italian, not only for ancestry but I have it used here in New Jersey. Dutch for me is very close to German so it makes it easy for me to use it when I travel.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jerseyjoe2

I am part Italian and before I used Duolingo I had learned enough Italian to get by with Rosetta Stone. However I find Duolingo to be more engaging, and fun. French is part of me as well as being Belgian-French, Dutch because my maternal maternal side with my ancestor Jonica Carton had Franco-Dutch children that those kids ended up living in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY and North Brunswick, NJ in 1664. I already speak English as native but also ancestral tongue. Polish and Lithuanian are my other ancestral tongues but where I live in New Jersey I don't hear a lot of Polish but more Russian.

1 year ago