https://www.duolingo.com/garitic

So why do you learn?

I like learning languages but will I ever get to use them? How did you guys immerse yourself and actively use the language you learned(-ing)? What about languages you don't use often?

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/EdwinHakobyan1
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practically i dont use any foreign language i know,so i use only Armenian,sometimes on internet i use English and Russian. all i want is to be a polyglot this is what keeps me motivated and also i am pretty sure every language i learn one day will be useful for me and i dont quit what i do , besides one of our poets said "you are a person so many times as many languages you know"( i hope i translated it in English correctly) :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CodyORB
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Also, if you think that you probably will rarely use a language, or lose interest in it, it's best to remove it so you can focus on different languages that might be more interesting or useful for you.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/garitic

My situation is mostly like Edwin's. I'm geographically pretty isolated so about 99% of all people speak English here. I mostly do it to try and be a polyglot and as self-accomplishment promise to be at very least, proficient in two languages. Thanks for your post thus far, your added insights help keep me motivated :]

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SamijaH.
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After I moved to Germany, I started learning german. I am slowly progressing and hoping to be able to be fluent in it. I am forced to use it :P

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NuclearBombSale

When I was done with "high school"* I moved to Ukraine for 7 months. I did volunteer work there and lived in an apartment with a French and a Lithuanian girl. We did all shopping, commuting and stuff all by ourselves, and since Ukrainians aren't known for being the best at speaking English, we had to learn some Ukrainian. Unfortunately I wasn't the best student and my teacher was quite busy, so I learned just enough to get by by myself.

So when I learned about Duolingo and found out that you could learn Ukrainian, I thought it was about time to give the language a second go. I still have some friends in Ukraine and I have talked with a Danish friend about going to Ukraine in the summer, so she can see where I lived for those 7 months. And it would be nice to know some more of the language by then (:

Esperanto I'm mostly learning for the fun of it. Ukrainian is quite difficult (at least I find it difficult), and Esperanto is easy. So sometimes, when my poor head just can't handle Ukrainian, I can do some Esperanto and not lose my streak. And then Esperanto is just plain cool.

*The Danish school system is quite different, so I didn't go to high school as Americans would, but something that resembles. I think.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CodyORB
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I am learning Spanish because I live near Mexico, and I know some people that speak it. We also go on vacations to Mexico sometimes. I am learning Irish because I come from Ireland and many of my relatives speak it. I used to also learn French and German but I decided I won't need them much so I removed them.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Science_Yay

Are your family members from the Gaedhealtacht areas? I lived in Ireland for over a year and have never met a single irish person who could speak irish fluently. From my experience, it's almost a dead language outside of the Gaedhealtacht areas which are mostly in the western regions of Ireland.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CodyORB
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Yeah, you are right. My grandmother and my aunt both know Irish (both outside of the Gaedhealtacht areas). My grandmother learned Irish from a website like Duolingo, and so did my aunt. My mom said that now Irish is being taught at schools in Ireland though. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Science_Yay

As far as I know Irish is mandatory in schools, but a lot of the students don't really care. I studied in Dublin and none of my irish friends were able to say more than a few words. Maybe this will change in the future though, I think the politicians are trying to 're-vive' it.

So it's great that you're trying to learn Irish and stick to your heritage! Good luck!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CodyORB
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Interesting!

2 years ago
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