https://www.duolingo.com/ChloeWReuben

What language(s) are you learning..and why?

What languages are you learning, and why? The languages can be on or off duolingo.

I am learning Swedish because I have Swedish back round in my family. I first learned it as a school thing but once I got further in I thought "Hey, this is fun!" and now here I am. I am also (possibly) going to Sweden this summer, so it will be useful.

I am learning Norwegian because it is a Scandinavian language like Swedish, so I figured it would be pretty easy to pick up. Same reason for Danish. (Also, I like Danish pastries)

I am learning Ukrainian (Although I am seriously slack on this language) because it seems to come naturally for me. It's fun learning languages, so I at least attempt any language I can get my hands on.

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/MissThorson

I am learning Spanish because my Mom's side of the family is very fluent in Spanish and I thought it would be nice if I could talk to them in their language. I also have always loved the language anyway.

I'm learning French because it is a challenge, and I love challenges! And I do love the sound of it!

I'm learning Esperanto just for the fun of it. Isn't that why most of us are learning it? :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ChloeWReuben

Lol, Yes.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MissThorson

:)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Double100
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I am learning German, Spanish, French and Italian. I don't really plan to use Italian, but some of it is a lot like Spanish and I like how it sounds. I am learning German because my Dad wants me to, and we might go to Germany next year (not a joke). I am learning Spanish because some of my family comes from there. I am learning French because I want to ;)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ChloeWReuben

Good luck in Germany! Have fun!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Double100
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Thank you Chloe!! ;)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheQueenZerelda

I'm learning Spanish (and dabbling in many others, but nothing serious) because I really want to. Also, have to take language classes for highschool. But more so, learning a second language is so cool. The first two or three weeks were really interesting because the way I thought changed. I can hear sounds now that I couldn't differentiate before and now there are several language I can hear and hear them as words (even though I can't understand) rather than the mysterious and beautiful non-sense languages used to sound like. And in general I feel like I'm better at learning things now that I was before I started Spanish.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ChloeWReuben

That's how it is like with Swedish. Sometimes, when I'm bored, I go on Ikea as a Swede and try to read stuff. Also, I am able to understand songs and comedy sketches while my friends sit back and look confused.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ann314
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I am learning Spanish because I need it at work. Then I plan to add another language, one at a time. Next is German because a close friend speaks German.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ChloeWReuben

Oh nice. I want to learn German, although it just seems complicated to me. :P

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hunterd0721
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The biggest languages I focus on are Spanish and French, but I also study Italian and a little bit of Norwegian (those are the only ones I actively study).

I really want to travel to the many different countries in Europe, and I know that knowledge of the languages there can really help, and I just love learning languages because it is so much fun!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ChloeWReuben

I agree!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jarcher77
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I'm learning French because I'm from Canada, and it's been years since I'd studied French in school. I want to brush up on it and be able to understand it far better than I ever did. It's also useful if I ever need it for work.

I'm studying Spanish because it's one of the most major languages in the world, and I want to travel. I would love to travel to Costa Rica, Cuba, Chile, Peru, and Argentina.

I'm studying German because I'm part German. And I wanted to learn a Germanic language other than the English I'm fluent in.

I'm studying Japanese because I live in Japan, my wife is Japanese, and my daughter speaks more Japanese than English.

In the future, I'll be studying Irish (I have Irish roots), Norwegian (again, Norwegian roots), and Russian (my grandfather was born there, although he was German. We've been trying to trace his family history in Russia, and it would be useful to know Russian).

Those are the main languages I want to learn, but I want to study even more after those.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126
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I'm learning Russian. Why? Do I have to give a reason? I think a reason should be required for not learning Russian. :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Johnnyplot

Czech - I decided to learn it because I had a lot of free time, missed studying a language, wanted to try a slavic language, loved the sonority of it but hated not being able to understand anything or even remotely getting the sound of each different letter. Also because I was in Czech Republic 4 years ago and I absolutely loved it. Prague is my favourite but every single little town is like a fairytale. I'm thinking about going back there for a summer course or maybe even live there for a short period. :)

Italian - I always wanted to learn it. For me, italian is the most beautiful language and even though I get the general idea when I try to read it, I can't understand a lot of it when spoken and it bothers me. I don't know what I was waiting for to pick it up on duolingo...I would love to go to Italy someday. I'm sure I will. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ChloeWReuben

My grandma went to Italy this summer! The Czech Republic sounds very nice, maybe I will try learning their language too.. :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Johnnyplot

I had a friend who hated and I can't understand how that is possible. xD Italy was always a dream destination for me. Well, I study czech in college (currently A2.1) and it's considerably harder than english or french (imo) but it's a challenge. I think we will both have to wait a while longer before czech gets released on duolingo. ;)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ChloeWReuben

Hey, I'm up for a challenge! Although, knowing that it is more difficult than French I'll probably pick back up on it. I tried learning French a little but over a week ago, but once I saw how many accents they use it discouraged me, especially considering Swedish only has 3 accents and their sounds are very easy to grasp. EDIT: Well except for the o with an umlaut. that one makes a strange sound, although it's not nearly as difficult for me to grasp compared to other accents.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Johnnyplot

These things are very subjective. It is hard because of the case system affecting nouns, adjectives, pronouns and numerals. The whole imperfective/perfective verbs concept is also a small nightmare.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ChloeWReuben

Yeah, right now I'm having trouble with "Do you.." sentences in Swedish, so that's sort of a nightmare. Over a month and I still can't remember the order the words go in!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CosmoKaiza
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I'm learning 3 languages right now. German because it's been 3 years that I am studying it and I like the sound of it and I want to be able to speak German fluently when I go to Germany. Romanian is second and that's because I really like it. + It is really close to my native language (French) so I think it is quite easy but also difficult with all the accents they use. Last is Dutch because I am going to study there (Netherlands) for university. I'm not aiming for fluency in Dutch, just want to reach a reasonable level where I can speak and understand the signs and stuff.

Next will be : Czech, I think it is a beautiful language with a beautiful country that I am trying to visit. But I will need some free time to do it and be serious (Not like Romanian or Dutch where I don't need to take notes). Same for Croatian.

Japanese is also one of my priority because I always liked the language since I am young. And I think it is quite easy. Maybe because it's been almost 7 years that I am watching anime ? I went to Japan a few months ago and I really liked it. My dream is to live in Tokyo for a big period.

Spanish of course for traveling purposes. I have a decent level because all my friends are spanish speakers (It's funny because I live in Switzerland not the US or a spanish country).

Indonesian is my little crush that I am too ashamed to talk to but one day I will start to learn it.

I have other languages but I don't think that I am going to learn them in the next 5 years and those are : Polish, Arabic, Hebrew and Italian.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ChloeWReuben

Japanese is really interesting to me, as well.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CosmoKaiza
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Japanese is really beautiful ! If you want to learn it you should give it a chance and maybe you are going to like it :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/VorpalDormouse

FRENCH: Because it's lovely. Because my girlfriend speaks it just a little bit. Because I've been to France speaking no French and want to return some day and explore.

SPANISH: Because I took 4 years of it in high school and it's coming back to me surprisingly fast. Because I work food service jobs in NYC. Because it's just pretty cool.

RUSSIAN: Because it's a challenge. Because I'm a masochist apparently. Because it sounds so mellifluous. Because I'm also an actor, and Russians are still Hollywood's favorite Caucasian foreign bad guys.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mitchell_MT
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I'm learning Italian because when I first found out about this website, I knew nothing about Italian, and I thought it would be cool

I'm learning Spanish because it is the 2nd most spoken language in the United States, and I basically hear it everyday.

I'm learning Swedish because I have Swedish ancestry, and it sounds cool

I'm learning Portuguese because it's close to Spanish, and it also sounds cool.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SquirrelFriendJ

I am learning Norwegian for multiple reasons. The first is that, I want to be an English teacher in Europe. (Not sure what country, but Norway is high up there, hence why I'm learning it) Another reason is that in 2017 I am going on a school field trip to Walt Disney World in Florida to lead the parade down Main Street! While in Walt Disney World, I imagine we will be going to the park EPCOT, where multiple countries are represented, and people from those countries work in that specific "country" and I would love to maybe have a little conversation with them to work on my skills. I also just love learning languages! I think it is great for the mind, body, and soul, and really enjoy the process!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DarkM58
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I am learning portuguese because I love Brazil and i want to be able to speak to native speakers.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nefetz
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Hebrew cuz middle eastern languages are fantastic, the connections , the history, and I like them so I choosed Hebrew. arabic is too hard , aramaic has no sources but it does have a ton of dialects.

Spanish, because its easy and sounds nice, I originally wanted to learn french, but I gave up on it . I like Latin languages in general , their grammar , the way they sound....

Swedish, because that's a scandinavian language, and vikings are cool...or so I thinked that but I'm through that era . so now its pretty much the same case as spanish.

Romanian , a new latin language from the balkans, my infamous neighbors (Maghiar aici). Tensions are always there but I like to contradict that , one of my good friends is a romanian girl, so...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CameronDal3

German because I picked at random. I also plan to do Welsh because I am Welsh, not sure if I'll continue after that, not even sure if i'll ever finish German.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cobold
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French: Because I fell in love with French Hip-Hop 11 years ago and fell in love with French itself. I travel to France at least once a year and want to be able to talk to the people. Also, French pastry is world's best!

Spanish: Because I go there regularly as well and want to communicate. And I have a friend from Uruguay.

Portuguese: I know someone there and started to travel there last year. I hated not to know the least words.

I will also start learning Russian, Arabic, Thai, Khmer, and Vietnamese as soon as I finished my current trees and courses are available. And eventually I'd like to speak all languages neighbouring Germany which would include Polish, Czech, Dutch, and Danish.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vidhya36
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I learn Italian because of my sheer love for the place. I love the rich culture the country brings in and I love Toscana. The place appears to be a heaven.

I learn French because I derive inspirations from french personalities. Notably from Grothendieck, Poincaré, Lafforgue and André Weil. And, the language is also useful when I need to access for reference purposes, some educational resources relating to my study field.

I learn German because I studied it erstwhile. So, I continue to keep touch with it. One main reason can also be attributed to Rammstein.

I learn Portuguese because I happen to see some Portuguese settlements at Goa when I lived there. Another reason is José Mourinho. I just wanted to learn it. To experience how good is this one of the most spoken language of the world.

I learn Spanish because I am addicted to Spanish music and Spanish guitar techniques. One of the most vibrant, I have ever seen. Ah, awesome.

I initiated learning Russian because I got inspired by Dostoevsky. However, I find typing in Cyrillic alphabets a big hurdle as of now. So, the learning is stagnant.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CelestineMoon

Hi there. I'm learning mainly Japanese and Russian.

I have some Russian ancestors on my mother's side of the family and I like the idea of visiting somewhere cold in the northern hemisphere (I'm in the northern subtropics of Australia), so naturally I found the stark contrast of the Russian region (and the language) appealing.

Additionally, I randomly took the plunge to learn Japanese after my partner put me onto NHK World. I stumbled across a couple of the simple Japanese lessons there and thought, "why not give it a try?".

I really love traditional Japanese culture, their architecture, their minimalist way of living and how they (Japanese people) seem to generally have a real respect and admiration for nature. I would also love to take a nice warm dip in a natural onsen (温泉) in the middle of winter. I know. I'm a bit quirky like that.

I actually find the language itself not all that hard to grasp. The Kanji takes a bit of getting used to, as do the particles and the various endings of adjectives tend to trip me up, but I am really enjoying the challenge.

I had a crack at a few other languages too (I took basic French in highschool) and also tried Norwegian, but I prefer the way the Japanese language seems to fit so neatly together like a jigsaw puzzle :)

8 months ago
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