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Guys help me find MY language.

Hey guys for all you that are passionate about languages you will understand what i mean when I say you have to find the language that is right for you. One that you think sounds pleasing to the ear, one you enjoy and fits well with your understanding and progression rate.

i discovered polish and i love it! honestly the hard consonant pairings are great! harsh and clear, and for someone with 30% hearing loss it makes life a lot easier!. However i am looking for another language to pursue alongside Polish. I tried the slavic branch, I fell off -_- because i fell pray to the overlap which began to slow my learning. The nordic based languages i could not wrap my mouth around the oooooer's and arrrrrrr's I am not interested in learning a romance language as I believe these are the stereotypical routes of a British learner. Esperanto is also not for me due to principal. I would like to avoid languages like mandarin, thai, cantonese, because i believe these are beyond my comprehension :(

So does anyone have any suggestions? I have eliminated many i know, but i would like to find a language that is a non slavic language with hard pronunciation thanks.

OK GUYS - I think i have found the languages i would like to learn, 2 of which are both in incubator phase and are Welsh and Greek :) Also Maybe some self taught lessons in arabic won't go amiss.

Thank you to EVERYONE for your input you guys were great!!!

I may even wander back over to a nordic language and have another crack in the mean time.

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/proinsias123

The only languages left on Duolingo once you eliminate the Romance, Germanic and Slavic languages are Irish, Turkish and Esperanto. I don't think Esperanto is for you because it is mostly derived from the romance languages and has very easy pronunciation. That leaves Irish and Turkish. I haven't really done much Turkish so can't say much about it, but I think most learners of Irish comment on its hard pronunciation. I also think there are about 90,000 Brits who speak Irish, so you might be able to meet up with some if you go that route. I suppose you could also just sample all the languages here and see if any fit your needs, and if there aren't any, you could look outside Duolingo for one.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CodyORB
CodyORB
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He never said Germanic languages so German and Dutch are back in the game :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/proinsias123

Ahh, he said the Nordic languages. My mistake.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bufferz91

what about greek is that a romance language?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/proinsias123

No, it's a Hellenic language. It's in the incubator at the moment.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bufferz91

Well this looks interesting alongside welsh!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CodyORB
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Oh! Welsh is awesome too! Try it out! Welsh has great history, and it's Celtic. If you live in the UK it is a must have.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CodyORB
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Its actually not! I recommend you do it. :D

Greek is one of the oldest languages in the world (older than Hebrew!), at over 6000 years old. It has a unique writing system (very similar to Latin writing). I'm thinking its not a very difficult language. One time I heard someone talking in Greek and it sounds pretty easy to pronounce, as well. It sounds quite similar to Italian or Spanish but is not a Romance language.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aokoye
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What languages do you want to learn? I am of the opinion that unless you are being forced to learn a specific language, you should actually want to learn said language. Learning languages to the point of even moderate fluency requires a lot of work and to put that work into a language that you're not passionate about, unless you have a very good reason, seems like an exercise in masochism.

Are you limiting yourself to languages that are supported by DuoLingo? Another idea, because hearing loss is an issue, would be to listen to a bunch of languages and find out which one sounds the nicest to you. Listen to the BBC world service in various languages or find other audio sources. For individual words (and a handful of phrases) their's also Forvo

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jillianimal

Maybe German, though I mix up the letters when I hear it sometimes. That could jus be me or the TTS however.

I think the only thing left on here as of now is Irish, but I wonder if the slender/broader vowel effects might be an issue for your hearing. Doesn't hurt to try though.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hyllning

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Hee hee. Just kidding ;) {@style=color: white}

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bufferz91

mockingjay i have only down voted where suggestions have been made that go against the post for example russian when it was stated i get confused trying to lean a second slavic langauge. in fact i have upvoted your posts. I down voted russian, spanish, and korean (due to complexity).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hyllning

Also, my username is Hyllning. It's a darn bug. =[

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hyllning

Well. I don't see why they should be downvoted. We are trying to give you examples. It's your choice to fulfill on those languages, but we are only trying to help. Not everyone knows which languages you want to learn, there is no need to downvote if you don't want to learn them. Some people didn't read all the text you wrote, so they didn't know. =/

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bufferz91

ok I'm sorry that was my mistake :( i thought we were meant to down vote to allow relevant and ongoing posts to stay high up as to continue with questions and things :(

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hyllning

Oh, no problem! Usually people downvote comments that are against the Guidelines, irrelevant, spam, inappropriate material, or if it's incorrect. You can upvote to keep the good comments above, I wouldn't suggest downvoting though for that reason, since all comments are pretty much relevant. If the comments are relevant, but you don't like the suggestion of the language, you can just leave it be. That is what I would do, but it's your choice!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/proinsias123

Don't apologise; the down-votes are completely valid.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bufferz91

Thankyou for this considerate post the hearing plays a a big rule. Which germanic language are most difficult and complex and which ones might i have a slightly easier time learning do you know?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CodyORB
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Dutch is very easy, German is a bit more difficult do to its complexity (grammar, word usage, and sentence order)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jillianimal

Vocabulary aside German can be pretty rough (though the compound words can also be intimidating if you can't recognize anything in it). I never tried it but I know Dutch is considered to be pretty easy. Unlike German it has no case system & vocabulary is just about as similar to English as German is.

Norwegian's supposed to be pretty easy too but I have no idea how much of a pain pronouncing the vowels is if at all, I just know stay away from Danish

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Science_Yay

Dutch basically an easier version of german. I'm german and I'm learning dutch, so I can tell

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sapphireoceanELF

Try Korean? Pronunciation and alphabet are super easy :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bufferz91

thank you but i don't like the sound of it :(

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ClionaJoyce

Gaeilge is your friend

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jdenney99
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Why not Basque? It's linguistically unlike any living language.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MackenzieGK

you could learn Elvish or Klingon lol if you really want to...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Atcovi

Dutch = extremely easy

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NoorUI

Arabic is lovely. Just try it please.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dpatkat

Arabic has some unique consonants that might help if hearing is considered. This is also true of Korean, Russian, and Gaelige...because you have a lot of use of harsh guttural sounds back in the throat.

Having studied all the above in school and in Duolingo, I did find that reptition was very helpful. Even though I do not have any diagnosed hearing problems, I tried different youtube videos, movies, and tv programs ( even childrens programs), music, etc to hear different speakers’ accents. You know even in our mother tongue people do not always have the same pronunciation!

I also discovered that listening through earbuds or earphones helped. At other times, I had to turn volume down to avoid distorted sound.

Again, repetition is my best tool.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ElizabethKeebler

Arabic?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bufferz91

hmmm, i wander if this language is to difficult? due to alphabet and what not :( i honestly love the sound of arabic and find it easy to distinguish I'm just concerned I'm not smart enough for such a drastic contrast

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jdenney99
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I have a friend who speaks Arabic who keeps trying to convince me to learn it so he can talk with me in Arabic. He says it's not actually that bad as far as grammar and such, though I imagine learning the script would prove a challenge. It comes down to a matter of the amount of time and effort you have available to put into learning it.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CodyORB
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Turkish is kind of similar to Arabic...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hyllning

German and Swedish. Those are interesting and fairly easy languages. Also Korean, but that takes time.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Krinadoodle
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OH Swedish, definitely, I had forgotten about that one, I really like it =)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Krinadoodle
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I think German would be very good. I, too, like the harsh and to-the-point pronunciation and so it's my favorite of the languages I'm learning.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kindrose

when in doubt, pick FRENCH! :)

2 years ago