Does anyone else feel like they're almost addicted to learning their target language(s)?
Like you speak more in your target language than your mother tongue
Your browser history is only filled with language learning resources
Your Duolingo XP points are 200 something a day, if not more
You prefer your language learning over literally everything else you do in your spare time like reading, sewing, etc.
Your friends are getting sick of hearing you speak words they don't know
Your computer is set on your target language and it stresses you out because you don't understand some of the words you haven't learned but you don't want to change it
You purposely take in more of your target language than your mother tongue.
Stressing because you don't know exactly everything there is to know about the language and you have an obsession with knowing.
Anyone else ever feel this way? Feel free to add on to anything.
Not me....alright, a little maybe. I know Someone exactly like that. That is the PennyWhistler in a nutshell!
Sometimes. It comes in waves for me. One week I am flying through Spanish, and the next I will have like zero motivation (except of course getting the basic xp to save my day streak).
Yes, I wouldn't have a 99 day streak if I hadn't bought streak freezes. Congratulations on you 744 day streak!
I'm a super language-addict. I simply cannot set down Polish and Turkish, and Esperanto is like my heroin, so to speak. I'm just doing the French for school, but I enjoy it just the same.
BTW, I DON'T USE DRUGS! THEY'RE BAD!
Yes. I have been a language junkie for about 25 years. Duolingo is the perfect enabler. I have a very busy life, but I fit languages in wherever I possibly can. The app makes it possible for me to practice languages while I walk the dog or workout on the elliptical machine. Rather than having 1 target language, I have 5, and I restrain myself from adding more. I just love languages! While I know everything will be fine if the bars are not gold, I never go to bed unless everything is golden (in all 5 languages!) Addict!!! :)
I love this post! Although i'm still very much a beginner in french, i am addicted.
You just described me exactly! I used to sew and read in my free time, but now all I care about is Duolingo! When I first started learning, I was just trying to get some common phrases under my belt. Now I'm seriously considering becoming a linguist (a linguist is someone who studies languages)! Who knew learning a language could be so fun!
P.S. All my friends think I'm crazy when I say a like to learn languages in my free time!
I just realized that I have a huge project due tomorrow that I've done nothing of because I've been doing duo my entire spring break. Urg... One more lesson.
I legit just started on my math (Which I hate bc my teacher doesn't actually teach, ugh) and I got twenty minutes in to it and thought "Well, time for a language break".
I have already spent over 222 hours this year studying. Fudge, that reminds me, I am supposed to be reading Ralph Waldo Emerson now. Well, I will read a little Portuguese first....
Yes, I was skyping with someone who asked my hobbies. I said learning spanish uh ….I have other hobbies but a lot of them have been set aside while I learn spanish.
Addicted? can't say. But I am certainly hell-bent or stubborn to learn Japanese. In last two year, I am reading lessons for Japanese. Watching anime. And been spending a lot on Japanese study material. I have filled certification form Japanese language proficiency this time and (God save me) I have started to have a wish for touring in Japan someday.
Total junkie. Just look at all the flags next to each of our usernames and you know you're not alone! ;)
Yes, absolutely. It's not one of the more popular languages on Duolingo, but I too often find myself hooked on learning Ukrainian. I am of Ukrainian-American descent, but I never really though much about it until I went to a Ukrainian Easter Bazaar and saw some Ukrainian pop music CD's for sale. That's when I discovered Iryna Fedyshyn. I started to look up her videos on YouTube and videos of other Ukrainian pop singers. I thought a lot of this music sounded even better than American pop. Then I began to look up traditional Ukrainian folk music and found some great Ukrainian music TV shows online. And that's when it all started. I said, "Damn! This language is beautiful! I wanna learn it!" My search for resources led me to Duolingo, and although it's not the ideal course, I'm glad to have what it offers for free. I mix Duo with other learning resources too, which gives me an effective and varied learning approach. I don't know if I'll ever be fluent, but my goal is to always learn a little more Ukrainian each day. My future plans are to get more speaking practice with Verbling, Italki, etc. I've gotten some practice by occasional volunteering at a nearby Ukrainian cultural center and making some visits to a Ukrainian church that sells Ukrainian food. Many Ukrainian people have been very supportive when I try to converse. As you can see from my flags I would also like to learn Russian because a lot of Ukrainians speak it as a second language and it's the most widely spoken Slavic language. There's also native speakers of both languages around where I live. They may not be the best languages to learn at the same time but I'm deliberately keeping them levels apart from each other, and so far, I don't seem to be mixing them up. So here's how learning Ukrainian has affected my life. Since starting it almost a year ago on Duo I have:
Bought at least two Ukrainian themed t-shirts.
Took notice of how attractive Ukrainian women are.
Played a favorite Ukrainian music CD often in my car. I think it's about time to switch it now.
Thought about "how to say this or that" in Ukrainian while going about my daily business or have had words/phrases just pop into my head when I see something or come across a situation.
Made my own borshch for the first time (It was delicious!)
Ate other Ukrainian foods too!
Sampled Ukrainian beer.
Been cussed out in Ukrainian by a nasty old man at a Ukrainian festival where I volunteered to direct parking. (Yeah, someone had to translate the swear words for me.)
The last example being the exception, my overall experience with learning Ukrainian and diving into the culture has been awesome! The more I learn, the more I want to keep learning! Even if you learn only just a little bit of a particular language you begin to develop a much deeper appreciation for the people and culture than you ever could have had before!
Definitely yes for Swedish for me. I feel like I can't get enough of it, and that I just want to be fluent already.
I used to have a life. Now I have Spanish on Duolingo and have also enrolled at the local College in the first of four Spanish courses held in the evening. Hello all you fellow addicts. Yay, I am not alone. I am retired and stay up late often to finish a section or just because I cannnot leave it alone. Duo has taken over and I am now obsessed. Christmas went by and I did not make any cookies for Hubby, oops!