What inspired you?
I love languages. I've gotten appropriately fluent in Hindi, the fourth language I started learning a year ago, and I couldn't wait to start a new one. But it was hard to pick which one to go for. I recently finished watching Narcos for the second time, i l o v e that show. Anybody who's seen it would know that the show is almost entirely in Spanish, with subtitles. By the 8th episode I realized how less i felt the need to read through the text thus enjoying the show more. To be honest it felt so cool to be able to understand a tiny simple word such as 'puerta'. Once i was done binge watching, I decided, I need to learn Spanish, its now or never. Its been a little over a month and I've been learning Spanish through a few resources. And in my opinion, the best thing about Spanish is, you read what you see, and its fairly easy to read (well, almost) which makes me happy every time I'm studying and it drives me to go further. All in all, Narcos gave me the spark I ignited.
So, what inspired you to start learning a new language?
Duolingo inspired me. I've tried to learn other languages in the past with no success. But, this a fun and challenging tool that teaches in a variety of ways with convenience and clarity.
The best thing about duolingo is how you learn languages without any help. The element of independence is highly motivating!
I started learning Hebrew after all of my mothers friends seem to shun me for not speaking "the language of our people". My mom regrets it, and believe me I am sad I don't speak it too. Hebrew is part of me, even though the difficulty is immense, I still try.
Then there's German, I'm learning German because my native language, Yiddish, is super similar in a lot of ways, especially to the pronunciation of Swiss German. The feminine, neuter, and masculine, der, das and die kill me though.
I also started learning Dutch because it's so cute, I felt bad for the language honestly after so much hate it got, I started loving it though and its sound and all.
Then Spanish, Spanish is all over New York, so it's kind of 'there'. Also, it's my favorite romance language, and it's the only language they teach at school xD, but yeah, I still love it :D
wow, that sounds amazing, you can try learning Arabic because its a sister language to Hebrew you know. Since I speak Urdu since I was a child it was really easy for me to pick up on its sister languages Punjabi and Hindi.
I never chose to learn a language. But currently I speak Dutch, English and Turkish fluently; I speak Spanish well and I just decided to learn German.
I grew up bilingual speaking Turkish and Dutch. Where I live, in the Netherlands, knowing English is required when you study on the university. We have to do a lot of literature research in both English and Dutch. - That was what inspired me to learn English. It is necessary.
I learned Spanish because I reeaaaaly like Spanish music. I only wanted to "understand" the songs. Being able to speak was not my goal. But now I call often with my latin american friends in Spanish...
I never liked the German language. For me, it sounds like 'An old version of the Dutch language'. However, living near to the German boundary did change my mind. I had been living there for 6 months. People from there talk a Dutch dialect that is like a mix of Dutch and German. I also went often to Germany in that period.
I gave it a try and I don't have any regrets about this decission. I still enjoy learning German. It is a beautiful language. I practice with a German friend who also lives in The Netherlands and wants to learn Dutch. I can't describe how funny that is... since we have numerous false friends in both languages. The fun motivates me to learn more.
Now I'm living in a multi-cultural city and I often hear people talking in Portuguese, French, Italian, etc. These languages are close to Spanish... so I can understand them a bit. This motivates me to learn these languages too.
It is now like an addiction. Every time when you start learning a language. You start thinking about a new way to communicate with people. You learn about cultures. You learn a bit about the history.
It is funny. Funny to make mistakes and learn from them. When you get better, it feels so good. You just apply the most complex grammar rules correctly in a sentence without thinking about it...
nice to see a fellow dutchy, I feel the same about german as you do. Spanish culture just feels more comfortable and relax to me. I started learning because i finished school and I felt the need to keep learning something besides work. Funny thing, i have to go to germany around once per month for work yet still chose to learn spanish over german. So it really is not a good choice career wise, but i feel more comfortable and happy with spanish.
You're so cool!! You're a TARDIS in real life. I hope I can know so many languages one day just like you! :D
Well I grew up speaking Arabic and went to Arabic-courses, but as I grew older, I forgot most things so I'm refreshing it - not only the MSA (Modern Standard Arabic), but also my parents' dialect darija and the egyptian dialect :) Ive studied French a lot and I dont want to forget the language so Im continuing. Regarding Spanish... Well I just love Spanish and visiting Spain. Some of my ancestors before 1492 lived in Spain and I just feel connected to Spain because of its beauty, but also its connections with Morocco (I live in North Europe where I dont feel much connection). So these three languages do I want to be fluent in besides English (and another) which Im already fluent in haha! Btw are you Pakistani?
Wow! I wish I knew Arabic, which is highly unfortunate because I live in the Middle East. I hope to learn it someday and I hope Duolingo offers Arabic lessons soon. When I was around 3 or 4 English was the only language I could speak due to which I had huge communication problems in the first few years of school as I didn't know my mother tongue, Urdu. Once I was 7 or 8, i managed to get the hang of it and that's when i realized how much i'd love to learn more languages. That motivated me to learn sister languages Hindi and Punjabi which I'm fluent at now. So yes, I am Pakistani. Are you Egyptian?!
Oh was it your parents who taught you Urdu? And yeah I love to learn languages too! It is so cool :)
And cool! One of my friends is Pakistani :)
Nope, I'm Moroccan :D May I know why you are living in Bahrain? (I saw it on your profile haha)
Yes, my parents taught me Urdu and Punjabi and I learnt Hindi myself. I was born in Bahrain btw, and that's why i live here lol. But we're Pakistani.
i would like to travel to Spain one day. At first it was all begin with the passion to met Cristiano Ronaldo and talk to him fluently in Spanish
I've had many different inspirations, but the greatest is a young relative of mine that is learning both English and Spanish at the same time as her first languages. For a long time she didn't even realize she was learning two languages at once.
yeah,i am Mexican and i feel real bad because if people try to talk to me i can't understand most of what there are saying and i don't know how to respond back at all and then they turn to my momm and ask why don't i speak spanish and i feel sad that i can't