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Who here has a goal to become a polyglot?

ColeKeesey
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And what languages do you plan a studying?What motivated you?

For me it was when i saw this video on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Km9-DiFaxpU. But, 20 languages are a little extreme for me.

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Mitchell_MT
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It's my goal to become a polyglot. I want to speak 10 languages before a graduate college. Which is over 10 years away.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lolaphilologist
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Definitely! It's been a goal since I was a kid, and though I was able to get to fluent in French by living abroad and study Spanish, Italian and German on and off in the past, Duolingo has really helped me with the structure and discipline of studying. I've studied a some Mandarin (mostly spoken) and would like to continue that, plus maybe Russian and Arabic, though I might have to redefine my goals. I think that having reading knowledge + basic conversation skills in most of these languages is enough for me, as long as I get reasonably fluent in about 5 of them.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/asegf
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"reading knowledge + basic conversation skills"

It's great you have realistic expectations of what is possible. My own goals are a little different based on previous experiences:

My previous strategy was to talk to anybody who spoke the target language (You can't be too choosy when there aren't many around). But basic conversation encompasses so many topics that it is hard to have even basic vocabulary in all of them. Being limited to basic vocabulary left my conversations feeling...unsatisfying.

My goal is to develop academic proficiency in a few related topics I know well, and seek out people interested in the topic. Any vocabulary which is useful in casual conversation I learn in the process is just icing on the cake.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lolaphilologist
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I should define "basic vocabulary" as being somewhere around 5 thousand words- more than you get than from completing the duolingo skill tree, which I recall as having around 2-3 thousand words, but fewer than fluency, which in my opinion requires about 10 thousand words.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Senlando
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Thanks for sharing the video! I wish that I had discovered my love for languages at such a young age, and more importantly had the same motivation as I do now. Oh well, I still have hope to learn many languages in my life time. A lot of the reasons why i want to learn languages are the same as the guy in the video, it's a way to connect to culture and history. I want to be able to communicate with as many people possible in their native language, also the way i imagine the world is that all the countries that speak a language i speak are lit up and i can easily go and navigate in the countries and on their websites, but the countries or regions where i don't know the language, it's like they are covered in a thick cloud or shadow. I can't relate in very strongly or even know much about their culture or feel that i can truly get to know their people. So that is one reason why i want to become a polyglot, I want to be able to see the world more clearly!

I was fortunately raised with two native languages, English and Mandarin, unfortunately all my schooling was done in English, so I'm fairly illiterate in Chinese. At 18 I really got into Esperanto and learned a lot but now forgotten how to actively use it. And at 21 I entered University as a Spanish major. At University I decided to start taking French and even did a 5 week French immersion course a few summers ago, where one could get kicked out speaking anything other than French! Now, during my last semester at University I am taking Spanish, French, mandarin Chinese (mostly to improve my writing) and I'm learning Portuguese through Duo. My goal for now is to Have English, Mandarin, Spanish, French as my primary languages but to be able to communicate at a high intermediate level in Esperanto, Portuguese, Taiwanese, and be conversant in Italian, Romanian, Chabacano and Cantonese, there's so many languages I want to dive into, In a lot of ways it really depends on what languages will be offered on Duo in the future because it just makes things so much easier. I figure I could complete any Romance language and maybe Chinese languages (if they offer any other than mandarin, i'd hope for at least Cantonese!) in about 4 months, or sooner, my current estimated completion time for the Portuguese tree is within 3 months, but i'm going to need some more review. Other language families will probably take much longer and I know that completing a tree or getting to level 25 is not near fluency, but i'm persistent and will keep learning languages until I die, so there's a lot of time for me to become a polyglot, and maybe even a Hyper-polyglot! Good luck everyone, it would be cool if we could somehow continue this discussion in 5, 10 years and see what languages everyone has learned!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scarlettartlet

I love your description of how cultures and countries become "lit up" once you know the language. Beautiful.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KDNP
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In my first round of college (1987-91), I studied German, Spanish, Catalan, Italian, Japanese, and Greek. Just couldn't get enough. After a couple decades of rare use, however, my skills rotted away to "ok for vacation in Central America" level Spanish and some German reading comprehension. Oh, and the word "mateix" ("same") in Catalan. No idea why that was the only word that stuck with me, but there you go.

I want my languages back! Ideally, I'd like to have reasonable fluency in German and Spanish, with conversational Italian and fair French. I'm tempted to work on an Asian or Eastern European language, but I've learned all too well that if staying current doesn't fit into my time and lifestyle, the effort will be wasted. Between travel, friendships, and media, it's fairly easy for me to have regular interaction with my chosen languages. Those same items provide my motivation.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/chris_nairn
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Well stated.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andro0
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Not sure what the number is to be a "Polyglot", but i'm on my 3rd semester of spanish in school and i'm casually learning turkish and swedish slowly by myself. so that'd be 4 languages.. and if i ever felt comfortable enough with my original 4, i would like to learn one like hindi,bengali,vietnamese or korean

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AnaHaze
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To be a polyglot, it's techincally 6+ languages, while a hyper-polyglot knows 12+

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/s-g-lafollette
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What do you use to help you learn Turkish and Swedish? If you don't mind me asking. :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andro0
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Turkish <- I use my aunt and cousin :) but also these are good

-> http://www.turkishlanguage.co.uk/

->http://www.turkishclass.com/

Swedish <- I haven't gone to far into learning it other than the few words i've learned from my grandfather who is now deceased. I have a bunch of his old books in swedish, but i'm concentrating on turkish and spanish for now. So i don't have any references for learning sites but..

http://www.forvo.com/ <-- for pronunciation - swedish is not very phonetic

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ER2001
ER2001
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A polyglot is a person who is able to speak in several different languages. (Usually fluently.) You are on a great track to becoming a polyglot if you aren't one already. Great job!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/inkybaba
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YES! Me and my mom have wanted to be like that for a long time! We are working hard right now, and I think we can do it. Here is my bucket list:

  1. German
  2. Russian
  3. French
  4. Swedish
  5. Greek
  6. Arabic
  7. Estonian (don't know why, seems like a challenge)
  8. Korean
  9. Spanish, not my biggest priority
  10. Italian.

plus more, maybe :). Lets just see if I get past Russian.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ixjhagux1
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I started out with German 1 in high school and later resumed by self-learning during my early 20's. The goal was fluency but was abandoned ultimately due to "life" and lack of content on my level at the time. I also got into Russian in those days, placing Cyrillic stickers all over the house to learn the names of objects. Good times and I learned a lot that I'll use later.

A funny thing happened several years later on the DC train when a German family boarded and sat behind me. They were very vocal to one another and I sat there for a few minutes in shock because of how much I could understand. I'm a man of few words no matter the language, but I'll never forget the looks on the faces of my fellow Americans on the train when I turned around and spoke to that family in their own language. One of the women in that family actually asked me if I was German LOL. I do have the characteristic German directness :)

I can't wait to tear into the Deutsch tree in Duolingo, but I won't touch it until I am fluent enough in Spanish to operate in the language 100%. One mountain at a time. I am far more disciplined now than I was in my early 20's.

Learning Spanish is the deal now because it is far more practical for where I am now, where I'm planning on going and what I'm planning on doing. I am surrounded by native speakers and there is an abundance of content available.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nitram.
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I don't know how many languages make you a polyglot, I learn languages not to brag about the numbers, but to entertain myself. ^_^ I found language learning a very pleasant thing to do. Especially with Duolingo.

I speak Hungarian (native), English and Italian. I learn French, German (at school) and Japanese. In the future I plan to pick up Chinese (in the very far future), Spanish, Portuguese and Greek. But I'm not going to start learning a new language for years at least... Japanese consumes most of my energy... orz

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ER2001
ER2001
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Usually knowing 3-4 languages FLUENTLY, you are considered a polyglot and if you know 5 or more fluently, you can be considered a hyper-polyglot.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CecilieO.

I wouldn't mind becoming a polyglot, but my motivation behind learning languages isn't to be able to use that label, it would just be an added bonus.

I know nowegian (native), english and I'm working on italian. I want to learn more languages later on, from different language families as well and/or using a different writing system/alphabet.

It would be much easier for me to reach 7-8 languages, if next few I pick were danish, swedish, spanish and portoguese. If, on the other hand I try to become fluent in russian, finnish, sami (northern dialect) and arabic, that's a lot more challanging, since none of them are related...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gymnastical
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and also easier because you have a lower risk of confusing them

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ER2001
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Yeah, it is so hard to choose what to learn because they all seem so cool and I do know how you fell about a polyglot. That sounds cool but not what I am aiming for. I would rather know few languages GREAT than many languages ok.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MultiLinguAlex
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Me! I'm a German native speaker, am fluent in English and restarted learning French half a year ago. I have been spending some time to redevelop my strategy towards learning languages and have been trying out what fits to me and what doesn't. My aim is to ameliorate my English skills up to a C1 level by the end of 2014. French and Esperanto to a B2 level by mid 2015. After that, I plan to focus on learning Spanish and want to gain a good B2 level by 2017 while enhancing my other languages. To put it in a nutshell, my goals by 2017 include the skill levels as follows: English C2, French C1, Esperanto C1, Spanish B2.

This is pretty much doable, but extremely tough on the other hand. If you have both a well-considered plan and sophisticated time management skills, some experience in language learning and the dedication, will power and commitment to learn your languages every day, you will be successful! My own motivation is my future job (being a foreign language correspondent) and immersing in other cultures, behaviour and ways of thinking and acting.

Please keep in mind that learning a few languages in a couple of years towards a near-native of fluent level is already tough, but it is not as challenging as keeping them for a couple of years! Good luck to you - it is worth the effort ;-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ColeKeesey
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Im a native English speaker and i havent planed that far ahead yet.My passion for learning languages developed around....Maybe 5,6 months ago.I plan to reach at least a B2 level in Spanish(higher if i ever move to a spanish speaking country) And the same goes for Japanese,Chinese Mandarin,Korean and Italian.My motivation would be well for Japanese and Chinese anyway would be because i love to cultures and histories,Spanish would be because i love the culture.Manily because im a history and music freakXD.And ive got a lot of free time on my hands,having recently finished High School.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
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I am a native English speaker and so far I have only studied Spanish. I studied it in high school and college, then forgot a lot of it, and picked it back up a couple of years ago. I keep thinking I will start picking up some new languages when I am happy with the level my Spanish is at, but it takes a lot of time for me just to keep it from degrading so I'm not real sure how many other languages I want to learn, or to what level of proficiency. I would like to learn French but after that I'm not sure. I've considered Arabic and Korean.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/s-g-lafollette
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I guess so! I have a passion for learning languages, and I do not intend to stop studying! I started learning foreign languages when I was 12, I had never done it in school, but I was always interested. A good friend of my Mother, (Who was fluent in 5 Languages.) offered to help me learn Spanish. She became my role model, and all I have wanted to do since is study foreign cultures and languages . I'm currently studying French, but I have a pretty good understanding of Spanish as well; I plan on beginning Italian or German in the spring; and In the future I want to learn Hebrew, Hindi, Greek, Afrikaans, and possibly Chinese. :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/7drytongues
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Hebrew and Afrikaans - me too! Are you SAfrican?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/s-g-lafollette
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Unfortunately not, but I plan to travel there after college. :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/13bimic
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I do, I now speak English and Turkish fluently, learning Spanish, and German. And I when I get to a level enough to read basic novels in German and Spanish, I want to continue with more fun and challenging languages, such as Xhosa, Mandarin Chinese, Farsi or Greek.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/7drytongues
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Cool! Why isiXhosa? Mandela? Clicks?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/13bimic
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Clicks for the win!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/7drytongues
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I wish there were more recorded Khoisan language materials available - the source of Xhosa's clicks...some of the dialects have 13+! Like tones in Mandarin vs. Cantonese...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tessallation

Modern Greek and Zulu (rather than Xhosa) are on my dream list :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/moidekar
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Language learning has become my new hobby. I find it fascinating.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Guitardude2000
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ditto

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ER2001
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Oh my gosh, whenever I see a language course, I always giggle inside. While everyone else is playing video games or watching a football game, I am learning a language. It pains me that I can't learn every single language because I fell that that is 1,000 more people I can't communicate with.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ColeKeesey
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Well there are over 6,000 languages so we can't learn them all sadly.But you have a point.I want to be able to communicate with the people of the country I am visiting not just be a tourist.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ER2001
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I know. And not only does it bring joy to you to know the language, but also to the native speakers. It kind of shows that you recognize them. Especially if it is a dying language. They have a sense of both surprise and happiness.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BastouXII
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I guess I could already be called a polyglot, speaking (Canadian) French as a native language, English at a fluent level, Italian at a near fluent one, Spanish once fluent but fast forgotten (bringing it back up is next on my list) and for now concentrating on German (basic knowledge). But I don't feel comfortable having the word polyglot as a goal. It sounds to me like wanting to be famous but not caring in which way, like confusing the goal and the mean to get to it. There are very specific reasons why I learned every language that I speak and I keep them up by using them, because I have to and/or because there is a very practical and available way to do it. Of course I have a certain facility to learn languages, but having "being a polyglot" as a dream sounds pretentious to me.

Also, as MultiLingAlex pointed out, and I can relate to it, learning many languages to a fluency level is already a challenge, but keeping them all through the years is even worst, particularly if you don't have the mean or the obligation to speak them quite so often. So the whole process in the way people speaking one or two languages say it sounds like "I want to learn 15 languages, make a cool youtube video to show off, get famous for a whole 8 seconds straight and then forget them all".

I'm sorry if what I say sounds insulting. this is absolutely not the point. It's merely my humble opinion, based on my own experience which, most likely, is very different from any one else's. But the one thing I fear while posting this opinion is that I may discourage someone to try and learn another language. That's not my point. I believe being able to speak many languages is wonderful and brings a lot to the person who does. But setting it as a goal and defining strategies to get to it doesn't sound like the best of ideas to me.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lolaphilologist
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This is a slight but important (to me, and perhaps to you) distinction, but for me the goal is to speak and read many languages, not exactly to be a polyglot, even though for the sake of this conversation I agree and go along with it, because I believe that people here are well-intentioned. Most people don't really think much about the difference between these two goals, but it's the difference between wanting to be someone and wanting to do something. I have found, as a musician, that when my goal is specific to the doing, things go much better than when my goal is to be a good musician, which is kind of ego-based. I think that it's by focusing on the process that a person becomes a good musician or polyglot, and that is secondary to the goal of learning the language or the music. I'm always happier and more successful when I'm out of my head and into the work itself.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BastouXII
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Yes, that's what I meant. Thank you for understanding ! I was a bit affraid to get so many downvotes ;-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ER2001
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I don't think polyglot as a 'bragging' term but more of a description of what you are. (Maybe not necessarily who you are but what you can do. What you have done and what you will continue to do, etc) I understand what you are saying but I don't necessarily get a negative connotation when polyglot appears somewhere. I just think of it as an achievement for doing something that maybe not necessarily everyone can do (people say that learning language doesn't involve any talent but it does require talent, and maybe talent isn't necessarily the right word, maybe more of like 'skills'). Language learning requires lots of skills that are 100% necessary. So again, polyglot is like a title. It is who you are. It should be something to be proud of (kind of like when you get a masters degree in whatever, it is something that you don't necessarily say to everyone you meet but it is something that sets you apart from people.) Being a polyglot is good in several ways especially when you are applying for a job. That sets you apart from the thousands of people in the market looking for the same job as you. An international company would definitely appreciate it. And maybe languages aren't necessary in your job but it helps you. And languages just help you daily. It is supposed to help your brain so even if you don't speak in another language with someone it is good to know that you can communicate with someone else if the time comes when someone from another country gets a job working with you and you can make feel more at ease in the country. I think I am getting off topic a bit but I do hope you understand that being a polyglot isn't a bad thing. It just is what it is.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BastouXII
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Of course, at the base, the term "polyglot" is totally neutral, only a description of someone speaking many languages (as its Greek roots suggest). What I don't agree with, or rather, what I'm uncomfortable with, is using it as a goal, instead of "I want to speak many languages", see lolaphilologist 's answer to me. The difference may sound insignificant and nitpicky, but hear me out : It's akin to want to "be famous" (superficial) instead of "to sing" (at worst neutral, if not positive). Someone who values the goal instead of the journey seems superficial to me, wanting something that should be secondary, without saying anything about what's of real substance.

Being a polyglot is absolutely not a bad thing, rather the contrary, it's a very positive thing, but one does not work on becoming a polyglot, one learns languages and is happy to do so, then at one point one speaks enough of them and well enough to be considered a polyglot, but it never was one's first goal, it's a happy consequence of being dedicated to something one loved (and still loves) to do : learning and speaking different languages.

And again, the polyglot status is not something you work to achieve, then you can drop all efforts and keep it as a definitive asset, it's a descriptive that comes with a constant effort. You should be very aware of 2 things here :

  1. There is no limit on the knowledge one can have of a language, no threshold that, once passed, one is said to be fluent and can stop all efforts to get better at it. I consider myself very knowledgeable in my native language, but I'll never, until the very day of my death, say that I can't learn any more about it. I still learn something new every month or so.
  2. Every language that you learn, you'll have to keep at least using them, if not working on them, for the rest of your life. If you set a goal to speak 15 languages, you can't just learn them and be done with it or you'll end up forgetting them as time goes by. I've experienced it first hand : I can speak 6 different languages at various levels, but only 3 fluently. But to keep being fluent in them, I use all 3 every day. I used to be fluent in a fourth language, but I've forgotten so much of it, I can't even say I'm A2 level in it now. That's quite a drop. All because I neglected it while learning another one. I do want to get it back up to par, but I hold no illusion that it's going to cost me. Not to learn it back (that part will be easy-ish), but it means I'll have to speak 4 languages on a daily basis, if not 5 or 6 (because by then I'll have learned enough of the 2 others to want to keep those skills)

I don't want to discourage anyone. Speaking many languages is a very noble goal, which I fully support, but it's not all fairy tales and candy. Especially to keep them up once you've learnt them. It's no wonder people competent in more than 4 languages are quite rare. I don't mean it shouldn't be your goal, I just want you to keep realistic expectations of what you're getting into.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ER2001
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Yeah, of course. It's an awesome dream to strive for but definitely not something to die over

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ColeKeesey
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You have a very good point,and your right stating you want to be a polyglot without a reason is superficial and besides if you didn't have a reason to learn other languages just for the sake of learning another language you would get burnt out pretty quickly unless you are extremely disciplined.What was the forth language you used to be fluent in?Did you stop exposing yourself to it or just stop speaking it?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BastouXII
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I'm fluent in French, English and Italian. I used to be fluent in Spanish as well, but I stopped practising it when I started to learn Italian. I had a very good reason to speak Italian : my in-laws are Italian and they live in Italy, whereas I had learnt Spanish for fun before meeting my spouse. I still understand it to a good extent, but I'm very far from being able to hold a conversation. I planned on re-learning it someday, but for now, I keep practising the 3 others and I concentrate my learning on German, because my spouse also has family in Germany that speak neither French, English, nor Italian.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Parisian_Dreamer

I would want to be a polyglot, but I don't know if it's worth the investment (time and money). My focus now is French, my next language could either be german or spanish.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/7drytongues
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For me, languages connect me to a place and so I wanna be able to speak the languages of the places I care about, global, immigrant and native. I'm from San Diego, CA so there I wanna learn better UNITED STATES ENGLISH, but also MEXICAN SPANISH because we're on the border of Latin America. Very importantly, the tribe Kumeyaay tribe had been living in the hills and coastline there for a couple thousand years before San Diegans. They;re the first ones the Spanish met on their way to Catholocizing Alta California. But luckily a few tribal members still preserved their culture and IPAI is offered thanks to casino funding. There's a lot of words about place names, but it also just sounds unique and homey. And a major immigrant group in the city is actually from the Phillipines, which has some vocab crossover with Spanish, so eventually I'd like to furnish my TAGALOG too. A life journey! + Yiddish + isiXhosa etc...an addition :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/maryathens92
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Me too!!I speak Greek(I'm from Greece),English and Spanish(level B1).I've studied German for a few years at school,Chinese for a little while and recently I gained interest in Russian as two of my best friends speak Russian.My goal is to get to a C1 level Spanish,German,Portuguese,Italian and French.Then I want to be able to communicate and understand Russian and Chinese but not to a proficient level.Language learning opens up your mind and the world for you and I love it soooo much :D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/M3ti
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Native Farsi Speaker Spanish, English, Italian, French, Dutch, Portuguese, Turkish,Arabic & Afrikaans are on my list

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gymnastical
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I think anyone who has chosen to study languages as a hobby and most of us on here have such a goal to learn more than one other language. our goals will differ from person to person and each person's goals might differ with each language. I am not mapping out a lifetime language plan though. I might decide what I want to do in terms of my language education until maybe 5 or 6 months from now but I don't want to be tied to a plan for my entire life if I decide later I don't want to follow that plan. I also need to be able to adapt it to my school language education because I don't want to compromise the benefits from either language

But to answer your question of what languages I plan on studying, I only have a definite plan mapped out until the end of August. I just finished my Dutch tree last week and started my Swedish tree yesterday so that I could make my Dutch tree golden and use my Dutch. I am still using it as my main language until Monday and that's when I officially start my Swedish mission. The last week in June is when I am going to be applying my Swedish and use it as my main language and my German mission will begin on the first day of July and that will continue until the start of September with the last week in August being when I use it. I might create more of a time constraint for myself if school starts earlier than that but that is the absolute latest that my German mission will end.

While I am working on my language missions, with the exception of the weeks that I use that language as my main language, I am going to continue to practice the other languages I have studied because polyglots focus on QUALITY over QUANTITY. We might want to be able to say we know x number of languages but if you don't practice it, you will lose it and I would rather actually be able to use a few than have vocabulary in many but my skills in them suffer.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chierighini
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It is my goal

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NidaYassmin

i speak Thai (native) and English ... for my first gold is ... Arabic, French, Spanish ... and then my second gold is ... German, Chinese, Russian, Japanese, Portuguese ... (actually i was studying German and Chinese in high school but i already forgot ... lol)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nonamodnar

I would like to learn 7 languages (to assign 1 for each day of the week). That was my childish motivation until I met my fictitious model Nikolai Hel, who is a polyglot assassin. He knows Mandarin, English, Japanese, Russian, German, Basque and French. I'm so far at roughly the 50% of my goal. I look forward to the release of the Russian and Mandarin courses.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/N8-0
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I really like languages, but don't think I'll be able to do it. I'm just too busy and not very good at remembering. I used to know a lot of Mandarin and some Cantonese… Now I can barely understand when people talk. Spanish is a bit easier for me, but can't understand how to speak past tense… Bleh.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Meg_in_Canada

I'm with you. I'd LOVE to be able to speak and understand more languages, but I've been living in a French area for a year and a half, taking classes, using Duolingo and Rosetta Stone, and I'm just starting to approach being bilingual. Even with the advantage of living here with native speakers, I still don't know if I will ever reach the point where, in a room full of Francophones, I can easily follow normal conversations. I can communicate pretty easily one-on-one now and understand most of what I hear on talk radio, but the normal conversation of people "dans la rue" is still far beyond me.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/N8-0
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:)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/7drytongues
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chill man - Give it time - music filters in on its own maybe start with some good tunes

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/araparseghian
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I was motivated by another video with the same guy: youtube.com/watch?v=FOiXtWcQ8GI

I would like to become a polyglot some day, but mainly focusing on European languages (Romance, Germanic, Slavic, etc.)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Alexia.A
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I actually watched this video yesterday and it's really inspiring! I only wish i could learn as many languages as him in my whole lifetime. But I'm focusing on 2 at the moment. And hopefully one day i can fluently speak, write and read at least 10.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Melaninja
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Ideally, I'd like to be fluent in French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Italian, Korean, Japanese, and maybe Mandarin in the future.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/J.Galatioto

Absolutely a goal for me. It impresses me more than anything except musical ability!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/7drytongues
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I'm always so jealous of the people who are born/raised speaking 2 or 3 languages. So it's funny to make being a polyglot a personal project. But I want it so bad!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ShadowPainter

Me. 5-7 languages XD because i love learning languages and when someone said learning languages is just uhh what did she/he say? i think it's you shouldn't be learning languages is useless and i got determined to prove that s/he's wrong

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BastouXII
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Someone staying at home and who hasn't any curiosity for other people might think that. They are very closed minded though. I can understand that it's a lot of effort and not everyone would want to put in that much, but to say it's useless is simply not true.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JeanP-a-u-l

My Goal is to learn as many languages as I can.That can really just benefit me in everyday life, I'm from New York City, my friends and family are from all over the world! I would like to communicate with them creating new friendships and stronger bonds with those around me with this type of lifestyle.Currently I am fluent in just in English and Spanish, However I have dabbled in languages such as French, Italian,Greek, Arabic, Mandarin, Japanese, Bosnian. As of now Greek is a must because I have the opportunity to get involved in the greek community after all my sister is half Greek!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ER2001
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I took a personality test when I was in eighth grade and it said that I was verbal and linguistic, meaning that I can catch on to words and languages fairly well. I decided to use my 'talent' of language learning and searched for ways to learn well and still be inexpensive. Right now I am learning Spanish, German, Dutch, Yiddish, and Vietnamese. I believe that with all these languages, I can travel around the world and not have the language be the barrier between me and the native speakers. I would love to become a polyglot. It is a passion and a dream I have had for a long time. i hope to know seven languages by the time I go to college which isn't far off. After these languages, I hope to become fluent in Czech, Danish, Turkish, Norwegian, and Russian (once it is added to Duolingo). I am excited to see what lies in store for my future and that I will be able to achieve my goal.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ColeKeesey
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Interesting story.Right now I'm learning Mandarin Chinese.I hope to become fluent in Spanish,Chinese mandarin and Japanese.Well I want to be at least conversational in those three,hopefully in the coming year Japanese for English speakers will be added to the incubator.Are you learning about the history/culture of the languages you are learning aswell?Ill probobly try out Russian once it is released just out of curiosity.How long have you been learning those languages for?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scarlettartlet

I desperately wanted to be a polyglot when I was little and read foreign language dictionaries and phrase books for fun. My goal now is to become fluent in French (English is my native tongue). If that's the only language I ever feel is at a high fluency level, I will be satisfied as I am in love with le Français. I had four years in high school and so am first working to regain lost ground conversationally and to supplement my vocabulary. More advanced grammar and vocab. will come next.

If I knew I had enough time and motivation to learn my favorite languages to a fluent level, my wish list would look like this: French, Japanese, modern Irish, Latin, Swedish, Italian, and perhaps Russian.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/arrasshm

Hi, thanks for the nice topic! Here is also a practical language channel on telegram that I've just found very useful for improving your polyglot abilities:

@polyglotion https://telegram.me/polyglotion

If you are a member of telegram you can easily join this channel and enjoy its content. There are 7 languages being practiced on a weekly basis including Persian/Farsi, Arabic, English, French, German, Spanish and Italian.

Cheers

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kleiner971

But guys, speaking a language and comunicating are two things differents. It's easy to learn the basic vocabulary in a language, and pretend you know it, I think instead of talking of number of languages , we should talk of the accuracy of the understanding of a language. You have to talk like a native I mean, make the same mistakes they make, think the same way, there are little stuffs native speakers make. I am not only talking about words but also of gesture humour, and so on. I think that's what make the difference between a real polyglot and someone who learn a language just for fun.( of course a polyglot does not speak all his/her languages a the same level, but u see what I mean)

I hope you understand my point of view, and if you don't agree, I am open to open a debate.

6 months ago