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What are your goals for 2014? What languages do you want on here?

Start learning a new language? Finish one? Help get more languages on Duolingo with the Language Incubator? Help people with their language learning? What are your goals for 2014? Comment below what they are. Tell me what languages you want on here.

Oh and what motivates you?

Please don't down vote this.

What motivates me? My Duo friends. What are my goals for 2014? I want to finish Spanish and maybe German. What languages I want on here? (all is for English speakers) Greek, Latin, Russian, Dutch and Arabic.

And thank you for the Lingots whoever gave them to me :D It was very sweet of you.

I see some amazing goals here and I hope all of you reach your goal.

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/AureliaUK
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My plan is to complete Spanish and reach level 25. I'm not sure what I will do after that: I could either revise French or Italian, both of which I've studied in the past, or start a completely new language such as German or Russian if the latter has come on stream by then.

In terms of new languages beyond those already in the pipeline, I think the most useful would be Chinese and Arabic for English speakers, and then create the crossover courses, e.g. Arabic for German speakers, Chinese for French speakers etc, to ensure that courses in the six official languages of the United Nations are as widely available as possible. Once Japanese and Korean are added so that we have Korean for Spanish speakers and Japanese for Russian speakers etc, all of the most widely used and commercially important languages will have been covered.

Beyond that, perhaps introducing Swahili would be useful since that is a lingua Franca for much of south and east Africa.

One of the things that used to annoy me about LiveMocha was the endless demands that LiveMocha create courses for languages spoken by only a few 100,000 people in obscure corners of South East Turkey or Northwest Afghanistan and which in practice are highly unlikely to be of any use to the vast majority of the website's users.

4 years ago

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Wow yeah Arabic would be useful but hard to learn since its right to left and not left to right.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/22decembre
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and another alphabet ! Same for chinese !

4 years ago

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Yeah I think I'm going to first finish Spanish and German. After that I want to learn Greek and Italian. I hope they add Greek on here soon. I need to learn Greek and Italian by June 2015.

4 years ago

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you go to a foreign country ! Good (especially for a USA person, whose country has a strong impact on world, and many people have bad idea on USA). You will see different cultures and ways of thinking.

But to do this, you need to know the language. How many languages can you learn ?

That is the question I said earlier. I think you can't learn so many languages at the same time. Unless you have special dispositions (like a big head) or a really international family/network which would allow you to train often and maintain your level. This is important to know : languages need to be trained and practiced often (like every ability).

4 years ago

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Right now I'm learning two languages at one time. I don't want to learn more than two at a time. I want to finish Spanish and German in four or five months so I can start working on Italian and Greek (if they add it). If they don't add Greek I'll have to find another website that offers Greek for English Speaks, but I much rather use Duolingo because it is something easy I can use in the truck when we move this month. Right now I'm learning German and Spanish. I'm homeschooled and my mom told me she wants me to learn Spanish. I also wanted to learn German plus my mom has two friends one learned German is high school and the other is German. I know them personally so I have them on Facebook and I want to see if they would help me with me German.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/22decembre
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they have italian, but not yet greek... and think also that at one point, it's hard to learn to many languages !

4 years ago

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I'm planing on going to Greece and Italy next year. http://www.peopletopeople.com/our-programs/student-ambassadors since I'm only 14 this is what I can go on. I think it would be easier if I knew what they are saying while I'm there. First I need to get a job and earn ten thousand dollars to go.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/22decembre
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you are kind thinking of UN... make the world more peaceful and Humanity better...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AbraxunsIllusion

I would love to finish Spanish! If I were only bilingual, then you could bet I would help out with the Swedish course!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AbraxunsIllusion

And I wouldn't mind learning Ukelele, Percussion, and Violin by the end of the year :D.

4 years ago

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I am learning danish in real life... I would love to have danish and swedish in Duolingo

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Music4Ever15

:D

4 years ago

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I'm motivated because learning languages is just simply what I love to do! I would love to see some some African languages like Swahili or Afrikaans. I would also love to see Greek and Hindi. :-)

4 years ago

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I hope they add Greek because I am trying to earn money to go to Italy and Greece next year.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/s-g-lafollette
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Good for you! :-) Hope you earn enough!!! There are a few websites that teach Greek for free like Memrise and Busuu, I like Duolingo the best personally, but if they don't have the language you want, I would go elsewhere. :)

4 years ago

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OK thanks. And I have to earn ten thousand to go. I have to get a job but it would be totally awesome to go outside of the USA and see how it is. I wont be with my parents, just a group of teens and people there to watch us. I can go to Rome and whatever is left of Pompeii. So much other things also. It is 19 or 20 days you are gone. So I wont see any of my family for awhile. I can't get a job yet until we move so I still have a few weeks.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Zaxman15

My parents would never allow me to leave the US since im 14!

4 years ago

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I'm only 14 and they think this is a good idea. http://www.peopletopeople.com/our-programs/student-ambassadors this is the website to it and you can read about. I have a cousin who starting going on the trips every year since she was 13 and she is now 20 and she is in Europe for school. I think she lives in England.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Zaxman14

Thanks ill check it out!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AureliaUK
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In practice Afrikaans is essentially Dutch which is, I think, in the pipeline.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mimosacat
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As a native speaker of Dutch I can assure you Afrikaans can be very hard to understand even if you speak Dutch. Afrikaans has it origins in 17th century dutch dialects and both languages have moved on a bit since then.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JemmaEnglish

Yep, totally agree! I am South African and don't even know any languages except English. I really want to learn Afrikaans, then I can understand my parents when they're saying something they don't want me to hear :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_-C1-_
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I'm motivated by my love of words and writing stories and wanting to speak another language. Wouldn't it be awesome to know a whole new side to the words you already love? (As a writer, I just love words XD) It would be even more awesome to be able to read and write books in a whole new language and be able to speak and make friends with people I hadn't been able to before Duolingo. I really want to become better at speaking Spanish this year. I'm fine with just learning Spanish for now ^^

4 years ago

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You are a writer?? Cool

4 years ago

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Thnx. Not really, I haven't published anything yet, but I'm really close to publishing my first one! I'm so excited. ^^

4 years ago

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Really? Awesome! Hope it will be a big seller.

4 years ago

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Thx!

4 years ago

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You're welcome

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/turcois

If they added latin, that would be super impressive. I think Arabic and greek would be best for me to know considering how many people are beginnning to speak that. That and hindi.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Music4Ever15

Many people say Latin is a dead language. But if it was a dead language than why do so many people speak it?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mimosacat
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For me a living language has native speakers, people who've spoken the language from the time they learned to speak. The language will be used for everyday communication and will evolve over time as each generation of native speakers changes the language a little bit. The classical Latin I've learned in school does not change anymore, it is as dead as its native speakers (the ancient Romans). Of course there must be some isolated enthousiasts here and there that are trying to revive the language by raising their children with it, but I don't think there are that many ? And then there are some people still using Latin in the church, but that's another form of Latin, Ecclesiastical (aka church) Latin, and even that seems to be in decline. Most people who have learned Latin only read it, and do not speak or even write it.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pmm123
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I agree, Latin can be considered a dead language because while it may still be spoken, it is not the native language of anyone who is currently alive. The same is true of languages like classical Greek or Sanskrit. Even when classical Latin was still being used as a written language, the spoken language of the time was already changing. Eventually, the language that was spoken by the descendants of the people who originally spoke Latin became the Romance languages. So in that sense, spoken Latin didn't die, it just changed a great deal, as all languages change.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Music4Ever15

I see your point.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/turcois

Because

4 years ago

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No country speaks Latin primarily.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/deguo
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My goal is to finish my Portuguese tree by May and be able to read a book (with a dictionary) by June and just keep practicing over the summer. I don't have any definite goals for after that (it depends what languages are available here) but I would love to try Swedish, Indonesian, Polish, or German. Beyond 2014, I want to finish one tree a semester. The only things I have to motivate me are knowing that I'll be able to communicate with so many more people, read more books in their original language, and that this will look really good on a college app.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Music4Ever15

wow nice

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/deguo
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I have to say I'm very impressed that you managed to respond to just about every comment. Have a lingot :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Music4Ever15

Thanks :D I just want everyone to know that I'm reading the comments and that I care.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CHAMPION.DUO
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I will first finish Spanish, then French and maybe that's it. Oh yeah, and Japanese too (if they add it)!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Music4Ever15

Good luck!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rxmgn
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I would love to see Irish, Greek and Japanese from English.

4 years ago

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Oh I would love to also learn Irish since I do have Irish blood in me from my great grandfather.

4 years ago

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My reason is the same. :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Music4Ever15

Cool

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ahavah17

My great-grandfather was also Irish, so I'd like to learn the language, but first I think I need to finish some of the other languages! I want to learn Spanish, German, and then French.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Zaxman15

I want to finish learning Spanish. Then start learning German!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Music4Ever15

I am learning both German and Spanish. I want to finish Spanish first.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LiliHanna
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I'd like Dutch and Swedish for English speakers.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Music4Ever15

:D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/le-lapin-noir
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I want to finish the trees for the languages that I've already started from English (Portuguese, German), and also finish the trees from English for Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Dutch (will complete the trees to English for the first 2 before this). If they're available by then, I'd like to make progress in the Vietnamese and Russian from English trees as well. It will be a busy year...XD

I would like to see Cantonese, Tagalog, Persian and Catalan offered if possible.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Music4Ever15

Wow awesome!!!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pmm123
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My goal is to keep improving my German, especially word order, which is challenging for me. I also want to continue to build my skills in the other languages I'm reviewing on DuoLingo.

I would like to see Russian and Polish offered.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Music4Ever15

:D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/roodvuur

Finish the Spanish tree in a week or so, and continue leveling up through immersion. Around that time I think I'll start the French tree. I live in Europe and don't see myself traveling to Japan, China or the Arabic world anytime soon so I'm not as eager to learn those languages as some people seem to be. Russian would be really nice though.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Music4Ever15

Wow when did you join Duolingo??

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/roodvuur

Almost a month ago I guess. But I have a lot of spare time on my hands currently so, yeah..

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Music4Ever15

Wow that is amazing only a month ago wow you are doing great.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/UltraJake

German might be an interesting language to learn. And with the English for Japanese users now in Beta, it would be cool to see a Japanese course for English speakers soon.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Music4Ever15

I am learning German and it is very interesting. But I first want to get done with my Spanish. I hope they add Japanese.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KansasBurri

By the end of June, I want to be past the third checkpoint in German (just got past the second checkpoint yesterday), and by the end of the year I want to have the German skill tree finished and be a level 25. I also want to have Spanish started as well if Arabic for English isn't released already. I hope to see Greek for English on here. What motivates me is I may go see my aunt, uncle, and two cousins in Germany in early July so I would like to have a solid amount of German so I can speak to them in German and with any German people I meet instead of in English.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Music4Ever15

Arabic and Greek would be awesome!

4 years ago

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We know for sure there will be reverse courses for them, but they're still a long ways away. The Arabic and Greek to English still have a while to go before they get put into beta.

4 years ago

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Yeah I know. I want to learn Greek and Italian before June of 2015 but first I need to finish Spanish.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ColbyStein

I probably won't start a new language. I'll exhaust Duolingo completely via revision on German once I've finished the tree and level capped at 25. I aim to be able to have basic conversations in German, and once day visit the country.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Music4Ever15

I really want to go to Germany

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Music4Ever15

Wow I didn't think I would get so many comments. I have read all of the comments and I see amazing things here.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/attcat23
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My goal is to finish my Italian tree by the time I go to Italy in June!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Music4Ever15

You are going to Italy!!! Wow awesome

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/idril81
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I wonder why are so many people obsessed with levels (especially with reaching level 25)? Do people realize, that by finishing a tree and keeping it golden you cannot expect to go over level 15? (I have the spanish and german trees finished and I'm nowhere near level 25.) Essentially, over level 10 the only reasonable way of leveling up is doing translations in immersion, and loads of it. Around level 20 the xp needed to level up is comparable to the amount of xp one would receive by doing the whole tree all over again.

btw: I'm planning to finish my 5th tree by the end of the year. I'd like to try latin, esperanto, chinese, russian and romanian.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LiliHanna
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Well, I'm nowhere near finished with the tree but I'm almost at level 10. You can't compare knowledge by levels actually.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/idril81
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No, you can't. As for the levels: the xp demand goes up sharply between levels 6 and 12. To go from level 9 to level 12, you'll need an additional 2250 xp. That is more xp than from level 1 to 9, so if you are at least halfway down the tree, you will get your trophy before you get past level 12. (Immersion not taken into account.)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mimosacat
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Good luck and have fun fulfilling your goals ! I have just started to learn Italian last week and I would like to finish my tree and do enough immersion (both on and off Duolingo) to be able to converse with Italians while on vacation. I should probably brush up on my highschool French and German, so that might be next. Or if I'm patient maybe a whole new language from a group I've never learned before, Japanese from English will be coming sometime in the future, and I read English for Indonesian speakers has entered the incubator, so I could wait for the reverse course. Japanese because I'm very interested in the culture and would like to go to Japan sometime, Bahasa Indonesia because my father-in-law is Indonesian and I really like the sound of the language.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Music4Ever15

Wow I hope you reach your goals and maybe they will add more languages soon.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nandinibhtt

I want to start practicing French and Spanish more and finish them. After that, I'll probably start a new language. Like German? Or maybe Italian. ☺

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Music4Ever15

I wish you the best of luck with your learning :D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nandinibhtt

thank you ☺

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SoniaLoram

Japanese and Finnish would be neat.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ahavah17

Wow, yeah, Russian and Arabic I really want to learn.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Music4Ever15

I mostly want to learn Arabic.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ahavah17

Yeah, Arabic is a really cool language, and it's very useful too! Plus, the letters I find really interesting. Most writing nowadays that I know of is block writing, instead of the thin letters that Arabic uses. I only know one word in Arabic, and that is Saalam (formal way of saying 'hello') but I know much more in Russian, I know to read and write the Cyrillic Alphabet and basic Russian grammar too. The Romance languages are the easiest though, you just learn to speak and there you are, because they are all based off of the same structure, I think mostly Latin and Greek!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/22decembre
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I am a french guy living in Denmark now.

My objectives this time is to get a job in Århus and find someone to love. That sounds silly, but as Queen and the Blues Brothers said "Everybody need somebody to love"...

Learning spanish is (maybe) a way for me to get a job easier, as having four languages (french, english, danish, spanish) in your tongue begin to be worth to work in a bar or elsewhere...

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jackbensonna

i'm still confused how to use duolingo,

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AbraxunsIllusion
4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ahavah17

That's too bad. I personally found it really easy to figure out.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bega1
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i would give you a lingots but you never answer me. i know i am not a boy but i want to learning english and you would help me with that and i would you with the spanish.......take my lingot..... i hope your help.... i need correct you me.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Music4Ever15

I am so sorry I didn't answer you. I am sick right now and busy packing because I'm moving this month. I would love to help you but I will not have internet for a few weeks. Since I have the Duolingo app on tablet thingy I can only do lessons but I can't talk to anyone. I'm so so sorry I would love to help you :( please forgive me. But what did you mean by " i know i am not a boy " ? I don't really care if your a female or a male.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bega1
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i have a daughter as you......... she is 13 years old, I am a sr. and i thought that you only talks with youngs..... i am just want to learn

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Intifadanow

i would love to see here Japanese and Latin. i am trying to find people to help me create a hebrew for english here, anyone?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ahavah17

Check out this conversation! It's really seems like it might happen... https://www.duolingo.com/comment/2173060

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Intifadanow

thank you!

4 years ago