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Popular or Dying

I'm interested to see which people would find more important, learning a dying language or learning one that lots of people speak. Of course with a popular language you could get more opportunities but with a dying language you could feel like you're keeping culture alive along with all the people that spoke that language. Or maybe they're both equally important, again just interested in what people have to say.

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/TseDanylo
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Personally, I believe that the lesser learned languages are even more interesting. Slavic languages in particular are so complex and intricate, like a beautiful painting with a million brush strokes.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WildSage
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I think it depends on one's circumstances. Many people have limited resources and learning a popular language can open job opportunities for them.

Also, simply taking a course on a dying language isn't really going to significantly preserve a culture. If a lot of people take and find ways to share and use then maybe that will help.

Personally I enjoy languages and would set aside time for both popular and endangered simply because I can.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kyro367

It largely depends on your reasoning and circumstances. I look at it from a practical standpoint: How useful will learning this language be to me? If it's "popular" then learning it would be very useful, especially in the job market. If it's dying then it can still be useful to learn if my specific career requires it.

Like for me. I like my french heritage, and it's a big part of why I want to learn the french language. But if it was a dead or dying language I probably wouldn't bother since it would have no real world use for me.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LucinaFireEmber

but you never know if is gonna die, right? + people says that French might become a languages that a lot of people is going to talk, like English a lot of know it.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/VanessaJeanne

French used to be a language spoken by most of the world, but now English has replaced it as the lingua franca.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LucinaFireEmber

but, now people is saying that it might become the language people will use and not English

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HexManiacSarina

I don't have any opinions on people who choose either one, but for me personally, I would only learn a language if I am both interested in it and it would potentially benefit me when it comes to employment. I personally don't care about if a language dies because... Well, I'll die too, so it won't matter to me either way. But I can understand why people wouldn't want a language or culture to die if it were important to them personally. But for me, if American culture died or turned to something else, I wouldn't care as long as it didn't hurt anyone.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scilling
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I would only learn a language if I am both interested in it and it would potentially benefit me when it comes to employment.

Which potential employment benefits are you gaining by learning Esperanto?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HexManiacSarina

Oh, I'm not actually learning Esperanto. I'm just using it as a placeholder language so I can post on here while I wait for Korean. I'm actually going to just delete it when that course comes out.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/The-Mysterii

....Why not both? :D

1 year ago

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I wouldn't learn a dying language with no other motivation than keeping it alive. It would be a wasted effort anyway, as I wouldn't be a native speaker; L2 speakers don't keep a language alive (see for example Latin). Similarly, I wouldn't learn a popular language just because it's popular. I want to learn languages I have some kind of interest in.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sophie978465

Personally I think that preserving a dying language would be more important than learning a popular language, to help the language live on. And who knows? Maybe you will find the language more fun and educational to learn!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MrFrodo.

I'm very interested into the German Language, though I'd love to learn languages such as Latin and Frisian.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LKilinski

It is really up to the person. We all have an opinion. Preserving something is very helpful, and you never know when you need it. Popular languages often have you just respond in english, so you might be able to have a full out conversation with someone.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/melodicanon

I find myself gravitating towards dying or dead languages like Sanskrit or Latin. Especially Latin. But I like to think that both are equally important. You still have to be able to speak to people.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mevrei-chan

i prefer both really, i am interested for the japenese to come out

1 year ago