https://www.duolingo.com/Winnie842357

If you could speak FLUENTLY in one language... which would you pick?

1 year ago

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I'd choose Chinese or Japanese. I'd love to speak one of them one day but (I wish it was different) I don't think I have enough determination to learn a language where each word has its own symbol.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Winnie842357

yes, Chinese is very useful!

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https://www.duolingo.com/Evelyn739933

I would speak Italian

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https://www.duolingo.com/FresnoVegas
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Man oh man, I think about this all the time. Some days I say Spanish and then I would confidently test for becoming a translator. Other days I would say French, because I try to speak in French to my children, and certain bilingual friends, and this never fails to brighten my mood - it's like some weird sonic auto-induced euphoria. And sometimes I would choose something esoteric - Ukrainian, Hindi, Thai, or any number of other languages that deeply interest me, but would be a head-ache to actually pursue.

Here's a twist on your offer, Winnie. What if you could choose instant fluency in a language, but only by diminishing fluency in your native tongue? Would you make that sacrifice?

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https://www.duolingo.com/Rubikschamp

MAN YOU ARE SMART

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thank you for the kind compliment!

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I would! russian is very important to me and I know many people that speak russian and english that could help! ;)

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https://www.duolingo.com/J1ng3rT41ls

Spanish!! you?

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https://www.duolingo.com/Winnie842357

russin!!!

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hehe sorry, spelled it wrong... Russian :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/J1ng3rT41ls

oh, i am not the best speller ether! :D

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awesome!! why?

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I want to start an orphanage there.

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cool!! That would be awesome!!

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:) yes...

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i am folowing, u following m?

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yes

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https://www.duolingo.com/MuqtadirKuchiki

Latin.

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Probably Russian

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https://www.duolingo.com/tdgZuG7A

Spanish

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https://www.duolingo.com/starboystellan

Spanish

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https://www.duolingo.com/Baconquistador

Español! I live in SoCal, lotsa posibilites

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I would choose Spanish.

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It is really hard to pick one, but I would go with Korean or Chinese. I really love the korean language, and also I love watching Kdramas. Chinese is really useful to so either of those probably (:

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https://www.duolingo.com/DirtyDu3c3

I would choose French! You

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https://www.duolingo.com/Winnie842357

Mmmm... Russian ;)

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https://www.duolingo.com/Myah061

Japanese! Or french! And you?

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Russian

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So, cool! Can you say "hi" in russian?

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privet! kak deva (hello, how are you?)

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https://www.duolingo.com/maesterlewin

high valyrian

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Spanish or Japanese (at least now).

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https://www.duolingo.com/KieraBen

Spanish.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Espiraden

Vietnamese or Korean :)
What would you choose?

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I would choose Korean as well (: Annyeonghaseyo

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https://www.duolingo.com/Espiraden

Annyeonghaseyo ^^
How are you learning Korean? I am doing a few Memrse courses and using:
https://www.howtostudykorean.com/

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I am doing the same haha (: I learned hangul on my own and now am using Memrise, a few basic textbooks to help with very very basics, and some helpful websites to learn! I'm happy to see a fellow Korean learner, it is such a wonderful language haha. I can't wait for the course on duo lingo to be ready cx

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Russian!

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Vraiment Le français!!!!!:)

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https://www.duolingo.com/DirtyDu3c3

qui

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https://www.duolingo.com/Xamaranth

Tu peux apprendre beaucoup de francais!

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Oui;)

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https://www.duolingo.com/winerbro78

Chinese spanich i like your profile pic by the way

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https://www.duolingo.com/Winnie842357

Thanks! #aussiesareawesome! ;)

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https://www.duolingo.com/MikaylaBenson02

I would say a tie between Hebrew and Spanish.

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Bulgarian

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Definitely Harappan.

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https://www.duolingo.com/DaphneTheSnail

Hindi or Icelandic. India is important to my religion and Icelandic is extremely difficult but an absolute wonderful country

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why do people keep saying Icelandic is extremely difficult, like it's related to Swedish and Nowegian and those are one of the easiest languages in the world

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It may have something to do with it's a nice/evil case system, about everything gets declined and Icelandic has an incredibly awesome lack of foreign loanwords. To state that Icelandic isn't that hard because it is related to 'easier' ones such as Norwegian, Swedish and Danish is to fall victim to overgeneralising and drawing hasty conclusion.

The reason that Icelandic is way harder than the continental North Germanic languages (Swedish, Danish and Norwegian) is (partly) because of it's geographical position which made it more difficult for foreign loanwords (and traders) to find their way into Iceland. Well, actually they did make their way into the Icelandic language. But at some point the government decided to protect the Icelandic language. They did this by basically exterminating all of the foreign loanwords and replacing them with new ones, often taken from Old Norse. Because of this nice little language reform (and the geographical isolation of Iceland), Icelandic did not fall 'victim' to the simplification process that the continental North Germanic languages underwent thanks to the Hanseatic trading leauge and their lingua franca. Middle Low German. (which in itself is a very interesting subject.)

So, Icelandic kept cases, heavy declination of about every single word that exists in the language, 3 genders, 3 different pronouns meaning; 'they' (þeir, þær, þau) and a vocab that consists of at least 90% (I estimate it to be even larger than that) (North) Germanic vocabulary. If you think about it, Icelandic is like the Latin of the (North) Germanic languages. With the exception that Icelandic is not dead.

I do hope I explained this correctly. I'm no expert on Icelandic history and really, the best way to figure out wether Icelandic is or isn't hard is to try learning a bit yourself.

"Icelandic is an inflected language with four cases: nominative, accusative, dative and genitive. Icelandic nouns can have one of three grammatical genders: masculine, feminine or neuter. Nouns, adjectives and pronouns are declined in four cases and two numbers, singular and plural. "

"Icelandic possesses only the definite article, which can stand on its own, or, as in other North Germanic languages, be attached to its modified noun. Verbs are conjugated for tense, mood, person, number and voice. There are three voices: active, passive and medial; but it may be debated whether the medial voice is a voice or simply an independent class of verbs. There are only two simple tenses, past and present, but to make up for that there are a number of auxiliary constructions, some of which may be regarded as tenses, others as aspects to varying degrees"

From Wikipedia

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kept cases, heavy declination of about every single word that exists in the language, 3 genders

well that is kinda like Slavic languages or German

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Yes, but first, let's take a look at your previous argument:

  • like it's related to Swedish and Nowegian and those are one of the easiest languages in the world

It certainly sounds like you are wondering why Icelandic is considered hard when it's related to 'easy' languages.

Your argument goes something like this if I'm correct:

Premise 1: North Germanic languages are easy.

Premise 2: Icelandic is a North Germanic language.

Conclusion: Icelandic should be an easy language to learn as North Germanic languages are easy.

The truth of the premises does not guarantee the truth of the conclusion. Which is why research is always important when dealing with these sort of things.

Like you said, that is 'kinda' like German (and Slavic languages apparently, but unfortunately my knowledge about that family is rather limited) and those languages are generally considered 'hard' languages. I do hvve to add, that while German does indeed do some pretty heavy declination, it still doesn't do as much noun inflection as Icelandic. Another factor to take into account is the definite article suffix. [a man=maður, the man=maðurinn] (Nominative) combine this feature with cases and you have something a whole lot more complicated than German definite articles.

Point is, German is considered hard, Slavic languages are considered hard, Icelandic is also considered to be hard. Still, the best way to measure the difficulty of something is to try it out for yourself as difficulty is not an objective truth.

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well I've never heard anyone describe Slavic languages as "extremely difficult"

about the previous point: Swedish and Icelandic are still quite similar so I think it's not that hard to "pick up" Icelandic after Swedish

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https://www.duolingo.com/DaphneTheSnail

There are very few Icelandic learning websites and it spent a long time having no English influence .

http://icelandmag.visir.is/article/icelandic-rated-among-most-difficult-languages-learn-english-speakers

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I'd say either Chinese or Arabic because they are so hard to learn otherwise

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im a wors speller see wors hehe

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