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https://www.duolingo.com/ColbyStein

Why did you choose your language?

I chose German for the simple reason of it was the coolest language available at the time for a native English speaker.

As for why I didn't choose a different language, that's equally as simple. French was too common, Spanish and Portuguese didn't interest me, and neither did Italian.

I've also got a soft spot for Germany. My heritage is from there, and I like the culture and history.

So why did you choose your language of choice? Bonus points if you're learning English as a second language!

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/JoshuaBowers

I chose Spanish for one simple reason: to woo a woman :)

A little more explanation- I went on a mission trip to Costa Rica two years ago, and stayed at a biological research station in the jungle. One of the cooks there was a gorgeous Costa Rican girl, and I remembered just enough Spanish to ask her her name, and other basic questions. When I left, I knew I wanted to keep in contact with her, so we found each other on Facebook. I needed a way to learn Spanish, and quickly, so through an Internet search I found Duolingo. I spent several months deeply entrenched in this site, and through Duolingo, and my daily chats with her we have come to the end of the story: I speak Spanish fluently, and she is now my wife :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/stwel
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Nice story :-) Although it would seem that it is not quite ended yet then :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ColbyStein

That's so awesome, that it all worked out in the end!

A lingot to you, sir.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JoshuaBowers

Thanks! She is using Duolingo now to learn English :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nateVONgreat
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That sounds a lot like my plan for a future german Frau :D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/stephinx

I had a Spanish teacher that told me that it is the most beautiful language and it is the language that is used in heaven. So I guess I want to be prepared for the future.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lipwig
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Hahaha, nice explanation. On the other hand I heard that German language is commonly used in hell. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/stephinx

I guess that leaves out German for me.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/s-g-lafollette
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I first chose Spanish, but because of financial circumstances, I had to quit. I raised enough money to buy a laptop, and I started self teaching myself French, and with a Spanish background, I picked it up quite easily. I chose French because it is a Romance language, ( I love them!) and because a lot of African countries have French as an official language. I want to join the Peace Corps after I graduate from college so I figured French was good start. Now I am conversational in French, and I picking up Spanish again and I also study a little bit of Swahili. :-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JaneEmily

I chose to learn Dutch as my other half is from the Netherlands, and as we're in a long distance relationship I thought it's about time that I started learning (after nearly 3 years of being together). Plus it'll help me interact with the in-laws when I visit with my family in June, and when me and my boyfriend do have our own children in the future we'd like our children to be bilingual so what better way to start the enthusiasm than learn Dutch before hand? :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ClaraH1
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My reason for learning German is pretty much exactly the same as yours, @ColbyStein. German looked the most interesting out of the five options, plus my Norwegian ancestors' ancestors originally came from Germany.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Art-Vandelay

Being from Germany, I chose French.

I already know a bit from school, so I don't have to learn from scratch.

I think it's a beautiful language and I wanted to understand a French singer I like.

Also it could be useful for finding a job, since Germany and France have deep economic ties.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/stwel
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I really can't choose :-) There are too many interesting languages! I'm currently playing with a few and looking forward to others like Chinese, Russian, Japanese, Catalan, Arabic, ...

I don't aim to be fluent in all of them though, next to the ones I'm already very fluent in (Dutch, English and French), I mainly want to improve my fluency in Spanish and Chinese.

Dutch is my native language and half of my colleagues are French-speaking so I also use it daily. English and Spanish are obviously interesting as they are so widely spoken and Chinese is interesting to me because my wife is Chinese and I lived in China for a year so I'm fairly fluent.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Meg_in_Canada

I didn't happen upon Duolingo and then decide to pursue learning a second language. I found Duolingo while searching for things to support my second-language learning. I am working to learn French because I met and fell in love with a Canadian military member while he was living in my U.S. state, and when he got posted to Northern Québec, I followed him. Where we live, it's not like Montréal, where you can easily get by speaking English, or even like Québec (city), where you are quite likely to be able to find someone who speaks enough English to help you if you really need it. Our area is very French, known as being the "heart of separatist Québec," and day to day life is very difficult with no command of the French language.

Though, we're going to Spain in about a week and a half for vacation with my husband's family, and I'm thinking perhaps I should spend a few hours in the Spanish tree to have some basics over there.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/thimblethom

I started with Italian, because I sucked at German and French in school (back in the teenage days).. and being in fashion, Italian might come in handy.. Then I got an internship in Barcelona so I switched to Spanish and am now trying to keep up with learning while working..

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aaditsingh8
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Spanish seems very interesting to me! And then French is an awesome language or which you say 'beautiful'. I just started learning german because it's kind of important. So I was interested in learning these three!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ragedhalomaniac

I chose Spanish because it was common.It would be more useful because where I live there are a lot of spanish speakers

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nateVONgreat
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I have no idea why I chose German. I mean I chose it because I love German, and since as long as I remember I have wanted to speak it, but I don't know why I love it, or why I don't want to learn Spanish or what not....

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Klgregonis
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I chose Spanish because I live in an area with a lot of Hispanics, and tutor a class in English Language Acquisition for Adults , and because I live about 90 miles north of the Mexican border and love to visit Mexico and Central America. It's my primary focus. French and German because I had studied them in high school and college and wanted to renew my acquaintance. Portuguese because I want to visit Brazil some day, and Portuguese and Italian because I wanted to see how well the site worked if I came in with little or no knowledge of a language (although to be fair, both Italian and Portuguese are similar enough to Spanish to make them easy) I like challenges, although I think I need to slow down a little, I am spending too much time here!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eladie
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I studied Spanish in school and wanted to refresh my skills for myself, but also because my kids are studying it in school and I wanted to be able to help them with their studies. One of my kids decided he wanted to take German, so now I'm studying German as well, so that I can help him.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/patbo
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You mean on Duolingo? Started them in this order:

Spanish: Because I wanted to try out Duo and it was the one language that I had already learnt for a while at school (and forgotten most of it, so refreshing that seemed to be a good idea)

German: Because I wanted to see where the placement test would put a native speaker ;-)

English: In order to support the beta test.

French: I became bored by Spanish and lost my motivation, so I wanted to add another language. I was mostly indifferent about the remaining languages that were available, but I've been feeling for a long time that as a good European who lives not much more than an hour from the French border, I really ought to know more than a handful of words in French. And I'm actually slowly starting to kind of like it.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Flandrian

I learn it for 2 reasons.

1: When I was in college, I took Spanish for 4 years and it was the course I had the best grades for. I liked it a lot but after many years of not using Spanish at all I have lost most of it. Duolingo gets me back up to speed and I'm already starting to remember a lot of things (I also still have the courses from college, which I'm currently going through again). Learning is going pretty fast at this point and I'm totally looking forward to it. Learning something new is NEVER a bad idea and it most certainly isn't when learning a new language. In Belgium we speak 3 kanguages (English not included) and you are expected to be proficient in all of them and seeing my French is quite good, Spanish isn't that hard.

2: In about 14 months I'm going on a world trip alone and South and Central America are high on the agenda. While I'm there I'd love to be able to speak to the locals in their on lingo and become better by using it extensively.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/le-lapin-noir
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Spanish and French: I learned them in high school and wanted to practice them again.

Portuguese and Dutch: They're similar to languages I already speak, so I find them fun and easy to learn.

German and (soon) Russian: I got a history degree focusing on modern Europe and Asia, so I became motivated to learn these languages because their histories are fascinating. Unfortunately, I didn't have the time to learn them in college because...

Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese: Learned them to various degrees in college.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FearTheBlackout

I live in New Mexico and have Puerto Rican heritage, so I decided Spanish would be a good idea to learn. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Leftinthelurch

I am learning German because of my heritage. My grandparents left the country not long after World War II and moved to Australia. I never got to meet any of them, bar one, and they weren't interested in speaking German. I also have relatives over there. So the goal is to learn it to a competent standard and attempt to contact them.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sonne_G

The reason why I choose to learn new languages is that I've listened a lot of songs. I want to know the meaning of the lyrics. And I want to sing those songs. The other reason is I like travelling. Hope one day I can travel the world with different languages in different countries. The most important thing is I love language itself. The composition of a language is fascinating.

4 years ago

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

I have visited italy a few times (and had an italian boyfriend at one point). and while I don't love the concept of the language, I love being in italy, the food, the people, (some of) the culture...

and the more of the language I have learned, the more I love it, so I keep practicing.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/quriousking
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I am near fluent in Swahili and Japanese, and wanted to have more exposure to vocabulary and grammar in these languages. However, since neither languages were available at the time, I choose Spanish because it's a very common language in the Caribbean. I'm still waiting on Duolingo's Japanese, Swahili, Russian and Esperanto.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cbatt
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I chose French because I wanted a common language that wasn't Spanish and I had also been learning French before I started Duolingo. Who knows why I started Spanish!!?

4 years ago