https://www.duolingo.com/Lea.1717

Feeling embarrassed for your passion for languages + Stuff language nerds say

Do you sometimes feel a little embarassed of your passion for languages?

Sometimes i'm afraid to get too enthusiastic when speaking about languages, or to tell others that I'm learning less "important" languages and I'm enjoying it ...

PS: Aren't languages so fascinating? :)


"There's a word for that in German!"

"Did you know that the Chinese character for ... is made up of ... and ... ?"

"Oh! I just realized that this word in this language is related to this word in this language!"

" Semitic languages have a really cool root system"

"Japanese loan words are just adorable!"

explains the interesting origins of random words

:-/

May 11, 2017

49 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Desdichado_

I feel embarrassed of my lack of proficiency in said languages.

May 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Camilla-danesa

Squash that – try to not be embarrassed, because being embarrassed makes it harder to learn. Just keep building on your knowledge, and enjoy yourself. It's ok to take some chances and make mistakes, the main thing is to keep learning!

May 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ForgedbyHistoria

It does get kind of old when people constantly associate my languages (Arabic, Farsi, and Turkish) as "terrorist-related" languages over and over again. I get why they say things like that, but I just wish they'd be more creative with their jokes....

That being said, my Arab friends love that I am learning their language and help me.

May 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Lea.1717

Arabic sounds like a really interesting language, and I'm sure those languages open lots of worlds (people, culture, literature...) You're luvky thag your friends help you.

May 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Camilla-danesa

that's a real builder of friendship, when you learn another person's language

May 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Parislover1217

No never be embarrassed about your passion for anything besides a passion for language is amazing you become smarter and get exposed to other cultures that's nothing to be ashamed of! ;)

May 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3

I think it's a matter of social grace to not gush too enthusiastically about something about which an interlocutor has little interest (something hobbyists or aficionados of many a stripe would do well to take to heart, it seems to me). Should the topic come up, yeah, I probably reference more familiar-seeming things like Russian or Latin quite a while before I mention my efforts in Georgian and Guaraní.

People really ought to understand, "I just find them fascinating," though. Why do people knit? Spend so much time watching sports on TV? Sing and dance? Play video games? I'd be tempted to suspect anyone who was too vociferous in their disinterest or claims of uselessness of being at least somewhat motivated by regret of their excessive time expenditure in mindless channel surfing.

May 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Lea.1717

You're totally right.

May 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/TheEeveeLord

Why would I be embarrassed by something I'm passionate about?

May 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/munou

Right?! If you want to learn something you've been wanting to learn, keep going! Don't give up just because of what other people think.

May 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/WESLEY_CLINTON

I am very passionate about learning German that I once brought a CD player to school so that I can listen to German audio. I got so many weird looks from other students here, but I don't care what they think, because German is something that I want to learn. I am passionate about it. That is what counts.

May 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/johanna611

You don't have to be afraid or be ashamed about this or anything. It's awesome and incredibly cool. The more languages you learn the easier it gets to learn new languages and to see patterns that are similar in certain languages... Language allows you to actually communicate with the people who live in other countries and to learn more about them, the way they live... To me there are no "less important" languages, there are only languages that are spoken by more and languages that are spoken by less people. People may disagree with me, but I think that it is much easier to connect with people and learn more about their culture if I know their language. Therefore it is never useless to learn a new language, no matter how many people speak it.

By the way, I chose to learn ancient greek and latin in high school for years additionally to French and English and absolutely loved it. Now that I'm finished with school I have started learning the scandinavian languages (I intend knowing all of them at some point). Sometimes people think I am strange, but most people understand and are very supportive. Everybody is passionate about something and languages are something that's definitely worth being enthusiastic about, because they're absolutely amazing:)

May 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Lea.1717

Thanks for your long answer :) Wow! Ancient greek? That's a dream :o

May 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Crista_Rena

Be who you are and don't be afraid to shine.

Learning laguages and speaking them fluently can lead to big piles of money... just saying.

Be who you are and don't trry and hide it.

May 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/DaphneTheSnail

I get that way sometimes, but I can't help how much I love to learn about languages! They're so freaking amazing! What's your favorite? Mine is Swahili.

May 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Lea.1717

I love them all, especially the ones that are more different from what I'm used to, but my favorites would be English and 日本語.

May 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Camilla-danesa

is that chinese?

May 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Lea.1717

nihongo — Japanese

May 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Camilla-danesa

i see! thanks ;-)

May 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Parislover1217

Vraiment le français:)

May 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Espiraden

I'm the same way, actually. No one has an interest in learning languages where i live, so i feel a little embarrassed.
Except one girl, but that's because she's learning her girlfriends native language.

May 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Camilla-danesa

Espiraden, Bravo! I salute your consistency and interest in learning! You are one very studious Duolingoer, because it's not a simple thing to build a 226 day streak when there are no other people around you who share that interest! Good for you!!! :-)

May 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Espiraden

Thank you! That's really kind of you to say :)

May 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Lea.1717

People around here only learn other languages if they have a good excuse (husband, work, anime, immigration...), which I lack. They dont understand why would someone do it "for fun" :-/

PS: congratulations for the streak both of you :o

May 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Camilla-danesa

... one would learn languages for fun for a million reasons! Because language is the key to the world. Language is the logic of communication. It is sound. It is patterns. It fosters understanding of culture and history. It is the basic of music (or maybe the other way around, who knows, I'm just letting my passion run with me...! ) :-)

May 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Parislover1217

I do it because of passion for french:) your not alone

May 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Camilla-danesa

thank you! There's a streak hall of fame, you can enter when your streak is 300 days or more.

May 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/BonBonChat

Do you have a tumblr? there is a big language community there.

Sometimes, but when most people find out they think I am intelligent and ambitious.

Languages are amazing are super fascinating and it's nothing to be ashamed of, many people wish they could be into it.

May 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Lea.1717

Is there? A community for language nerds on tumblr? :o

PS: Great. After having resisted tumblr for so long, I'll have to finally create an account.

May 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/BonBonChat

Yes, it's the only reason why I use tumblr! haha.

May 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Lea.1717

I created an account, but don't know where to start. Can you recommend some langlr(?) blogs to follow?

May 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/IsakNygren1

The only thing I can think of is that people tend to overestimate my language skills.

May 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/aaditsingh8

"Oh! I just realized that this word in this language is related to this word in this language!"

This is so true that i jumped on my chair.

May 13, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Mad_Catter

no u should be proud

May 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/munou

That's a good thing! If you want to learn many languages, go for it!

May 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/TimmohB

No.

May 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Camilla-danesa

oh! I hope you also can find some people who share your passion. It makes it much easier to enjoy it when people understand!

May 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Lea.1717

cries in multiple languages

May 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Camilla-danesa

Voici un mouchoir.... !

May 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Thomas914188

Don't be embarrassed about any of your passions. The people who shame you for it should be embarrassed they're not as awesome as you.

May 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/FrankKool

I never felt embarrassed about it, though it is at times a bother to explain it to people who just don't "get" that someone would learn a language for fun.

May 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/elvper

Hobbies (if I'm allowed to call it this way) are ofttimes inherently a bit "embarrassing" since they often include / start with an amateur level and therefore come with a connotation of "amateur". While people often make fun of the "amateur" hobbies of others they forget to think about their own hobbies. Thus, simply do what like / want to do (what else are hobbies for?) and ignore other people. It's also a good idea to keep in your mind that whatever you like, somebody else might not, thus it's generally a good idea to not overly "pressure" them with it. A comment stemming from your personal hobby is ok to mention once / occasionally but not for the 9001st time (unless the person shares the same passion). Certainly when it comes to things like learning languages, where it's likely to be perceived as a "humblebrag", something many people dislike (especially when done repeatedly) - just something to keep in your mind.

May 12, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ashley2446

Yes, people think I shouldn't learn Spanish and be passionate of it because of my race. Maybe they're right. :/

May 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Camilla-danesa

oh, by the way: Anyone who thinks you shouldn't learn a language... they are NOT right! Not maybe, no. You can learn languages, enjoy, study, learn, as much as you feel like. (Unless you're stressed out and piling on too many things, then ok, maybe it's not the time.)

May 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Lea.1717

I don't know about "race", but learning a language is a great thing, and it would help you connect better with your culture and your family :)

(If thats the case)

May 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/ashley2446

It's just a stigma here in the U.S.

May 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3

Under the conventional U.S. conception of "race," I've met native Spanish speakers of all of them.

May 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/NeonMoogle

For me its like: "AH! There are so many languages that I want to learn! I should be working on my German, but I should improve my (very much neglected) Spanish. But I also want to learn French and Japanese and Korean and Swedish and- goes on for about half an hour talking about language goals"

May 12, 2017
Learn a language in just 5 minutes a day. For free.