To those of you that are learning a language that has no direct correlation to your life, why?
There are a lot of languages on Duolingo. Some of them don't exactly have a direct correlation to everyone's life when it comes to convenience and ancestry. But, many people still work to learn these languages. To those of you that are doing this, why are you doing it? What are your reasons?
Thank you for responding to my curiosity!
I'm a bookworm. I want to be able to read in Spanish, French and Japanese. Eventually I'll get serious about Portuguese and possibly some other languages like Russian and German. The only language that I "work" on daily is Spanish. I find words and ideas fun and compelling.
In the end, life is short, why not?
I'm fine with reading certain books in one language, but I get very curious when I come across interesting text in another language. I usually tell myself, I wish I could read in French. Fortunately I can read in Spanish (with a monolingual dictionary handy) so I don't have that problem any more but there are still more languages to explore.
multilingual bookworms assemble!
I personally love the diversity of the world: the people, the tongues, the culture, etc. I learn these languages to embrace myself with the beauty of every single language that I can on this website, so that when I travel the world to explore and expand my horizons, I can understand the true beauty of languages for myself.
This is why I learn the languages that I do, even if I'm not born into them.
I began studying Italian because of an upcoming planned trip there. Though I had some French from high school and college, it was rusty, and I decided not to confuse myself trying to do two languages at the same time. Then I thought "why not?" and started reviewing French. While I occasionally mixed the languages up, I found it wasn't that hard to segregate them in my mind, and they actually supported one another. So I am no longer afraid to try to learn several at the same time and plan to expand. I find languages are a great way to keep the mind expanding and much more useful than mind games for mental acuity. Without the pressure of tests and grades and public humiliation by disapproving professors, learning languages is great fun!
I love the romance languages, I love how they sound, especially French. There is no real reason other than that, I have always wanted to learn French, I choose not to try and learn another language yet, as I might confuse them. Those like you rockerbox who have learned many languages, I have not the ability or the background for it. we spoke English at home. most of my ancestors are English speakers. so there you have your answer, to an interesting question.
I do it for the same reason that others do crossword puzzles, or sudoku, or art or music. It's a puzzle, it challenges my mind. I don't expect to really use anything but Spanish, and maybe Portuguese, if I ever travel to Brazil, but I like seeing the different patterns.
I've wondered this too. But, some of these answers are pretty illuminating. It seems people just like the diversity of the world, the challenges the languages present, and the beauty of their sounds. That's legit I think. For me, I only want to learn languages that I have a use for or have some personal cultural connection.. Spanish because my wife didn't speak English when we met and I was living in a Spanish speaking country so I became fluent without really trying and out of necessity. I'm learning German because my dad was German, but he died when I was 5 and I never learned. Now that I'm older I'm doing something I think he'd appreciate. Some day I will get to Polish as that's where my mother's family is from.
Each language is different, I am drawn to German because I find it fascinating how different branches of the Germanic Languages are different and the same. I have some books at the local library that are in English and German, It is very fun to try to piece together the information because they are very exact architectural books .
I'm learning French because I was supposed to teach in French. Granted, when that got cancelled, I decided to continue French.
German because I met so many nice German people on my travels.
Sesotho because I learned that when I lived in Lesotho, even though I don't live there anymore. Japanese because I just love the culture. ASL (American Sign Language) because I'll never forget the face of a child who was happy a friend could "speak" it. Polish because I have lots of Polish friends, which, sadly I moved away from so it's not so relevant now. Italian because I love Italy and it is so beautiful to me.
i chose to learn Romanian because one day at school, i was working on something with a friend, and then we finished early, he has to use Duolingo for his Spanish class, but my french teacher never made us use it. i decided i was going to learn a random language, and Romanian ended up being that language. I do not plan to quit ever, i have a friend who tried to learn Russian and gave up within 2 days, and another friend tried Swedish, and he gave up within 4 hours, I'm not giving up.
If a language has the amount of available learning material to actually learn it reasonably well, then it almost certainly has enough literature and media content to keep you engaged for a lifetime. What qualifies as "direct correlation" is quite a bit different now than it used to be.
For me, I suppose the answer boils down to curiosity. It's fascinating to see how particularly totally unrelated languages do things, and an enjoyable mental challenge. Others play chess or bridge. I learn Hungarian ;) And with this comes something of a connection to other places and peoples I might not have been much interested in or aware of previously, which I think is always a good thing. And like travelling.
I learnt Spanish for school, but I learn it ahead of my class. (We don't use Duolingo in our school, but I've been using it since 2014/5). I was learning conditional when my class was still learning present tense conjugations, which really helped my grades.
I also was learning Dutch for a while, but eventually gave up. It's a difficult language, and not having anyone to talk to really makes it much harder than it has to be, so I let it go until I find that someone. I can still read pretty much 75% of what's being written about.
I am learning Mandarin and Hebrew right now. Hebrew because I'm Jewish, and both of my parents are Israeli, (which is why I speak Yiddish). I am learning Mandarin because it's a beautiful language, even though it's difficult : Can't wait for Duolingo to make a course for it, so I don't need to use Chineasy, though it's a great app, the website for Duolingo is better.
I'm learning Spanish (and soon Japanese when it's on Android) because I love the way they sound, how they look, and how the grammar works. They both are fascinating to me, as well as many other languages around the globe. I think it would be fun to watch videos or TV shows in another language, and be able to understand. It allows me to explore, what feels like, a whole new world and talk with new and exciting people.
I'm learning Italian and Finnish (For Finnish - I learn on another website) because I want to have more accessibility to speak with others rather than being a gap away from speaking with people. I find when you learn a language that's not a direct correlation to your life also can help you understand writings that are online and offline in the languages. From movies and music to mixed media as well. That's why I'm learning both Italian and Finnish. They are on separate language branches but that's one of the few ways they are unique. Finnish and Italian are actually considered some of the most beautiful languages in the world, and I like the challenge of learning a new language. Let's bridge the gap and make this world a more multilingual and accessible place! :) Onnea ja nauti oppimisesta!
To read books and watch T.V. in that language (foreign media can be very interesting and entertaining), interact more easily with native speakers who might have an easier time speaking their own language than English, and just in case I go to another country where I would need to know that language, for a job opportunity or general travel.