Why did you choose to learn a language?
One day I just realized how valuable languages are. From that day on I became very interested in learning languages.
Languages have the power to change your entire world view, and for me, the concept of being able to say the exact same thing in dozens, if not hundreds, of ways is really fascinating.
I have family in France who I would like to be able to converse with, and now I really want to have another language. At the moment I can only speak English, but it's not good enough, and am trying to change it. Two languages should be satisfactory though.
Good idea. I never learned French well enough to actually use it to speak with the family I had in a French-speaking country. Everything has to go over English - the lingua franca of today.
I've heard France is generally really bad at other languages though, so I kind of need it for them.
My school teaches languages and I am very happy for that because I love learning languages
I am learning 4 languages now
To connect with my familial ethnicity considering we are only 2 generations into America and I don't know the language of my grandparents, to speak with more people here in America who speak another language and to connect with people all over the world. Also once I started learning, linguistics became very interesting.
We live in an increasingly globalizing world, and despite the fun of language learning, I think it is imperative to become fluent in a second language to be successful in this world.
I'm trying to get ahead in my Spanish class at school! So far Duolingo has helped me a lot☺ I'm so happy it was able to help the rest of you too! Your stories are very interesting to read. Good Luck!
For me it was travel.
I lived in France for a couple of years when I was young, footloose and fancy free, but I never learned French very well although my accent is pretty good for an Englishman (when I heard English tourists speak, I understood why the French can hate it so much, it's really sounds bad!). Now I travel to Italy a lot so decided to learn Italian at last. I'll probably learn French properly now, and possibly Spanish and German (my mother is Austrian).
I'm now retired, last child is nearly 18, so I can once again resume my bumming around Europe, albeit in much greater luxury!