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Have you ever quit a language before?

How long ago was it and how long did you try studying it for? Was quitting it for good the best option or the worst (at the time)?

Did you try relearning it? How'd that go?

I started to learn French and Hebrew a year ago but then a few days ago, I stopped. I was inactive for a long while in the time between. But I've decided to wait for French and learn two languages at a time, and I quit Hebrew completely, though, since I liked the language but didn't love it, like the other languages I know/I'm learning/I'm going to learn.

We all must be true to our hearts. :)

What about you guys? What are your experiences?

August 10, 2017



I've sampled a few other languages (as an example, I once sampled the Norwegian Bokmål course simply to see what it was like), mainly Swedish, which I decided to carry on with. Deciding to halt my Norwegian Bokmål while I continued with Swedish was somewhat a hard decision; I loved the way it sounded, and the course seemed pretty good. In the future, though, I've planned to return to learning it (once I've completed the Swedish and French courses).


Swedish truly is an outstandingly beautiful language!! I hope you get to reach your goal and learn Norwegian later on, too!

Best of luck to you!! ;D


Thanks for the encouragement. :)


You're very welcome. :)


I've stalled (aka left alone for the moment) numerous languages to wait for a good time to learn them. There's also a few I quit altogether like Esperanto (Esperanto is a fascinating language concept but there were a few things about it that I didn't find appealing).

I quit Ukrainian for a while but I'm coming back to it because I actually missed learning it. Ukrainian and Czech are Slavic languages I just seem to need to learn for some unexplained emotional reason.


Seems like Slavic languages are a favorite and a must for you!

Very interesting. I hope you get to finish those languages one day. Good luck on your journey, DragonPolyglot!!! :D


Started German and Portuguese for some reason, but as I was extremely busy I had to pause them. Coming back to them for now.

Japanese I'm always doing like a dripping tap, would really love to focus on that.

I would also like to get back to French since learning it at school.


Portuguese and German, like I'm learning right now! :D Since I've learned my Italian.

I wish they had French as an option at my school. They used to in many schools in my area, but not anymore. So I started learning it on my own but then I quit and decided to save it for later, and am now focusing on an easier Romance language (Portuguese) with a challenge Germanic language (German).

They have Italian now instead in some schools of my area, but my school took that out, since there weren't enough people who wanted to learn it.. :/ It's a shame...

My sister's main focus is Japanese, as well. XD She loves it!! I can't do any Asian languages, I'm sorry... XD

I wish you luck! Have fun on your journey! :D


I have told myself that I am 'coming back to some later' but I am not quite sure how true that is xD


That may be true, but perhaps you actually will. It seems to me that you've finished the Spanish and French trees. Those are two languages you can check off, even though completing a tree doesn't necessarily mean fluency. But that leaves you with three languages left! That's really reasonable and good, learning five, even if it's just for now.

You could even learn German through Spanish or French, depending on which one you're already doing English from.

Good luck on your journey!! :D


Romanian and Swahili twice. I wasn't very good at them but I may revisit them in the future. I've also done Dutch, Spanish and Welsh but I removed them in a 'clean up' I had. I tried High Valyrian but the noun forms were too plentiful for me. With Vietnamese I couldn't grasp the pronunciation so I was poor at listening. Plus the vocab didn't stick. I've also done Greek but I was put off because I jumped into the alphabet too quickly so when it got to the actual sentences I wasn't very good. Been wanting to give it another shot though.


Wow, now that's a major clean up, kind of like the one I had XD It's good to restart new and fresh! ;)

You should definitely give Greek another shot! Just study the alphabet and grammar more and make sure you know what sounds you should be making when you read it aloud. Then give it another shot. I'm continuing it once I finish my other five languages I'd love to learn.

Good luck on your journey! ;D


Yeah, I may add it to my list soon! Right now though I'm only focusing on a select few that I want to be more advanced in and then some more that I want to at least get to basic conversational level. I want to finish German, Hungarian and Italian hopefully within a year, maybe finish a large chunk of Czech when it comes out. Some of the other trees I'm doing are quite short too so I can maybe get a little further in them.


Yay Greek!!! And oh boy! I hope you achieve those languages too!! :D

In one year, you'll most likely finish those trees. You have nothing to worry about! :) Unless it's fluency you want, then it takes a bit more than Duo's trees to get there but, either way, you'll become a great polyglot!

Have fun learning those languages! I know you can do it! :D


Thanks a lot for the motivation! I'm wanting to become fluent so I'm wanting to travel to those countries at some point to try and improve them. As for the others I'm fine with just being at least conversational.


That'd be really great for you!!!! That's amazing! :D

If there's any other better way to learn a language, it's having constant conversations with native speakers at the place the language you're studying is spoken the most.

And simply being somewhere different and getting to view the landscapes and eat the food and hear the music of that country would just be a simply amazing experience! (I've always wanted to go to Italy.. :,( Lol XD)

So, whenever you do get to go, have an inspiringly incredible time!!! :D


I once started German but I got to a lesson that was only "Brot und Wasser" over and over again. I assumed it was a glitch but I didn't really feel like continuing anyway and I started learning Italian instead.


Hahaha! Oh dear, I hope it's not there anymore.. X( I'll have to go through that. XD

Sì! L'italiano è una lingua bellissima. :D L'adoro!!!


When I finished my Dutch tree, I decided to learn German but I couldn't! I really like the germanic languages but not German! :P And i quit Catalan because it was like a spanish dialect and I know Spanish so it was boring for me :P


Yes, German's pretty rough and tough! But I still love it. XD Dutch is the easiest language for English speakers to learn, besides Frisian. I love Dutch!

Yeah, Catalan is pretty similar to Castilian Spanish in some ways. I totally get why you dropped it. :)

Good luck with your languages!! :D


I tried Vietnamese. I only did the basics, but it was extremely hard, and I preferred doing my easier Spanish and French trees, and since I never thought I would ever have an occasion to use it, I deleted it. It was just way too hard and I wasn't very dedicated to learning it. I also sampled Turkish and Italian, but I just wasn't very interested in them.


Yes, Vietnamese truly does seem extremely hard! Dropping it seems like the best thing you could've done at that point, since you weren't dedicated. I wanted to learn it for a little while, but then I just dropped that thought once I started to look into it. And I don't really see myself traveling to Vietnam.

The same happened to me with Turkish. XD I turned out to not be that interested in it either.

Good luck with your language learning journey!! :D


I did French for 4 years and I was not getting anywhere and thought I should try Spanish first and then come back, but I've been doing Spanish and I am in love with it an I have not gone back to French so far, but instead tried out different languages (Welsh I also quit doing) . But am sure that French will be easier after I am done Spanish, but I am not wanting to do it again!! So I think that I will try finishing Italian first... :) And yes, quitting French was the best thing for then and now because I was just wasting my time with it. And like I said, I do not think that I will retry learning it even though it will probably be easier now. And, um, yes, I did try Hebrew and it was not the one for me in so many ways!! :P We must all be true to God. ;)


Yes, we must all be! :)

Inspiring!! I also agree with the choice you've made regarding French!! It's difficult, but like you said, after you learning Spanish and Italian, it'd be easier for you. It should be for me, especially since Spanish I still my mother tongue and I know a good amount of Italian by now, but I've also been wanting to learn Portuguese, so I'm learning that alongside German (a tougher language and more different language than Portuguese to learn both of them easier) so I could then learn French and Dutch together, ladder learning the languages, of course. And then the last two I want to learn: Russian and Greek.

But yes, Portuguese is way easier than French for me, so I'm staring off simple.

And Hebrew was pretty good, but I really don't want to learn it anymore, nor do I have the motivation for it. I'm pretty sure Greek took Hebrew's place in my heart. I love Greek! :D

Excellent choice in the decisions you've made!! I wish you the best in your language learning experience!!! :D


Thank you for all that! Your very inspiring as well. :) Wow, you are the first person to say that I made the right choice with French!! Cool, I know many ppl who have Spanish as their mothering tong. :) That's what I am hoping for, that French will be easier after those two languages. I was doing Portuguese, and it's pretty cool! A lot of ppl are lately learning Russian so that's def. a good one to learn right now! hmmm... from what I know, most of my friends who have tried to learn Greek HATED it and how hard it is, but I hope the best for you in that! :) YES! French is going to be so easy for you now!! Portuguese is seriously easier than French?? hmmm... Yes, Hebrew was the same thing for me. Great job you are doing with all that and hope the best for you too!! btw, are you a christian as well??


Aw, you're very welcome!! :D

Right?? Like, literally where I live, the Italian language is replacing French! And there are very rarely any (French) people who speak French!! So, learning it now, wouldn't really be much help. It used to be taught in the schools of my area many years ago, but not, Italian's replaced it, but in my school, even Italian's gone now too, since not many other people want to learn it. And Spanish is everywhere here. XD

Well, yes, I think for me Portuguese is easier. It's way more similar to Spanish than French when spoken... and probably when written and read too. XD

Yep, I'm done with Hebrew as well! XD

Thank you very much!! :D I wish the best for you as well!!!!


Thank you for everything! :) And the very best to you as well. :D


As you see, i like languages. I have not quit on my other languages, I simply want to master Spanish first. I have relearned a language before, and it took quite some effort. But it wasn't painstaking. ☺ I hope to learn all the languages i can, because it's just so much fun! By the way, if you were taught two languages at once when you were little, what is considered your mother tongue?


Yes! It really is exciting! :D

Being born into both languages, Spanish and English, I personally consider my mother tongue as the one that runs through my blood/the one my parents and family speak and the one that's spoken in where they're from... I'm Puerto Rican and was born there, so Spanish! :D

I was exposed to Spanish and picked it up rather quickly form the moment I was born. I started actually learning English when I was three because I had to since I was about to go to pre-school. XD My parents only speak Spanish to me at home, and my sister speaks English to me. She knows more English than Spanish and she was born here in the USA. My mom knows more English than my dad, but my dad isn't afraid to speak it at all, but my mom is. X( XD

What's your nationality? And what language was the one you'd relearned before??


I am Korean-American. I learned both English and Korean side by side, but I had to relearn Korean because during the elementary years I was spending a lot of time learning the basics of English :) Now I speak both fluently, though i know less things in Korean. My family usually speaks Kinglish, Korean + English! :D


Hahaha! "Kenglish" XD

Wow! Very interesting!! Nice to meet you toggitang!!

I know you can learn as many languages as you aspire. Good luck on your journey!!! :D


Nice to meet you as well, CinnaBoy. ☺ Is it okay to call you that? ☺


Yes, of course! No worries. ;)


It is quite bittersweet to finally call it a day when it comes to learning a foreign language. My first experience with this was Spanish; a language that I chose to study because my friends wanted to learn it, for football purposes (soccer/football is huge in my country). The language was not for me, so I simply decided to stop studying it after 3 years.

When I started high school, it was mandatory to choose a foreign language. I chose the one that everyone claimed to be the easiest language: German. It is a shame I quit, because I got an A as a final grade. However, I did not care for the language, so I decided to call it a day.

Final year of high school… many things did not add up in my schedule, so I was forced to choose an extra course. I chose Japanese, because my friend wanted to learn it, not because I was interested in the language at all. The only reason I decided to read Japanese was because of the fact that the only options left for me were: Rhetorics, Choir and other things that sounded absolutely horrible. Though, in hindsight, I should have gone with Rhetorics, because I absolutely hated learning Japanese (even though I got great grades in it).

I haven’t quit any other languages! Currently trying to learn Welsh (as well as Korean and Danish, though not as actively).


Woah! That must've been quite an experience! XD

At least your high school had all those options!!! We don't have choir or any other languages except for Spanish, which is my mother tongue, so taking it'd be rather pointless...

There was Italian, but not anymore! Not enough people were interested. And it was only offered to the upperclassmen but now they took it out, so I never got to study it at school. While the other schools around me do offer Italian... and choir. I'd actually absolutely love to be in a choir! :D :,( ..... But yeah, it's a shame, really.. Oh, and Italian's totally replaced the French language. You don't see French anywhere anymore where I live.

I wish you the best on your learning of Welsh, Korean, and Danish!!! I hope you get to master them! :D (Oh, Danish is such a beautiful language! :))


The reason why we had so many options was because the (high) school I studied in is one of the largest one in my country. Also, there are many exchange students and different international programmes; thus giving us more options. We had plenty of different languages to pick and choose from, such as: Russian, Italian, French, Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin, etc.

It is indeed a shame that your language courses weren’t quite as extensive as ours, because I think that everyone should have the opportunity to learn another language. However, it does seem as if you’ve taken a rather important step on your own, which is studying languages online! Believe me when I say (write): your hard work will pay off! Good luck in the future. (And thanks for the supportive comment... I hope I'll be able to speak in all those languages one day.)


Wow! Very interesting and you're very lucky!! :O

I know you'll be able to learn those languages! You've got the heart and the perseverance. Good luck!!! :D

Thank you for those kind, encouraging words yourself!! :D


Yes i quit with hebrew its hard and i found out there are less speakers than i thought but i will probably try again in the future


Yes, I know exactly how you feel regarding Hebrew!!!

And if you know you'll definitely give it a shot later on in life, I say, go for it!! :D

For me, learning Hebrew after my target languages is a BIG MAYBE... Since I really don't think I'll want to learn any more languages after knowing/having learned 7 altogether by then... But I do have something I call my "Iffy After-Language List" for if by some miracle I finish all of them early and know them well:

  • Turkish
  • Polish
  • Hebrew

Good luck with your languages! I wish you the best!! :D

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