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what is your favorite language, and why

Mine is Japanese, but I am currently learning German and hope to one day learn Japanese and understand it!

August 10, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Qiunnn

French, I grew up being around it a lot so it reminds me of all the disney movies and other cute little shows we used to watch in French. As I have grown up I have come to appreciate it for the more complex literature (albert camus <3) but I think French will always remind me of the wonders of childlike curiosity for the different sounds and beautiful cartoons encountered on our holidays in France.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ildi0-0

Wow! One day I'd also like to learn French because it seems very sophisticated. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Maughanster_

This question is hard. But probably Welsh, I just love the sound of Celtic languages.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ildi0-0

My favourite language is also Welsh, but I like Italian too. Both of them are beautiful. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SamoolTheSamosa

Danish - just beautfiul


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Merrowmic

Polish is still my number one favourite language over all.

I am simply drawn to this language for its complexity in grammar, spelling and in pronunciation, and of course its very refreshing contribution to my pool of languages; it being the first Slavic language that I'm studying in great detail.

Beautiful, eclectic, luxurious, and rewarding.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OrlesianMage

Altean, because it’s out of this world. °˖✧◝(⁰▿⁰)◜✧˖°
;P


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DragonPolyglot

I have to choose one?!

Well my top five are and will always be Korean, Arabic, Greek, Welsh and Zulu. I have trouble choosing between them because I think they are all beautiful languages. I like the way they all sound and three of them have scripts that I think are really pretty. Welsh and Zulu also have this unique "hiss" sound that is probably my favorite sound.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PolyglotPearl

There are so many languages out there I have never tried to learn, I can't say my answer is accurate : ) But, of the ones I know, I love Norwegian. Firstly, there are hardly any exceptions, but it's also very melodic. A few generations back some of my family is from Norway, so I grew up knowing the phrase 'kan du snakker norsk?' by heart. My grandpa told me there was no word for no in Norwegian, so the answer would be, 'ja, jeg kan snakker norsk.'


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Speir_

In Swedish, there's no translation for the phrase "please". Instead, you would say "tack" (which actually means "thanks"), sort of like you're thanking someone in advance. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SamoolTheSamosa

There's no word for please in Danish either, you just have to say the sentence more politely lol


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Burnthomdi

One thing I've noticed ( in German) is that you can see and hear the links to old English, like Dein /thine =your and several of the grammar differences are have similance to old English, which is neat to me to see the root connections of English and German to the Germanic language that they came from. Those of you who study Latin based languages like Italian,Spanish,French and so on have probably noticed this too. Same goes for Slavic and oriental... Man history is so cool! It explains the present better than anything :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Heike333145

One thing I've noticed ( in German) is that you can see and hear the links to old English, like Dein /thine =your and several of the grammar differences are have similance to old English, which is neat to me to see the root connections of English and German to the Germanic language that they came from.

In 2010, I spent a week in Oxford, participating in a course about the history of the English language. There was one lesson that impressed me very much:

We read a paragraph from the Bible, English translations from various centuries, starting with the most modern version and then moving back in time. As expected, I understood the modern version, and then the language became more and more obscure to me because this was an English that I was not familiar with -- until at some unexpected points, I started to understand some isolated fragments of the text AGAIN, from my native German!

It was as if you moved from a very clear landscape into the mist of history, and were suddenly able to perceive individual features of that landscape again. A very profoundly moving experience.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Burnthomdi

That sounds neat! And philosophical, I've only noticed the connections from haveing read so many books, old English or modern, and just started realizing that. But what you said was on a far more smart and cool level, I just read :/... But yeah, thankyou for sharing that!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fischerfs

Hmm, no 'favourite' to be honest but some of the ones I like the most are Esperanto, Norwegian, Hungarian, Italian and German. I haven't studied it but Finnish looks extremely interesting, and I also am very interested in Czech (definitely learning when it's out).

I also think spoken Turkish and Swedish, maybe Arabic sound really pleasant.

I also have a love/hate relationship with my native language, English. On one hand I love how simple a lot of the grammar rules themselves are, and how influential my own language is (pride, I guess). On the other hand, I strongly dislike how irregular English can be. While the rules are fairly simple, unfortunately they don't work, with an unnecessarily vast number of exceptions. I'd love to see a 'simplified' English be created, which isn't just Microsoft's interpretation of American English.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Woof.

Mine is Spanish. I always found Spanish (and Mexican) history so interesting, and I've heard people speak in Spanish, and it just sounds so beautiful. I have friends who are native speakers to this language. It's such an amazing language.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Heike333145

My favorite language is music. It can be understood by all people around the world. I once watched a documentary of percussionists from various countries joining and playing together; they had never met before. This was heart-warming.

A similar language is math.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mr_Eyl

How would you go about translating 'Could you please direct me to the nearest bus station' into music?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Burnthomdi

By also performing a interpretative dance along with it :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Liseses

Italian! It sound great & I just love the culture!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bob20020

German. It's really easy, and I'm nearly reaching proficiency. It's the only language outside of school (Spanish) that I've really stuck with.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Heike333145

German. It's really easy (...)

So true! German is easy -- even I learned it, and very small kids speak it fluently here ....


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Proginoskes

German. I used to speak it when I was a kid. I don't any more, so I have to relearn it.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ethnocontinuo

I'm definitely most serious about French and Welsh right now as I need those languages for my work. Welsh is probably a bit more fun at the moment since I'm still making my way through that tree (finished French a few months ago).

As far as all the others I've studied just for kicks...I probably had the most fun with Norwegian and Esperanto.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MiriamPitt5

To me, English is and Always will be the best :-) I love it especially because of all the things you can say (it's raining cats and dogs etc) and it is such a pretty language- easy to learn, understand and easy to write stories.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nusete

Japanese, too. Because of: how beautiful combination of kanji and kana looks, meaning behind kanjis, pronunciation, how people could change their speech by using different honorific levels, etc. My second favourite is probably French but I'm not sure. And I like my native language - Polish. Isn't it strange? ;P


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Burnthomdi

No, it's not strange at all to like more than one language. I like more than Japanese but that one is my favorite, there are several that just sound wonderful to me, but I try to learn one at a time and easy to difficult. So yeah, :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/oOMondlichtOo

Mine is Arabic because it is my native language and it is very interesting. It's also a very complicated language so it's really cool to know it fluently. I also love it because there is so many different dialects and words so even though we are all Arabic, we still feel very diverse while speaking the same language!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pilotbear99

because it is just great.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Burnthomdi

Wow! Thankyou all for sharing your favorite languages! I'm sure a lot of us here have learned a thing or two about languages we haven't tried and why others like them so much, again thankyou! :)

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