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!
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.
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.
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.
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.'
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 :)
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.
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.
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.
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
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!