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Things that usually motivate people to learn a new language...

-When that language has the right words that describe things English can't. (E.g, 'kilig' in Tagalog. There will never be a suffice English equivalent!)

-When that language is the only language your crush speaks :C

-When that country has the most beautiful landmarks and locations (-and people-) EVER.

-Because all your friends are, and you're starting to get jealous because they are having secret conversations in their language that YOU CAN'T JOIN

-Because you feel it's time to crawl out of your cave and challenge yourself.

ragazzi, what motivated you to learn a new language?

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/toggitang
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I started Spanish originally for school, but then I really enjoy it now! I plainly love languages and am currently wanting to learn American Sign Language. ☺

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Woof.
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How do you make those emoticons at the end?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Deo.
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You can go on the Duolingo website on your phone and use emojis. ☺♦♣⚫ but only certain ones work.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/toggitang
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Hello, Woof....., You use the number keypad at the right of the keyboard and press alt at the same time. Different combos give different emoticons, but I realized only some work here. alt+1 gives ☺ and alt+13 or 14 gives ♪ and ♫, respectively. Have fun! ☻

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Woof.
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Thank you!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/toggitang
toggitang
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I had been wanting to learn ASL, because basically all I know how to say is "Long story, Clint"... That's not that useful, but it sure is fun to "say". I also know two Korean sign language words (by watching the news, lol) For dead/killed and cry (why are those two used often??).

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NtateNarin
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In case anyone is interested, I found out online that "kilig" is the excitement one gets from romantic situations. Like falling in love, seeing someone propose, etc.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ekirays

YES exactly!! You described it perfectly and 'kilig' pretty much describes 80% of my life

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CinnamonBoy

I started off with just Italian because I absolutely love how beautiful Italy is and cannot wait until the day I finally get to visit it!!! And also because I wanted to start off easy, so I chose Italian since it's the closest between English and my mother tongue Spanish.

But then after a year or so, I was looking and listening to other languages and I was like, "Oo! I want to learn that!" and "OMG, I want to learn that too!" because of how beautiful languages can be and how popular too, so I wanted to be able to speak them. And also the beautiful places they speak them, of course! Now I have a list of the ones I'm learning and want to learn, besides Italian, which I'm basically almost fluent in now:

  1. Brazilian Portuguese (Because it's very closely related to Spanish, Italian, and English. And also because of the flaming, extremely hot men.)
    :•
    XD
    : >

  2. German (Because it's a Germanic language, like English, and is spoken by so many people. Also because I honestly love the way it sounds and how all these different sounds and pronounciations are smushed together! :D And it makes me feel smarter than what I actually am.)

  3. French (Because of the Eiffel Tower and how many different accent marks it has. It's written so beautifully!.. It's the language of love. Need I say more?) :)

  4. Dutch (Because it's the closest language to English and I thought it'd be really fun to learn! :D And because it has four ways you could pronounce the letter r and I thought besides using the rolling r like it's used in Spanish, I'll use the English r for Dutch too, since I can't in any of the other languages I'm learning/I'll learn. Also, they roll their rs when it's at the start of a word, at the beginning after one or two consonants, or in between two vowels. The English r can be used in any other occasion in Dutch that wasn't listed above, so like at the end of a word or after a vowel but before a consonant.) :D !!

  5. Russian (It's spoken by so many and I generally kind of like how they speak. It also uses a whole different alphabet that's similar to ours, but looks way cooler. So way not?? Also, there's no need to worry for words like "the" or "a" because they don't exist in Russian. :) Though, it still manages to be quite a challenge, which I'll love for when I learn it later on!! :D

  6. Greek (A simply and absolutely romantic and fun little language that just soothes my ears, like baby unicorn milk. It's so beautiful, and its alphabet is simply so divine to look at! I don't know why, but I love it so much!! And it's really fun. Also, it's the only language I'll study with the "th" letter/sound. And Spanish and English are the only ones I know and use with that sound.) :D

Also, in your description box, you can simply just say "Ragazzi". ;D

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ekirays

Oohh really?? I thought 'ragazzi' was just for boys, thanks for the tip! And i can super relate to most of your reasoning like how the language just sounds beauuutiiful. Like music. Except it's just words.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CinnamonBoy

Exactly! Simply gorgeous. :D

Also, yes, ragazzi can be for just boys, but it can also means the general term for when you're speaking to one guy and one girl or many guys and many girls.

When it's just two girls or many girls, however, you must use ragazze, the feminine version. :)

Also, take out the "i" before ragazzi. It sounds very strange since all you're doing is calling to the people. So like the English, "Guys!", it'd be, "Ragazzi!", in Italian. You wouldn't say, "The guys!", in English when calling out to people or your friends, right? Same thing in Italian. It's just, "Ragazzi". X)

I hope that helps! :D

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ekirays

Hahaha that makes sense. but la mia casa is literally 'the my house' sigh. so confusing. Thanks for tip though that helps!!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CinnamonBoy

Hahaha. It's okay, it'll stick to you and you'll learn it quickly. ;D If you ever need help with Italian, just ask me! I'll be happy to help!

You're so very welcome! And enjoy learning Italian!! It's such a beautiful language!.... :D

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ekirays

Thanks for the offer of help, i really need some too. So when you structure italian sentences, like "who did he go with?" I find it difficult where to put the "con" and "chi". What order are words put in sentences? It's very different to english. ??

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CinnamonBoy

"Who did he go with?" in Italian would be, "Con chi è andato?", which is more like a, "With who has (he) gone?" in English.

I hope that helped!! :D

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ekirays

Yes, "con chi e' andato" makes sense for it to be "with who he gone" Thanks for the tip, really helps. I know who to go to now, for future reference, so grazie

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CinnamonBoy

Aw. Non c'è di che! Sono contento d'aiutare. :D

Aw. There's nothing to it! I'm happy to help. :D

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MedHasni

Especially when your lover s a foreign

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AnIsAPandah
  1. So I can tease people in a language and only one of my friends will understand ;)
  2. Two of my bestest friends speak the same language and yanno
  3. Because I am bored.
  4. Because countries are beautiful and I must visit them
  5. Because this is my passion. :)
1 year ago