Why are you learning the language you are learning?
I am learning German because I read a lot of books with german in them. By learning german, I can better understand the books I read.
I am learning Russian because, for the last few years, I have had a love and obsession for Russia. I want to know everything about Russia and I want to visit it. I literally could, at one point, tell you all the people who have ruled Russia from around the mid 13th century to today. Of course I forgot some of them, but I still love the country, so about a year ago, I decided to give the language a try. I tried it out for a while and fell in love with it. Everyone thought I was weird since I'm an American learning Russian, but I love it. I plan on becoming fluent in it and spending a few years of my life living in Russia. I also plan on reading War and Peace in its original language.
Thank you! I'm always trying to find new resources and I haven't heard of that one yet! I haven't actually read anything by Dostoievski or Tolstoy yet, but once I learn Russian I'm going to read some of their books. Do you have any book suggestions by them that you would recommend?
No problem! :D
If you like that, maybe try the Stalker film by Tarkovsky as well. It's based VERY loosely on the book, and it's very slow, but also thematically thoughtful and extremely beautifully shot. It recently (FINALLY!) got a Criterion Collection remaster, so it's now nicer too. MosFilms even put it up for free with English subtitles, though I don't know if it's the remaster or not.
Full film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGRDYpCmMcM
I'm learning German because I would love to visit Germany someday, maybe even go to university or live in Berlin. I also have a friend that speaks Plautdietsch, which isn't exactly like the German dialect taught on Duolingo, but it's the closest I can get and they learned to speak the standard. We can only communicate through the little Spanish they know, so I'd love to be able to communicate more.
I wasn't too happy to know only English, I wanted to learn one other language... it's been very hard! I chose French because it is likely the one most usable to me. I have relatives there who occasionally visit us, and I like to talk to my grandmother in French when I visit her.
I'm learning German cuz I'm half German, I want to get through any highschool second languages as easy as possible, German's not like Spanish that nearly every highschooler takes just to get a second language done, and I'm proud of my German heritage.
Plus I get to yell at my friend's in German and confuse them. Probably not the best use of the lanuage but still.
I started learning Spanish initially at a point where I was at crossroads with my life and wanted to learn as stress relief. Now I have an avid interest in Latin American culture, hopefully want to go there someday and even dated someone online I met on Duolingo (he was teaching me Spanish, and me English/Chinese) for a bit. Spanish is such a beautiful language that I want to master.
That's a very interesting motivation, do you mind if I ask which books you read?
Myself, it's tourism mostly - we have a couple of trips planned to Scandinavia over the next 18 months. I do have to add though that now I'm two weeks into duolingo, I'm actually starting to just really enjoy the hour a day I spend learning another language, and I can certainly see how it becomes something of a hobby for so many people.
Thinking about it, I wonder if it's one of those interests that appeal to something within us, like how some people are drawn to hike or sail. It's often said that more than half the world's population are polyglots, and as you go back in time, languages become smaller and more regional; I wonder if it's just our natural state to want to learn the language of our neighbours?
We live close to the Dutch border and in fact, we can trace our Family to Limburg. I like vacationing in the Netherlands and find it easier to address people in their native language. I work with Dutchmen and Flemings, it feels better to at least casually interact in Dutch with them.
I'm studying German because I'm from Germany and used to speak German, and I want to move back to my home country and speak my native language again.
I'm learning Russian because I've had a really intense fascination and love for Russia for a really long time. I plan on visiting there often and reading a bunch of Russian books and such and so on and so forth.
My reasons for learning Japanese are the same as the reasons I'm learning Russian.
I'm learning Esperanto because it's cool and easy.
Learning a conlang is mostly (in my experience, anyway) just a fun thing to do. It has some practical applications, though. Esperanto helps with learning other European languages, yeah, but there's also pockets of Esperanto speakers all over the planet, and that means I can talk with people in other countries even if they don't speak English and I don't speak their language. Granted, this is all mostly for fun and most uses for Esperanto exist as an excuse to use Esperanto, but there are things you can do with it.
Cool. What books? I'm learning French because I have to for school (I'm a homeschooler in Canada). And I started German just because it looked cool (I've really enjoyed it.) My inspiration for learning Swedish was an IKEA page and I think that Spanish (as the second most spoken language in the world) would be really helpful to know.
I'm learning Swedish as I moved to Sweden earlier this month. While the Swedes have a better understanding of the English language than I think any other non-native nationality, I feel it is some kind of gesture towards Sweden to at least try to learn their language and take their culture seriously. :)