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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jaw1605

Does Anyone Ever get a bit Embarrassed about their Hobby of Learning Languages?

So earlier today, I was talking with my friends and they were asking what I actually do when I'm at home (because I don't like to play on my Xbox or watch gaming videos on YouTube) and then one of my friends said "Do you just go on Duolingo 24/7?" He didn't mean it offensively but the thing is I do admittedly spend 1-2 hours per day (sometimes even more) working on my Spanish xD

Don't get me wrong, I love learning other languages and would never in a million years stop just because of something someone else has said. But still, it's not something I'd freely admit because, for some reason, people tend to laugh at what people do as long as they're not on their Xbox all day or keeping up to date with YouTube drama.

So I'm just wondering, does anyone else get slightly embarrassed admitting that they enjoy learning languages? (And I mean people who spend 1+ hours per day - I wouldn't count it is a true hobby/passion if you just spend 5 minutes per day learning a language)

September 11, 2017

40 Comments


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

Most people simply don't understand. The idea that someone could enjoy spending all their free time studying languages is unacceptable to a lot of people. Ah... but I wouldn't have it any other way :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jaw1605

That's exactly how I feel xD


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rebecca622484

I used to get laughed at for listening to music in different languages but I don't I feel embarrassed. Be confident ! If you like something, it doesn't matter what other think. Let the whole world know, you might find someone else with the same passion too :D


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

No. I'm an adult and it doesn't really bother me if someone else doesn't like my hobbies. Your friend was probably just teasing. You'll be smarter for what you're doing, so keep at it!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fds152117

It's good for brain building. Maybe people would think that I'm smart if I were to tell them.


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

No, why would I? But I'm of the age when most people aren't "on their Xbox all day or keeping up to date with YouTube drama", so there's that :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jaw1605

Thanks for your comment :D


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MernaOsama1

Your friends are missing a great time here :D It's nothing to be embarrassed about. Tbh, I get only slightly embarrassed when I talk about it too much that I feel people are starting not to relate and gradually not participate in the discussion.


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