Just a fun question!!!♥♥♥
So, this is just a fun discussion! Why are you learning the language you're learning and what's your favorite thing about it??? Do you ever want to go to a country where they speak that language fluently? And (if you want) give me 1 fun fact about that country!!! ♥♥♥
I'm German because I had to learn it for school, and I heard that a lot of people usually fail the final because the teacher isn't the best, so I figured I would work really hard, so now it's 2 years later, the lowest grade I've gotten on anything in German is a 99, and I'm still going strong! Our district has an exchange trip to Germany, so I might do that, and I would really like to go to Germany with my bestie who also takes German. Fun fact about Germany: In some parts of the Autobahn, sort of like a highway, there is no speed limit.
you know its actually funny to me living In Czech Republic driving in a car is scary. I am not talking quite as bad as places in Latin America but I definitely don't desire to drive here anytime soon. I feel America is far more cautious in their driving however I have yet to hear a single accident here where as they are super common in America.
Russian because it was one of my original language goals and also as a gateway languages to Kazakh, Circassian, and Ossetic. I also plan to visit Russia and Kazakhstan in the future, both of which speak Russian.
Esperanto because it sounds really nice and is very simple, and I support the Esperanto movement.
Turkish because I was motivated to learn Turkish from some friends, and in addition learning Turkish helped me discover my favorite language family: the Turkic languages.
Vietnamese because it is one of the East Asian languages. I plan to learn the East Asian languages and Vietnamese is one of the more interesting ones!
Swedish. I started Swedish out of self interest and I grew to love the language. Also, one of my new motivations is to move to Finland, where Swedish is the second official language.
Polish. I also started Polish out of self interest, and I grew to love the writing of Polish. It sounds quite similar to Russian meaning I have had an easier time learning it. Plus I have grown some interest in Kashubian, and Polish will help me learn some.
Hungarian. I got into learning it after watching a video from NativLang. I must say, it is crazy! 35 cases??? Who would have guessed? In addition, learning some Hungarian will ease my transition into Finnish later, because they are related languages.
German became one of those languages that I expected not to study, but somehow ended up learning. I'm glad I got into it though. Not only is it very interesting in terms of grammar and writing, it's also a very useful language throughout the world.
I started learning Dutch after hearing that German is closely related to it. Plus I was part of an online community that had lots of Dutch speakers, so I figured I'd join in. Dutch writing is crazy!
Norwegian is a close languge to Swedish, so I thought I'd give it a try. It sounds awesome! In addition, I've had a much easier time learning it thanks to my knowledge in Swedish.
Greek was one of the languages I suspected I might started learning at some point or another. Nonetheless, I have become fond of the language, a big part of it coming from its beautiful script.
Welsh was not a language I originally wanted to learn. However, after researching the language further, I decided to give it a try. It's insane! The writing system is one of the reasons I chose to try it out. Dw i'n hoffi'r Cymraeg!
Hebrew was on my wish list due to its relations to Arabic, which I also want to learn. The writing system is very intriguing and not as hard as Arabic heh heh! It too sounds nice.
Japanese was on my wish list for a while, even before I got on Duolingo. However, it wasn't on my top priority list like Chinese was. When I saw it released on Duolingo I immediately went at it.
I never intended to learn Catalan. I saw it in the courses for Spanish speakers, and I figured I'd give it a go. Before that, the only thing I knew was that Catalan was closely related to Spanish (my native language). I have come to enjoy the language a lot, due to its simplicity and relation to my native Spanish.
All I knew about Danish before I started learning it was that its writing system was awful and did not suit the modern language. This is very true! However, that's no reason to not learn a language. Look at English or Chinese for example. Danish is also closely related to Swedish and Norwegian, both of which have significantly eased my transition into Danish.
Italian was low on my wish list, but I figured I'd give it a try early. So far, I am liking what I am seeing! It sounds so beautiful, and I intend to learn it to fluency at one point or another.
In case you're wondering, I do intend to visit most (if not all) the places where these languages are spoken.
I am learning Spanish and French for school, I like how in Spanish, you don't always have to use pronouns (ex. 'I have apples' can be written 'yo tengo manzanas' or 'tengo manzanas'). I like how French structures its question sentences (ex. voulez-vous les pommes ?) and how it seems to use the letter 'x' more than most languages.
I decided to learn German because of my heritage and also it seemed to come quite naturally to me. I like how the language can sound a bit British but not too much, it just adds a satisfying sophistication to it for me.
I started learning Japanese and Korean for fun and Dutch out of curiosity. I love the Korean script and its history and how Japanese sounds and also the culture. I absolutely love Dutch, just everything about it is great, especially the diminutives and figures of speech, I also love how their 'g' is guttural but soft at the same time. I think it would be awesome to go to Germany, the Netherlands and Japan to practice and learn my knowledge.
Fun facts: More than a quarter of the Netherlands is below sea level and Amsterdam is built entirely on poles. Japan has the tenth largest population in the world and sometimes, it rains acid because of gases produced by power plants. Germany has the largest economy in Europe. France is the most visited country in the world, with over 80 million visitors every year. Taxis in South Korea are color coded according to the level of service offered. A gray or white taxi is a basic car with a qualified but potentially inexperienced driver, while the black cabs are luxury cars with experienced drivers. Spain produces a large amount of renewable energy, including wind and solar power.
At first, i was learning Korean because i wanted to visit Korea. Adding onto that now, I've became a fan of Kpop and like to watch the occasional Kdrama. I have a list of languages that i'd like to learn, but i choose Korean because i had the most motivation - and i could learn another language with the similar grammar after it :)
Fact: Going on Blind dates in a group is a popular way for university students to meet over dinner and drinks.
If you are into all things Korean, check out YouTube for recordings of a Korean TV show with a title that translates to "I Can See Your Voice". You may already know of it, but without knowing any Korean it looks as if a group of judges predicts if someone will be a good singer or not by how they look. Then the person sings and they find out. Look for the videos with millions of hits. Some of the singers are amazing. I don't understand Korean at all, but it's still fun to watch.
I have been several times in Hungary (among other eastern countries) and I like it. But this is not the only reason why I am studying hungarian.
The first reason is that I saw many adds about Babel saying "this guy fluently speaks 11 languages", "this pair has learned french in one month", etc.
I didn't believe the ad and I didn't want to subscribe to Babel, but it made me think and I asked myself "how long would I need to learn a foreign language, all by myself, sufficently well to speak with the natives". For the test to be valid I had to choose a language I had never learned at school or afterwards, as different as possible from the ones I already know and, if possible, one I could test in a near future, meaning a european one. That left finnish, estonian, hungarian, latvian, lithuanian and greek. I choose hungarian.
The fun fact, ignored by most of my compatriots, is that the biggest part of what will later become Hungary was part of the Austrian Empire in 1790 (on the eastern side). And what will later become Belgium was also part of the Austrian Empire (on the western side). So, at that time we, Belgians and Hungarians, were part of the same nation !
hmm, well i'm learning German because it looked fun to me and is a very useful language to have under one's belt; i also might end up studying there. i really like how there are so many German words that describe very particular things/events, that's just so cool. fun fact: if Germany's presence in Africa had lasted longer, Tanzania would have been a German-speaking country.
i'm learning Russian because i've been interested in eastern Europe for five or six years now (before i joined this site); i'm in love with Russian history, architecture, music, food etc. it also seemed challenging because of how different it is from English, and i enjoy challenges ^-^. i really love how it sounds, sort of frank and melodic at the same time. i'd absolutely love to visit Russia someday!
i've always thought Greek was intriguing and not a super common choice for aspiring multilingual people, and since i'm drawn to less "mainstream" things it just figures that i'd want to learn it lol. it also gives you insight into the origins of many English words. Greek history, mythology, and old Greek architecture are amazing too, i'd definitely want to visit Greece.
French seems like a useful language to know and creates opportunities to explore many other countries that speak French. one region of the world i'd love to travel to mostly speaks French so it will come in handy!
i'm also learning Chinese on a different website, because Chinese will probably become a more and more useful language as time goes by. it is very challenging but that makes it more fun for me. sorry this is so long lol.
Hi. This is a bit heavy for a fun discussion but you might think it a novel reason to learn a language. I have a stammer. As an adult I am skilled at circumlocution to avoid blocks I can see coming (common avoidance technique used by adult stammerers). But, as I advanced in my career and was the chief representative of my professional group in interdisciplinary committees I decided I needed a means of getting a grip on my errant tongue. I cannot circumlocute in a foreign language so I learnt German and am now, 20 years later, fluent in German and can speak almost without any problem in English. My favourite thing in German is the grammar - I am a science/maths person and the logic of German grammar is pleasing to me. Fun thing about Germany? - the wine. Thanks for the question.
I'm learning Hebrew because I wanted to learn one of the original languages of the Bible. At first when I was learning it, I wasn't retaining it at all (I was doing it through something else). I had already been doing it for three years and I couldn't read a word. With Duolingo, I'm actually learning!!!!! It would be fun to go to a country where they speak Hebrew, so I could test my knowledge one day. I'm just excited that I'm finally learning!
Thank you! I originally wanted to learn sign language for my foreign language for school, but at that time I wanted to go to college, and my mom said some colleges don't accept ASL as a foreign language, so I went for a Bible language instead. Its kinda funny how that all turned out cuz I don't wanna go to college anymore, so I could have learned sign language lol but Hebrew is still fun too.
Well, I'm learning Dutch as there is a chance I'm going to get a job in Netherlands (within my company). While the main language in the job would remain English, I believe there are tons of reasons to be able to speak in a local language - showing you care as the first one and not feeling off the place as second. Also in case of any troubles outside work at least basic knowledge can help you to overcome those. While these are the main reasons, learning Dutch quickly became quite fun for me. In many areas it resembles German and English so learning is much easier than expected. It's wonderful when you take your cat's food bag, by pure coincidence look at the Dutch description rather than Polish or English only to realize you can understand more or less what is written there. Similarly when listening to the language it magically becomes more or less comprehensible (oh, OK, still less rather than more, but hey - it's been as little as 5 weeks of learning so far!). And yes, I was a bit exposed to Dutch earlier (one of the companies for which I used to work in the past had Belgian ownership with top management entirely Flemish and some Belgian staff too) and back then I couldn't recognize words, not to even think about understanding anything. Fun fact: There is a lot of confusion about the country name. In many languages it's called Holland rather than Netherlands (e.g. Polish - Holandia) which is technically incorrect. Holland is just a pretty small part of the country (below quarter if I recall correctly, still with 3 largest cities). But to make it even more tricky - Netherlanders refer sometimes to their country as Holland as well (check their song in sports - Hup, Holland, Hup). So if you don't want to offend them, just call them their nickname - Oranje (Orange) ;-)
Oh well, it's very difficult to say if a particular language is difficult in absolute terms. As any language it has easy things (little conjugation rules and exceptions) but also has it's weirdness (inverted position of singular part in numbers, words merging). Also I'm still at the very beginning stage (haven't even got to tenses other than present). Yet with some previous knowledge of German I see many similar patterns. Also many words are in some way similar to German or English and quite often they seem like a linking bond between the two (just one example is number three - in German it's drei ,pronounce it something like dry; In Dutch it's drie, where the first part dr is pronounced a bit more like German, whilst the rest is pretty much like in English). So to me - yes, I don't have much problem with grammar so far, it's also a bit of help when comes to vocabulary, however remembering which noun should have what article is as difficult as it was in German :-) Also a pronunciation is a bit funny but it's something you can get used to. On the other hand, I'm trying to listen to some "real life" Dutch (from a movie) and I can grasp as little/much as 20%. With 42 days of learning.... Well, I think it's not that bad, which means it's probably pretty easy for me.
Hi there! ♥
I originally started French on Duolingo for school, but Italian is at a higher level because I went to Italy during the summer. ^^
Here are some facts about Italy:
- Everyone dresses and behaves more formally than in the US and northern European countries.
- There is a siesta from 1 to 4.
- People walk from place to place more often than in the US.
I hope you enjoyed my facts! ♥♥♥