Do you have a favourite language?
This is a question mainly for language lovers who like to learn and practise many different languages. Do you have a favourite language? If so, why? What makes this language special to you? Is it something inherent to the language, how it sounds, its writing system, its grammar and structure... or is it because of the culture(s) where the language is spoken, or do you have some very personal reasons?
Personally, I don't really have a favourite because all languages I'm learning have there own particularities that I like. But if I had to choose one it would probably be French because this was the first really foreign language that I learned and it was the beginning of a journey that has changed my life in so many ways. I also like its etymological spelling and the great variety of nations where it's used.
I personally started Duolingo simply to learn French, mostly because it would be incredibly useful at that time and I often have taken trips to Quebec and Ontario in Canada. I absolutely love the way the language sounds, and the accent also is very attractive. The words simply sound beautiful when I speak the language and I sort of like the way it feels in my mouth.
For a time, I was actually learning Norwegian, probably because Scandinavian languages have always been alluring and nice sounding to me when I've heard people actually speak them. I positively am very fond of the Norwegian course especially because it's so detailed and has a lot of content.
But, I absolutely loved Swedish most of all and stuck to learning it instead of Norwegian, although my intentions actually weren't to finish the course at all, and yet I did, after fifty days of practicing and learning new words. The way the words are pronounced sounds impossible beautiful, and the accent makes it seem like a song, honestly.
Recently, I've decided to learn Dutch also, probably because I've always wanted to visit the Netherlands (especially Amsterdam, in fact!). It's also much easier than I had initially thought, probably because it's actually very closely related to English (both Dutch and English are West Germanic languages).
Thanks for asking! ;D
Så om jag förstår dig rätt så är svenska ditt favoritspråk? Vad roligt! :)
Vad synd. Sverige är ett jättefint land. Jag tror faktiskt att det är ganska likt Kanada, både naturen och kulturellt. Men jag har aldrig varit i Kanada så egentligen vet jag inte.
Jag har varit i Kanada eftersom den är väldigt nära. Det liknar Sverige, både är rustika och vackra.
My favorite language is Welsh because the flag has a dragon on it, which is pretty cool. I also really like the sound of the language, and when people look over my shoulder and read off what I'm practicing on Duolingo, whenever I'm doing Welsh, they really mess up the words because a large portion of Welsh words have no letters that are vowels in English, because they treat y and w as vowels.
Cool! I guess you develop a more personal relationship with a language that is not widely studied. Have you ever been to Wales?
I've never been, but I've seen pictures like the one you posted and Wales is simply beautiful. I'd love to go sometime, but that probably won't happen anytime soon, as I live pretty far away and I'm not even close to old enough to travel on my own. Maybe someday, though!
I am actually from the South! I can say that its pretty much the same like the rest of america except for "y'all", "An't", and a few other little words. It's mostly a cultural thing from the rest of america.
Yeah, at the youth rodeo where I work at, My boss has a really strong southern accent (everyone around us pretty much does, including my older brothers.) That's where I get mine from, I always try to not use it, because most the people around here including myself don't like fake accents :)
I live in Sevier county TN, so there are a whole lot of tourist passing by here. I can understand northerners pretty well, but I always wanted to learn another language, so that is one of the reasons why I am learning Russian.
Oh I live in Charleston SC! Tourist seem to flourish here so I am probably one of those people haha but I do enjoy them sometimes since my BF was a tourist and thats how we met and thats why I'm learning swedish! I wanted to learn a language so I am bias on swedish but have fallen in love with Scandinavian culture now
And the generic word for soft drink is "Coke". By the way I think people from South Carolina have the best accent.
I would love to go to that South Georgia. More peciesely I have heard the term used in Jacksonville, FL, USA, which I think of as south Georgia, since culturally it is more Georgia than Florida.
We just call it soda in SC but it might be coke deeper in the south i'm not sure
Ah, your BF :) That takes learning a language to a whole new level. lol.
French is such a beautiful and wonderful language, but the way my elementary school taught us was so mind numbingly boring that I shyed away from picking it up again until this year (now a sophmore in high school).
German is arguably my favorite because of it's straightforwardness. It's by no means an easy language, but there's just something about it that's so interesting to me. I love the way it sounds and would love to continue learning it.
Although I haven't really started learning them, Slavic languages have always interested me, especially Croatian and Czech. Crossing my fingers for a Croatian course on Duolingo soon, but in the meanwhile, I might as well try Czech!
Polish is by far my favourite language to learn, speak, observe, and use in all ways. I cannot really explain or describe why, but the language 'speaks' to me in ways that no other language does.
It is such a wonderful challenge to learn and even to use in writing/speaking. The grammar, spelling, and pronunciation are so complex, intricate, demanding, yet so beautiful. The Polish language has brought such extreme joy, insight, and an outright sense of personal accomplishment to my life the more I progress with the language.
That sounds wonderful! I am a big fan of Poland myself, but haven't tried to learn the language yet. Have you visited Poland many times?
All of the languages I am studying are my favorites! It's too hard to choose just one!
I see that you have learnt Welsh and Esperanto... I guess it's not for their general utility. ;)
Other than English, French is my favorite because it's the foreign language I speak best
Génial ! Est-ce qu'il y a quelque chose en particulier que fait le français une langue spéciale pour toi ?
Oui, c'est bien connu que le français est une "langue élégante". Je crois qu' on a cette association parce qu'il y a longtemps, le français était parlé par les "élites" de l'Occident, et le français est toujours associé avec la mode, les parfums, les vins et la gastronomie, voire le luxe.
Remember: you are never bad at a language, you just haven't practised it enough yet!
Ahhh. I have so many different categories of favorites haha! Well, my favorite language to learn is Korean. My favorite language to speak is probably Japanese (it sounds so cute to say the words, even though I barely know any). My favorite language to listen to in songs is Chinese/Mandarin. Seriously - Chinese songs sound so cool! I just realized all my favorites are Asian languages xD. But my favorite to listen to (conversationally, not in a song) is probably French or Italian! Or Thai....there we go with the Asian languages again xD
Norwegian, Hungarian, German, and French are my favorite languages!!! They are tied, but I'm focusing on Norwegian right now
Nei, Jeg har ikke Vaert i Norge, mens jeg vil studere i utlandet... i Norge(?? My norwegian is still really bad ahaha)
I like norwegian because it's weird seeing a language that's very similar to english, but also very different, and I think it sounds really cool (I LOVE the r sounds!!) Also, a lot of my favorite musical artists and vloggers and stuff are from norway!
My plan is to go there next years as a foreign exchange student!! I'm currently saving up money!!
Chinese (Mandarin). It has a beautiful writing system and the language makes sense.
Well, it's very hard to choose, but perhaps my favourites are Spanish, Japanese and Danish. I like Spanish mostly because how it sounds, but I like the culture, too, and Spanish quiets me down, when I'm nervous. I like Japanese also for how it sounds, it is so clear, and somehow I don't know why it reminds me to my native language, Hungarian. I like Danish, because I like very much the Danish culture. Actually I began to learn it, because Denmark is my favourite country.
Muy interesante! ¿Cuál de esos idiomas sabes mejor? El japonés debe ser muy difícil, no? Pero honestamente supongo que todos los idiomas deben ser difíciles por los húngaros, ya que su lengua nativa es tan distinta... ¿Por qué te gusta tanto Dinamarca?
Yo conozco mejor el español. No sé qué dificil es el japonez, porque lo he empezado es hace poco en Memrise. Pero encuentro kanji su parte más dificil.
Sí, quizás para la mayoría de los hungarós otros idiomas son dificiles, pero yo vivo en Rumania, y para mi conocimiento el idioma rumano, inglés era relativamente fácil. Y también encuentro español muy fácil.
Me gusta principalmente Dinemarca, porque mi escritor favorito, Hans Christian Andersen también era danés y me gusta el folklore y la cocina danés.
I always found that it looked kind of cool and when I looked into it first, I just wanted to know how to pronounce these weird words. I was amazed to find a system behind it that already tells something about the grammar, manages to accommodate much more consonant sounds than the Latin alphabet has letters for, isn't too difficult once you recognise the system and that makes zero sense to most people who have never looked into it. That's already pretty cool.
However, when I finally had a look at the grammar, I was completely intrigued. The way some things are expressed were quite different from the languages I was used to, but at the same time I could see that there was a beautiful logic and system behind it and it all made perfect sense. In fact, I had been collecting features that I would find interesting to see in a language and that I would use in a conlang of mine one day - and Irish was the first language I saw that actually had quite a few of these features! So in some sense Irish is "my" language that was just waiting for me to find it.
I see, it seems like it's the language itself that interests you... Do you have any experience of interacting with Irish native speakers, or Irish culture?
Meanwhile yes, I've been to the Gaeltacht a couple times, but the language was first.
Ouais, c'est au moins une langue très utile presque n'importe où on va dans ce monde. Cependant, je ne pense pas que elle soit "meilleure" que les autres.