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

What language intrigued you from the beginning?

Hello everyone! Today, I want to know what language intrigued you from the beginning?

What I mean by that is, the time when you first listened to a language that you just fell in love with right from that moment. When you heard it for the first time and you were like, this is the language I want to learn.

Tell me, why you think that language hooked you on and write in great detail about the qualities of that language. Are you learning the language? Is it now your favorite language? Also, if you can, put a video of the language being spoken so we can all hear how it sounds.

Thank you, I hope you guys enjoy this discussion. Peace!

October 3, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Justin7171

OMG! It's funny you mentioned this because I just recently discovered a language called Istro-Romanian. It's a dialect of Romanian and I did some research and the people who speak this language are located in Croatia which is why this language has some Croatian influences. I would like to mention that my favorite languages are Italian and Romanian and to me it sounds like mixture of both!

Here is a video I found, but it's low quality because there aren't really any videos of the language being spoken. https://youtu.be/b7StuTq5OF0 In the video, the reporter is speaking Romanian and the villager is speaking Istro-Romanian, the subtitles are in Romanian.

However, research shows that there are about 500 speakers and it is an endangered language. :(

October 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anja65534

i'm croatian and i can barely understand this, but i like their accent

October 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Justin7171

Well that's because Istro-Romanian is a Romance language not a Slavic language. Like I said before it is a dialect of Romanian with Croatian and Italian influences. Do you live in Croatia?

October 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tu.8zPhLjEMCwfst

Russian. Im learning it now but school has taken up a lot of my time, so I dont get to study often.

October 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/belstar128

I like the sound of German i will definitely try to learn it more recently i have become interested in Romanian i think it also sounds great i also started to like Indonesian and i also like Yiddish its really fascinating basically i really like most Germanic and Austronesian languages.

October 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

It wasn't a language I ever heard, because it was American Sign Language. I was very young and attending Sunday school. Someone taught us a song and taught us how to SimCom (to use a spoken language and sign at the same time). It is the first language outside of English I can recall encountering. It wasn't a sound I could hear or taste warbling awkwardly around my mouth as I tried to copy it. Instead it was a language I could embrace with the rest of my body. I could speak with my fingers and hands and arms. I could open up my facial expressions. It just felt like I could touch the world with more than a sound. As a kid, it felt like a language made of hugs. I loved it.

ASL is indeed my favorite language. From that first encounter, I wasn't able to learn any substantial ASL until after I graduated university. As for what I love about it, I wrote an entire discussion about it here: ASL: The History, Struggles, and Deaf Culture (a primer).

As for music videos, I really like Jason Listman's interpretation of Bruno Mars' "Just the way you are". See what I mean about looking like a language made of hugs? Every word moves the body into motion. It's beautiful and powerful. :)

(There are a lot of videos on YouTube claiming to be ASL interpretation of music videos. Most of them are not accurate. Some of them aren't even ASL! So, before you start trying to learn ASL on YouTube through music videos and such, I hope I can encourage you not to do that. Instead, I recommend Bill Vicars' Youtube Channel, and his corresponding website LifePrint. Dr. Vicars has a Ph.D is Deaf Education and is himself a member of the Deaf community. So, it's way more reliable than so many terrible "asl" "resources" online. Also, most of the resources he offers are free. ) ^_^

October 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LFG183608

I learned French long before I eve became particularly intrigued by any language, because I had to do it at school. After a long time of doing French, I eventually stopped because I had no reason or desire to continue.

Many years later, I met a girl from Switzerland. It is thanks to her that my interest in German began. I always used to think German was a bit of a harsh sounding language, but there is something about the way she speaks it (She's Swiss-German by the way) that makes it sound so beautiful and elegant.

A couple of months ago, I went to visit her in Switzerland, where I saw the musical 'CATS', performed in German. I am a musician myself and was fascinated with the idea of being able to understand musicals in other languages. This was the tipping point that got me from 'mildly interested' to 'definitely interested'. As soon as I returned back home, I found Duolingo and started learning, and here I am today, halfway through the German tree.

October 3, 2017

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

For me, it was sign language.

I saw someone signing on an old tv show when I was a kid, and I was struck by the beauty and power of using one’s body gestures to convey thoughts, and fell for it immediately. I still have a little notebook that I made back then, with my hand-drawn alphabet signs and some common phrases.

October 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

Hey, me too! Also, you made me realize that I got distracted halfway through answering one of the questions earlier. So, I was able to go back and add what I'd left out. Thank you for that. :)

October 4, 2017

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

My first encounter with Kabardian was on an online forum, as a "guess the language." The text was shown:

Clyxu psori ščx’èxuitu, ja ščlyx’ymrè ja xuèfaščèхèmrèklè zèxuèdèu k”al”xur. Ak”ylrè zèхèščlykl g”uazèrè jaIèšči, zyr zym zèk”uèš zèхaščІè jaкu dèl”u zèxuščytyn xuejхèšč.

It turns out it was only a transliteration. The actual text is below:

ЦIыху псори щхьэхуиту, я щIыхьымрэ я хуэфащэхэмрэкIэ зэхуэдэу къалъхур. Акъылрэ зэхэщIыкI гъуазэрэ яIэщи, зыр зым зэкъуэш зэхащІэ яку дэлъу зэхущытын хуейхэщ.

I was shocked to see someone guess it on the first try. I researched it and found out how utterly insane was. For a while I joked around on that online forum about learning it. However, the more I researched it, the more I grew to love the language. When spoken, it sounds utterly insane and beautiful. I also found out that its grammar was insane. That didn't stop me from learning it, though. I plan to learn this language to fluency, (and maybe learn Adyghe too) and create language learning materials for learning Kabardian and Adyghe, such as George Hewitt's Abkhaz self-tutor. I will join the movement to spread the Circassian languages. Here's a sample of Kabardian.

October 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pokeboy120

Only 1 million speakers, but sounds like an interesting language. Do you have Caucasian (like proper Caucasian ahah) family?

October 4, 2017

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

Nope, I'm Hispanic.

October 4, 2017

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

Esperanto. Im learning it now, but it's just amazing that there are no exceptions. It honestly seems like the perfect language. Also great for if I want to start learning another language, already speaking Esperanto will be a great help.

October 4, 2017

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

Bonvenon al Esperantujo! Mi esperas ke vi ĝuos la sperton!

Welcome to Esperanto-land! I hope you'll enjoy the experience!

October 4, 2017

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

German for sure. I don't even know why it fascinated me, but it was totally love at first sight. I've gone on, completed the course and reached level 25. I hope to one day be fluent in it.

October 4, 2017

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

I find Italian very beautiful. I haven't gotten around to practicing the language yet, because French is more important to know in my country, but when I feel my French is good enough, I will try and learn it. I just find it beautiful to listen to. Beautiful intonations, easy to pronounce compared to other European languages. Count me in!

October 4, 2017

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

Honestly, Romanian had that sort of visceral "this language sounds amazing" reaction from me. I haven't taken the time to learn it, as I'm already split between Esperanto, French, Korean, and trying to learn some Lithuanian, but if I continue to study languages, I'm sure I will come back to Romanian. It truly sounds remarkable.

October 4, 2017

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

Mind blowing streak!!! Congratulations XD

I also had that experience when I first listened to Romanian

October 4, 2017

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

I find it interesting how many people have an answer to this. There has not exactly been a language that has intrigued me from the beginning. I am fluent in Spanish, having spent 2 years intensively at University studying it, liking it a lot, but I wasn't hooked from the start. I took it in middle school, and it was just another thing to do. And I also took the two introductory courses, and while I liked it, I was not intrigued.

However, this changed. I went to Cuba 2 years ago. When I went I had a very low level of Spanish. However, when I was walking around the city, I tried starting conversations with people on the street. I found this incredibly fun and challenging, and I really enjoying the language because of the joy I was drawing from my interactions. Then I continued with the language.

The other language that comes to mind is Hebrew. I studied the language when I was a kid. Going to Israel, I did not have goals to learn it, but I found it interesting to listen too. Additionally, knowing some arabic, I kept hearing words that sounded familiar, but muffled. I thought hebrew pronunciation was interesting, and I find it an interesting language that reminds of an gratifying time in my life.

I have not found joy in the languages I know from the beginning, but after some use I have discovered a profound sense in some of them that I like.

October 4, 2017

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

Amharic/አማርኛ

I remember just finding it so intriguing when I saw the signs on the plane and in the airport in Addis Ababa.

October 5, 2017

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

French! I don't learn it much now, but when I first heard it, I fell in love with it, and started learning it. The same with Brazilian Portuguese, but I don't practice that often.

October 3, 2017

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    I fell in love with Italian after listening to opera/operatic music from Italy. It just presented an image of idealism that I was entranced by. ❤

    October 3, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Francy-Chan

    Japanese! I'm in love with this language! It has a fantastic sound!

    October 4, 2017

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

    Japanese, when I was a teenager. And that was even before people got into Manga and Anima and that kind of stuff. And now, 24 years later, I am teaching college students about Japan and sometimes Japanese language. Life is good :)

    October 4, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Drazen.Punisher

    I am starting to learn German, and this is a great place for beginner like me. And I must say, it is more fun then I thought :D

    October 4, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dank_memes4

    I have been speaking French for years, but the teachers take baby steps, so I basically learned the same things for 3 years. But, I can't wait for Klingon and Japanese. I'm a Star Trekkie, so it would only be natural. I wanna learn Japanese because I love foreign places and plan to live there for a year or so.

    October 4, 2017

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

    Just started to watch the new Start Trek series on Netflix. Klingon indeed sounds rather intriguing :)

    October 4, 2017

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

    Vietnamese. It's a language that i just happened to stumble upon here. I was just dabbling in some languages randomly and i came across the Vietnamese page. I honestly hadn't really heard of Vietnamese much so i was very interested. I've always been told that Vietnam was bad and all negative things so i decided to just try the language because i didn't really believe that Vietnam (and by default, Vietnamese) was a bad thing.

    I did the first lesson and was so intrigued by the spelling, the looks, the sound and the simplicity of the grammar already, so i continued. I almost finished the tree but i was in a language learning rut and after being demotivated by the people around me, i quit.

    I ended up doing Spanish, but soon came back to Vietnamese again. Once again, i nearly finished the tree that time but, once again, i was told it was useless. I quit the tree then, too.

    Between that time, i joined an app called Tandem. I was messaged by a few native Vietnamese and even had some short conversations in Vietnamese. I realized that not one person i spoke to was rude, or told me i shouldn't learn Vietnamese, they were happy i was (or so they said.)

    I've loved Vietnamese since that first lesson, and i want to continue with it. I'm now planning on starting the tree again today.

    Here is a Video of Vietnamese being spoken by a Vietnamese pop singer. There are small snippets of singing too.

    I hope this made sense, I'm not very good at conveying my thoughs.

    October 4, 2017

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

    My French wasn't great, but I moved and this language became more important, and I started practicing it to improve it.

    October 3, 2017

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

    Zulu.

    October 4, 2017

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

    I really fell in love with German the first time i heard it. I'm not really like a lot of the other girls i know who learn a language because they think it sounds pretty, I liked German for the rough accent and pronounced words. It's so fun to speak and I love it so much.

    October 4, 2017

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

    No language in particular. I started to learn German when we were on vacation when I was about six years old. I started to learn English in the street when I was eight. I started to learn French in school when I was ten. Latin and Greek when I was 12. Spanish, in school, when I was 15. Czech, a couple of months ago. I can't say any one of them is my favorite. I kept learning all my life, mainly by reading novels. I must say, it's kind of convenient to be fluent in multiple languages.

    There's a book about language and translation, by Douglas Hofstadter, titled "Le ton beau de Marot". It's about how a translation is never the same as the original. After I read that, I stopped reading novels in translation.

    October 4, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jarcher77

    Absolutely Japanese. I started studying it in 1997 in university, then later moved to Japan in 2005, staying there for 11 years. The language doesn't have the same intrigue it did in the beginning, because it changed from sounding cool to sounding like a language I can understand the basics, sentence structure, phonetic sounds, and more. I still love the sound of it, though. Wish I'd studied it hard while I lived in Japan, though.

    October 4, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JessicaYoung3

    Czech! always has been :) I told my dad when I was six that I would grow up and live there. In the last 10 years I have been there 5 times :)

    October 4, 2017
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