What are your language goals? :)
Hello! Just thought it might be fun to post what language(s) we want to learn, perhaps why, and where we are on that!
I'm going to get to an intermediate level with Spanish (finish my tree, do the reverse, practice some) before looking seriously into another one. They say you can learn two at a time if you're rigorous with both, but I don't have enough time on my hands to do decent studying with both per day...
After that I think I will look into Swahili or Japanese. Japanese because I have personal ties to it/some people in Japan (same deal with friends in Germany, so I may look into that some more), and Swahili simply because I think it is a beautiful language.
I want to know at least two foreign languages, but if I've gotten to a comfortable point there and have time, why stop myself? Languages are beautiful and build bridges between people -- sky's the limit, you know? :)
Now tell me about you!
I want to reach 100% fluency, i.e. a bilingual level with Russian. I'm currently at C1, but of course if I read a particularly heady book I occasionally encounter words I don't know (easy enough to figure out what they mean from context, but all the same I want to MASTER this language).
Once I've achieved that (and minimized my accent) I plan on switching to Mandarin, though I may start early when the Duo course becomes available, only because it seems interesting and might come in handy one day with so much business in China.
My goal is three languages (counting my native language) absolutely mastered
Yes, I totally get wanting fluency level mastery. I don't think you can get too frustrated with encountering words you don't know, though -- it happens in even your native language, and being able to use context clues to figure it out is a great thing! It's how I started reading and writing stories very young (although I pronounced half the words wrong because I'd never heard them spoken, haha).
Chinese seems interesting, if complicated. When the Duo course is finished, I was also thinking of trying it. Most spoken language in the world and all... :)
Best of luck!
Missy, a couple of my friends have told me that mandarin grammar and conjugation are relatively uncomplicated. The writing is usually considered the harder part.
Can anyone answer: In Japanese, the writing is called Kanji. Is "kanji" a Japanese word or a Chinese word for those characters? I know both are derived from the Chinese characters. Is there a Chinese word to refer to them that is not "kanji"? Just wonder what might be the most appropriate way to refer to the characters in this context.
Thanks for asking!
I'd like to be fluent in all the languages I'm learning and to be able to contribute to future Duolingo courses. I'd also like to finish all my current trees and then try the reverse ones.
I'm learning Tokelau on a different site, but I'd like to get good enough that I could help start a course for it on Duolingo.
After I'm done all that, I'd like to go travel and maybe later down the road, start Swahili, I had tried it earlier this year, but it was too difficult to learn on my mobile device. Now that I'm using the desktop site, I think I might have a better chance at it.
Wow, so you're working on eight languages? That's insanely impressive, I wish you the best of luck! Talk about being a polyglot :)
I do agree that the PC version of Duo seems to count more on memory and learning than guessing the given words like the app, so I hope you have better luck with Swahili on there.
I'd never even heard of Tokelau -- it'd be awesome if you got a DL course started for it! GL! :D
For Japanese, my goal is currently just to reach level 15. If I"m still interested in continuing to review the course I'll set a new goal. If reviewing has become less enjoyable and more the feeling of a chore by that point, I'll let it sit for a while. I have no current use for it outside of fun.
For Spanish, I'd like to review the course once a year. That way, if there comes a time when I have regular need to use it, it won't be so hard for me to refresh my skills. I've already used it in some emergency situations in the past. So, it is a priority for me to review the basics at least once a year.
Most of my second language interactions happen in American Sign Language right now. So, it is more of a priority for me maintain and hopefully improve my skill level in that language.
I don't expect to ever be fluent in another language. I think it is beyond my capacity so long as I continue with the same life. If I moved to another country where another language was important for accessing resources and I interacted with people in that language every day, perhaps I would be able to become fluent. That is not my situation though and so I won't stress about failing to become fluent. I want to keep enjoying language exploration and succeeding at goals that are currently realistic for me. ^_^