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What's your language history?

  1. What language are you currently pursuing?
  2. How long have you been working on the language?
  3. What kind of exposure have you experienced to the language prior to studying it?

  4. The primary language I'm pursuing is Spanish.

  5. I've been working on the language on and off for the last 4 months, excluding any classes I've taken for it in the past. I never truly studied in those classes.
  6. I'm told I've been listening to Spanish music consistently since my first year of Kindergarten. That makes it 21 years of listening to Spanish music. I played soccer as on a predominantly Hispanic team for about 8 years. The High School I graduated from was at least half Hispanic.

Comment below what history you have with your language.

November 19, 2017


  1. 日本語!(Japanese!)

  2. Two years. I have a private tutor (though that's been on-and-off because schoolwork often gets in the way), use Duolingo, Tinycards, and the Genki textbooks as supplements, and this past summer I spent two weeks at a Japanese language immersion camp.

  3. None. Many people learn Japanese because they watch a lot of anime, but the only reason I started watching anime was so I could practice my Japanese listening skills. I just thought that learning Japanese would be fun and interesting (and I was right :) )


How was the immersion camp experience? I've never heard of that.


My primary lang. is French too. MY parents speak French because they are from Guinea. I used to speak French but I forgot so I want to remember. And so I can speak to my cousins in Belgium and france


Sounds like a motivating reason to pursue bettering your French :)


1: I'm doing a lot at once, to I'm gonna pick the one I'm most actively doing... Japanese!

2: About three months.

3: ...None whatsoever :I


Japanese seems to be quite a popular language choice.


What language are you currently pursuing?

Italian and French, by doing the French-from-Italian tree after having completed the Italian-from-English tree.

How long have you been working on the language?

The first contact I had with Italian was four years ago at university. Then I had let it rest for a while and now I'm studying in Italy for five months. French started long, long ago in my first year in high school, which would be 12 years ago, but I dropped it after three years and only picked it up again this year.

What kind of exposure have you experienced to the language prior to studying it?

Technically, none: my first exposure to both was by studying it in high school or uni. However, I also study classics, so my knowledge of Latin has helped so much with learning both French and Italian, that I consider this as a kind of exposure too - exposure to the Romance family tree, so to say. It is also not uncommon in classics to encounter academic articles written in French or Italian, so that has been a form of exposure and also a motivation to improve these two languages - German will be next for the same reason.


"Italian and French, by doing the French-from-Italian tree after having completed the Italian-from-English tree." Good idea of practicing this way.


I taught Mod Greek and French and was fluent, but you lose vocab when you don't do it all the time. I'm a linguaholic. I learned Italian and flirted with a few more languages. I've pursued Welsh doggedly, on and off line for about 5 years and I'm now battling with Duolingo Korean because I want to understand what makes it so hard for students in casual English classes to get their heads around our sound system. After weeks on the Korean alphabet, I understand that at least. I can also see why they persist in putting 'uh' on the end of every English word!


I've heard it is quite a learning experience for a native English speaker too. Korean sounds like a fun language.


What language are you currently pursuing?
American Sign Language (ASL) more seriously than Spanish and Japanese. So, I'll just talk about ASL.

How long have you been working on the language?
ASL, off and on for the last couple of years. I forget things easily whenever I take a break.

What kind of exposure have you experienced to the language prior to studying it?
I met a couple of CODA (child/children of a Deaf adult) when I was younger who were fluent signers. But, they moved away before I could learn very much. Then, my former partner started studying it in university. So, I jumped at the chance and began to accompany them to an ASL club at the local uni where I was living at the time. It was frustrating for me sometimes, because there was no voicing. I mostly spent a lot of time watching people converse in a language I didn't understand for several hours (usually 3-5hrs) once a week. But, I kept going and began picking up more the longer I stayed with it. I made a friend at that club. I've since moved moved out of town and couldn't continue attending club. But that person and I still visit at least once a week. We also go camping and backpacking trips when they are on breaks (they are a Deaf Education teacher). Most of our interaction is in ASL because they prefer it to English. I am still a novice signer. But, I keep improving thanks to the encouragement of my friend but also because of the encouragement of the other people participating in the ASL challenges here on Duolingo a couple of times a month. ^_^


ASL definitely has some great opportunities for general communication as well as business. A sibling of mine is pursuing ASL on-off currently, too.


I'm taking Chinese and Japanese all at once :D (tho I had finished 1 year class of Chinese beforehand ^^ )

My language history of all times goes like this:

I learned Russian at 4 years, alongside my native language, Georgian. :)

Started taking English at school right on the first year.

Took up Italian at early years to be prepared for the travel to Italy. Had practice in Italy.

Took up French after 2 years of Italian, with the help of my Canadian aunt. Continued with Italian alongside with French.

Started Spanish with Duolingo in the site's early years. Had a fluent knowledge of French and Italian already (due to a lot of practice with natives).

Began German after one year of Spanish. Had practice in Germany, Munich, with my native cousins.

Began Chinese at uni. Still pursuing.

Began Japanese at uni after 1 year of Chinese. Still pursuing.

My goal is to become nearly fluent in both Chinese and Japanese, as I need it in my game industry work. ^^ I hope I can make it! ^^

(The time I needed to take up all the languages might seem a little too short, but believe me, when you get to live in the countries where the language is spoken, the language just jumps into your head :D and then again, I worked hard every day, and now I read every book I can in its original version. :) As well as work on translations and writing, and constantly improve. So know that such things are possible ^^ )


Would "uni" be short-term for "university"? I can definitely understand how well the immersion factor comes into play with language. As long as you pay attention a little, of course.


My primary language is French. I've been working on it for 5 years but started Duolingo a couple months ago. I also take French for my foreign language at school. I have been told by PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE!!!!!!


Consistent practice is key! :D


My first language is English and I learned Spanish at school for 4 years although never really got to interact with many native speakers, I started learning Korean because ever since I finished my Spanish classes I have always missed having that experience and I thought what better way than to learn a new language (With a new alphabet too!).


If you're going to learn something new, you might as well go all the way, right? ;)

  1. I'm currently learning Hebrew and Greek.
  2. I've been working on Hebrew for 2-3 years, and I've been working on Greek for less than a month.
  3. None I think. Lol


Hebrew was a language I've had in consideration for eventual learning considering the biblical texts were originally written mostly in Classic Hebrew.


I'm currently working on German, for about 2 1/2 years now. Prior to studying on DL, I was taking a class in school.


I'm mostly focusing on Spanish.

I had some Spanish in high school, but it was a total disaster. I'm doing a lot better in Duolingo.


High School Spanish has been a disaster for the majority of students it seems.

  1. Spanish, French - those I am taking very seriously. English - I am not really actively learning it, just trying not to forget it. Russian, Italian - I love them but they aren't my priorities.
  2. English - almost 12 years. Spanish - 3,5 years, French - a bit over 1,5 year. Italian, Russian - about a year.
  3. Aside from some songs on the radio (most of them in English) - almost none. Maybe a word or expression here and there in the novels I was reading in my native language. I always tried to remember them though, I found it very cool to know how something's called in a foreign language. Maybe I've heard somebody speaking Russian when I was a child (there were a lot of Russians in my country 15-20 years ago), but I don't really remember it.


Practicing English verbally with other people would be a nice way to get more comfortable with how the people around you speak. What I mean, is regarding slang and urban speech patterns. They are changing nearly every year, or more frequently.

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