Why are you learning the languages you're learning?
No other discussion has asked this before. So I will start with why I am learning these languages:
All 4 apply. Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, and Portuguese are all connected (even if one of them isn't quite like the others xD) because my family is saving up for a very big trip in the summer of 2018, we are going to Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Portugal, and so I want to be the interpreter of my parents :)
And you? Why did you choose to learn the languages you are learning?
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You will find more motivating reasons than you can ever hope to read or absorb. I'm learning Korean because that is my wife's native language.
I learn Vietnamese because i want to see how difficult is it ( I really like Vietnamese ). I learn English because .... well, English is an international language, everyone should learn English. I learn German because I am planning to study abroad to Germany and I will live there for my whole life. I love Germany. The others ? I just want to try those languages. I cannot learn all of them at the same time, my brain will be explode :)) Also, enjoy a lingot, I like your question !
Im learning German and French is because my school teaches those languages (+Arabic and Spanish) but im mostly interested in German since its an easy language and im probably going to a German university later on. Also because Duolingo teaches German and other languages a thousand times better than my teachers xD
I'm learning Spanish for economic reasons. I'm learning French because it's formal. And I feel interested in Dutch, so I'm learning it. I might learn other languages too (maybe Esperanto).
In the humanities, the most widely used academic languages are English (of course), German, French and Italian. I'm of the opinion that everyone interested in Western-European art, culture and literature, should at least be able to read these four languages at B2-C1 level, hence my motivation to improve them.
I started earning Russian for family reasons- my mum's family is from Russia, and being able to speak to relatives without someone in the middle is real fun. After a while I realized that I'm really enjoying learning a language, and I'd like to do more:) I had nothing specific in mind, so I started Esperanto, which is a good starting point for other European languages I'd like to learn in the future:)
I'm learning Hebrew because I needed a foreign language credit for HS, but I chose Hebrew because I wanted to learn one of the original languages of the Bible. I'm learning Greek because I was going to learn the basics of it when I was ten, but never got around to it. But even though I never officially started learning the language, I memorized the Greek alphabet and its been engraved in my brain for years, so I decided to go ahead and learn Greek too, which if I remember right is also one of the original languages of the Bible, so that's cool :)
I'm job hunting, trying to get out of the UK before the ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ that is Brexit really kicks off. (It's already getting pretty ❤❤❤❤❤❤ here, depressingly.) I started with German on Duolingo a few weeks after the stupid vote because my specialism is popular in Germany and Austria, then moved onto French, and came close to snagging a job in French speaking Belgium. I tried Hungarian simply because I already had some experience of German (4 years at school) and French (5 years at school and a French mother) and I wanted to see how I could cope with an unfamiliar language (answer, with great difficulty.) Currently furiously learning Norwegian as I have a high chance of having an interview in Norway soon. With a background in English, and a smattering of German, I'm finding the Norwegian quite intuitive, at least so far!
I've been out of the UK 12 times this year, half to France on family business and half to conferences in the rest of Europe. Having good French and some rudimentary German has been very useful.
Here is the reason I am studying 15 languages: one day I read a duolingo comment that say this more or less "You cannot study a lot of similar languages without end up with a lot of confusion, as the words look very similar", so to prove it is wrong I begin to study romance languages: Italian, French, Portuguese. Including German which is similar to English
At the same time I had vice of this game called https://mope.io, which was a bad habit, but I realized that it has a linguistic bright side: there you can chat with people that speak other languages. There the most common languages are English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Vietnamese and Thai. Then I change the bad vice(mope.io) for a good vice (Duolingo) And I ended up studying all of those, Besides others Korean, Arabic, etc.
So these are my reasons for study each language:
English = The most popular language to study, it is my favorite and my priority language.
Spanish = Although it is my native language, I want to improve even more.
German, French, Portuguese and Italian = Because of a comment on Duolingo.
Esperanto = Because it is the most spoken International Auxiliary Language in the world, besides studying it has a lot of benefits.
Japanese = To read manga and watch anime.
Vietnamese, Russian, Thai, Arabic, Korean and Chinese = By mope.io(when I get fluent or at a high level on those, I will do what I wrote in the P.S. below)
And finally Toki Pona = Because I like its hieroglyph writing system.
P.S. Play https://mope.io ! but only if you are going to take advantage of its linguistic bright side: there you can chat with people that speak other languages. If you do not see it in that way I totally don't recommend it.