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Have You Ever Found Yourself Disliking a Language?

Have you ever wanted to try learning a new language so bad, and then why you try it, you absolutely hate it? That happened to me with Korean. I loved the language so much, but when I tried it, I hated it! I'm not trying to seem rude to people who speak it, or lazy, but I just couldn't take learning it. It was so boring. I found myself switching back to Japanese. Which honestly, I like a lot better, even if it might be more difficult.

November 30, 2017



For the sake of freedom of speech, I support your saying it.. Funny thing now, in my case it was English. I hated the fact that it was obligatory since primary school, I hated it because it was necessary for someone to find a better job (even though in my country only one language is spoken), and even to this day I still hate it when people overly abuse Anglicisms, people who can't even produce one sentence properly in English, but still think it's "cool" to replace every other word with an English equivalent. It is however contradictory that it is the same language I got the most obsessed with, even to this day. I learned it because I found someone (a compatriot) whose proficiency was so admirable that I wanted the same for me, and, to this day, the reason I learned it remains so simple as that. I wanted to learn what most people where I live didn't properly learn.


I feel you with the overly used anglisimes. Some people here do it all the time and it gets on my last nerve. It sounds funny depending on the language too. Like it just shouldn't be there..


To be honest, I couldn't stomach the popularity of French or the reputation of German and Russian for the longest time. Now I think German sounds wonderful, Russian is sounds kind of dreamy (as do all Slavic languages, I came to find) and French is pretty okay.

Personally I find Korean to be harder than Japanese in the beginning because of how it's spoken. I like both for different reasons. They seem as different as fire and ice at the surface but at their core you find similar tasting water; that water is pure and sweet. As ironic as the statement is, Korean and Japanese are languages so similar some linguists think they share an ancestor. Even though I love Korean, I can appreciate that one language isn't for everyone.


Hate is a pretty strong word. Yes, I sometimes dislike languages because of a disinterest in them and other reasons I won't dive into, but I have never truly hated any language. A language I'm not particularly fond of is Spanish, mostly because it was the language everyone was telling me to learn. I live in a state where I hear it everyday, so I just didn't want to learn it in school (even though it probably would have benefited more than French). German is a language that I have grown to like less more and more each day; however, I like the way it sounds. I just have no motivation in continuing to learn it.


I tried French.. sadly.. I just can't do it and now I know


I sort of get where you’re coming from. My mom is always pressuring me to learn French, and I’ve never even considered trying it. I might enjoy it, but the constant pressure has kind of ruined any desire I might’ve had to learn it.


French. Just the fact that it just seems so similar to my native language (pt) and nobody wants to admit it, treating it like if it were Polish or another tough one to be learnt, was enough to get on my nerves. So I attempted to study it, which served only to show me how sick I am of Romance languages. I mean, I love Portuguese and each one of its beautiful lyrical intricacies, but starting all over with a vocabulary that resembles it so strongly gave me a 'not really worth it' feeling. Not to say I'll never learn it, but right now it isn't much of an academic amusement to me. That's why I chose to familiarize with other Indo-European families, like the Germanic and Slavic ones.


Very much so, when Greek was still yet to be released I got very excited about learning the language. There's so much history in that nation along with many wonders, I wanted to visit someday! So I studied the greek alphabet, worked on my pronunciation of it, and figured one day "Hey Urso, why not watch some news casts in greek to hear the language actually being spoken!" I listened to one news cast...furled my brow as the prosody of the language...was extremely unappealing to my ears. I listened to another news cast, I found the way they spoke even less appealing. The tempo, the way they pronounced the words, no thanks! It didn't appeal to me at all after that =.


Absolutely. I feel this with Spanish, my native language.


I dislike Portuguese and I have no idea why. It just doesn't interests me. Same with Spanish.

With Japanese and Korean it is the opposite. I used to not like them, but now I kinda love them and they interest me a lot, especially Japanese.


Hmm, not really. For the most part I'm just ambivilent to most languages. I guess I'm not the biggest fan of Chinese or Vietnamese because of the tones. I don't really like the way those languages sound because of the tones, and it doesn't help that I'm bad at producing and recognizing tones. That said, I'm now learning Chinese here on Duolingo and find myself enjoying it.


This happens a lot for me. I found myself uninterested with Norwegian for a while, but I found myself drawn back in. Same with German. French though, I just can't stand. Of course, I might swing back into it. All in all, let me tell you, you might want to start learning it again. In fact, a few weeks back I felt myself feeling that way when we had to discuss verbs for English class, and conjugation for Spanish. Anyways, yeah, maybe you really don't like the language, or you just need a small break.


You may be right about taking a break. I was really enthusiastic about Korean. Maybe it just got on my nerves a little with learning a new alphabet again and all the new rules I didn't understand. I feel kind of motivated to get back into it and try again now. Not sure if I'd enjoy it or just hate it more though.


Once upon a time, I wanted to learn Japanese....

Well, after the storytime ends, it ends up being personal preference. I will have to admit, I did try some new languages here and there, but sometimes ended up not liking to learn that language due to complexity, generally not understanding it, or other various reasons. If you like a certain language and is committed to learning it, then by all means, Duolingo is here for you!


My feelings aren't as strong as yours, but I kind of understand this. I'm studying French for practical reasons, and so far I can't find a "hook" that draws me into the language. The other languages I've studied like Mandarin & Spanish had cultural hooks that kept me fascinated, i.e. music, food, travel opportunities, etc. Usually when I study a language I go kind of head over heels and immerse myself in the language as much as possible, i.e. Youtube videos, music, TV, books, etc. As I've explored the French speaking world, I just don't find much there that really holds my interest. I'm not giving up though; I hope some time it will come.


I see what you mean by immersing yourself in the language. When I first started learning Japanese, I was obsessed with learning more. I watched YouTube videos, I read about it, and one point, I even wanted to live there. That desire isn't quite as strong now though.


My native language English, don't like the grammar rules. Also don't like German as a language. Last time I stated I did not like German that got like 14 down votes, lol. Never been down vote spammed for complaining about English.... /shrug


I loved German but absolutely hated learning it and ultimately gave it up. I don’t really see myself ever picking it back up, although I’ll always love it and appreciate the history my family has with it!


Well... Chinese. For some reason, after waiting and waiting for it, I just hate it, and I'm not sure why.


I'm having a similar experience with Korean. I was excited, but now I'm having serious doubts.

You see, I play the board game go. I attend a local go club, and there are some Korean Americans who come each week, and they will chat with each other in Korean. This gives me the potential to have native speaking partners that I would see every week.

Additionally, there are many go books only written in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean. If I were to learn one of these languages, I would gain access to new materials on how to play the game. And, of the three languages, Korean seems to be the easiest one to learn to read (maybe Chinese is easier in some ways, but Japanese certainly isn't.) So, I felt like Korean would be a good option.

Yet the more I try, the harder the language seems. It is truly quite different from anything I've studied before. I don't hate it, perhaps I don't even dislike it, but I can say I no longer like it.


I've heard about go! I'm not sure how it works, but it looks really interesting. I thought Korean would be pretty easy to learn to read as well, but as I went on and discovered new rules for correct pronunciation I got really frustrated.


As long as we're being vulnerable here, French was the first language I learned besides my native English. I took a semester of it in the eighth grade and realised that foreign languages were my passion. I excelled in the class and it was the first time I felt like I found something in school I was good at. I was an eighth grader who couldn't do long division and made Fs in all of my math classes but I could learn a new language better than anyone in the class! I loved French so much that when I graduated high school I was in three foreign language classes, having added Spanish and German to my curriculum.

After college I struggled to find work because the economy was in recession, so after several stints in different offices I ended up in a call center where I mostly did French calls for Québécois customers and English speakers, only occasionally doing backup Spanish help. I did that job for five years. Being cussed out and complained to in three languages is just as bad as being cussed out in one. I suffered a nervous breakdown after five years and it gave me a bad aversion to French. I no longer work in call centers and I haven't spoken French in at least two years. I don't miss it due to the association. It's sad that the same language that got me hooked on foreign languages has a negative connotation for me, but I am confident someday I'll be ready to speak it again, or at least hear it without cringing. ;)


Klingon! It's an interesting language but it sounds awful.


I kind of have that effect with some Korean and Spanish dialects.


While i don't hate it since i'm spending a lot of time learning it but i do think that Spanish is kind of boring and there are some languages that i like but there are some parts of it that i hate like the writing system in Chinese or languages that use a lot of accents for writing.


Honestly, I don't particularly care for Romance languages in general. I thought that I wanted to learn French, but I'm not too sure now. Also, I still feel the need to learn Spanish since I hear it every day, but it never "clicked" with me and I don't have the motivation for it: I just don't.


I know this is an old discussion but I just found it, read some comments and wanted to write one, too, because the topic is something I can relate to.

So the story starts when I decided to study French at University. As soon as I heard a native speaker talk and was given so much homework, I started to hate the language. I felt like I want to take all the papers and throw them out of the window and never hear the French pronounciation again. Never. I gave it a try, though.

Here I am, after almost 3 months, still hating it. The problem is that now when it's 'obligatory' for me to study French, I don't find the language as attractive as before. I hate its sound, so having lessons with a native speaker who only uses French is no fun right now. Have you ever been in such a bad relationship with a language that isn't new for you? And if yes, did it get any better as time passed by?

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