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What got you interested in languages?

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December 22, 2017



I randomly found the youtube channel lang focus and i really liked and then a found a few others i have had many times online when i saw something in different languages

I assumed learning a new language would be too hard and boring after trying to learn french in school but these people on youtube showed me techniques to make it less boring and now i want to try to see if i can become a polyglot


I always thought Italian sounded beautiful and I always wanted to go to Italy, so I learned Italian. Then I had to learn French for the Peace Corps, which didn't work out since I was sent to a country where I had to learn Sesotho. Now, I'm just continuing with French because I enjoy it while learning other languages (including ASL) on the side.


Eurovision. I've loved languages for as long as I can remember and since I've always watched and loved Eurovision, it's the only answer that seems to link up. It's that for sure. Hahahah


I think I've been fascinated by languages ever since I first realised that people spoke languages other than English. I couldn't say for sure what age that was, but before I hit double digits. I wish I'd had the chance to start learning them before the age of 12, but I've made pretty good use of the 27 years in between!


I wanted to travel around the world, visiting every country and having to revisit a country as little as possible. Then, I realized "Hey, I'm going to need to know how to speak if I want to go!" I then saw my brother use Duolingo for learning French, so I tried it out, and here I am.

In the second grade, though, I kinda got interested because my friend learned all the Japanese numbers by himself, only relying on books. He learned a great deal of Japanese, and probably forgot it all by now. I still know ich, ni, san, shi, go, roku, and juu, along with juuni and the other juu's. In kindergarten, I learned some French and wrote it down on assignments.

Now, I have some of my friends learning languages on Duolingo, including my Spanish teacher (she got VERY mad when she missed articles on sentences when first trying it out). On her placement test, she checked out of 23 skills.


When I was in elementary school, I had two classmates who were sisters and they would speak Hindu to each other.

I thought that was the coolest thing in the world, to be able to turn around and start speaking to someone else in another language. Of course, as an adult, I know most of the world is bilingual and that the USA is a bit of an outlier with its monolingual mindset. But way back then I always thought being multilingual was the coolest thing you could be (other than an Animorph.)


I love German, for some reason there is no reason to that, or its probably just me wanting to be ahead of class at school (the school teaches: Arabic, French, Spanish, German and English, German got my attention idk why). My native langs are English, Arabic and Russian, so im just wanting to learn German perfectly since its useful for my future and easy to learn


My mom always read my sister's diaries. So, when I was 10 or so, I began to create codes to use when writing mine. From codes, I made the leap to being interested in languages. I had friends who were native ASL signers (Coda), German, Swedish, Japanese, and French speakers. The Japanese speaker was a pen pal. So, I learned words and phrases in those langauges, though all of them could also speak English. But, I didn't get a chance to take classes until university.

I'm not fluent in any languages right now. But, after meeting a friend who is more comfortable using ASL than English, I have developed basic conversational skills in PSL (Pidgin Sign Language, which is American Sign Language with English grammar). So, I continue working to improve my skill towards ASL. I used to have basic conversational skills in Spanish too, but, I stopped practicing when my friend moved to Florida. I would like to improve to that level again.

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