Who here is Trying to Become a Polyglot?
I'm interested in knowing: How many people here actually are aiming to be a polyglot (let's say, someone who speaks 4+ languages in total)? I know this is a language learning site so it's safe to assume that everyone wants to be a polyglot here but many people only come here to learn 1 or 2 languages. So my question is aimed to people who are dedicated and have plans to do learn multiple languages. And if so, what languages do you plan to learn?
My aim is to learn 5 specific languages the best I can, and it's not because of the number, it's because I have authentic interest in each of them for varied reasons. It is not enough to simply know the basics, nor do I need to learn only greetings in twenty different languages either. I want to truly speak them... Becoming a polyglot will simply be the logical consequence that will come out of it.
I'm only really interested in learning one language to all-round fluency and near-native competency (Welsh), but I'm interested in learning to read a number of others, not necessarily fluently but to a relatively high level.
So I wouldn't say that I'm going to become a polyglot (as I'm only aiming to "properly" learn one language), but I'm hoping to one day have the library of a polyglot, with books in 5+ different languages. :)
Yup, I already speak several languages (so I guess someone might call me a polyglot -- but see my other post in this thread why I wouldn't), so the ones I'm learning now are more for being to able to read and listen to more original sources.
Duolingo already helped me get my French to the point of being able to read proper books without too much effort, and this year I read my first detective novels in Spanish (thanks again, Duolingo) and Estonian (no thanks to Duolingo there). It will take a good while yet before I read anything sensible in Russian, but I've got time...
Right now, I am only focused on learning two languages, but I do have other plans for the future.
I'd like to become fluent in Japanese and good enough at German that I can hold a conversation for a while with someone. After I reach my goals with those two languages, I plan on becoming fluent in Korean (only because I'm Korean myself and all the people in my family that speak fluent Korean are either dead or somewhere no one knows), then maybe learning another language like French so when I travel there I'll be able to understand enough. I feel like that learning so many languages would probably take way too much time, though, so I'm not sure.
As posted by "CoolKat222", there are many individuals who are using "Duolingo", and are already multi-lingual or "Polyglot" as you put it. They are using Duolingo for various reasons and based on different needs and necessities; some work for Duolingo, some would want to refresh/polish off their existing knowledge, some would need to practice the languages they already know and speak (for, not everyone has the opportunity to use his/her acquired languages all the time simultaneously, I belong to this group), etc. For your information: I know personally quite many people who are fluent in many languages (not as unusual in Europe as it is in US). To my surprise and my delight, I have noticed here on Duolingo quite many native English-speakers who are multi-lingual; and I am loving it!
My original goal was to brush up on my Spanish.
My current goal is to maintain proficiency in Spanish and become proficient in French.
After that I would like to add Czech and perhaps Korean. I don't think I can handle any more than that, and that may be too much for me. I forget quickly if I don't practice a lot, and I'm not sure I can work that much practice into my life.
My original goal was to learn Hebrew and only Hebrew. But then I decided to start learning Greek. I thought I was going to stop there but I now seem to have this newfound desire to learn German and Italian......so I decided that once I finish Hebrew and get a bit further through Greek, then I will continue my adventure of learning with another language. It wasn't my initial goal, but it could be what I become lol.
I don't know exactly how fluent/grammatically correct one must be to be considered fluent enough in a given language to count as a polyglot ;-p Depending on definitions, I may already count as one... I speak reasonably good Russian, French and getting-there Hebrew and (mostly untested) Esperanto. I obviously also speak English (natively in this case). On my "want to learn" list is Estonian. So depending on definitions... Anyway, I speak well enough to get by in five languages!
I couldn't say that I've ever aimed to be a polyglot as such, I have just learned languages that interest me (and in the case of French, have failed to forget a language that doesn't really interest me any more!), and plan to learn more than interest me. And I plan/hope to get better, more fluent and more comfortable, in the languages I already know. (French and Russian I studied formally many years ago. Esperanto and Hebrew are both much more recent.)
There are also (clearly!) a bunch of languages I dabble in. I wouldn't claim any kind of fluency in those outside of the ones I've already mentioned, but I have get-by-on-holiday abilities in German and Spanish. Probably also to some extent in Ukrainian and Polish, but I can say for sure about German and Spanish where my Ukrainian and Polish have never been seriously tried out. I also can probably claim some kind of holiday ability with Croatian, which I studied formally but only for a year. Certainly, I could once have got by very easily in the language, and I don't think it would take a lot of effort to get back to that if I could find my books or some reliable resources... unfortunately, quite a big if!
For me it really depends on how you define mastery/fluency, how well I progress with certain languages, and if any changes in my life occur that make any particular languages higher priority.
English is my native and currently Spanish is my top priority language. I'm trying to reach near native fluency in Spanish, and right now I'm at a high intermediate level. I mainly need more speaking practice. It's a little more complicated with Tagalog because my mom and her side of the family speak it so I've heard it all my life, but I didn't grow up speaking it or seeing it in writing. Given context, I can understand spoken Tagalog pretty well, but I can barely form a sentence myself and when reading it I may as well be staring into alphabet soup. There isn't really a need for me to learn Tagalog because most of my relatives (along with most Tagalog speakers in general) also speak English, but I want to learn it to about the level of mastery that I currently have in Spanish. My mom and her family are also native Bisaya/Cebuano speakers, which I've had less exposure to, so in the future I may try to learn a little bit of that. Combining Spanish fluency with a certain level of proficiency in Tagalog and Bisaya, I might be able to understand certain Chavacano dialects so I might dabble in those in the future. Portuguese, Italian, and French aren't really a priority for me right now, but I maintain a level of all three at which I understand basic text in those languages when I come across them. I may also start learning ASL. My sister and her husband are currently learning and their 7 month old is learning both English and ASL as his native languages.
Are you using Filipino diacritics? Because Filipino uses diacritics like Arabic uses short vowel marks. There are Filipino words that are spelt the same like the Filipino words for "only" and "difference", most literaries does not put Filipino diacritics and only write it as "lamang", I advise you, if you're not using Filipino diacritics, to try it, those are crucial for Filipino pronunciation.
Làmang (difference), lámang (only)
Eventually, but doing one language at a time. Spanish will take the longest as I really want to master it. Ill be retiring really early 45 or 46 and plan to just travel around with a home in probably two nations maybe three.
Spanish is first.
Then its on to Portuguese. Next Japanese
4th I have no idea that would be along way off.
Yeah, I don't like it either. It seems to be used mainly by people who are trying to show how clever and dedicated they are.
Meanwhile, the rest of us just learn languages because we were raised with them, learned them at school, needed them for work, moved to other another country, fell in love with someone speaking another language, or just enjoy learning stuff.
I guess the end result is the same, but I wouldn't use the term myself. It somehow reduces whole languages, with their cultures and history, to mere party tricks or YouTube show-off video material.
Yer mom! Just kidding! Actually, once I get better at French I will speak 4 languages. But becoming a polyglot was never my actual goal. I just really enjoy learning languages and found that I seem to have a knack for them. I speak Spanish fluently, pretty close in Italian (love it) and need to get better at listening skills in French. I'm taking the German course here and really like it though it is of course nothing like my latin languages. Once finished with German, I'll be taking Portuguese here, and maybe Dutch. Outside of duo, and using pinyin exclusively, I plan on making a 90-day documentary of learning Chinese. Maybe call it "90 day Chinese Challenge"? I don't even know if I'll stop there. I love the challenge and the different rhythms of languages. Take care!
Yes i understand that you want to learn "as many as your brain can handle". But enless you have photographic memory you will forget these within a few months. I know i am one to talk but you are not far in any of these. Lets say you were to become fluent in all of the ones you are learning now. You would forget 87% percent of these within 8 months. I think it is rather useless to do this. But that is just my opinion.
I am planing on learning as many as I can. German, Spanish, Italian, Hungarian and Russian on Duolingo. Because Duolingo doesn't offer that many courses, I am going to have to use a different course to learn other languages. I hope to become fluent in at least 4 languages. I don't want to just know stuff everyone knows about the language, like "How are you?" or "Hello," but possibly travel to those places and speak to natives.
French, Italian, German, Spanish - I'm a native American English speaker. This month it's French, new for me and I went up 5% yesterday. Today my brain is tired and I may have forgotten all I learned, but it is the end of month number that matters. If you click on my Duolingo stage name you can see each day I make a jump in percentage of fluency. I suggest this reporting technique for you. regards, Ken
He sort of mentioned it in his post, it's somebody who speaks several languages. Some people put the bar at 3 languages, some at 4, some at 5, ...
It's basically a meaningless term, which contains little to no valuable information, but rather just serves the goal of self-complimenting.
I am trying to be a polyglot....My native language is Greek,but I was grown in a bilingual environment. My parents were speaking Turkish,so I can understand EVERYTHING ,but I am not that comfortable to speak because they didn't teach me. I learn English and French via lessons and school. Then Spanish on my own following lessons and studying in University. I have a diploma in Spanish Language and Literature. I started Russian last year on my own and I signed up in classes. I use the duo lingo to keep in touch with french,since my mother had roots in France ,and to practice my Russian and get better in Turkish. German is another option I would Like to discover,it is kinda easy to me. I don't know why. Japanese,for fun. I know three alphabets ,the greek,the latin and the cyril. I am not sure if i gonna make it with japanese....hihihi!!!!