What motivates you to learn a new language?
For me the biggest motivation is my girlfriend. She is from the southern part of France, she can speak a bit of English but she still struggles to find her words. I want to make it easier for her and improve my French. Then I found this incredible website and I was immediately sold by the way they try to learn you new languages. I have been a member since 2015, but I wasn't always as active as I am now. But luckily time changes and I have my personal motivation now and there is nothing that will stop me from not learning the beautiful French language ;)
I would love to hear your story why you have chosen the language you're currently learning!
My biggest part is that I want to go on an exchange in China or the Ukraine hopefully! I joined in 2014 and was learning French which is one of my countries languages and I was also learning Spanish but I changed my mind and course because I understood them enough and then I quit using duolingo till recently when I decided that I should learn mandarin and Ukrainian if I want to study abroad. I was watching youtube videos and I am now fully aware of how difficult it might be to learn them both but I'm going to take the chance to try and hopefully become somewhat fluent in both! p.s. I think my account still says I'm learning French and Spanish but I've changed my courses -M.
Linguistics is a passion for me. Being a translator or anthropologist is the type of work that would motivate me just because it's a field that never gets exhausted. There is something new going on constantly.
That's quite a good motive, I may say. Quite the interesting experience, to have a partner from another country who can't fully speak our language and neither can we theirs. As such, both have to make an effort to understand each other better. Cool.
My motive to learn German is much more prosaic... just because. Started the tree just to get a glimpse of it but ended up going all the way to the end. Being from the same linguistic family I guess I was curious about the differences and similarities between English and German, when neither is my native language.
That's very interesting as well. English isn't my native language either but luckily I can speak English fluently to start improving my French. I can't learn from my native language to French, I hope they will make an update so I can learn from my native language to French. But anyways thank you for sharing your story and typing this all out for me!
Being Portuguese I could have learned from my native language (though the Brazilian variety... not quite the same) but found it more interesting to learn from English, of which I am fluent too. Kind of a dual learning... training one language while learning another.
My first language outside of English was Spanish. I am half-Mexican and seeing Spanish lost on my generation absolutely pissed me off. I mean all my aunts and uncles speak Spanish. Even my mom! So I witnessed this loss firsthand with me, my sisters, and all my cousins. That is why I was so angry. But I funneled my energy constructively into learning Spanish. I now speak Spanish fluently and even go to Mexico at times speaking only Spanish. While its familiarity prevents it from being perceived as any level of exotic or beautiful to me, well... English is in mind but Spanish is in my heart! With that said, after learning Spanish, the anger and energy compelled me to keep going. I found I really loved French and Italian! I also found a passion for languages and I'm taking German now too. Spanish was in part for my family, while the other languages are for me only. I even fell in love with a woman who speaks Spanish, French, and English... that chapter isn't over yet. Overall, languages have made me much happier, especially Spanish!
Dutch: I wanna move to the Netherlands. Korean: I wanna understand kpop/korean streamers. Norwegian: I like the sound of Scandinavian languages.
I learned fluent Spanish because I've met many Latinos in the US who don't have a good grasp on English, so I learned Spanish to try to help them whenever they came along. I also learned Spanish because it's kind of like the "ESL" of anglophones; like how many foreign countries require their workers to know both English and their native language, some jobs and some schools in the US need at least some Spanish knowledge, like how quite a few places in Canada need workers who know at least some French.
I was (I'm taking a break right now) learning French due to how widespread it is. And German because it's extremely useful economically.
I am currently learning Italian because I am Italian and I knew it when I was younger, and ultimately forgot it. It's been extremely easy to learn because the words are already in my brain somewhere, I just need to bring them out.
So I have different motives for different languages. ^^
As a whole, my motivation for learning is intrinsic; I like learning for its own sake. Learning about just about anything can hold my attention and foreign languages are interesting.
For French, I find the language beautiful. It is quite a complex language, but it has interested me for years. With that level of motivation, I was able to read basic French. Recently, a friend of mine moved to France and invited me to come visit him, which has increased my motivation. I'm now improving more rapidly, but I think full fluency is still years away.
For Esperanto, it is my interest in languages in general. Constructed languages are an intriguing phenomenon within that. Esperanto is the most widely spoken constructed language in the world, which gives me far more opportunities to speak with others than with other constructed languages. Additionally, I think that an international auxiliary language would be useful if implemented, and I would never advocate for others to learn something like that if I wasn't willing to do it myself first.
For Korean, I play the board game of go, which is most popular in East Asia. There are many high level resources only available in Chinese, Japanese, or Korean. Learning one of those languages would give me access to more advanced materials and there are several Korean men who attend my local go club, so if I learn Korean I can also practice it with them.
For Spanish, it is the second most widely spoken language in the United States, where I live. Several of my co-workers speak Spanish, some speak Spanish better than English, and I regularly encounter customers who speak Spanish. Even when I get another job, as long as I am in the US, Spanish will be useful. Spanish is by far the most useful second language I could acquire.