What will you do with your language skills?
I learn German with the short term goal of pranking my German teacher and long term goal of a visit to Germany. French and Spanish are on my study list just because I get bored from time to time and want something new. What about you? Why do you learn other languages, and what do you plan to use your new words for?
Wow, this may take a while as I have too many languages added...
Italian was my first tree on Duolingo, chosen both because of my longstanding fascination with the country and culture (and cuisine, of course!) and because it is 1. the easiest Romance (and arguably the easiest European) language from English, yet is much less studied than Spanish or French (and thus more interesting and valuable, from my perspective!) Recently I have begun the IT-FR course and have found it exercises new parts of my brain working from Italian as L1, besides helping practice two languages at once. Japanese and Korean are both for work purposes and for personal interest. Chinese I am fully fluent in, but added so that I could help with fixing up the course and answering learner's questions, since I missed the chance to apply for contributing officially. Polish because I started learning it in middle school from a friend, and have been fascinated by its beauty since. Norwegian because I'm ancestrally from there, plus it's much less known and learned than its other Scandinavian counterparts! German, Russian, and Dutch for work purposes (translation and research) Swahili initially for extra familiarity with agglutinative languages while waiting for Japanese to come out, also to expand my language base from just Asian/European. Spanish and French both as a long-term goal for being able to read certain books in their original language, and branching out into other Romance languages for comparative purposes. Portuguese was only in order to add the Christmas skill (which turned out to have already been discontinued) while it was still December, I am embarrassed to admit, ha!
I am currently focused on Korean and Norwegian, plus upkeep of Italian, Japanese and Spanish.
And yes, communicating with/pranking classmates and colleagues is part of the goal as ever!
Sudying a language just for the idea is nice. I can recommend to visit the south of Tanzania. I have been there and iI had great fun in the villages with the local people, but we did not really understand each other.I. want to go back with a lot more background and ability to communicate with the locals in the villages.
Well, I have always been intrigued by languages and culture. The fact that each language has an unique grammar pattern that is perfectly suitable for that language is surprising to me. I wanted to learn some foreign languages and see how much they differ from the languages I am already fluent in. Now learning Spanish and German and planning to learn a lot more once I complete these two.
Plus, more languages means more books to read and more people to talk to :)
I had to learn English, German and French at school.
On Duolingo, I am brushing up these languages because of ......
- my professional literature is mostly written in English and German, rather than in my mother tongue (Dutch)
- holidays in England, USA, Germany, France and other countries in Europe
- watching English and German broadcasters
- it is very interesting to read about the news in the world in more languages, in order to get a more objective point of view of the news
- Germany, England and Belgium are the neighbour countries of the Netherlands.