What language do you like best?
I love German
Svenska är liknar at tyska, men med engelsk grammatik... And I think I fluffed that... My Swedish really is atrocious... Men jeg älskar språket.
(Yes, I expect to be immediately inundated with complaints on my horrific sentence. Maybe I should start learning Swedish instead of Irish (which is, by the way, a really weird language).)
I'm very mainstream... English for me.
Special mentions to German because it's a nut tough to crack and Italian because it's quite evocative.
I had a deaf neighbor once who taught me many signs and also how to spell out words. I always was interested in deaf culture. In the hospital I was able to communicate, perhaps very slow and awkwardly, with deaf families. I can spell like a wiz but I sure don't have the signs and grammar down. Cool language!
My three favorites are definitely German, Italian, and Hindi. German has been a favorite of mine forever, now, and Italian culture / language just seems so very beautiful to me. I am very interested in the Hindi language and Indian culture, and so that will definitely be a language I touch on eventually.
When speaking of dialects and accents "Hochdeutsch" is quite ambiguous and can refer to completely different dialects or accents. But, since not everybody knows this you can often infer that a person that doesn't means a northern German close-to standard variety with Low German influences.
Spanish is similar to English? Ok, it's closer to English than Russian is but by that token Portuguese and Italian are the same as Spanish...
Yes, in retrospect I was not entirely correct, there is some degree of similarity indeed.
Apologies to HannahLHenry.
English is by far my favourite language. It's just so useful, there are so very many ways to say the same thing, and emphasising one word in a sentence can cause it to have completely different implications. Sometimes I think English is silly -- like the spelling is insane (but still not Irish insane) and nothing seems to be pronounced how it looks like it should be -- but ever since I first started learning when I was a teenager, I have been constantly enthusiastic about it. Learning English allows me to communicate with a lot of people and I find the odd grammar very satisfying (plus, it's nice to be able to ignore the case system for the most part, as it is unnoticeable in every day speech but for a few personal pronouns).
One gripe, besides the spelling, is the use of 'helper' words to ask questions/make requests (if I forget to say 'would you mind [doing this]' and just say '[do this]' people think I'm purposefully being rude D: ). Another is the way people think I'm being weird when I forget to use verbs in the present continuous aspect.
It's still a great language though and, with so many people learning it as a second language, I often find it's a common tongue between me and others whose first language I don't speak. There are so many resources for learning and a wealth of great literature and poetry.
Definitely an awesome language (even if it's a bit clunky).
edit: some of my commas ran away...
Russian is interesting as it is similar to Latin (that's what I think!) and it is simply a beautiful language to learn. Same with Japanese. Again, it is interesting and a wonderful language to learn.
I don't learn Bengali because it is my mother tongue but I recommend that too!!!