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Finding the right language to learn

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Hello everyone, I'm Everdella, and I know that a lot of people here are satisfied with the languages they are learning. There are some people on the other hand who are looking for a new language to learn, but cannot find the right one, so I thought, why not make a guide?

The first thing you need to find is motivation.

You might be wondering, "What does motivation have to do with finding the perfect language to learn!?!?!". Well, it's crucial. You need to have motivation in order to learn a language. My motivation for learning German is that my cousin can speak it, and because it would be neat to visit Germany someday and communicate with other speakers of the language.

Ask yourself these questions: "Where would I like to visit?" "Do I want to learn something easy for me?" "Is there a reason I should definitely learn this language?" "Which culture do I love a lot?" And so on and so forth.

Another way to find a language is by finding a language you believe sounds beautiful.

In my own opinion, I looove the way Romance and Slavic languages sound, especially Italian, Ukrainian, Romanian, and maybe French. They all are so mellifluous to the ear and make me smile when I hear people speak them. I also appreciate the Slavic accent when people speak Ukrainian, as well as the French accent.

I would also recommend listening to audio of native speaking that language. I never imagined Italian would sound like a song until I actually listened to people speaking the language, and I instantly fell in love with it.

Here are some inspiring quotes from me:

"Don't be discouraged by the long journey of learning a language. Keep going, keep learning, and keep smiling."

"By learning a language to love, you're learning to follow your heart," - Everdella

Thank you for reading!!! :)

2/12/2018, 11:58:16 PM

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https://www.duolingo.com/DragonPolyglot
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Thank you for the post! I lot of people ask "what should I learn, is this good for me to learn?" and honestly the answer all comes down to you and what you like.

For some reason I really like the "exotic" languages, the ones that use a lot of subtle sounds and very different types of grammar. In fact I decided to take the time to learn a bit of (Eastern) Armenian recently because I found some songs in the language and... gosh, it's really beautiful! It uses a very unique alphabet and has a lot of different sounds that are similar but not really (challenge accepted! :) ). I also like Arabic and Zulu for their diversity of consonant sounds, but I also like languages like Korean, Turkish and Hungarian because they are agglutative languages that use vowel harmony (which means they create sentences from combining little pieces of affixes and in addition to this they can change the vowels in those affixes to match the vowels in the word better, which makes for some very interesting and complex words!).

Of the common Indo-European ones I think Italian, Greek, Ukrainian and Swedish are breath-taking-ly beautiful. Welsh is also very nice-sounding although it's not a widely spoken language and being a Celtic language, it's very different from most of the other IE languages.

2/13/2018, 12:16:16 AM

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I also love Zulu and Welsh, but could you recommend any resources I could use to learn more of these languages? :)

2/13/2018, 12:20:37 AM

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Sure. :)

Besides Duolingo, Omniglot has great Welsh pages as well as pages in the other Celtic languages (Irish, Scottish Gaelic, Manx, Cornish and Breton). https://www.omniglot.com/language/celtic/index.php

Omniglot also provides phrases in Zulu and many other languages: https://www.omniglot.com/language/phrases/index.htm

For Zulu I think this course on Memrise is the best for beginners: https://www.memrise.com/course/82/zulu-with-dingani/

Speaking of Memrise, there is also a Welsh course that complements the Duolingo course, made by one of the mods of the actual course on Duolingo: https://www.memrise.com/course/741040/welsh-course-on-duolingo/

And for the alphabets and reading, YouTube is the best resource!

Welsh alphabet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gb8Bps3bG84

Zulu special letters and the 5 vowels: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCMj7da5Da4

I recommend Omniglot, Memrise and YouTube for most languages, not just Zulu and Welsh. Hope this helps you. :)

2/13/2018, 1:18:58 AM

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Thank you!!! :D Have some lingots.

2/13/2018, 2:11:59 AM

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When is duo lingo starting ancient Egypt hieroglyphs ? ) (Estou a brincar)

2/13/2018, 12:37:46 AM

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There are some tiny card decks!

2/13/2018, 12:56:16 AM

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good to know,tks Silvia

2/13/2018, 2:54:00 AM
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