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What got you interested in languages?

What made you guys want to learn new languages? .

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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Ever since the early 2000s, I have been interested in learning Spanish (I've known "hola", "hasta luego", "buenas noches", and "mañana" for years. There are many Spanish speaking people where I live, and it just makes sense for me to learn the language. Also, there's something fun about "being a part" of two different cultures. Spanish food isn't too bad, either...

Concerning French, I've always wanted to visit Paris, and the language sounds so beautiful. Though I will never speak it well (accent), I do enjoy reading it, and it isn't AS complicated I thought it was. I love it.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/blusoldier

Me too! I first got into languages when I was in 5th grade. I bought a book on German phrases and my mom said it was a waste of money. But now, I'm serious about learning languages.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MatthewNeitz

I was always intrigued with learning many languages. Now I know that when I grow up I want to be a private translator . (Make a lot of money) ALso, speaking a different language to me just seems like I accomplished something ahrd and amazing

4 years ago

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I want to become a translator when I get older too! (Or work in the CIA so you have to know a lot of languages) It's a lot of work though

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Finnmark

What is the CIA?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/blusoldier

CIA stands for Central Intelligence Agency. They gather information for the United States federal government.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Finnmark

When I was little, I took a vacation to Tallin at some point. I saw the Estonian people and saw how strangely they speaked and I often went to the Baltic Sea, which is one of the best seas in the world, if cold, a little bit. Tallin was heaven, so I decided to look at an Estonian phrasebook and memorise everything in it. But, then I realised that there were more important languages, and thus, I started English and others. Maybe I will come back to Estonian someday.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98
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I've been bilingual since about 7, so that's one factor. Another one is that I wanted to understand other people and it's useful on trips etc.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dallan.taco
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Ever since I was a little kid I have thought that speaking another language was extremely cool. In my preteens I thought it was like speaking a code that no one knew (I was one of those kids who spent third and forth grade speaking in Double Dutch with his friends and thinking it was covert). I never did much with it because I have never had much motivation for the topic. It was until I encountered a latina lady who spoke only Spanish who was needing help. I didn't speak Spanish (even after having 2 years of it in school) so I was not able to understand her to help her. It was not a dire situation but it still felt bad that I was not able to even understand her. That event got my motivation going and since then my goal has been to be fluent in 8 languages before I die. But every encounter with a speaker of a foreign language that is not on my list, my list grows even longer. HAHA.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bakhtiyar

I'm an extremely arrogant and distrustful person who tends to disbelieve anything written or said in Russian. So ever since i got internet i always look up for English/French/German articles on any given subject so i can get better, unbiased and more comprehensive overview of the subject. Reading German/French articles is still quite tough for me since i had far more exposure to the english than to those two languages combined.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/shama_

I initially started learning a second language because the closest middle school to me was a french extended school (so half of my courses were in french) and then high school required that I continued with French. And just when I thought I could rid myself of languages I found out that my university had some requirements I had to fulfill and taking a language course was one of them. Unfortunately French was full so I had to switch to Italian, now I'm just trying to excel at it.

I honestly never wanted to learn a language but I figure now that I have/am, I might as well keep up with it. It might come in handy one day and it definitely doesn't hurt my resume so why not right?

4 years ago