Why did you pick your language?
Why did you pick Greek? Why did you pick Romanian? Why did you pick Esperanto? I am just curious, everyone on here has an interesting story about why they picked the language (s) that they are learning. What motivated you to take up the complicated study of Chinese or Japanese? I am keen to hear your stories/advice.
Thanks in advance for the great stories I know I am bound to hear!!
I've rotated in languages a lot since high school and I'm trying to ground myself to just stick to one or two, learn them enough to communicate, THEN move on to the next.
In high school I was a big fan of anime and japanese music (cringey and embarrassing, I know), so I decided to learn Japanese. I picked up on it pretty well but unfortunately the only class offered at my school was Spanish. And thats how I started to learn both Japanese and Spanish. Not only did I realize I really enjoyed Spanish and picked up on it super fast, but I realized how much I enjoy learning languages overall. So I started with those two. I'd get so many books on Japanese from the library, and Spanish was easy to learn because I had an actual teacher, and she was a native speaker from Spain. She originally taught our class only in Spanish, but eventually used both Spanish and English.
Then my sophomore year, a new club was introduced to my school. Chinese club, started by a native Chinese teacher who started working at the school. I LOVED it. Spanish was still the only language offered, but at least this time I could learn Chinese and about the cultures of China. So here I was juggling Japanese, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese, with Spanish being #1 if only because it was the only one I was actively being graded on and taught by someone other than myself. Despite all this I had fun.
Since graduating high school, I've sort of rotated and dropped and re picked up languages. In early college my main focus was on Mandarin Chinese and Korean, in the last couple years I decided I wanted to learn French so I've been dabbling in that, and just two days ago I very randomly started learning German and already got to level 11 on Duolingo. I've dipped my toes in the waters of Portuguese and Italian here and there but have no real desire to be fluent in them.
So all the languages I'm trying to learn are Japanese, Mandarin, Korean, French, Spanish and maybeee German (kinda just playing around with it right now).
Es tut mir leid, aber deine Sätze, die du geschrieben hast, sind beide falsch. Es wäre, "Das wäre eine gute Idee. Deutsch wird fabelhaft geredet" Sorge dich nicht darum. Alle können dein Deutsch verbessern. :)
I'm trying to regain my native language. (It's also the official language in a crap ton of nations.)
German because I was born in Germany and now am back. (Loooong story! XD). Russian kinda chose me, to say the least. I made friends with students from Kazakhstan and Russia, we shared interests in science and parkour. They then began teaching me their language and I fell in love with it. :) More languages to come, I have been researching my family after I discovered they were refugees from current day Czech Republic. After my research, I decided to learn all the languages of my ancestors because I intend on visiting each country and going through archives, as well as learning the cultures. So, Czech, Hungarian, Latvian and Finnish are next in line. :D And lifespan permitting, Karelian. lol
Great story PhoenixRising18. Some languages just chose you..thats what it was like with Indonesian.
Those languages tend to be the most fun too. :) What's your story with Indonesian? :D
@PheonixRising , well I always wanted to learn another language besides spanish, I wanted something to fall back on when Spanish was getting troublesome. I was very picky about it too. It couldn't have a lot of grammar, it had to be widely spoken and it had to use the Latin alphabet. I was searching through duolingo and I saw Indonesian being made. Curious I did some web searches Indonesian suited me perfectly. So it chose me...and I really like it. I didn't start it right away I dabbled in some Russian, but now I am EVER so glad I did. Now I like it better than spanish even!
8 languages? And they're not easy either! Congrats. Wish you the best of luck!
Hi winter soldier, it's a great question. I made a post recently about this very subject which you were kind enough to comment on.
In the very short version, it was because of a woman i chose French. She also spoke Spanish. Long gone the girl, but long live le francais. :)
I'm learning French because I'm from Canada so it would be the most useful second language. I also get a lot of high school credits for learning it. Now that I've been learning for several years though, my interest has grown. I used to have this sort of disdain for the French culture, which was absolutely ridiculous and I had no reason for it. Now that I can speak (barely) with some natives, and watch French movies, they don't seem so alien. I even want to go to France, which I didn't want to do before. I'm not sure how normal this is, but my reasons for learning French really came a few years after I started learning.
Last night, my mom decided she wants to follow her childhood dream of going to Italy. She even researched if it would be affordable for us, so if that's not a good sign of a follow through then I don't know what is. She's now learning Italian with Duolingo and so am I. She doesn't like reading the tips and notes so I have to stay ahead of her and explain things. She also wants to go to France since I "know the language". I'm learning Italian from French because it will improve my French and I can learn Italian guilt free without feeling like I am ditching French. Also, it was great seeing my mom's face when there was no English on the screen.
Superb story! I love your description of your Mom's expression and how she studies with you.. I wish the best of luck to both of you and to achieve your goal of traveling in Italy together! Buona fortuna a voi !
Hungarian - to maintain contact with my family in Hungary.
French - regain a language I learnt at school now that I know French people in the Hungarian Summer School.
After that I intend to re-gain my Arabic. No rush.
@Judit you speak Arabic? Thats so amazing. I always wanted to learn that language but never really had the time or inclination to start. You should apply to be a moderator on the Arabic forum!
I said "re-gain". :-) I had a stroke a few years back and Arabic was one of the things that was destroyed. I can still read the letters and know a small handful of words but my vocab is practically useless and I have lost the ability to speak it at all - let alone eavesdrop on conversations (it is amazing to find out what people really think about their customers). Could have been worse - could have lost English as well.
Okay Judit regain, but still I don't think I'd EVER be able to learn arabic, I still think you should apply :)
In few words: To reconnect to my own heritage and to remaster those that I already studied.
And may I ask, why the man who calls himself a "winter soldier" picked his study languages?
I live in California and it's pretty common to meet people who only speak Spanish. I want to be able to communicate with my neighbors and people I meet along the way. A few months ago, I took a one hour uber ride and my driver was from Peru, speaking only Spanish. I was able to chat with him the whole way and he was a very interesting person. I want more of those opportunities. Besides, I love Spanish, I find it beautiful.
Jaelzion, that is so awesome ,good for you ! I love your story with the driver..that is what the whole point of studying languages IS about-reaching out and connecting to people of other cultures.. I also find Spanish so beautiful and expressive.. Buena suerte a te, buon proseguimento!
my parents run an equipment bussiness so we deal with spanish speaking people so i am working on spanish
I married into Spanish. After finding success with it, I felt the temptation to branch out, but I held back, thinking like many ppl of the time that the human brain is like a cup - you can only fill it with so much before it "spills" the knowledge right back out.
Then I happened upon Benny Lewis' blog, and from there I discovered Duolingo (and other lang sites). From then on I've been playing with all sorts of langs with various degrees of success. Each one was chosen because of a curiosity or tidbit - something from folklore, or a gramamtical oddity. I've never looked back!
I've lived in Moscow much of the last 10 years, but due to my laziness, and because my working language is English, my conversational ability in Russian has never really developed as it should. It's also very limiting socially in Moscow - not being fluent in Russian.
@Grant7586 You lived in Moscow? Its beautiful isn't it? And I can imagine that it would be very difficult to live in Russia and not speak Russian.....has duolingo helped you with that hopefully?
@WinterSoldier, I live in Moscow now - largely since late 2007. Yes, it is an amazing city on so many levels. I've only been using duolingo for 3 months (so early days) but I've learned some new words and improved my grammar. It is very restricting socially if you can't communicate in Russian to a high standard.
I learned French at School and wanted to re-learn it (nothing exciting about that) Esperanto I was curious about. and the others were to do with an interest in the culture (Swedish and Italian) and then Spanish I was planning to go (currently am) travelling in South America, same with Chinese but I ended up not learning that, just haven't removed it. and Czech was due to it being my semi-native tongue that I have forgotten
Spanish to connect with my heritage. I'm half-Mexican and finding language exchange partners there has opened me up to a whole new perspective of the country. I would also like to be able to speak Spanish with my grandmother when/if I see her.
As for Japanese, I've always wanted to learn it, but never really felt confident that I could. I'm dabbling in it now (hopeful that it will turn to dedication) because I have recently come in contact with Japanese-speakers that I didn't know were in my area. (My town is not very diverse.) So this seems like a great opportunity to seize.
Russia is a language that idk why but has always been there and I wanted to learn it so bad, I studied french for a year and a half so I decided to take it up again. I'd love to be able to understand anime without subtitles and finally the greek is just bc I'll have to study it at school next year so
I am working on my French because I was an Exchange Student in France and would like to regain some of what I have lost over the years in order to help my children since they are in French Immersion. I am learning Dutch because I have wanted to visit The Hague since I was a little girl. I've decided to create the opportunity by running a marathon there and want to be able to speak and read at least a little when I eventually get there.
Spanish -- family bloodline (almost all Filipinos nowadays are of Spanish descent)
French -- was just curious why it was called the language of love
Swedish -- the Swedish flag contains all my favorite colors (regardless of the shade)
@ArpsTnd Is that true..I thought Filipino people were of Asian race..is that not so? How the majority of them can be of Spanish descent?
Because the Phillipines are in Asia. Therefore they are Asian. But the Spanish decent comes from past colonization by the Spaniards. You know like how in South America, there are a lottttttttttttttttttt of latinos with African ancestry, despite still being latino? Because more African slaves were brought there, so a lot of them have spanish/native/african ancestry? Its a similar deal with filipinos except with spanish and their native ancestry. So they are still Asian, because thats the continent, but have Spanish blood too.
Very interesting ,thank you for explaining..There are a lot of Filipino people in Canada , where I live and I always notice that their language has so much of the Spanish sounding character..What you are saying makes sense historically..
Because school makes you! And because I go to Guatemala a lot and I want to speak their language!
I think German is interesting and fun to learn. I've always wanted to go there as well. Have a lingot
Gaeilge ( Irish ) because it my of ancestral language and my ancestors were forced not to speak it so I am learning it on there behalf .
My heritage is Irish, Italian, English, Danish, Norwegian, and possibly, but uncertain, Dutch and German (Family goes back at least 180 years in the US, so lots of mixing), So those languages are of interest to me.
I love traveling to northern Norway and feel very at home there (same with any cold, rainy, sparsely populated place really), and I'm saving to have a second home there, so I'm doing my best to actually learn the language thoroughly instead of just speaking English with everyone there.
I work as a research physicist and have my own business on the side, so learning languages that have many other physicists who speak them gives me more people to collaborate with (yes I know they all speak English too, but languages are fun to study), and I have a good number of customers in Germany, Korea, and China, so it makes sense to learn a little of those as well.
Nothing wrong with the rain in itself! I enjoy travelling to northern scandinavia and Scotland as well. The climate is actually very enjoyable in summer. The long days feel amazing.
Looks like you have a pretty long bucket list already. Beware digging deeper genealogy-wise might result in you not getting away from Duolingo any time soon, lol.
But for that you only need to understand "privet", "spaciba", (censored), (censored censored) and (censored)!
@Giovanna-Louise who me? I picked Spanish because its useful and I live in a latino community, well there are lots of latinos here so I thought it would be useful to know. I picked Indonesian because its easy and its not super grammarified and its a beautiful language
Yes, thank you so much for answering.. Actually I picked Spanish for a similar reason along with my interest in Romance languages , where I live there are lots of Spanish speakers.. And it is very interesting what you are saying about Indonesian I never knew it was an easy language
Good for you!
Indonesian is well...not difficult. unlike spanish there is no endings. Makan=eat and it doesn't change if you put saya makan ( I eat) kamu makan (you eat) Dia makan (he/she eats) there are no plurals and its a beautiful language, and probably the easiest Asian language to learn. I am still pretty new to it, but I enjoy it a lot, which is what matters
I see what you mean..wow..lucky Indonesians! No multiple verb endings..No three forms of subjunctive/ or conditional tense..no multiple forms of irregular stems..we Europeans are a little bit complicated ..arrgh..:-)))
Before the satellite channels era, watching Spanish TV channels was possible, in my country, every summer. And these channels were presenting a lot of American movies and series dubbed in Spanish. American movies and series were very few, old and of a bad quality on our national single TV channel. This is what makes me think of learning Spanish.
At the beginning of the satellite era, I thought that I would find a lot of American Movies and series in French, English or Spanish. I found nothing. But at the same time, I found that the German TV channels were presenting all I was looking for. This is what makes me learn German. Until now, the channels I watch the most are German channels : Die Erste, ZDF, RTL, RTL 2, Pro7, VOX, etc.
On the internet, I discovered that all the comics series that I have read in French when I was younger which I thought was made by French people were in reality from Italian Origine: Tex Willer, Zagor, Blek, Larry Yuma, Mister No, etc. I found some of them in Italian. And to be able to read them I begun to learn Italian.
I think that you can guess by yourselves why English, Japanese and Hindi.
I wanted to get out ahead of the trend as we are getting more Hispanic speakers in my country. I also feel I can converse with a lot of people from other countries as a lot of them both know English and Spanish. PS As a side note, I became very knowledgeable in computers by getting ahead of the trend. I started on DOS 2.0 so that should tell you I'm fairly anchient.
@Bobtater61 I agree. Part of the reason I am learning spanish is because getting a good job will be easier with spansih
English - a videogame addiction, Youtube also helped a ton. German Youtubers weren't too interesting back then Russian - for one bc mom speaks it and I hear all these words but they have no meaning to me. I know I've heard them thousands of times but I just don't know what they mean, I started reading and watching Youtube, made some progress :') but honestly what motivates me the most is that damn teacher at school who is like really strict and sometimes a dude in class doesn't know a ''basic'' word like ''patient'' and then we get roasted for having achieved nothing in the last 3 years. Kinda true xD We just lazed around, whoops. Grammar is killing me, I try to ignore it as much as possible and just pick up on it. Italian - I'll probably choose it as my ''main-subject'' -> I'll have to read books and do presentations in it. It's an easy and enjoyable language
Later I want to learn French, Spanish and if I get another weeb phase Japanese, or I'll learn it just for the sake of it, love the way the writing system looks. I leave these untouched for now because I won't make any progress in Russian otherwise (I do understand a lot of Spanish thanks to Italian tho, just can't speak it at all)
German because I really like the way it sounds and my friend is a native german speaker, and French because I'm Canadian and knowing french is a good thing for certain jobs that I may want.
I picked English for my current and future jobs. I want to work in an international environment and I also want to be flexible by choosing the country where the job is located. So makes English sense. In add to that I picked Dutch, because I live on the border to the NL and I want to understand my neighbors :)
German and Turkish are my native languages, I picked them just to proof how good the App works. Just out of curiosity, I think that's very german :)
Spanish is my favorite language, but I'm not really learning it because I'm currently only focused on the languages, which I need in my daily life.
But I'll start with that as soon as something change in my life and I can invest more time for things what I like, than for things what I need.
You think giving Duolingo a test run in your native language out of curiosity and to evaluate how far it can get you is a German thing to do? Hmm, you might have a point. Same story for me rotfl.
I wish you much fun and motivation with your language learning. Hau rein! :)
Ever since I was young I have always wanted to move to another country (very common for Irish people) and I have been thinking about different countries. I had always read about the history of the Czech Republic, especially WW2, and it was one of the countries that I considered. I love the geography and the Czechs that I have met are nice. I figure I can move to Czechia easily enough with it being an EU country like Ireland. My plan is in a year or so once I finish college and get my Czech to a decent level to move there for about 3 months or so just to see how I get on.
I wouldn't say I'm great at learning languages but I speak nearly fluent Irish and my French is okay (well maybe...) so I figure I enjoy Czech and if I try a little bit each day I could have a decent level in about another year.
@Royzer1 the Czech language and history and culture is so amazing, all they went through since WWII. The language is beautiful and the history amazing, great story
I picked German, because I wanted to learn the language my ancestors spoke.
I'm interested in the Dutch culture and I live close to the border. So I visit the country often. I'm also active on both the Engish and German language wikipedias already and I'm interested in electronic music. The Dutch wikipedia is one of the best to unlock if you like to read about electronic music.
As I've already written in another thread, the Dutch people already speak English very well and many of them also German. So even though I like to polish up my Dutch for conversation as well, it's dubious I'll ever catch up with their knowledge of English and German, so if that was the only reason, that would hardly be necessary.
Hebrew: Because of Jewish descent and man did English translations of the bible jack it up.
Russian: Because I have a good voice for it, and it is a loud, boisterous and fun language, even if it's slow.
Swedish: Because of Swedish descent and my obsession to Celtic culture.
Klingon: Because my family is a bunch of fans of Star Trek.
Irish: Because the community and culture are so much fun, especially their language, who can say "eejit" isn't fun to say?
Japanese: For anime, what else
@JeremiahJadenS Hows Klingon Going? Never tried it. I really like your reasons, they are so funny and interesting
I am a huge fan of Kdramas and I plan to visit South Korea someday. I am from India, and somehow I think our culture- olden Korean culture- is quite similar. I am learning Korean because I am fascinated by it.
Dutch - I would love to live in the Netherlands one day and I love the language Dutch is the only language I'm currently studying but I'm going to study Japanese and Portuguese after I finish all the important exams. Japanese - I find Japanese very interesting, even though it is hard - just look at all the cute characters... Portuguese - I know a lot of Brazilian people + Turkish - I know a lot of Turkish people, again Arabic - I fell in love with the sound and their writing system
I picked Korean because I watch a lot of videos in Korean and I can't understand with out sub titles and some people don't make subtitles for it. I also watch many things in Japanese but that is REALLY hard to learn so I decided on Korean because it is easier to memorize the characters in the language :/ I might not know what it say but I will know if it is Korean on not XD. Also I though it would be fun to speak another language so no one would know what the heck I am talking about.
German because I did it in school.
Spanish and Chinese both because they have alot of speakers.
Greek because I have a friend from Greece.
Korean because Kpop.
I have always wanted to learn another language (and a Romance language in particular). Spanish is the most practical because it is the most spoken language after English where I live. The 2nd language I got serious about was Italian (I dabbled in a couple others), it just clicked with me, and was easy to learn with a solid foundation in Spanish.
I started out thinking I wanted to learn French. I've always wanted to speak French, and planning a family trip to Europe next summer motivated me to get started again. I was doing pretty well with it on Duolingo. One day, however, I was playing around and experimenting with other languages and discovered that I absolutely love Italian. I find it easier in grammar, spelling and pronunciation. It's beautiful to my ears. So now Italian is my focus because I fell in love with it here.
OK Winter soldier the movie which best portrays a similar plot to my story is Dances with Wolves. Many many years ago, I was working in a place which employed migrants, most notably Vietnamese. They were disliked because the racial tension there was very strong. They spoke to each other in their own language, which others hated as they thought it was rude. I decided to make friends with them and asked them to teach me their language. They agreed to do that. At first, it was just a bit of fun, learning how to say this and that. But then I decided to get them to teach me more, and I made friends with some smart Viets who taught me really well. All of the bad thoughts and prejudice towards these people was wrong. (just like what Kev Costner said about the Sioux in dances with Wolves). They were very generous with praise and it even reached a point where I went to France to meet a relative of one of them, and I even used Vietnamese as a base language to translate what the French were saying, as I knew very little French. I went many years without uttering a word of Viet, but I still have it. My two brothers also lived in Japan (one still does) and they speak Japanese like natives. So now, I decided to take on the big 3 in Europe (German, French and Spanish) , brush up on Viet and try Japanese which is going pretty badly. That...is me and I am much older now. And I tried to condense my story.
This an awesome very inspiring story. Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us!
Thank you very much !!! the last time I posted something I received angry responses. Nice that I could tell what is a true story
You are most welcome..! and I think there are many true stories like that, that is why Dances with Wolves remains all time classic movie
@SeaHorse66 I get what you mean, however there is a family I know and they speak Catalan, I'm fine with that, BUT they speak it in front of everybody, its rather rude and super annoying mostly because they do it on purpose, and they argue in Catalan and then talk to each other sometimes when I see them at work or a group of people, even at a party I will see them yelling to each other in Catalan, I think that if you know English you should speak it with when you are in a group or party, however I don't think that anyone should be predjudice against someone else because they can't speak english or aren't comfortable speaking it.
However if you speak english its rather rude to talk about someone in another language just because you especially when you are right in front of them
I am learning German because I spent a few weeks in the Alps with my boyfriend during summer and since then it's been our dream to move there.
I am learning Romanian as my daughter's boyfriend and his family are Romanian so I started to read up about the country and take a look at the language. Once I started I was drawn in. It helps to use their own language to them in building a relationship. They support me and Alex's grandma is chuffed.
I am learning French as I learnt it at school and would have continued with it from a young age, had I not moved to New Zealand. Also my son is learning it and is keen for me to learn with him. Perhaps as I home-schooled him and worked through text books with him in the past. He had me add French onto my Duolingo and we work together in shared lessons when he is on holiday from university. It is a away of spending time together.
I chose Spanish because of the host of Spanish speakers where I live, and because I think it is a great starter key to other romance languages. I'm glad I have it!
I chose Russian early in my teens, despite the stereotypes, because I think it is beautiful, useful, and a great door to the other Slavic languages, all of which I love and enjoy. It took me a long time to get started and to stay consistent with it, but one day I will be fluent and I plan to spend a bulk of my life in Russian-speaking countries.
Portuguese is beautiful to me, and made easier because I am a Spanish speaker. I would love to live in Portugal for a spell, as they have beautiful people and a beautiful culture.
I choose German because of the usefulness in the business world, my largely-German heritage, and the fact that I really love my German friends and hope to be able to impress them in their native tongue one day. It's a great intro to Dutch as well.
Serbo-Croatian makes me happy every time I listen to it. When I am proficient/fluent in it, I can communicate across the Balkan nations with little difficulty. I think it is incredibly useful.
serbo-croatian is probably my favorite slavic language, i'm sad there's no course for it
I'm very interested in this one as well, because it's a language that has a realistic chance I'd actually get to use it. Croatia is a very beautiful country and I plan on returning there. I also brought home a taste for the music. Severina is a goddess! :)
@LaurianaB It would be amazing to have a serbo-croation course, the question is when are they going to make it
And now may I ask wth is this post getting downvoted? Its on the correct forum, I made it out of genuine interest, and curiosity. And of course....its getting downvoted.
@ Winter Soldier
If it does get downvoted it is not by me.. I actually upvoted it when I answered you, to neutralise the downvote.. Your post is genuine and legit and I think those who downvote it are maybe simply those who downvote everyone else out of boredom...
Trolls i'm guessing. I upvoted! It's a good question, so there's no logical reason for anyone to downvote.
I am a great fan of Spanish music. But when I got Luis Fonsi's Échame la culpa, I had a feeling that I'll die if I don't understand it properly. Since then, I am trying Spanish.
I love that song too. Enrique Iglesias has some good music too, and of course there is "Mi gente". World's best song ever.
@Multi0lingual4 I love Subeme la radio...especially the cover to the album. lol jumping into the sea with a boom box on his shoulder looks like its fun
I wanted to learn Japanese to go to Japan one day and watch anime and read manga, without subtitles! It's a long flight and quite expensive, but I've heard it's worth it! The food and technology is fantastic, along with the popular tourist spots makes it a fun vacation spot! I wanna go there someday, but not stay. I love my family. O_O But visiting is definitely something I'm gonna do!
I could basically duplicate this paragraph, word for word - except maybe add in Japanese movies in general, especially horror
I wanted to learn Spanish and French to broaden the places where I could work. I began with Spanish since I learned a little bit of it back in highschool. Since then, I also want to learn German and Portuguese for similar reasons.
Someday I'm going to dip my toe into both Irish and Norwegian Bokmal because of heritage reasons.
I'm learning Hawaiian because I love all things aquatic and/or tropical.
I'm hoping to learn Arabic because I like Ancient Egyptian culture but Duo doesn't have a Coptic course so I'll take what I can get.
I'm considering Greek because my dad plays Assassin's Creed: Odyssey so I've seen how pretty Ancient Greece looked.
Before I met Duolingo, I met a girl. I saw her only through soical media. Sounds like I'm crazy or childish, right? But I fell in love so hard with her. I've started searching everything that I can find about her. I found many things that nobody knows even about their friends. I found her phone number, home adress, found about her family....
Anyway, I saw that she was watching a TV-series called SKAM, which I never heard about. And I saw a sentence that takes place on one of her photos' (a photo with her bestfriend) on Insta, 'jeg elsker deg'. BTW at that moment, I spell those words COMPLETELY wrong :'). Then I wrote this sentence on Google Translate and I saw that it is Norwegian, I also searched SKAM on the net and saw it is a Norwegian Series. I started watching it and realised how cool actually Norwegian is! And then I found Duolingo to learn Norwegian easily. To be honest, I thought that no app couldn't teach me a language which I never heard even a word from. But it did, now I can understand clearly (at least on paper)what Norwegians talking and I can talk with them! I wanted to learn Norwegian to get close to her, to have something in common at first. This is how I picked my language. But my story has more...
After I started learning the basics of Norwegian and watching SKAM, I never heard or saw again that she is interested in learning Norwegian. But learning Norwegian was became my favorite hobby! And I keep learning everyday, still love it. I gave up learning for a couple months after I finished the second tree of the course, But here I am with my 99-days Streak!
You wonder what about her, huh? I tried to say her in different ways, never get a possitive feedback. I still love her so much but I'm not doing anything about it, maybe I can try to text her in the future.
Here is my whole story. Learning language is my favorite hobby now, I would also love to learn other languages like French,Swedish and Italian in the future too.
See you guys ! :)
I hoped the story would have a happy ending. But it still can :P And Norwegian is so cool!
I've been seriously learning Japanese due to being in love with the language, culture, sound, kanji, grammar... basically everything. But that wasn't my original reason for learning it. The reason I first attempted Japanese was purely because I thought the language was cool... and that's it. Due to a few things I wasn't that motivated. But a year or so after that failed attempt, I tried again, and with passion and goal in mind. So here I am, almost two years in :).
For things like Korean, Chinese, German, Swedish, Tagalog, and Indonesian. I want to at some point learn these languages throughout my life, since I find them interesting. I'm also dabbling in them right now to see if I'm really interested. Some of the languages I want to learn is because some of my friends speak that language, such as Tagalog. Indonesian, Korean, and Chinese is purely for the fun of it!
I participate in an English language, on-line group that has members all around the world, including people for whom English is their 2nd or 3rd language. I figured that if they could learn English to that level of fluency, then I could have the courtesy to learn some other languages to some level, even if I don't achieve full fluency. So I took up Spanish (because I had enjoyed a short course I'd done at a local technical college many years ago) and Swedish (because a friend is from Sweden and I wanted to see what his wife went through when she moved over there).
I added Hebrew because one day I'd like to visit Israel and I'd like to understand the signs directing me to the toilets vs the food court, so to speak. And then I added German because I did it in high school, enjoyed it back then, and wanted to have a 'win' when I find the others harder work. Plus hubby has extended family in Germany and I'd like to go visit Germany again one day. :)
I tried French to get an idea of how words are pronounced so that when I encounter sprinklings of it in books (looking at you, Agatha Christie) I have a clue as to what the letters not used in English might sound like. I decided that I didn't like the sound of it enough to continue - sorry native French speakers; I know, it's me, not you :)...or possibly an unattractive recording DL uses (I'm not fussed on the German recording either but other prior experiences with native speakers allow me to get past that).
So far, Hebrew is the hardest because of (a) the different character set; and (b) the lack of audio for a lot of it makes it challenging to answer the audio questions! :o
Pretty much, I've never really had an interest in learning a language and never had any special aptitude for it...but so far I'm enjoying it well enough. I can't imagine trying to learn a language whislt not living in a country that speaks it.
Mexican girlfriend, if I want to understand where she comes from I'd need to understand her language!
I am a long time martial artist with experience in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean martial arts, as well as Japanese Reiki. I am learning Korean and Japanese currently, and soon Chinese and perhaps Vietnamese. I also would be interested in learning Thai if it is ever offered. My purpose in learning these is to expand my ability to study martial arts. I want to be able to read training manuals in the native languages, and perhaps one day go to the countries of origin to visit traditional martial arts schools. It is something of a fantasy of mine to find an old master of a little know martial art in one of these countries to learn and bring it to broader exposure in the world.
As for Spanish, I took three semesters of Spanish in high school and one semester in college. It is a useful language in the area I live and work in. I work as a security guard in a local hospital, so understanding some Spanish is very useful to help people find what they need.
German is a curiosity for me as my family name is of German root. I had been interested in learning German with the hopes that it could help me at some point get a job with one of the growing number of German companies in my area.
My daughter is fluent in French, my wife wanted to learn Italian and I chose Spanish. That would cover a lot of the world when travelling. Since 2015, we have lived in Italy, Spain and will be going around South America. Thank you Duolingo! Hasta luego!
It seems that most people who I look up to are foreign (to me; non-American, in this case) and speak all kinds of foreign languages. These people are who mainly motivate me to learn certain languages here.
I learned Russian for a while using Babbel and this was because of a Russian gymnast who inspired me a lot. I stopped learning it after a while because, school started, not enough time, etc., but I'm thinking about returning to Russian on Duolingo soon.
At first I started Spanish to get a head start on Spanish class last year, but that class was also where I discovered Alvaro Soler - my idol. Now the main reason why I'm learning Spanish is because I want to be able to understand his music better and to also make it easier to communicate with other fans of him. He's also the reason why I'm learning German as he speaks both languages. I also want to visit Germany & Spain one day.
Polish (and perhaps Czech at some point) I'm mostly doing for fun, though I was mostly motivated by Polish and Czech Solerinas (fans of Alvaro Soler) on Instagram. The languages looked interesting so I decided to try them out a little.
Chinese - this is actually my native language, but I've forgotten a bit of it (and I also suck at reading) so I'm doing this to learn a bit more vocabulary and learn to recognize more of the characters (I don't care too much about writing them at the moment, just reading). There's also a lot of XP to earn, so why not? lol
Other languages that seem interesting to me are French (for fun), Catalan (because of Alvaro Soler), Danish (for fun), Italian (for fun), and Norwegian (for fun).
Though I think my biggest target for now is German because I'd rather visit Germany over Spain and it just seems like a much more interesting language to me instead of anything else I'm learning. I'm also planning on starting English from Chinese to practice my Chinese skills later.
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- Danish: I live in DK, a good reason to learn the language... Plus: it has quite some similarities to German regarding vocabulary and the way how we put things/phrases. It's fun to discover them!
- Italian: It's my girlfriends language, so I should know it, and it's nice!
- Spanish: I had it in school (5y) and I was curious to see how much is left after those years...
- English: Similar reasons to Spanish, but unlike that I speak English every day, not knowing if I use many "germanisms" or not. Nice to check that.
- French: Can be handy, but I don't put much effort. I was curious to see how much I can deduct from my other languages...
- Portuguese: Appears in my profile (sometimes?!) because I tried the stories once, just to see if I can guess without any knowledge ;-).
There are also some cross combinations of my different languages, as I always try to make as many associations as possible. I love to recognize patterns and deduct rules...
Awesome question, I've really enjoyed reading everyone's stories!
I started the Spanish course because my boyfriend had taken several years of it in high school and wanted to have someone to banter with so he could brush up. He's since gotten busy with other things but I'm really enjoying my time here! I took Latin in high school (most of it has long since fled my memory, unfortunately) and I had forgotten how much I enjoyed language learning--lots of little "eureka" moments as the puzzle starts to come together.
French was my achilles' heel in middle school so I decided I wanted to change that, besides I love the sound of the language, it flows like silk :)
For German it's a different story, I would say it's a mix of curiosity for a language so different from my own, thirst for a challenge, long term goal of learning the "biggest" languages in Europe and the desire to communicate with my german cousins.
I think I'll start Spanish next: I like the sound, it's also part of the above mentioned long term goal and it shouldn't be that hard for me (I'm italian).
After that (in 2/3 years?) I'd like to learn Farsi: I love the script* and I'm intrigued by its similarities with other indo-european languages (of course, it's part of the family!).
By the way, very nice idea for a topic of discussion! :D
*I know it's a modified version of the arabic script, but Arabic is out of my possibility, I'm just a hobbyist
Italian: it's my mother language;
English and French: I've already studied them at school and at university;
Chinese: it's my favourite language. I studied it at university;
Spanish and Portuguese: I study them because they're similar to italian;
German: I study it because it's very different to romance languages;
Japanese: because I wanted to understand if japanese and chinese were similar (spoiler: they're not);
Hawaiian: just for fun.
I picked Spanish because living in the U.S.A I want to understand Mexican
I am learning Spanish because there are a lot of Mexican people up hear and I am bound to understand there conversations. I know that sounds criest but i want to.
@sclum...yeahh.....poor steve is right, not to get too off topic, but it must be really tough to have your best friend be trying to murder you lol
I wanted to learn Klingon because of my strong love for Star Trek, and High Valyrian for my deep passion for the Game of Thrones books. I enjoyed those learning languages, so I thought "Hey, why not learn a real language!" I chose German after a trip to Berlin, where I began to appreciate the language. I signed up for French in school and continued on Duolingo. I'm now level 50 in German! All languages are unique and fun to learn, and I'd love to be fluent in French, German, Klingon and High Valyrian someday
I picked French because I had a very nasty teacher at school. Now I should say that I wasn't always as sympathic as could be. But as a result I "dropped" French. That way I did not choose is as an language for my exams. Later I regretted that. Now my goal is to speak as good French as English.
I'm learning Japanese because my favorite band is Japanese. My favorite band is Band-Maid. And I'm a big baseball fan and there are many Japanese ballplayers. I have also been to Japan many years ago.
Some of my family is Polish, and I wanted to fully understand at least most or some of what they say better than I already do. Irish was for a different more fun reason. I thought it would be interesting to learn and it started getting pretty easy for me. My motivation for it has been watching Jacksepticeye on YouTube and Markiplier do korean. Both of them have kept me up on my toes and I've been trying to keep doing things like learn more of a language.
Trying to learn welsh for Will Herondale and Spanish for school. Love you've profile picture and username.
My father is Mexican so Spanish is my heritage language. He never taught me so I decided I'd learn on my own!
In high school some fifty years ago, I had four years each of Latin and Spanish. In college I studied German for two years. A bit later, circumstances took me to Taiwan, where I studied Mandarin for two years, and then to Japan for a year of language and work. For the next thirty years, all my languages were dormant. Then two years ago, I began treatments for a serious illness and was pretty much immobilized for a time. My primary therapist thought I should find an intellectual interest and suggested Doulingo and its languages. I picked Danish for no particular reason except that long ago I had a Danish friend and got to know a little about her country and culture. That went well, but after reaching level 25, I decided to return to the Spanish of long ago and found that I picked it up rather more quickly than Danish. Now I am beginning with Irish, which is considerably more difficult than either of the others. it is quite interesting, however, almost like a series of puzzles. I'm hooked! I also have Irish heritage, so that is a factor as well. I can't say that I'm anywhere near fluent in any of the languages, but the journey has been fun and I learn more each day, regardless of which one I choose to work on. It will be part of my life for the foreseeable future, however long that may be.
I am learning Swedish because my grandparents were from Sweden, Norway and the Shetland Islands [any Norn speakers here?]. I would love to travel to all the places where my ancestors lived and be able to research more about them and what their lives would have been like. Although I'm only learning one language at a time, I find it keeps my mind active (besides doing Sudoku). I also love watching Scandi Noir and hopefully will be able to turn off the subtitles if I remember to practice everyday. At the moment I really enjoy the mistakes I make as it reminds me that no matter what language we are learning, we all make the same mistakes. Learning a different language besides English also makes me realize how inconsistent English is. It also reminds me to pronounce my native English clearer [which is a challenge in Australia :)] All your stories are wonderfully fascinating and you are all fascinatingly wonderful. Tack.
I started with Spanish because my sister is Hispanic (adopted), and I thought that some day she might want to learn Spanish. Also, because we were required to take two years of a language and I heard that Spanish was the easiest. I'm not at all lazy, in fact, a very hard worker, but for some reason I thought that languages would be extremely hard for me. So I picked Spanish.
I studied Spanish a bit in high school and college. Got good grades, and could read and write, but couldn't communicate at all! When I studied in Mexico and lived with families, that's when I finally began to be able to use Spanish to actually communicate. A light went on!
I got my first teaching job in a summer migrant program. Now, after teaching (in English) for decades, I needed a change. So I'm taking a year off, getting a second master's degree in ESL with a bilingual-Spanish certification, with plans to return to teach in a two-way immersion program.
Other languages that I've learned a bit are Italian and Haitian Creole. Italian, when I hiked through Europe with a group of teens and a teacher with relatives from Italy. Haitian, when visiting my brother who is a missionary there. I was surprised at how easily these languages came to me, and now am excited to explore other languages at some point. Probably starting with Haitian Creole to better be able to communicate with my sister-in-law.
I selected Japanese, because someday I'd love to visit, and I love watching Japanese anime, but am also busy, so I end up listening more often than not and it would be easier to understand rather than read it in English.
I believe Caribbean peoples should be fluent in Spanish, English, French and Dutch. Spanish is my native and I'm fluent in English. Brazil is the largest country in South America and its relative proximity to the region potentially makes it a valuable language.
Catalan is personal for me because of ancestry and Russian simply because I have always been fascinated by the cyrillic characters.
I want to learn several more, but sadly I am currently at my brain's limit.
Originally, I came on here just to enhance my Spanish skills since I'm currently taking it in school and I genuinely wish to become fluent in it. However, I thought that Danish would be cool to learn as well since my father's family is actually from Denmark, and I always thought it would be a good skill to have if I ever wanted to visit Denmark even if I don't become fluent in the Danish language. :P
I wanted to limit myself to 1 or 2 languages and go for quality rather than quantity.
I studied german at secondary school, and at high school. I wanted to to refresh my german as I rarely use it. I found the tests at duolingo easy, as I already have studied german and my native langugage (norwegian) have many german words, so it is easy for me to understand the words. The german grammar is harder, to place the right word at the right place. I can have short conversations with germans.
Spanish as I often visit Spain on holidays, and it is a useful language to learn. During my childhood I had a friend from Colombia who learned me some words. Knowing spanish also gives a good basis for understanding portuguese and italian. I also want to visit Latin America one day. My spansih is very basic, I only know some words and phrases.
Nothing too interesting.
I started studying German because I was considering graduate school at the time, and was strongly advised that much of the relevant literature was in German. A trip to Germany was so much fun that I kept it up. I started using the Duolingo course to supplement my mostly reading knowledge, and I'm still here.
I started learning French in childhood, because I was Canadian, making it a mandatory subject. I'm here "studying" it because I haven't used it for anything but reading in 25 or so years, and it needs the rust blown off.
Spanish is because I live in California, and I'd like to be able to communicate with the largish % of the population that's more comfortable in Spanish, not to mention the smaller % of local Spanish speakers who don't speak adequate English.
I'd love to add others, but I don't even have enough time for these three. Maybe when I retire :-(
I actually originally started learning French in middle school, but my high school only offered Spanish, so I switched to Spanish my freshman year. I transferred to a different school my sophomore year and had a really good Spanish teacher. My love for language-learning grew.
My teacher also gave me the opportunity to go on vacation to Costa Rica! I am very excited. I hear most of the locals speak English, but I wanted to practice my Spanish anyway, and I'm not sure if it's true or not lol. Oh well!
I also want to live in Spain one day for a short while. :)
Much of my study of Spanish arose from exposure to the language, beginning as a child in California and Arizona. Over the years I've always loved the music and mi familia latina. I was blessed to be married to a bilingual lady for more than 30 years. Though I live far from the family in Colorado and New Mexico now, the food, culture, and language is a part of who I am. Duolingo has given me a way to restore part of what I've lost during my ten years of isolation from my home/family. When I finish level 25, I plan on using Duolingo to brush up on Greek, which I haven't practiced very much since I graduated from college (some 27 years ago).
In my other life I lived in Vietnam and didn't speak the language. Now I am living in Vietnam for 6 months and getting the hang of it, due credit to Duolingo of course.
Where are you originally from? You are the most interesting one to me, Vietnamese was the first foreign language I learnt. It is also my best outside of my native English.
Australia. We took a holiday to the USA last year, first (and so far only) time we have been there. It was awesome.
Australia an interesting place. They have a 50,000 year old culture. I learned to play one of their musical instruments, the Indigenous Australian didgeridoo. Nowadays, I am trying to learn Vietnamese đàn bầu.
oml ur user is bucky barnes :0!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! anyway i picked french bc i absolutly love and want to visit france soooooooooooo yeah .plus i mean EVERYONE takes spanish its so boring