https://www.duolingo.com/Deniime

Should i continue a language?

Should i continue doing a language if i don't like it or switch to one i'm more interested in if i only learn them for my own interests? I'm currently doing one in school but have the option to switch next year.

3/12/2019, 10:19:28 PM

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https://www.duolingo.com/Judit294350

If it is for just your own interest (no exam, doting grandmother, or planned trip) then, yes, do the one you like. It is meant to be fun.

But … (grumpy old teacher steps in) … if you "don't like it" because it is hard or takes a lot of your time, the sad news is every language is like that. If you want to approach fluency it takes time and dedication and swapping languages doesn't make that go away.

3/12/2019, 10:57:32 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/RomanticRose

At least the good news is that liking a language can make it feel easier, even if it's just a psychological effect.

3/13/2019, 1:12:23 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Ampharos64

Mmm, I think it still heavily depends on how easy, relatively, the language actually is, unfortunately. I loathe French, I love Japanese, but French is objectively much easier for me as a native English speaker. I can't kid myself, I can do things in French after three months lazy but consistent study that I couldn't after over a year's hard study of Japanese. Not especially unusual. Hating it doesn't remove what an advantage to comprehension it is to be able to correctly guess the meaning of a huge number of new words.

Judit's target language is Hungarian, iirc. A category IV language noted as being particularly difficult for native English speakers. With respect to her, every language is not like that to the same degree. Swapping languages, as I've currently done, has made an awful lot of that go away. It's absolutely objective to note that the time taken differs by language: https://www.effectivelanguagelearning.com/language-guide/language-difficulty Note these figures are based on learners who likely were motivated.

For someone merely neutral on an 'easier' language, and potentially able to learn to like it, the advantages would be much more significant.

If someone isn't strongly motivated to begin with, they might be better off with that easier language they're 'meh' about, because they may never be sufficiently motivated to manage to get to the point they can do anything in the hard one they have more interest in, and nothing saps motivation to learn any language faster than really struggling with a language.

If they're not strongly motivated, it's also possible they'll be satisfied with a lower level - a functional 'tourist' A1-A2 might even be enough.

3/13/2019, 8:52:25 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/RatiMPatel

right....

3/13/2019, 10:35:58 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/AmberjackCZ
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Switch immediately to the one you like! It is going to heat up your motivation and therefore the whole learning process too.

Of course, you may regret dropping your current target language in the future, but then there is nothing easier than getting back to it. You will forget a lot, for sure, but the basics won't go away (if you've already crossed a certain level of competence) and you will catch on quickly. Believe me, I know :-)

3/12/2019, 10:53:22 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/James24601
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I guess it depends on your motivation for choosing the language you chose. If you're learning a language for fun, then I'd definitely choose the one you are more interested in. Being interested in the language is the thing that will keep you motivated to learn in the long term.

If there's a more practical reason you are learning a particular language, then you will want to take that into consideration.

3/12/2019, 10:27:56 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/LorenzoCabrini
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If you are not interested in a language it will be very hard to stay motivated. Unless of course, you need to learn the language for some other reason, such as for school, for a job, or something like that.

If the latter is the case, you may be able to find motivation by imagining the things you will be able to do once you have learned your new language. This might help.

Otherwise, if you are just learning "for fun", then you would probably be best off choosing the language that interests you the most.

3/12/2019, 10:35:30 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Linda7Italian

I would not be learning Italian if I didn't love learning Italian, if I didn't love Italy, its culture, art, music and its people.

3/12/2019, 10:32:23 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/alpha3099

Never waste time in your life doing things you do not like that are not absolutely required. Life is too short to be doing things you don't enjoy. When the time comes to move on from something move on. There is no reason to damage yourself and deprive yourself of satisfaction when you have multitudes of opportunities to fulfill yourself.

3/12/2019, 11:06:43 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Songve

Bad habits may be enjoyable, for nihilists. Good habits require energy and may not be very much fun in the process. But life is long enough.

3/13/2019, 12:32:57 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/RomanticRose

It's okay to abandon languages you don't like. I've stopped a few even after working on them for years because I simply didn't like it as much as I thought I would. But just keep trying new languages until you find one that clicks with you. For me, it was French.

3/13/2019, 1:09:01 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/L50Language

Your life, your decisions. Switch or stop at any choosing of time.

3/13/2019, 1:52:39 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/milanezi
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If we're talking about a simple foreign language class in high school for example then it doesn't really matter, those classes are useless all around the world. Language learning is all about individual effort. If you're picking a class just choose the one whose teacher you like better, the one with more friends etc, and study any language on your own time.

In high school I had to pick a second foreign language beside English, the options were French and German. Even though I preferred French I picked German because only a couple of us chose it, the classes very relaxing, the teacher was very outgoing and the grade criteria wasn't too demanding. Those French classes very hectic, noisy, the teacher was unpleasant and annoying. On top of that they didn't learn any better French than we did German. Years later I became relatively fluent in both, no thanks to school.

Anyway if you insist on that like/dislike paradigm - if you didn't like the language you picked from the start, then switch.

If you liked it from the start but only now you feel you don't like it, the grass seems greener elsewhere etc... That means the honey moon phase is over and as Judit294350 said, it'll happen with every language, it's just that you periodically go through periods "I love it/ I don't like it/meh".

If you're just looking for comments such as "go for it", "do what you love, love what you do" and other generic posts of that sort to give you the green light, then this forum is the right place.

3/13/2019, 9:53:04 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Judit294350

foreign language class in high school for example then it doesn't really matter, those classes are useless all around the world

Really? After my High School French classes I could read simple books and communicate with non-English speakers (I wouldn't call it conversation - but it could be done without a phrase book or dictionary).

If you're just looking for comments such as "go for it", "do what you love, love what you do" and other generic posts of that sort to give you the green light, then this forum is the right place.

:-)

3/13/2019, 7:54:18 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/AndresGarner
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I first started off learning German and I lost interest and never really liked the culture, music, or a lot of the travel locations (sorry to those learning German) I was learning it because I come from German descent, so after two years of making myself learn I decided to completely drop German and pick up Spanish, because I live in a town with a high population of Spanish speakers, so I gave Spanish a try and I am so glad I did, because I enjoy the music the culture and all the travel destinations in Spain, I am learning Spanish ten times more faster than I was learning German because I enjoy it, and I never got conversational in German, and now I can watch movies in Spanish and hold decent conversations. I was learning German for 2 years and couldnt even hold a great conversation and this is month 7 of learning Spanish and I have learned so much more because I enjoy it.

3/13/2019, 4:22:59 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Songve

Have you considered taking Shop or Home Economics in lieu of language?

3/12/2019, 11:53:24 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Deniime

why?

3/12/2019, 11:59:00 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Songve

Maybe you would like it?

3/13/2019, 12:29:44 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Deniime

i usually really like learning about cultures but never got the chance to learn the languages i loved, i had a workshop before but i accidentally pounded my hand with a hammer so i dont really think i'll like it. ty tho :)

3/13/2019, 12:33:58 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Songve

My point was I cannot choose for you.

3/13/2019, 1:10:51 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Deniime

well yes, i'm looking more for advice on whether i should stick to language even after i've come out of the "honeymoon" phase or just go ahead and switch.

3/14/2019, 12:55:00 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Rockilana16

I am learning Latin at school. I find it challenging and do not like the curriculum. Our teacher teaches us words that are only applicable to wars and basic stories. I know Latin is a dead language so I shouldn't be learning the usual vocab, but I find this annoying. Since I do not enjoy it, I am switching to Spanish next year because I am more motivated when there is a benefit at the end, being able to use the language to communicate. That is why I am switching to Spanish. I am learning Italian because I enjoy it. I love having a language out of school so that I do not have to keep up with a specific curriculum, but some nights I can crash and study for hours. Anyway, I have had much more success in learning Italian because I actually enjoy it and want to learn it.

3/13/2019, 2:47:10 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Judit294350

I was lucky enough to have read some poetry as well when I was at school - a thousand years back - but I suspect there would be some parents who would object to the subject matter - so the old war stories are really the only "safe" ones.

3/13/2019, 5:40:31 AM
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