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What languages do you wish you were raised with?

Azure_Waters
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Personally I love French and if I am going to be completely honest, I wish I was raised in France so I would have been exposed the to the language from a young age.

What about you? ^_^

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/RunningFrog

Personally, I wouldn't mind having been raised multilingual. Think how cool it would be to be able to speak like 4 different languages fluently.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DespoinaTi
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I'll have to agree with this! My native language is Greek and even if I wasn't Greek I would still want to speak it. However I have some friends who along with Greek also speak fluently Russian or Arabic (because of their parents) and I'm really jealous of them!!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ray633
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I want to raise my kids this way.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/territrades
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I am German, so I don't have to learn German grammar, I just know it. German learners of the world, envy me :P

But French would have been a nice alternative.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/juliecaesar
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Same here, I'm pretty happy that I'm a German native speaker and don't have to learn it. :-) It must be a pain to learn all those tenses and cases and noun genders - kudos to all of you who are learning German here on Duolingo right now! I'm sure it's not easy and it takes a lot of hard work and patience.

It would have been great to have been raised bilingually, though. Personally, I'd love to speak Irish, Welsh or Czech as a second language, but basically any second language would have been great. It't too late for me, but when I have kids, I'll make sure to find a bilingual kindergarten for them.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jorg.Ancrath

Oh you! :))

Is it that hard?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lemelisk

I'm glad I was raised as an english speaker, because it is probably the most useful language. That being said, if I had the opportunity to be raised bi-lingual, I would love to have been raised french/english

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/OtterBaskets

For me it's actually the opposite :) When I was young I was really jealous of native speakers because I didn't think it was fair that they didn't have to learn English and I did. But now I realize that it's actually nice, because due to how widespread English is you pick it up fairly easily from your surroundings, and then you also have your native language so it's almost as though you're being raised billingually! Whereas for most native English speakers it's less urgent to learn a second language, and there's not as much contact with foreign languages so you're not as likely to learn an extra language either.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lennonmacca
lennonmacca
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OtterBaskets, that's exactly what I think when some people go on about how glad they are that their native language is English (not saying you're one of these persons lemelisk). I would actually be kind of devastated if English was my native language and my only language because there are so many people who know one language natively and then on top of that they're also fluent in English! I was raised in Sweden and as in plenty of other countries so much of the culture that we consume comes from English speaking countries, and of course English is like the official language of the internet, so naturally many people just automatically pick it up without even thinking about it.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/chilvence
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That is one of the side effects of being raised speaking English, that you often have no idea what second language you should be learning. There are so many you end up agonising over which one will be most rewarding. Then later on you find that yourself in a situation where you would have been served perfectly by a language you passed up years ago :) In the end you either just give up and resign yourself to finding other English speakers wherever you go, or you go mad and start trying to learn everything!

I am actually glad I eventually went the path of madness, as a happy side effect I have found that I really like Scandinavian languages.

If there is one language at all I wish I was raised bilingually in though, it is Chinese. Most other languages, you can get to grips with later in life, but Chinese really does feel like it takes a lifetime to master, if only because of the writing.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lemelisk

Ah, true. I never really thought of it that way. Fortunately for me though, the language that I'm studying (french) is fairly widely used in Canada, and many of my friends can speak it proficiently, so I can practice with them. Plus, I can take public transit to montreal, quebec (the second largest francophone city in the world, only beaten by paris) in under 7 hours, which makes staying in a french speaking city for a weekend actually possible even on a small budget, which makes learning alot easier.

Maybe growing up with a different language would have been nice, but I consider myself really lucky with growing up in a bilingual country like canada, which makes learning french much easier than it would be for say, an american.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/YaSadeeq
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In all honesty, I think your opinion is shaped largely due to the fact that you grew up in the region with the most well-educated ESL students in the world. Scandinavians are somewhat renowned for their good English, really. It is a great skill to be able to understand very poor English as a native English speaker, since many people, in fact most, cannot communicate in English on a fluent level, though they may know enough heavily-accented phrases to convey a general idea. I tend to think that yeah, English IS easily acquired compared to most other languages as far as accessibility, but it definitely isn't something to be taken for granted.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Akianeart

Yiddish or Irish. I just love the way they sound. Plus, I love their culture.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Air2021

I am 11 and I would want to have been raised knowing ENGLISH (3rd most spoken language in the world), FRENCH (known as a romantic language which would be useful when I get older), SPANISH (which is the 2nd most popular language used in the US where I was born and live), and CHINESE (which is the 1st most spoken language in the world (I thought English was the first). I am already fluent in that since both my parents were born in English speaking countries and so am I.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Taloua
Taloua
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Good luck with your French :)

Personally, I am afraid of German, the language that I will begin afterwards. I am hesitated whether to begin it or to choose another language. I hope to find it not that difficult.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Air2021

I heard German was hard... maybe you should to do Chinese because it is the 1st most spoken language in the world... but Chinese is really hard as well.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GeniusJack
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I wish I was raised as an Italian speaker. But I also sort of wish I had been raised in Italy, specifically Tuscany :P

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/oscart182

I wish too! My dad is of Italian descent, along with his side of the family and I didn't learn anything from him. I'm excited to go to Italy this summer, though, to see some relatives I've never met (Abruzzo region)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lexi_Paloma
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I absolutely agree with you!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jasminedesi16
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I wish I was raised with Japanese because it is such a hard language and I feel like I am too old to learn it really well now lol

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/N30G3N
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Russian as well as English (<- the one I did grow up speaking)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lazouave
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Sometimes I wish I had been raised with German alongside with French. It would have made me feel closer to my origins and it wouldn't be giving me such a hard time ^^

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jorg.Ancrath

I speak three languages and learning the fourth.

I am a bit sad since my mom did not teached me Ukrainian. But you can learn everithing, so she might have a surprise next year. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jorg.Ancrath

To answear your question, my only regret in terms of languages is not being able to speak Ukrainian. :) That's the only one.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tomk123

I too wish I had been raised speaking French, then I wouldn't have to go through the difficult process of learning it as an adult.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/htimsmr

I would like to have been raised in a household in the US in which one parent spoke Cantonese, one spoke Navajo, and both wished to pass their languages on to me. Raised trilingual in English, Cantonese and Navajo, I would be mentally prepared to accept the vast variety in languages.

I assume that having native fluency in three languages that express ideas in very different ways would make it easier to learn new languages - or at least make it easier to appreciate on a native level the ways in which languages can be different.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ray633
Ray633
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Any language that I'm interested in! Especially Swedish, Arabic, Turkish, Persian or maybe a super hard language like Mandarin.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/scarcerer
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I wouldn't switch Finnish to anything but having Spanish (because I love it) or French (because it is a lot harder for me now) on the side would have been nice.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JessePaedia
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I could have been raised bilingual in English and Hindi but my parents decided not to, as they thought it would hinder my English. I was really annoyed when I first found this out. Anyway, it would have been really cool if I was raised bilingual in English and Latin, and be one of the very few native Latin speakers.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Air2021

This is a good discussion. There are a lot of different languages that seem really cool to learn now that you mentioned them. I like the idea of being a native Latin speaker.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sigmacharding
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Latin, Lithuanian, Hebrew, Aramaic, Olde AEnglisc, Old Norse, Gaeilge, Ancient Greek

Oh the classics!

An proto indoeuropean

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fimatic

Thai or Greek, although I don't have connections to any of their heritages or culture. They're just the 2 languages that I'm very interested in, and being raised with them would've made starting to learn them a lot easier :P

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aowstin

Persian and English (: I don't know the script though, which makes it kind of useless ):

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Azure_Waters
Azure_Waters
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Oh I was raised with both languages :) persian is great to know !!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MThoriqMalano
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I wish I was raised with Chinese, but I don't want to live there. Since Chinese is so hard and yet I love Indonesian culture.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kingthatcher
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I wish I was raised a pennsilfaanisch deitsch native. My family is deitsch and we have many members of the family who are, but my immediate family does not regularly speak deitsch. I got mine from google books and whatever else I could get out of the internet, as well as the amisch when I go to visit family.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EriktheSwede

Swedish or French. I really actually wish I spoke French and English as both natives. Unfortunately my native in English and I want to focus on Swedish for the time being. Anyone else feel the same way?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption
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English, as I was! Think of it this way: if you had been raised in France, your post might say:

Personally I love English and if I am going to be completely honest, I wish I was raised in England so I would have been exposed the to the language from a young age.

You wouldn't be enjoying learning French if you were raised with it.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SkillsInPills

Hmm...I don't really know since I'm not too sure what language would be mostly likely for my parents to speak in the US other than English. I guess it would say Swahili or something since its close to my heritage. German is a close second because I love it.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MusingThoughts

You are Swahili?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SkillsInPills

I have no idea. I ment close to heritage as far as being of African descent.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MusingThoughts

Its actually more likely that you are of Igbo descent.

I'm taking that you are African American.

Most slaves came from around the Igbo coast. Many African Americans are of Igbo descent.

If you aren't Igbo there's still a big likelihood that you are of a West African ethnicity.

Most slaves did not come from East African.

Great to see you interested in your heritage :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jdfromdublin
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My father is bilingual and my mother is trilingual. I'm only bilingual. I was raised exposed to only two languages. It would have been nice if I grew up speaking Spanish as well.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lennonmacca
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I wish I was raised with Croatian... which I could have been, had my mother decided that she wanted to pass it on... thanks mom. :) (yes, I'm disappointed!)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rewjeo
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Based on what is remotely possible, I suppose my parents could have kept up their German/Spanish well enough to raise me multilingual, or perhaps my family could have hypothetically passed down some of the Celtic languages they once spoke. German/Spanish would have been more helpful, but something like Irish and Welsh would be way cooler.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Eriatarka23

I grew up with Portuguese and English, which in the end was pretty good because it opens up access to other languages that I want to learn, but I definitely wish I could have put Italian in the mix, because my family comes from Italy but the generation before me wasn't taught the language, so it's up to me to learn it by myself!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/het_aapje
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Yiddish (possible historical links) but otherwise Serbian or Russian as well as English :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Air2021

btw this doesn't have to do with the language u wish u were raised with but.... I am 11 years old and I did a TEDx Talk last year so pls go to YouTube and search Ria J. TEDxSpenceSchool (I go to The Spence School in Manhattan, New York, USA) and I just thought that u might want to take a look... thx!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut
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Honestly? ANY. Up to and including Klingon ;) lol. The benefits of billingual/multilingual upbringing are so big, even if the language is more or less useless from economic or jobseeking points of view.

If I had to choose one language... I think I would still go with the language I chose to learn as an adult, which would be Russian. I was fluent, once upon a long ago, but I would love to be native level in it. If I had to pick a couple, based on my preferences now: alongside Russian I might choose Hebrew or Estonian... I'm sure there are more 'useful' languages, but I am not big on choosing for simple utility!

But yes, pretty much any language, even those I'm not that fond of, would be more than acceptable if it meant I had two languages at native level.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jayway223
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Is the number of languages limited? Can I say I wish my grandmother spoke (x) language, and my grandfather spoke (x) language, etc.? ;)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Azure_Waters
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You can say what you would like! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jayway223
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Mom- Spanish

Dad- French

Granny- German

Grandpa- Portuguese

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Anime-Fan

I'd love to have grown up speaking Norwegian, Icelandic, German or Spanish. Unfortunately, I was raised speaking only English, but now, I'm learning French and I plan to eventually learn these other languages. If I learn them all, it'll be a total of six languages... It's a daunting task.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rhythmixed
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I would've loved to be raised bilingually. I have no desire to learn French, but I think it would've been cool if I had been taught that at an early age.

3 years ago