What languages are you learning and why?

Dwarf
Posts79Likes 46Joined 8/10/2018LocationCebu / PH
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Cebuano, English, Tagalog
Learning French, Japanese, Spanish

I can't find a similar topic so I thought I'd start one.


What languages are you learning (or trying to or simply interested) and why?


I'm learning Japanese (in a slow pace) and I had developed my interest when I met some Japanese as my clients in the past. I got so interested in their country and culture and I'm looking forward to visiting Japan soon.


What about you guys?

Everyday is a learning journey. Keep going!


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Hobbit
Posts32Likes 20Joined 8/10/2018LocationWien / AT
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French, German
Other Arabic - Standard, Japanese, Chinese - Cantonese

I am trying to learn Cantonese Chinese because of my passion for Asia. I love the Asian cinema and I am using that as a way for a beginner to learn a language. I am also very interested in Japanese, because I love anime. 



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Hobbit
Posts15Likes 6Joined 17/9/2018LocationCairo / EG
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Arabic - Egyptian
Other English, French, Spanish

I'm learning Spanish because i admire Latin America and would like to go there one day. 

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Ent
Posts760Likes 466Joined 18/3/2018LocationBellingham / US
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English
Learning Korean
Other Chinese - Mandarin, French, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Thai

Rose.Angelie wrote:
I can't find a similar topic so I thought I'd start one.

Oh, good idea for a topic! Incidentally, if anyone wants to add more detail to their language learning journey, they can create a log here.


For me, in a nutshell:

English (Native)

Spanish (C1) - lived in Ecuador for 2 years as a child

Swahili (B1) - lived in Tanzania for 3 years as a volunteer

Thai (B2) - fell in love with Thailand after visiting there

Japanese (B2) - worked in a company that had Japanese partners

Chinese (B2) - a good friend married a Chinese woman and asked me to come to his wedding in China

French (B2) - the language of my paternal grandma

Russian (B2) - wanted to talk to Russian tourists in Thailand

Korean (B2) - wanted to learn the last of the 3 big east-asian languages

Tagalog (B2) - fell in love with the Philippines after visiting there

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Elf
Posts171Likes 88Joined 11/7/2018Location
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Tagalog
Other English, German, Spanish

Spanish because I think it's cool. :D I was doing okay with it but I got too busy and now I'm back to square one.

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Dwarf
Posts79Likes 46Joined 8/10/2018LocationCebu / PH
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Cebuano, English, Tagalog
Learning French, Japanese, Spanish

Alex.M wrote:

I am trying to learn Cantonese Chinese because of my passion for Asia. I love the Asian cinema and I am using that as a way for a beginner to learn a language. I am also very interested in Japanese, because I love anime.

that's cool!

Everyday is a learning journey. Keep going!


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Dwarf
Posts79Likes 46Joined 8/10/2018LocationCebu / PH
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Cebuano, English, Tagalog
Learning French, Japanese, Spanish

Amr.Elsayed wrote:

I'm learning Spanish because i admire Latin America and would like to go there one day.

Nice! I like listening to Spanish and tried learning it before too, but I didn't push through.

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Dwarf
Posts79Likes 46Joined 8/10/2018LocationCebu / PH
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Cebuano, English, Tagalog
Learning French, Japanese, Spanish

leosmith wrote:

Rose.Angelie wrote:
I can't find a similar topic so I thought I'd start one.

Oh, good idea for a topic! Incidentally, if anyone wants to add more detail to their language learning journey, they can create a log here.

For me, in a nutshell:

English (Native)

Spanish (C1) - lived in Ecuador for 2 years as a child

Swahili (B1) - lived in Tanzania for 3 years as a volunteer

Thai (B2) - fell in love with Thailand after visiting there

Japanese (B2) - worked in a company that had Japanese partners

Chinese (B2) - a good friend married a Chinese woman and asked me to come to his wedding in China

French (B2) - the language of my paternal grandma

Russian (B2) - wanted to talk to Russian tourists in Thailand

Korean (B2) - wanted to learn the last of the 3 big east-asian languages

Tagalog (B2) - fell in love with the Philippines after visiting there

Wow, really impressive! Just curious, how long does it usually take you to learn a new language in a conversational level?

Everyday is a learning journey. Keep going!


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Dwarf
Posts79Likes 46Joined 8/10/2018LocationCebu / PH
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Cebuano, English, Tagalog
Learning French, Japanese, Spanish

Aileen.Cortes wrote:

Spanish because I think it's cool. :D I was doing okay with it but I got too busy and now I'm back to square one.

same with me! I tried before but wasn't really consistent

Everyday is a learning journey. Keep going!


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Hobbit
Posts24Likes 5Joined 17/9/2018Locationcavite / PH
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Tagalog
Other English, Spanish, Urdu

Spanish! Because it's interesting in the way of challenging to learn I guess.

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Dwarf
Posts50Likes 35Joined 6/10/2018LocationIrpin / UA
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Russian, Ukrainian
Other Dutch, English, German, Italian, Polish, Spanish

German - just because it`s so beautiful, and I love it how different the language is in the different regions :D

Polish - because I like the sound of it

Spanish - I would like to be able to chat with people from Spain and Latin America

Dutch - it reminds me of the times I spent in the Netherlands and Belgium (but I am not sure if I will ever be able to practice it with anyone) :)


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Ranger
Posts325Likes 225Joined 8/7/2018LocationAlmeria / ES
Native
English
Other Arabic - Egyptian, French, German, Spanish

I am learning Spanish because I am a foreigner living in Spain i taught my children a luttle before they started at school but my children are are now surpassing me and I want to keep up. 

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Elf
Posts125Likes 95Joined 3/9/2018LocationSkopje / MK
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Macedonian
Other Arabic - Gulf, English, French, Spanish, Serbian

I was studying French and English at the faculty of philology for interpretation and translation. My mother was shoving French into my psyche for a long time and my aunt, her twin sister, is an English teacher, so they allied and plotted to transform us all into them, so I just chose to release everything I am, conform to her beliefs, and study/do whatever she wants me to, until she releases resistance, understands we all have different path and desires, and quits that. I did like it, but would have never done that as my studies if I was allowed to choose and express what and who I am. So I am not longer studying them actively, I just enrich the vocabulary and repeat/remind myself of the grammar, if/when I need it. 


Now I am learning Spanish and I recently started Arabic. I once also comprised Italian in my language learning practices. I chose Italian then because I had a friend there who I wanted to visit and it sounded great to me. Spanish I love because until today I have found out that I resonate a lot with Latin American folks, so would like to visit the place, mainly Argentina. I also want to take part in cinematic projects, so any language is good for me to know. 

I chose Arabic because I love the mystery of the Arabic or Middle Eastern world. And because it is a great challenge, as it contains a script/alphabet, sounds and ways of communicating totally different than the languages I know. I just wanted to feel taking in a totally different personality. 

But I didn't commit to it fully, as I didn't find any opportunities that support that initiative of mine. 

Great topic! 


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Ent
Posts760Likes 466Joined 18/3/2018LocationBellingham / US
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English
Learning Korean
Other Chinese - Mandarin, French, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Thai

Rose.Angelie wrote:
how long does it usually take you to learn a new language in a conversational level?

What CERF level do you consider to be a "conversational" level?

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Elf
Posts114Likes 78Joined 8/10/2018LocationPH
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English, Tagalog
Learning Japanese

Japanese. I started liking the language during my elementary years, that was the time when I was big in to anime and rpgs.


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Ranger
Posts325Likes 225Joined 8/7/2018LocationAlmeria / ES
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English
Other Arabic - Egyptian, French, German, Spanish

leosmith wrote:

Rose.Angelie wrote:

how long does it usually take you to learn a new language in a conversational level?

What CERF level do you consider to be a "conversational" level?


B1/B2 is sufficient basic conversational flow I think ? 

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