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1 Name: Anonymous : 2019-12-29 07:07
What languages are you guys learning?
I think learning new languages is fascinating, since you can get a taste of other cultures, and it enables you to talk to new people and speak in new ways. Currently I'm trying to become fluent in Spanish, and I'd like to someday in the future learn Russian and Japanese (but man is Japanese a fucking mess of a language, so I don't know when I'll do that). What languages are you learning or want to learn?
2 Name: Anonymous : 2019-12-29 07:29
I'm going to give Japanese another try. I first attempted it a few years ago, but yeah, it's a hot mess - I became overwhelmed and gave up. I'm generally not very good at learning languages, so I have no plans to try any others.
3 Name: Anonymous : 2019-12-29 07:58
>>2
I'm doing Japanese as well. I'm making good progress on grammar and vocab, but the kanji is just killing me. (I'm learning vocab in Hiragana for now, and practicing listening through j-asmr and listening to vtubers).
4 Name: Anonymous : 2019-12-29 08:11
I'm going to continue my studies in Japanese and German in hopes to become fluent one day. I also want to learn Russian as well.
5 Name: Anonymous : 2020-01-02 07:27
I've been practising Kazakh with some old friends from when I worked there. It is difficult, though I had a tough time learning Russian too.
6 Name: Anonymous : 2020-06-11 23:46
I've *just* started learning Spanish, it's a beautiful language. I'd love to learn Japanese or Itaian in the future too, they both sound lovely and I'm really interested in the cultures that speak these languages.

At first I got really tied up in learning a "useful" language, but now I'm learning to appreciate the language and cultures themselves, regardless of their utilitarian value, if that makes sense.

Learning a language is a big investment of my time, so I figure I should just focus on one that I enjoy and appreciate.
7 Name: Anonymous : 2020-06-12 02:13
>>6
Italian is a beautiful language. I learned French first and still find myself occasionally speaking Italian with a French accent when I practice it. I have heard that going from Spanish to Italian is easier than going French to Italian when it comes to pronunciation.
8 Name: Anonymous : 2020-06-13 02:27
I'm going to start learning Esperanto this weekend. There's another Esperanto speaker in my town and it would be really great to make a friend in person.
9 Name: Anonymous : 2020-06-13 23:05
>>7

I used to study French at school, and that's happened to me starting Spanish too!
The teachers I had really put me off French, unfortunately. But I think that's just in the way they taught it. Learning a language on your own is waaay different to learning one in class, definately better for me.
10 Name: Paperplane : 2020-06-14 08:56
English, as always. I am no native speaker but internet/games/shows are a constant input that familiarize me with the language a little more every day. Unfortunately there's diminishing returns after a while if you don't seek out to actively improve yourself. And the main problem with only learning through media is that you never learn to properly speak.
Fortunately I vistied NZ earlier this year and my hosts were impressed by speaking which stroked my ego quite a bit.

But I really want to get back into spanish. I had 5 years of spanish in school but that's been 8 years already and I don't remember much. Since I never needed to know the language aside from getting good grades I never used it much.
Recently however I had a glimpse into latin American internet culture and I feel like I am missing lots of potential there. If I got my skills back up to a reasonable level to actually participate in spanish speaking online communities, I would learn much faster, like I did with English. Well, as you can tell, that's just me wanting to do it, not me actually doing it. Got too much stuff going on right now for that, I hope I'll get around to it someday.

>>8
Esperanto is wierd man. Too bad it failed though, the idea was nice.
11 Name: Anonymous : 2020-06-16 03:23
mi pu la toki pona mi li pona ala lon tenpo suno ni
I'm using the official toki pona book to learn, but my toki pona isn't good currently.

>>8
sina kama sona e toki peranto la sina kama sona lon seme
You're learning Esperanto. How?
12 Name: Anonymous : 2020-06-16 10:17
I'm learning Japanese right now, but at a very leisurely pace. My problem is that I discovered I just don't care that what I'm immersing in is raw. I don't strive to understand more. Most shows are really not as deep as you might think they are, and can be immensely enjoyable even if you don't know the half of what they are saying.
13 Name: Anonymous : 2020-06-16 20:20
some more chillwave, pretty kino comp
No Limits (Synthwave - Retrowave - Chillwave Mix)
https://youtu.be/ji4939HuZ10
14 Name: Anonymous : 2020-06-16 20:21
>>13
whoops meant to post it in the chill music thread
mods pls no bully
15 Name: Anonymous : 2020-06-18 13:05
>>1
I want to learn Polish but I don't know where to start.
16 Name: Anonymous : 2020-06-18 15:40
>>15
Why would you want to learn Polish? Out of curiosity...
17 Name: Anonymous : 2020-06-18 16:39
>>16
Cultural reasons like the art scene, and I like languages in general. But the material available for learning doesn't seem to be that great.
18 Name: Anonymous : 2020-06-19 10:26
I don't have experience with learning languages and I think my attempt to learn German is my first ever towards learning a foreign language. I wonder if there are resources out there that introduce you to something e.g., programming in German while teaching you German. I don't know how this process is called.

I noticed that I get more unmotivated when I'm learning/using examples I know aren't very interesting to me such as being a tourist and I'd rather hurry up and read things that interest me however I am still not great enough for that but I'd like a mix of both. Do you know any? How do you think I can get my hands on such content? To teach a language by introducing a concept.
19 Name: Anonymous : 2020-06-19 20:16
>>1

I'm very lazily working on my French. I studied it in school, so I already have a bit of a background, but it's been a while. I'm mostly motivated by France's strong intellectual and artistic tradition--for the former, I'm mostly interested in mathematics (and some philosophy), for the latter, literature and film. As such, being able to read it is probably more important to me than being able to hold a conversation.
20 Name: Anonymous : 2020-06-19 22:38
>>11
Currently I'm using lernu.net and also (this is very silly, but) the visual novel The Expression Amrilato.
Toki Pona seems really interesting. I might try to learn it some day.
21 Name: Anonymous : 2020-06-20 15:30
>>18
I don't know if there are any resources out their to teach you any concepts in a language that is not your native tongue. But you can definitely do something about boring sentences. Look into "sentence mining" and the anki plugin "morphman"

Anki isn't really ideal for learning things, just memorizing them. I think this is might be especially true for something like programming. However maybe something you could do would be take the text of a German programming book and run it through morphman. You should then have a lot of sentences that are comprehensible except one new word each. These sentences would be pertaining to programming, so hopefully interesting as well. I don't know how much it would make sense out of order, and maybe it would even give you examples of things not to do in the book and since it would be out of order it would be bad for learning programming.
22 Name: Anonymous : 2020-09-11 12:48
J'ai un grand amour des langues et linguistiques, mais je n'ai jamais étudié n'importe quelle langue particulière.
Parce que j'ai aucune discipline.
J'sais même pas si ce texte en français est correct.
23 Name: Anonymous : 2020-09-19 09:08
>>10
Disagree that Esperanto failed. Sure it's not the huge thing that Zamenhof dreamed of but there's a pretty large and great community out there, and I've had decent success in various European countries picking stuff up and pidgining about with my okayish Esperanto knowledge.

I've kind of forgotten a lot of it so I want to get back into writing songs or whatever in Esperanto. I discovered Toki Pona while looking up minimalist language ideas for my own implementation and fell in love so I've been doing a bit of that.

Some day I'd like to get back into German, and learn something like Finnish. For now, in a couple of weeks I'm starting Mandarin Chinese lessons.
24 Name: Anonymous : 2020-09-19 10:38
I dislike constructed languages for two reasons.
1. They're spoken by weird nerds.
2. I know it's a meme but they are soulless. I don't like the homogenization of world culture through the internet and language should be natural. It bothers me in a weird way like simplified Chinese.
25 Name: Anonymous : 2020-09-19 13:58
I studied Latin for quite a few months, but stopped due to other priorities. I want to get back to it soon.
Ancient Greek and Korean also picked my interest recently, but I'll take one step at a time.

>>24
This. It is such a waste of time, too. Instead of learning a language with which you can dive into a culture, read classics or even just communicate with its native speakers, people learn shitty, made-up languages.
The weird nerds are still the worst part, though.
26 Name: Anonymous : 2020-09-19 20:12
>>25
I think Esperantists tend to be people who are interested in learning natural languages also. Speaking for myself as the first person who brought it up (>>8), I've also studied a few classical languages, and >>23-san seems to have broad interests.
It's true that there's to some extent an opportunity cost in spending time studying one language over another, or over doing some other sort of cultivating one's garden. But, from a practical standpoint, language studies compound on each other as your brain becomes more plastic, so it's not wasted time. From a more impassioned standpoint, I wonder if, as another person who studies dead languages, you might have gotten similar skepticism in the past about whether you're using your time wisely. What those languages mean to me is that the thoughts and feelings of people from across time and space, that Catullus' "od'et amo" or Sappho's "deduke men a selanna," reach me, in the form that they found to express them in those sleepless nights thousands of years ago, without intermediary. If someone thought the effort to obtain that wasn't something they were interested in or willing to commit to I would respect that, but if they thought it was worthless I would pity them.
To try to convey what I've seen in Esperanto so far, meeting someone who speaks Esperanto from another culture is very exciting, much more than someone from another culture who speaks English. Part of that is just being in the honeymoon phase of language learning, I'm sure. The more durable parts though are Esperantism, the idea that there's value in having this shared thing connecting that isn't either of our patrimonies, and, yes, that we're both weird nerds so we have that in common from the start.
27 Name: Anonymous : 2020-09-20 13:44
>>26
I think people should learn whatever language they're interested in, be it Esperanto or Sanskrit. What baffles me is that, even though most constructed languages have their main point of interest being simply the fact that they're artificially constructed, Esperanto is still an attempt to create a lingua franca. That in itself sounds like an attempt to exchange culture for commercial facility (or "world peace").
I believe anyone who has seen Guarani being endangered by either Spanish or Portuguese, or Hawaii's struggles to preserve their own language, would feel slightly troubled over an artificial language. Preserving their language is a means to preserve their culture, and those artificial languages preserve no culture at all. Creating a language, in the eyes of the endangered one, is fabricating more threats.
And I don't mean that it is absolutely a waste of time, but that it is, in comparison to learning any other language, a waste of time akin to that of learning Klingon. But again, a man should do whatever he's interested in ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
28 Name: Anonymous : 2020-09-24 20:51
Update from OP:
I've become a lot better at Spanish to the point where I could probably be dropped off in Mexico or Argentina and do just fine, albeit with some trouble.
I've also been working on learning Mandarin Chinese for months and can read a decent amount but can barely understand it when spoken. Still working on that. Got a Taiwanese penpal so he's helping me improve my grammar and writing.
Things are generally good.
29 Name: Anonymous : 2020-09-27 23:22
>>28
I've also been working on learning Mandarin Chinese for months and can read a decent amount but can barely understand it when spoken.
That's probably not your fault, a whole lot of Chinese people speak a weird ass regional dialect, so your Mandarin is akin to speaking Queen's English while they answer like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsUvcjk8J5c

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