I don't find languages interesting enough by themselves to pick up something esoteric on my own. For universal reasons that apply to any language I'd say: learning anything, unlocking new cultures and their works (aesthetic qualities of a language are not translatable) is fun.
I'm currently learning German: for broadening my job market in future (though I'm not sure about importance of this vs specific industry skills. Does studying German for a year gives better return than studying specific eg. IT skill for the same amount of time? Just a thought); I find it easy to learn; I have friends natively speaking German so I have someone to speak to for practice, for feedback and to edit my writings.
Possible languages I might learn in future (in that order of interest) are:
- Latin - again, some friends are already learning it + I find it appealing and interesting, also its importance in Catholicism and European culture increases its appeal.
- Japanese - I occasionally stumble on something completely Japanese and need to rely on translators or I need to prepare search phrases for merchandise, art etc., also general exposure to Japanese media.
- Russian - I have some small exposure to it. I might just learn alphabet and very basics like 1000 common words to get general idea of it and be done. Another possible reason would be better navigation on some piracy related communities.>>15
If this is still relevant (unlikely) I left some email address for contact. However, I'm sure you found some learning material already or found some help from other native speaker, there's definitely presence of them on the net in random places (or you dropped the idea).>>18
I think that natural method is the most fun one. I haven't seen modern book for other languages like Lingua Latina per se Illustrata (https://www.amazon.com/Lingua-Latina-Illustrata-Pars-Familia/dp/1585104205)
that would teach you language without relying on translations. That is very likely because modern languages have are in print so you can just try to find material aimed at kids and go from there. As a side note, imo, if you can form thoughts in a given language then you should stick to that. Translating is a related skill that requires practice on its own and at some level of proficiency people drop translating almost completely.>>21
About Anki. It's true, it's trash for learning and great for memorizing. I found some use in shared decks for German by disabling new cards and only enabling those that I encountered while learning or reading something else. Also, morphman seems interesting.