What language would you like to learn?
July 10, 2020 6:56am CST
I have studied (and can read or use) several languages. I just love learning languages, but since coming to Japan I have focused entirely on Japanese. Last summer I realized it would be fun to start another one-- as a useful hobby. I happened to be at the Sakurajima Visitor Center at the time as an English guide and translator. Until the pandemic, we had people from all over the world, but usually they knew more English than Japanese so English was useful. Sometimes, though, we had visitors from mainland China or Taiwan who couldn't speak much English. I thought, wouldn't it be fun to learn Chinese? But which kind of Chinese? We get people from mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan etc. Our information video is in Japanese and each viewing can pick their subtitles from : English, Korean, Traditional Chinese or Simplified Chinese. There are about equal groups who choose the different Chinese ones. On the other hand, I think Spanish sounds really cool. I speak and read French, so other Romance languages are partially understandable to me, but it would be fun to learn Spanish. Then again, I really value languages that are not used much any more, and I'd like to encourage their speakers. I love the sound of Hawaiian, and I live in Japan so studying Ainu would be a good cultural thing, and I'd love to learn a Native American language.... So many languages, so little time, and I'm not likely to get around to any of them until I retire.
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I also love to learn foreign languages. It amazes me to speak a language that others don't understand :D One day, if you have the time, I suggest you to try and learn a little bit of hungarian. It's kinda hard, but if you have enough time, it can be learned. ;)
• United States
I have a love of languages too but not the patience to learn. I'd like to one day learn Spanish. I think I can understand a lot of it, but there's still a lot more that I don't understand. I've also wanted to learn Welsh and Irish too. I learned a little French and Dutch at one time too but don't remember a lot of it. I think Mandarin is understood throughout China.
• United Kingdom
I'd love to be fluent in any language. I have spent time learning various languages but never enough to be of any use. I didn't travel abroad until last year so didn't have any reason to use another language. As a result, I forgot most of everything anyway, although I did have a couple of pen friends who would converse in German, French and, on occasion, Arabic. I took French and German at school, then German and Spanish at college. Since then, I've tried to learn Welsh, Polish, and Mandarin with my children. I'd actually like to learn one of the Indian languages like Urdu, and to become more proficient in Polish and Welsh as those are the languages that are often required for translation.