Languages you have never had any interest in learning ??

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Languages you have never had any interest in learning ??

Postby LesRonces » Sat Jun 24, 2017 2:22 pm

I was thinking about the multitude of languages that people on here learn and it got me thinking about languages which i like and have a future interest in learning.

Curiously, there are several languages that i think 'maybe one day' and several that i just have zero interest in learning. None. Nada. Zilch.

Top of this list would be Portuguese. It holds zero interest for me despite some of my favourite films being in the language. I don't have any interest in its grammar, its vocabulary, the place itself. It's weird.

Then would come Dutch. I would never waste even a second learning anything from this language and again i have no idea why. It just doesn't hold any appeal to me at all. Then Esperanto, but that's because i don't like made up languages.

But then we have things like Russian or Norwegian which, although i have no great interest in the cultures or their media, i could see myself getting into one day. Same with Japanese. If i were going to learn any language it would be Japanese.

So, any languages you all would never have an interest in learning for any reason ?

Mine:

Portuguese
Dutch
Esperanto
Afrikaans
Chinese
Celtic languages
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Re: Languages you have never had any interest in learning ??

Postby Cavesa » Sat Jun 24, 2017 2:39 pm

Had you asked my 10 years younger self, she would have answered "German" immediately, with a list of reasons. :-D
And of course the other one on the list would have been "Russian", with a similar list of reasons. My younger me didn't know Lukyanenko.

Curiously, there are few of these, since I went through the usual craziness after joining HTLAL "I wanna learn them all". I'd say languages that I've never heard of qualify. Yeah, and Uzbek and similar languages, Native American languages, most Chinese languages,and surely many more. Would be funny, finding this post ten years from now, trying to get to intermediate Uzbek :-D
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Re: Languages you have never had any interest in learning ??

Postby PeterMollenburg » Sat Jun 24, 2017 2:45 pm

Esperanto holds no interest for me either, as I too am absolutely not interested in deliberately created languages.

Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese or any other Chinese language) and Japanese don't interest me either. Almost all Asian languages hold little interest for me, except maybe Vietnamese simply because I come across it quite frequently where I live, and would find it very useful here. I'm sure this lack of interest would change if my exposure to Asian cultures increased, which is exactly why I won't encourage myself. I honestly don't want to open that can of worms, because I have battled enough just to learn ONE European language with many similarities to English, which i'm far from finished with despite massive amounts of time dedicated to learning it. Then other languages that interest me are all in the same geographical area, purposely to a large degree, as I'm not a multi-millionaire, it makes sense to focus on one region of the world, the one that holds the most interest for me. I simply don't have the time in my life to open up a can of Asian or Arabic worms, despite the fact I'm sure I'd fall in love with the scripts, languages and beauty of these cultures, given enough time and exposure.
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Re: Languages you have never had any interest in learning ??

Postby aokoye » Sat Jun 24, 2017 4:51 pm

None of the conlangs for numerous reasons, Afrikaans, most of the languages spoken in Africa that aren't Indo-European, Arabic (because the amount of diglossia is just too much for me to handle). I don't know I think it's be easier for me to list the languages that I'd have any interest in learning.
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Postby leosmith » Sat Jun 24, 2017 5:25 pm

To be perfectly honest, only the ones I've never heard of.
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Re: Languages you have never had any interest in learning ??

Postby YtownPolyglot » Sat Jun 24, 2017 5:36 pm

I'm not interested in learning any of the endangered languages, mostly because they tend to be difficult with comparatively little reward to be had from conversations with native speakers or their literature.

Other than those, I'd say Basque, Finnish, and to a lesser extent Korean.
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Postby Xenops » Sat Jun 24, 2017 5:56 pm

I might get a headache trying to think of ones I have never contemplated learning.
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Postby tomgosse » Sat Jun 24, 2017 6:42 pm

I have never had any interested in any conlang such as Esperanto or Klingon. To me, Klingon sounds like you are cleaning your throat. :?
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Re: Languages you have never had any interest in learning ??

Postby blaurebell » Sat Jun 24, 2017 7:53 pm

The list goes something like this:

Basque (I live in the Basque country, the more I hear of it, the less I like it)
All Asian languages apart from Japanese
Arabic
Finnish
Esperanto

And probably a few others that I have never even heard of before :D
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Re: Languages you have never had any interest in learning ??

Postby LesRonces » Sat Jun 24, 2017 8:01 pm

blaurebell wrote:The list goes something like this:

Basque (I live in the Basque country, the more I hear of it, the less I like it)
All Asian languages apart from Japanese
Arabic
Finnish
Esperanto

And probably a few others that I have never even heard of before :D

Yeah i have no desire to learn any Asian language but Japanese has always been there as something i would like to maybe learn one day. Don't know what makes it different.
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