Languages you have never had any interest in learning ??

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Re: Languages you have never had any interest in learning ??

Postby Chung » Sun Jun 25, 2017 2:06 am

I'd say that there are 6400+ languages which I've never had any interest in learning.

Maybe it's more interesting to list what I've been interested in learning as well as those which I didn't have any interest but learned anyway because they were a means to an end. In summary, there are 9 languages that interest me. I'm studying 6 of them already, and I want to start studying the 3 others before too long.

1) Interested and still studying
- Finnish
- German
- Hungarian
- Korean
- Polish
- Slovak

2) Interested and (obviously) want to study
- Indonesian or Malay (whichever one I can scrounge enough learning material. I've belatedly got into Malayo-Indonesian cuisine and if nothing more would like to know what the name of the dishes mean, and if necessary understand native recipes/instructions)
- Italian (*gasp!* I want to start studying one of FIGS on my own! It does sound a bit like Finnish as Serpent noted, and that's a plus for me. Its being SAE is a blessing and a curse in that it seems relatively easy to figure out based on knowledge of English, French and German, but a little boring since it doesn't tickle my intellect like Slavonic, Uralic, or Turkic languages, to say nothing of Korean.)
- Tajiki (an Iranian language that uses a familiar alphabet is a plus for me as I'm not keen on learning an abjad or quasi-abjad)

3) Interested and studied/dabbled/indulged
- Azeri
- Bashkir
- BCMS/SC
- Chuvash
- Crimean Tatar
- Czech
- Estonian
- Kazakh
- Kyrgyz
- Mari, Meadow
- Mongolian
- Saami, Inari
- Saami, Northern
- Tatar
- Turkish
- Turkmen
- Tuvan
- Ukrainian
- Uzbek

4) Not interested but studied
- French (I stuck with it because of my classmates although I was more diligent studying Hungarian outside class :mrgreen:)
- Latin (Roman history was interesting for me so I didn't mind putting up with the occasional class focused on grammar)
- Latvian (travel)
- Lithuanian (travel)
- Romanian (travel)
- Russian (Turkic Challenge)
- Slovenian (travel)

See The last language you would want to learn on HTLAL for related discussion. As it was 10 years ago, Mandarin (among many others) just holds no interest for me. At best, it could become like Russian whereby if the need arises, I'll hold my nose and do what I need to do.

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...you know what grinds my gears? (and you probably all know how much I champion Uralic, Turkic and lesser-known Slavonic languages) ;)

YtownPolyglot wrote:[...]Other than those, I'd say Basque, Finnish, and to a lesser extent Korean.


sillygoose1 wrote:Turkish, Cantonese, Korean, Basque come to mind. Also, all Slavic languages outside of Russian, Polish, and Czech


blaurebell wrote:[...]
All Asian languages apart from Japanese
Arabic
Finnish
Esperanto[...]


:? *grumble*

Tillumadoguenirurm wrote:Any Sami language, they all look and sound horrible. Finnish for the same reason.[...]


:shock: Oro jaska! / Ole hiljaa! :P ;)
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Re: Languages you have never had any interest in learning ??

Postby tarvos » Sun Jun 25, 2017 2:50 pm

They don't exist, period.
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Re: Languages you have never had any interest in learning ??

Postby Spoonary » Sun Jun 25, 2017 3:05 pm

French is the first language which sprang to mind when I saw the thread title. As much as I think French is beautiful to listen to, I just have no interest in putting any effort into learning it. :?
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Re: Languages you have never had any interest in learning ??

Postby galaxyrocker » Tue Jun 27, 2017 1:56 am

Conlangs for me. I have trouble enough staying focused without a need on studying natural languages; conlangs would just be even worse as there isn't the literature/media/culture to interest me.
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Re: Languages you have never had any interest in learning ??

Postby mick33 » Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:46 am

I'm not really interested in conlangs either :| . Well, maybe I'll learn Toki Pona someday, but I doubt it will be very soon.

As for everything else, I would say that there are many languages I may not get around to learning such as Arabic, Cantonese, Swahili, Latvian, Navajo and Tamil.
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Re: Languages you have never had any interest in learning ??

Postby Whodathunkitz » Tue Jun 27, 2017 11:37 am

Completely naive...

I'd love to learn ANY language to a conversational standard, but particularly one that I could use regularly.

Plus Esperanto as it was the first language that helped me understand grammar terms. I might one day return to it with fresh eyes.

I'd like to learn as many as possible, but I've got a 10 year queue as it is. I've tried to learn various languages for 20 plus years but only recently have I managed to make ANY decent progress (yet I remember snippets from these attempts).

Progress has come from taking charge of my learning and not relying on courses; using apps and learning about how to learn (HTLAL, here). Other key aspects have been to find activities that lead to me having a high workrate and to not worry about precision, following courses exactly etc.

If I had new neighbours, friends etc that would make the effort worthwhile I would consider it.

Holidays, relocating for a job, workmates, any good reason.

The problem I now have is too little time, I need to control my wanderlust.

The plus is that I've got a lifetime hobby which really appeals and satisfies me.

So I'll say a big thank you to all of you who have inspired me here and elsewhere.
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Re: Languages you have never had any interest in learning ??

Postby IronMike » Mon Jul 03, 2017 6:34 pm

Paraphrasing Will Rogers: I never met a language I didn't want to learn.
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Re: Languages you have never had any interest in learning ??

Postby Elenia » Mon Jul 03, 2017 7:24 pm

This time last month I thought I'd never want to learn Spanish - and now I'm thinking 'oh, but I might just have to!'

Apart from Spanish (and Italian, to a lesser extent) I can't think of any language I've never wanted to learn. I can think of plenty languages I will probably never care to make time for, but that list will take far too long...
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Re: Languages you have never had any interest in learning ??

Postby Josquin » Mon Jul 03, 2017 8:39 pm

galaxyrocker wrote:Conlangs for me. I have trouble enough staying focused without a need on studying natural languages; conlangs would just be even worse as there isn't the literature/media/culture to interest me.

Seconded. I could never be bothered to deal with Esperanto, Volapük, Klingon, or the like. When there's no actual culture behind it, I'm not interested. And yes, I know there is a kind of culture at least for Esperanto, but it just isn't the real thing for me.

Weirdly enough, I used to be interested in Quenya and Sindarin when the LOTR hype was at its height (I must have been 18 or so. God, I'm old...), but then Tolkien put a lot of work into inventing a culture with its own history, mythology, etymology and so on. I've never really studied any Tolkien language, but I learnt the Tengwar script, which I've totally forgotten by now.

I can still remember iconic phrases in Tolkien's languages though, like "Ash nazg durbatulûk..." and "Et eärello endorenna utúlien...". I lost interest in fantasy literature when I grew up though, so I really wouldn't consider learning a conlang today.
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Re: Languages you have never had any interest in learning ??

Postby Tristano » Tue Jul 04, 2017 8:02 am

I can make a list now and discover in few years that I changed my mind :ugeek: but I try:
before I get assaulted: all the languages are beautiful and no language is less than others.
- Japanese, it's true that I contemplated learning it because of a travel in Japan, but please, nope. It has all the characteristics of a language that I hate: language isolate, 3 alphabets, one of which is not even an alphabet but a set of ideograms, so weird and alien and strictly culture dependent that if you don't live in the country you basically have no chance whatsoever.
- native american languages. I'm not American and I will never meet a Navajo person or read Navajo books (do they even exist)? Plus they're difficult as fuck.
- languages that are extremly endangered and extremely isolated.
- Basque. How was the thing? The devil created Basque and then tried to get fluent in it, failing big times? Or was it Japanese?
- Most of the conlangs, especially the ones that have too less in common with natural languages, because they're not useful as a bridge. Esperanto and perhaps Slovio can be interesting for me (but I don't have to speak them or learn how to write them). Yes, I had some fun with Toki Pona.
- Judeo Español and Yiddish, unless I studied Hebrew first.
- Faroese, unless I studied Icelandic first.
- Urdu, unless I studied Hindi first.
- Thai and Vietnamese don't score particularly high in my language wishlist, but I reserve myself the right to change idea.
- Turkic languages written with the Arabic alphabet, although I can always learn all the others first and those only by listening.
- Dialects. A waste of time unless I live in the area where the dialect is spoken - and often it is a big waste of time anyway.
- Neapolitan dialect. If I have to decide which languages sounds more lovely between Klingon and Neapolitan, I would certainly vouch for Klingon.
- Frisian. Friesland doesn't exist: it's an invention of the communists. Unless they send me in Frisia to work :P
- Limburgish: a big who cares. Same for Luxembourgish.
- Swiss German: bleah.
- Romansh: a huge who cares.
- Ancient Egyptian and all the extinct languages that don't have any related modern language.

I'm sure there are many more to add, but this is a short representative list.
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