Languages you have never had any interest in learning ??

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

Postby lemme_try » Sun Feb 21, 2021 4:34 pm

This thread is pretty interesting. Made me think a little. Was pretty surprised to see some people don't want to learn Mandarin or Russian. But then, after little bit of contemplation I realised I am in the same boat. This is all subjective, I hope nobody takes offence. I know a lot of people hold sentimental value for languages, and sometimes choice of language is not purely rational.

For me the languages I am interested in share certain characteristics. A major language which is useful, has rich literary tradition, and
of course personal reasons. Everything which falls outside of it, every other language which does follow these characteristics are not interesting for me. Moreover, life is too short to be going crazy all over languages, and I don't want to spread myself too thin. I want to be good at least at some languages than being not good at many languages. At the end of the day, not everybody is Arguelles.

I have zero interest in other slavic languages besides Russian. Granted I did not have to work hard to learn Russian, but I do appreciate it greatly. Unless you have personal reason to learn something like Polish or Czech, I don't understand why anybody would choose them over Russian. You put the same effort, but get less value. I could understand if you had/want to live in Poland, or your heritage, partner or family was Polish. Russian speaking world is a microcosm of its own. It is very interesting culture. With other slavic languages basically you get that country plus maybe small community somewhere else.

For some reason, I have zero interest in Hindi/Urdu or any languages from the Indian sub-continent. I don't find them appealing at all, at least for the time being.

I don't find any of the construct/artificial languages appealing at all. I don't see any intrinsic value to it.

I commend people who try to keep some of the dying languages alive, by being enthused putting in effort learning Native American languages, Celtic languages, regional languages. But personally, I don't see myself ever needing them. I heard a language like Navajo is special, but I am not a linguist, so it has no value to me. I don't plan on living in Andes, why would I need Quechua. I know it is related to pre-Columbian culture, but I doubt there is much work on it.

Bantu languages. Why?! Will never need it. Although Swahili does tingle mild interest.

Finno-Ugric languages. Difficult does not make it useful. I can live without it. If you want to challenge yourself learn Russian, or Mandarin, or Japanese, or Arabic. Finnish or Hungarian? or even minor like Komi? No thank you.
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Re: Languages you have never had any interest in learning ??

Postby Ug_Caveman » Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:12 pm

lemme_try wrote:This thread is pretty interesting. Made me think a little. Was pretty surprised to see some people don't want to learn Mandarin or Russian. But then, after little bit of contemplation I realised I am in the same boat. This is all subjective, I hope nobody takes offence. I know a lot of people hold sentimental value for languages, and sometimes choice of language is not purely rational.


Reading the thread also made me think - and made me come to a realisation that I can find a language itself fascinating, but I'm very unlikely to dedicate time to learning it if I'm unlikely to use it in the near-future.

For example - Japanese is a fascinating language but I have very little interest in wider Japanese culture or the idea of visiting Japan (despite my love of cyberpunk-looking cityscapes.) I could also say the same about Korean and Mandarin (as I have very little interest in either country on the Korean Peninsular or China). Cantonese on the other hand is a language I'd be inclined to learn to some degree, due to the number of expat communities in my country from Hong Kong.

I think the same of Russian - a fascinating language but a country I'm not majorly interested in visiting. I'd have much more use for a working knowledge of Polish, and as such would be more inclined to invest time into it.

But beauty is in the eye of the beholder ;)
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Re: Languages you have never had any interest in learning ??

Postby Ccaesar » Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:37 pm

I like Luca Lampariello's idea. You have to have a romance with the language.
I like the languages I am learning for various reasons, but most importantly I want to speak to people. To really speak to them I need to learn the language and contrary to popular belief I don't think you "study" or learn the culture by reading books about certain authors who felt like closing their door and writing a book, but rather by comunicating with and befriending the people who speak and live in that language.

I like to believe if you have a romance with a language love(usage) will find its way.
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Re: Languages you have never had any interest in learning ??

Postby lemme_try » Tue Feb 23, 2021 4:52 pm

Ccaesar wrote:I like Luca Lampariello's idea. You have to have a romance with the language.
I like the languages I am learning for various reasons, but most importantly I want to speak to people. To really speak to them I need to learn the language and contrary to popular belief I don't think you "study" or learn the culture by reading books about certain authors who felt like closing their door and writing a book, but rather by comunicating with and befriending the people who speak and live in that language.

I like to believe if you have a romance with a language love(usage) will find its way.



Unfortunately, in a lot of cases the people just flirt with a language, and don't take it further. They don't develop the relationship into something more serious, they never end up finding out what kind of a character does the language have, the beautiful aspects, and not so pleasant aspects, refusing taking it the good with bad. A lot of people dump the language when they face their first major obstacle.
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