Cavesa wrote:Ogrim wrote:Gòl·lum wrote:So does it make much sense to start learning, let's say, Japanese, if you don't plan to live in Japan?
Generally speaking, to me it makes a lot of sense to learn a language even if I will never live in a place where that language is spoken. In fact, I have learnt several languages to which this applies. To me it makes sense when you have a keen interest in the culture that language represents. If you are a big fan of anime, or classical Japanese poetry, then your life will be richer if you learn Japanese. I have learnt Romansh, a language spoken by some fifty or sixty thousand people living mostly in the Eastern part of Switzerland. I've visited the area, but I am not going to live there.Still, because I have learnt the language I have access to cultural expressions which would otherwise remain unknown to me. Learning Russian gives me the tool to enjoy Russian literature, cinema, music and news in the original. I strongly doubt I will ever live in Russia, but this does not put a damper on my enthusiasm for the language.
In this day and age, with internet and modern technology giving you virtual access to almost every corner of the world, learning the language of a culture you are interested in offers so many more possibilities than just 40 years ago, when none of this existed, and my only access to e.g. Spanish culture when I started learning the language was buying two-days old editions of El País and searching the local library for books, VHS tapes and LPs in Spanish. Back then the reward of travelling to Spain was much bigger than it is now seen from a language-learning perspective. (Of course there are other very rewarding aspects of travelling to Spain.)
Gòl·lum's question is so native anglophone
(Never mind that Gòl·lum doesn't appear to be a native English speaker...)