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    If you want to learn another, NEW language, which & why?



    Hiya!
    I know that there are many Japanese-language learners here, however, I am curious if you ever thought about learning another, new, language.
    If you had the time to learn a new language, which should it be and why?
    Note: (no "brush-up" of a language you have already received lessons in, but it should be a completely new language for you).

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    Spanish, Japanese and maybe Italian

    because i appreciate their cultures

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    Portuguese. It would come in very handy in Japan. (Really)

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    It would be French or Spanish as they are widely spoken in many countries, and also I really like how French sounds.

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    I want to go back to studying French again, because I forgot most it from high school.

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    I want to learn Chukchi so I can talk about salmon with the Chukchas.

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    nice thread,

    i geuss i would like to studie Swedish, becaus i have a ex-swedish girl, and and she teached me some, i think the lang is interesting ( and bit funny, sorry you swedish guys/girls up here, no offence)

    i wouldnt like to learn Old english,,, hehehe...

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    Chinese (Mandarin)...Although Japanese will be sufficient for now

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    Oh! I just realised that I forgot to answer this very question myself!!
    Well, if/when I have time, I'd love to learn ITALIAN!!!
    Why? Well, it is one of the most beautiful languages in my opinion, and I today regret that I took French in high school instead, and not Italian...
    However, a good thing of course is that my French can come in useful when learning Italian because it's Roman/Latin.

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    Old English, but finding some else to talk to could be difficult. I could then read Beowulf and Canterbury tales in the original text. Might give me an insight into Northern European languages as well. Mind you I am not a good language learner, it takes time and I can be impatient.

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    I'd like to learn Mandarin Chinese next, because it seems that it will be a good language to know in the coming years.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mycernius
    Old English, but finding some else to talk to could be difficult. I could then read Beowulf and Canterbury tales in the original text.
    The Canterbury Tales was written by Chaucer, and it's in Middle English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    I'd like to learn Mandarin Chinese next, because it seems that it will be a good language to know in the coming years.
    I was under the impression that you had already learned the language... Your grammar description of Mandarin was superb ... so... Are you sure you weren't thinking Cantonese but wrote Mandarin instead ?
    The Canterbury Tales was written by Chaucer, and it's in Middle English.
    Does that mean OE & ME are very different to the point that a speaker of OE would not be able to grasp ME with relative ease ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lexico
    I was under the impression that you had already learned the language... Your grammar description of Mandarin was superb ... so... Are you sure you weren't thinking Cantonese but wrote Mandarin instead ?
    I've learned some of the basics and done some reading about the grammar, but I haven't actually learned the language. That is, I couldn't use it practically.

    Quote Originally Posted by lexico
    Does that mean OE & ME are very different to the point that a speaker of OE would not be able to grasp ME with relative ease ?
    They're pretty different orthographically, and I think by the time of ME the language had lost a lot of inflection.

    Here is an example of OE (from Chapter XIV of Beowulf).

    Here is an example of ME (from The Canterbury Tales):

    And smale foules maken melodie,
    That slepen alle night with open eye,
    So priketh hem nature in hir corages;
    Than longen folk to gon on pilgrimages
    Also, here is a page that allows you to look at vocabulary of ME and hear how they pronounced it. It's pretty cool stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misa.j
    It would be French or Spanish as they are widely spoken in many countries, and also I really like how French sounds.
    I'd like to refresh my Spanish for those reasons as well.....some form of Chinese would be a natural transition from Japanese but I find it extremely aesthetically unappealing (both written and spoken), unfortunately. Ah, well, the Spanish is mostly on when there's someone to practice with....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mycernius
    Old English, but finding some else to talk to could be difficult. I could then read Beowulf and Canterbury tales in the original text. Might give me an insight into Northern European languages as well. Mind you I am not a good language learner, it takes time and I can be impatient.
    i know some girl who understand and talk it... i can hook you UP

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth
    I'd like to refresh my Spanish for those reasons as well.....some form of Chinese would be a natural transition from Japanese but I find it extremely aesthetically unappealing (both written and spoken), unfortunately. Ah, well, the Spanish is mostly on when there's someone to practice with....
    I'm the opposite: I find Mandarin Chinese to be a beautiful spoken language. I'd also like to add Korean to my list. It couldn't hurt, right? Anyway, it seems that I'd just have to learn new phonemes and morphemes, new vocabulary, and a new version of phonetic writing and I'd be set; I understand the grammar is pretty similar to Japanese. Pretty simple, eh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    I'm the opposite: I find Mandarin Chinese to be a beautiful spoken language. I'd also like to add Korean to my list. It couldn't hurt, right? Anyway, it seems that I'd just have to learn new phonemes and morphemes, new vocabulary, and a new version of phonetic writing and I'd be set; I understand the grammar is pretty similar to Japanese. Pretty simple, eh?
    A solid working knowledge of the alphabet shouldn't take more than a day or two....two-three months (conservatively) for a Japanese learner to understand basic basic grammar and sentences. And only 2-3 years to master general Korean magazines and newspapers ? For anyone more interested in the culture than I am, this has to be more logical and efficient than any other East Asian language.

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    A new language that I want to learn..sou desu ne.. probably something to do with languages like bahasa indonesia, malay or arabic.

    To befriend people of different cultures and beliefs...etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by dutch baka
    nice thread,

    i geuss i would like to studie Swedish, becaus i have a ex-swedish girl, and and she teached me some, i think the lang is interesting ( and bit funny, sorry you swedish guys/girls up here, no offence)

    i wouldnt like to learn Old english,,, hehehe...
    Funny how? I'm not offended, just curious.


    I would like to learn Russian och German, i've taken some German and will countinue learning it after the summer, but i doubt that i will ever be able to speak it.

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    I really would like to learn Irish - for cultural/ancestral reasons - and I have tried !

    But it was so bloody hard, I ended up chucking my books at the wall !

    I'd also (curiously) like to look at Punjabi - I know nothing about the languages of India, and would like to surprise one or two of the guys who work at our place ! (I have the deep suspicion that I might be pleasantly surprised and interested).

    ジョン

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    hehe, date with an irish girl i would say sensuikan san....

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    Talking What a fine suggestion ! Not the first time I've heard, but ...

    Are you also suggesting that's how languages attract, talk, court, propose, wed, mate, and breed, and thus converge, merge, or spread, dutch baka ......
    Last edited by lexico; 18-04-05 at 10:23.

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    japanese would be a new language for me...so i'd like to learn that

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    I always wanted to learn Navajo Indian language because I heard it was used as basis of the CodeTalker for the U.S. marine corps.

    I have wanted to study some Philippine languages such as Ilocano, Cebuano, Bisayan, Bicolano, Pampangano, etc so I'd compare them with Tagalog.

    I also wanted to study Dutch, Portuguese, and Arabic.

    I am interested in Chinese because I am an ethnic Chinese.

    I always wanted to try an African language like Swahili.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn
    The Canterbury Tales was written by Chaucer, and it's in Middle English.
    Picky, picky. Then I'll try middle English for that

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