Part I: What is your main REASON for learning other languages?
Hi every body....what is your main reason for learning other languages? traveling? talking to your friends? history of related country? job?...

The languages except your mother tongue...

Apr 26, 2017 1:42 AM
Comments · 18

I chose to learn Mandarin, because I've wanted to since I was about 10 yrs old.

 My neighborhood didn't have any Mandarin speakers, and my friends and family kept telling me to forget about it.  They always told me, "It's too hard for you.  You're never going to understand it."  

At 10 years old,  I secretly promised myself that I would one day achieve the highest measure of spoken Mandarin possible for a non-native speaker.  Because, damnit, I demand it.  

Here I am 15 years later, finally making good on that promise, and pursuing a dreamline.

April 27, 2017
My main reason to learn any languages is just for fun. I'm interested in linguistics and like to explore other cultures.
April 26, 2017
I probably keep learning languages out of - habit, I suppose. I can't really remember a time when I wasn't learning a language, earning my money translating or teaching a language. So, when I found myself for the first time in my life in a situation where language skills weren't a requirement, it felt like an important part of me had gone missing. Yes, it's an unbelievably frustrating process: going from learning the first words to understanding bits, trying to wrap your tounge around unfamiliar sounds, on to learning endings, to puzzling out sentences with the help of a dictionary, and then on to speaking a little and being able to read almost everything, on to reading a language just for fun. But then, finally, after years and years of hard work, there may come this wonderful, heady moment when another non-native speaker mistakes you for a native speaker for the very first time. That's the best ego-trip I can imagine. And in the end, it's like you've made this brilliant coat for yourself - admittedly by a very long, slow, laborious process - which fits you like a glove. You can put it on whenever you like, to think and feel differently at least, if not always better. And it will never wear out! Isn't that incredible?
April 27, 2017
I learn a foreign language for fun. (My purpose started out as a desire that I might travel someday, but now I am not sure whether I will even use it that way.  After starting to learn it I found I enjoy it enough that even if it is only fun and healthy for my brain that is enough for me.I found I can learn quite a bit about other places without physically traveling there.)
April 27, 2017

The reason I want to improve my Spanish is to reconnect to my Mexican roots.. I would also like to live in Latin America in the future, so it is both personal & career purposes why I'm improving my Spanish.

Mandarin is the second language I will be learning because I do want to teach English in Taiwan. I also think learning this language can open up all types of job opportunities.

Learning other languages opens your opportunities to jobs all over the world, you will have a different experience when you travel abroad because you know the local language.

April 26, 2017
Show more