Question of the day.

What is one language you wish you could know, but don’t?

My answer:

I haven’t started learning many of my favourite languages yet, that I plan to learn in the future. I have some very basic idea about them, like know some basic words and phrases and whatever I’ve been able to catch of them along the way so far, and also I think I have a pretty good idea about how the phonetics of each of them work, and how they relate to spelling, but I am by no means able to communicate in most of them, so I would like to learn them. But since that’s quite obvious if you’ve been following my blog for a while, I can also say that I think it would be cool, in case I will ever learn all my most favourite ones, to try some others, that I also like, not quite as much but still, and find them interesting. Like, perhaps other Slavic languages or the Uralic ones, or the other Scandinavian languages apart from Swedish and Faroese that are on my favourites’ list. If I could go that far, I think the only limitation for me would be that I’d have to stick to the languages with Latin alphabet, because I learn to a large degree by reading and writing, and even if not, I do like to know how something is spelt to be able to imagine it in my brain with some sort of structure, and I can’t do that when I only know the pronunciation, also then when I don’t know how it’s spelt I’m more likely to pronounce it wrong, but I somehow don’t feel comfortable with the idea of learning one or more foreign alphabets especially that from what I’ve heard the support for them in Braille displays can vary a lot, and from what I know my Braille-Sense is not able to display other alphabets whatsoever so it would be a bit of an abstraction. Also, I am an accent freak and I like learning, or at least learning about, different accents and dialects of my favourite languages. Until not very long ago I used to think that I’ve come to the point with my English where I know really quite a fair bit about all sorts of accents and dialects, especially British, at least as for a non native who’se never been to any English-speaking country. I suppose I can’t imitate all of them super convincingly, and I haven’t got very much feedback, but I think I have an idea about how to do most of them and am able to distinguish them and usually understand people unless they’re talking really slangy or fast or whatever. I love all of them, just as I do all my languages. But recently I’ve come across a Geordie Youtuber who made a video about her local accent, and I was virtually gobsmacked! Firstly, I realised that, despite of course I knew such an accent as Geordie exists and, very basically, what it sounds like, I somehow missed it in my accent education! πŸ˜€ All the glottalisations are a bit crazy! And secondly, I also realised that it was really pretty hard to imitate, harder than even Scottish! And it’s strange in a fun way! I’ve done a little bit of research online and people generally seem to think it’s difficult, which made me think that I’d like to learn it. It’s fun, just like all the British accents are to me, but the added extra challenge makes it even more intriguing to me. And if I could learn to understand and speak it at least to the extent I think I can do Glaswegian Scottish, I think I would feel even better about my English since it seems to be so hard, haha. I’m not saying I will do it, and I’m almost sure I will not do it right now while I’m doing my Welsh, which requires a lot of creativity and motivation and imagination from me with the amounts of resources available, I’d rather tackle it when doing some lighter language and until then I might change my mind or just forget about it, but I hope I won’t! It’ll be a quirky, fun thing to do I think, even if not particularly useful in life, but which of my languages are going to be practically useful for me? πŸ˜€

So how about you? πŸ™‚

12 thoughts on “Question of the day.”

  1. I used to work with a Geordie from Sunderland and half the time I had no idea what he was saying. It’s an accent that does very strange things to the English language.

    As for one language I wish I knew, I’d probably go with Hungarian, only because my best friend is Hungarian. Probably the most useful language for me to learn would be Mandarin, because there’s a large Chinese population in my city.

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    1. From my impression so far, I can definitely agree about Geordie. πŸ˜€
      I like Hungarian, Polish people make fun of it just because it’s different than every other language in the world and my Mum hates the sound of it but for me it’s intriguing.

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  2. No big surprise here… Danish. Although I’m getting there little by little, I highly doubt I’ll ever be able to have a serious conversation in Danish. As much as I’d love to master that language, I think that the odds of that happening are very, VERY slim πŸ˜›

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  3. As someone who only speaks (well, writes, my English pronounciation sucks) English and Dutch well enough to have any sort of meaningful conversation in them, there are a lot of languages I wish I knew, but the problem is I don’t have the patience to learn them. First op my list would be German (which I can speak a little), followed by Swedish. I took English, French and German all at the same level in high school, but only practised English.

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    1. I feel like, and that’s also what my personal experience has been, the majority of our struggles with language learning that we say are due to lack of patience is in fact lack of an interesting enough method. Perhaps you just haven’t come across one that would be right for you. It can be very tricky, especially if your options are limited.

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  4. I wouldn’t mind speaking fluent Spanish. I speak ‘pidgin’ Spanish (I know a few words and broken sentences), but it would be lovely to speak that language with ease. The ones I’ve seen in your comments’ section thus far are difficult ones…but wouldn’t it be great to speak any language without problem?

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    1. Spanish is certainly a useful language to know. πŸ™‚
      Yes, I think any language you know is like a separate perspective on life that you have, and becomes a big piece of identity, so even if you know just two languages well – of which one is your mother tongue – your perspective automatically becomes wider and your personality develops significantly, it definitely is great.


  5. I’d love to learn Czech, simply because it would play into my fantasy of Sonya being my roommate. She’s lived there for ten years (I think?) and has mastered the language. She seems to think I could master it too, but I have to keep reminding her I’m half-deaf. I think that makes it way harder for me to learn a new language. It’s hard enough for me to make out “quiet sounds” (/p/, /k/, /t/, /s/, for example) in my own language.


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