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The Multilingual Desire

Ever since I started using Duolingo to study languages, I’ve had a growing desire to learn multiple languages. There are many languages available on that platform, and it continues to grow.

My experience learning languages started in 1986 when I was 9 years old. I studied French in school until 1994, when I was 17 years old. I didn’t take French in grade 12, but instead challenged the final exam and passed it easily, getting full credit for the class. I was good at it. I had confidence that I could learn languages easily.

In university, I took a class in Japanese and enjoyed it a lot. I did very well in that class, and it helped me a lot when I moved to Japan in 2005. I had full intentions to learn the language and become fluent. I studied it on my own. However, I worked entirely in English. My interactions with Japanese people were with friends who spoke English well, coworkers who spoke English, students who I taught English, and people in shops. It was when I went shopping or out to a restaurant that I was able to use Japanese. As a result, I have no problem going shopping or ordering in a restaurant in Japan. My confidence in speaking Japanese didn’t grow at all. I didn’t speak well enough to have a conversation with my wife’s parents, or even with my wife. My listening improved, but my speaking did not. That’s my fault.

I started using Duolingo to relearn French. I also started doing Esperanto, since studying it has been proven to help people learn other European languages more quickly. I also started learning Spanish.

My studying has stalled recently. I’d like to get myself back into it. I’d like to focus on French and Japanese. French will be useful for future job prospects in Canada, while Japanese will be useful for me with my family and my in-laws. And since we plan to travel to Japan often, I can use it there.

But I don’t want to stop there. I want to get back into studying Spanish, as well as German, Norwegian, Russian, and Irish. My family heritage includes German, Norwegian, and Irish. My grandfather was born in Russia, so a lot of research into his family history has to be done in Russian. I think it would help. And I’d also like to learn Tagalog. I have some Filipino friends, and I think it would be fun to be able to understand what they’re talking about.

Are you using Duolingo? Are you studying a language? Let me know in the comments section below. Also, you can check out my Duolingo profile and add me as a friend.

Duolingo, You’re Drunk

I love Duolingo. It’s a great system for learning new languages. The focus is on grammar and vocabulary, with a bit of listening and possible pronunciation. It can get you to a low intermediate level for speaking, but it can really help with your reading skills. But sometimes, Duolingo can be a bit of a comedian.

I’m focusing on Esperanto right now, which isn’t exactly a common language to learn, but it’s great for helping you learn other languages at a faster pace. Tonight, I encountered an interesting question.

esperantocowsA bit too big? Click on the image.

Did you? Well, that is very interesting, isn’t it?

esperantocows2I’m very glad to hear that, Duolingo. Thanks for reminding us.

If you’ve used Duolingo, have you encountered strange or funny sentences? Let me know in the comments below.

Week in Review – February 28, 2016

A day late, but that’s better than nothing. I guess this is my birthday update! February is about to end, and it’s been a very busy week. I went on a short holiday to a beautiful seaside hotel and hot spring. Did a bit on videos, with another coming tonight. But how will February end in stats? It may be the best month ever!

Reading

I only made progress on one book, Redemption Ark by Alastair Reynolds. I’m now at 16%. Still at 43% for Keepers of Water.

Writing

Again, nothing to report here until this spring. No time at the moment.

Languages

I did a bit with Esperanto, but I didn’t advance in level. I’ll be working more on this this week.

Canada

I keep thinking about cars. The Mazda3 is looking good, though I’d have to test drive it. Also, we have to decide which school our daughter will go to. We have a couple choices, but I don’t know if she could make it into the Cogito program. If so, then she could go to one of the best schools in the province. If not, she’ll go to an above average school nearby.

Videos

I did only one video, but it was about something that’s kind of difficult, saying goodbye. I have to say that to several students. Here’s the post I wrote about it.

The Blog

I’ve been thinking a lot about what’s going to happen after moving to Canada. I have a lot of plans, not only for the blog, but also for work, YouTube, and more. Also, if I’m lucky, I’ll have a total of 70,000 views by the end of the day tomorrow.

Studying

Nope! Not happening.

The Next Week’s Goals

More videos. Definitely focusing a lot on that. Also, more studying Esperanto. And I need to get a lot done with the whole move. And of course, more quality blog posts!

How was your week and weekend? Let me know in the comments below.

Focusing on Esperanto

Flag_of_Esperanto.svgI read something today that had me pretty convinced to work on learning Esperanto. But why Esperanto? Some people might say it’s not a real language. However, it is a real language that was originally created to become an international language that could bridge the gap between countries.

Esperanto is a very easy language to learn. You can become proficient in it in a fraction of the time it would take you to learn other languages. It’s easy to understand after only a few hours of study. It’s great for people who are fluent in Germanic and Romance languages, since it draws from those two language groups the most.

The thing that had me convinced is that it actually helps people learn other languages faster. While Esperanto may not be the most practical language to learn, it helps you with many fundamentals of European languages, and it makes it easier to learn them. So, why not take the time to learn Esperanto and cut the time to learn other languages?

I’m going to go for it. While I’m studying French and Spanish, I’m going to also work on Esperanto. This should be fun!

Anyone interested in studying Esperanto?

Test Driving Languages – Esperanto

Flag_of_Esperanto.svgMoving on to my second language test drive, I tackle the constructed language, Esperanto. This language has no native country, and was created to be the international language. It’s based on various European languages, so it’s meant to be easy to understand and learn if you have studied any European language. It has a somewhat Romance language sound, though many words are recognisable from a Germanic point of view. Around two million people worldwide can speak Esperanto, while about two thousand are native speakers, having been taught since birth.

Mi estas viro.

— I am a man.

Alphabet

This is very easy. It has the same alphabet as English, generally, but there are some letters with an accent above them to change the pronunciation to a soft one. But overall, not difficult.

Pronunciation

This is also very easy. It’s straightforward and follows strict pronunciation rules. Nothing tricky about it at all.

Grammar

Also very easy. In fact, it follows Germanic and Romance language word order. It’s subject-verb-object, and there is no indefinite article. Only definite articles. Nouns always end in -o, verbs end in -as, adjectives end in -a, and adverbs end in -e. Opposites have the prefix mal- added. So, you only need to know one adjective or adverb to be able to know the opposite. You’ve basically doubled your vocabulary. Incredibly easy.

Overall Impression

I took the first six lessons, which is very basic grammar and vocabulary. I could retain almost all of it without reviewing much at all. It’s easy to remember, because many of the words are somewhat similar to words in English, French, Spanish, etc. If I study this language, I’ll probably do it quickly. I’ve heard it’s a great language to study if you want to study other European languages. It’s supposed to make it easier. If you find languages difficult, then give this one a try. It may even help you study other languages.

Are you interested in this language? Let me know in the comments below.