Ever since I discovered language learning, I have a list (which I update almost weekly) with languages I want to learn. And, although my list has by now 8 languages and most likely, I won’t be able to speak all of them fluently, I will share them, along with the reasons I have for putting them on the list. By the way, I now speak Romanian, English, German and Spanish, and I am currently learning Hebrew.
1. Swiss German. Let me tell you something you probably don’t know. German isn’t one single language. The German which is spoken in the colloquially (which is called “Umgangssprache”) is very different from the one which is spoken on television or in universities (“Hochdeutsch”). Although many would be tempted to believe that Umgangssprache is just Hochdeutsch plus the words “krass” and “verkackt”, in fact the two languages are much more different than you would expect. German dialects are quite different as well, German spoken in Switzerland is different from that spoken in Berlin. And, although the Austrian German is not so different than the one spoken in Sachsen-Anhalt, the Swiss German is very different from the “official” one. That’s why I would like to learn Swiss German, to get closer to the German culture than I already am.
2. Dutch is not a language that is given much attention, mainly because it has ‘only’ about 25 million L1 speakers (in the Netherlands and Flanders). Dutch is not spoken by many people, but I want to learn it for its unique pronunciation (hehe). Although many say that the spoken Dutch is basically vomiting German, I find it very interesting. Also, I’m thinking of moving to the Netherlands at one point, because I went to Amsterdam two years ago and I really liked how quiet the people there are. And since I understood that in Amsterdam there is a very performing IT industry, I think I’m going to move to the Netherlands soon.
3. Catalan. Until a year and a half ago, I didn’t even know there was a Catalan language. I was sure that only Spanish is spoken in Catalonia, which is why after I saw on TV the so-called Catalonia’s independence from Spain, I read and learned that Spanish is not the majority language in Catalonia and Valencia. I dabbled in Catalan through Glossika and I find it very interesting, it seems to be some kind of combination between Spanish, French and a little Portuguese. What I didn’t understand exactly is why some Valencians consider that they do not speak Catalan, but a language they call Valencian. Yes, I have read the articles on Wikipedia, but I still can’t understand what the situation is there. I really want to find out more about Valencian vs Catalan and why Valencians are so fond of making this difference.
4. French. I was always afraid of French. Better said, I’m afraid of the French pronunciation, which is why I didn’t learn anything in 4 years of learning 2 hours a week in high school. Well, the teachers were not very good, and my determination to learn French didn’t exist either. I hope that at some point I will have the courage to start learning this language, which has been a big fear for me for many years. I bought myself 4 French textbooks, but I didn’t even open them. As far as I know, Bloomberg has classified French as the third most important language in the world, after English and Mandarin, which makes me think that I really should start learning it.
I have many wishes, but time does not always allow me to fulfill them.