Would you trade speaking your mother tongue for speaking -say- 10 other languages? If so, what would those languages be? What if it was just 5 other languages? (Even if the answer is "no", let us know what languages you'd choose if it wasn't optional.)
I read a question like this one somewhere and I often like to think about what 5-10 languages I should choose; they change all the time. I thought it would be fun to ask here, as this sounds like a fun game!
I'll answer this question later myself. I'm curious to read your answers first!
Well, I'll go first. I wouldn't trade my language for any number of different languages because: 1) I need it for work, but most importantly 2) my mom, some family members and some friends only speak Spanish. Not being able to speak with them isn't an option.
But, if I had to choose 5 or 10 languages they would be (today's choices): 1) Portuguese (because it's similar to Spanish and I hope it would allow me to learn Spanish easily). 2) English (because I love it and it would make my life so much easier at home!) 3) Russian (I've heard it's very hard to learn, so I'm also being practical). 4) Mandarin Chinese (most spoken language in the world). 5) Arabic (I also feel it would be a hard language to learn). 6) German (also hard to learn and Germany is close enough). 7) Japanese (I'd love to visit and I've heard few people speak English, plus I think it would be a neat language to speak). 8) French (because I took 3 years in HS and loved it). 9) Swedish (I've been told it would allow me to kind of understand the rest of the Scandinavian languages). 10 Italian (I also like it, and it would come in handy when visiting Italy. Plus, it's also similar to Spanish).
Would you trade speaking your mother tongue for speaking -say- 10 other languages?
Yes, I wouldn't mind - I make an abstraction of the emotional-tie (family) and work-need because I think everyone answering this question will be confronted by the same issue and say no.
If so, what would those languages be? What if it was just 5 other languages? (Even if the answer is "no", let us know what languages you'd choose if it wasn't optional.)
1) Italian - always loved that language but gave up learning it as it is too close to Spanish for my liking (I started getting confused). 2) Norwegian - love the singing sound of this language 3) Dutch - love the sound of that language 4) Greek - for the challenge of a different alphabet, but also because I very much like the sound of this language. 5) German - for the challenge (I already speak it a little but never managed to reach a decent level) 6) Hebrew - for the challenge 7) Japanese - for the challenge 8) Chinese - for the challenge 9) Swahili - for an exotic and different language 10) Hindi- for the challenge and an exotic and different language
Note that I did not include the 2 other languages (English and Spanish) I already speak fluently as I assume in your question I'd only trade my mother tongue, not the other ones I speak.
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It's funny that you said you like the sound of Greek, because I've heard Spanish and Greek both sound the same, and you already speak Spanish. It did happen to me once, that some Greeks were speaking and I thought they were speaking Spanish until I realized I couldn't understand a word of what they were saying, so there must be some truth to both languages sounding the same.
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Well, like Raquel, I couldn't trade my mother tongue because that would mean not being able to speak with pretty much anyone in my family (only my siblings know some English, but that's about it), and I couldn't work, because teaching Spanish is what I do for a living, but anyway, these are my top 10:
(1) German (I already know some, so why not becoming a more fluent speaker?) (2) French (so that I can also teach it to my daughter and have play dates with my French-speaking friends) (3) Russian (my nephew was born there, so it'd be cool to visit the country with him to learn about his roots and actually being able to communicate in Russian) (4) Chinese (the language of the future!) (5) Swahili (I think it'd be pretty cool to know a language from every continent, and Swahili is one of the most well-known languages in Africa) (6) Korean (just to see if I can get into the K-pop craziness) (7) Quechua (looks like a pretty fascinating language) (8) Arabic (as you can see, I love languages with a different calligraphy/alphabet) (9) Italian (probably I'd get it confused with Spanish all the time, but oh well...) (10) Basque (I spend a whole month in Bilbao every year)
Wish I could speak them all, in addition to English and Spanish!
Raquel: I'm so sorry to hear about your mother's passing, Adam. She sounds like an amazing woman. Sending you a big hug from Madrid.
Apr 12, 2018 18:16:38 GMT 9
Marie: I am sorry to hear about your mother Adam. Thinking of you and your family.
Apr 13, 2018 4:25:21 GMT 9
Jana: What a beautiful tribute you wrote to your mother. Sending condolences from the SF Bay Area!
Apr 14, 2018 5:34:03 GMT 9
Kristin T.: I enjoyed reading your post about your mother. Those were some amazing photos to cherish forever. I am sorry for your loss. I know it's ever the more painful having been an expat so long. Take care & be kind to yourself.
Apr 16, 2018 2:24:35 GMT 9
Nellie: I'm so sorry to read about your mother Adam. She sounds like an incredible woman. Your friends across the world are thinking of you and your family!
Apr 17, 2018 0:50:25 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Thank you, everyone, for your warm expressions of sympathy on the loss of my mother. Your friendship and support has meant a lot to me at this challenging time.
Apr 17, 2018 7:44:14 GMT 9
Judit: I'm sorry about your mom, Adam, glad you could say goodbye, sounds like a wonderful woman. Beautiful pictures and a heartwarming tribute, thinking of you in Italy!
Apr 19, 2018 17:17:40 GMT 9
Adam Beck: Thank you, Judit. I really appreciate your kind thoughts. I send back warm wishes, from Japan to Italy.
Apr 20, 2018 16:35:16 GMT 9
Angela: So sorry for your loss. She was a great woman. I hope you feel a bit better. Kisses from Spain.
Apr 22, 2018 23:34:43 GMT 9
Mayken: We visited a Loire Valley château yesterday. Our daughter got a kids' activity booklet and we parents got the regular tour booklet in French. She asked for one in German (our ml). When I later asked her why, she said "Because I'm a German-speaker!"
Apr 23, 2018 23:23:36 GMT 9
Nellie: Haha love it Mayken! The best thing is - she is right!
Apr 24, 2018 5:45:09 GMT 9