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  1. I think everyone yearns for immediate fluency, but aiming to be able to comfortably converse in a native setting is a far more obtainable goal in a short amount of time. Even if your conversational skills are still a bit rusty, I'm sure most locals will appreciate your effort, anyway. Good luck, and have fun in Paris! I'd love to travel there one day myself, so I truly hope it's an enjoyable experience for you.
  2. I think it's really interesting that many of the responses to this thread include agreement that the culture the language is primarily attached to plays a huge role in the motivation to learn that language. It's something that I think is probably one of the main reasons behind many individuals choosing to learn less common languages (example: any Romance language.) Personally, the reason I've chosen to learn Korean and Japanese despite a vast majority claiming the languages are 'too hard' to learn for native English speakers is exactly that: I fell in love with the culture of South Korean and Japan, respectively. The fact that it's distinctly different from my own, with various nuances of the languages being directly influenced by the culture is just so interesting to me. Everyone likely agrees that the language one choose to learn should have some significance to them, that it should be something they deeply care about in order to keep them motivated in their learning process. However, so many still continue to attempt to give one single language the distinguishing title of being the 'easiest language to learn.' The truth is: everyone learns language differently, so one person might be able to learn a given language easier than another individual. Many factors go into the learning process, like the individual's native tongue, and whether there is a lot of good quality material available for learning their target language. English may be one of the easier languages to learn in terms of material, since it's an in demand language for world wide business opportunities, but I personally wouldn't want to relearn English from scratch...and I speak it fluently. Also, I've seen Esperanto being brought up, and I agree based on a linguistic perspective that it might be a good idea to begin learning Esperanto in order to segue into other language learning, particularly if you want to learn a Romance language. It's supposedly the most difficult to learn your first language (aside from your native tongue), and it gets easier thereafter; in theory, this is because you already have a basis on approaching a different grammar structure, etc. That being said, I really just think that an individual should discover for themselves what is 'easy' and what isn't, and ignore all the articles that would tell them to stay clear of the language, because it's be too hard for them to learn. Think of how much you're limiting yourself by taking that approach. : (
  3. Hello, there; thanks for the kind welcome! I see that you're currently studying French? I took four years of French in high school, but I've forgotten over half of what I've learned, by now. I've always meant to brush up on my skills, but that motivation was swept under the rug when my current interests took hold, aha. Do you have any end goals for your language learning?
  4. Hello, everyone! My name is Meghan. I'm a 23-year-old from Pennsylvania (U.S.) Language learning is something that I'm...passively (?) passionate about; that is to say, I've always liked the idea of learning, and I've made many attempts in the past, but I always wind up losing motivation. It's a little difficult to find resources in this area, which isn't very culturally diverse, and I currently don't have the necessary funds to spend them all on expensive learning equipment. However! That doesn't mean I've given up entirely, as I've managed to save up enough for actual Genki textbooks for Japanese language learning, and spend a good deal of time surfing the web for helpful sites geared toward language learning, or blogs geared toward linguists who wish to apply their love of language to actually learning to language. Yes; I'm guilty of reading more about language and language learning, than actually learning. Anyway! I'm hoping to increase my skills in both Korean and Japanese, at least enough to be able to read and watch shows/movies/manga/books in their native language. While I hope to one day visit both South Korea and Japan, I'll be satisfied with just that much. My goal here at the forum is to learn and share tips with others who are also struggling with language learning, as well as (hopefully) make a few friends with the same interests!
  5. The interface on this forum is very clean and appealing. I already like it here

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