Day Eleven: Top Five Languages You Wish You Were Fluent In

First New Year challenge post. Haha.

So, if German’s my language in my course, it may be the angry language, but let me admit, it’s too classy. Haha.

1.) Japanese – Of course, the language of cuteness. Everything kawaii is in Japanese, and of course, it also became the reason why “honcho,” “bokeh” and “senpai” was born.

2.) French – The language of romance and diplomacy. French may be the toughest language, but of course, the reason why it always has silent letters is because, it retains its class.

3.) Spanish – Another romance language. Well, the Philippines is a former Spanish colony, but the thing is, if you so happen to come from Latin America, racists in the US will simply call you immigrant, but what’s the big deal? Spanish is the language of Kat Von D!

4.) Bisaya – The language of comedy alongside Filipino, it is also spoken by the elite Visayans. No wonder why most of our Cebuano brothers and sisters are actually speaking in English rather than Filipino.

5.) Russian – The vodka and of course, comrades. Now where was I, oh! Russians are taking all over the world, and guess what? You get tundra and taiga.

Others:

1.) Italian – The language of food and music, it is also the language of coffee. It is very smooth and romantic, when someone calls you signora, it sounds lovely.

2.) Dutch – Of course, it’s similar to German. The reason why I wanna learn Dutch is because, it is Germanic, and it’s almost similar to English. Guess what? The Netherlands, in Dutch is Nederland. They call their language, “Nederlands.”

3.) Croatian – Diocletian’s native Croatia may be a part of the Roman Empire during his time, but Croatian is a Slavic language.

4.) Greek – Greek is the language of democracy, mathematics and of course, the language of classicism. If Greece isn’t as well-known as other countries, at least it preserves its own history.

5.) Hebrew – The language of Jesus Christ, it is of course, the language of the Jewish faith. No wonder why Yiddish, another type of German language, uses the Hebrew alphabet.

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Posted on January 1, 2012, in Challenge Accepted and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. I will devote my 100% to Russian, and the 40% to the rest lol

  2. Traviesofilipino

    20-30 years from now US wll become a Hispanic nation due to its large influx of Hispanic immigrants. It’s going to surpass French in no time. I reckon Spanish should be learn and spoken here again. We got heaps of Filipino literature in the language of Cervantes. Spain doesn’t own it anymore. I think it’s also a Filipino language. It’s not about classiness I think but what connects you culturally.

  3. شاهَنشاه رُوشَن

    French is difficult? I’ve taken up French in uni; I found it fairly easy. But then again, I had learned Spanish first. Knowing a Romance language pays very, very well.

    Apparently you have never taken Mandarin or Arabic before. Mandarin, for its complicated tonal system and overwhelming hànzì. There are hundreds of thousands of characters that you must master; each has an exact tone. Get the tone wrong, you end up saying another word. Mandarin grammar is very radical. For one, verbs have no conjugation.

    Arabic is just as hard for its inflection (similar to the Dative and Accusative case that you referred in another post), its verb conjugations, its abjad writing script, the trilateral root system, and the glottal stops. You will literally choke yourself in trying to pronounce words correctly. Arabic words and verb conjugations also have the dual form, which is different from the singular and plural. Worse, Arabic words are written without the vowels, save for “long vowels”. You have to memorize each word; for example the name Muhammad (محمد) is simply M-H-M-D.

    In addition, the regional dialects of Arabic have deviated so much from each other that some linguists consider them as separate languages (i.e. Egyptian vs Levantine, Hejazi vs Maghrebi). Given the wide variety of dialects it’s not a guarantee that learning Modern Standard Arabic (اللُغَةُ العَرَبِيَةُ الفُصحَى‎) will get you through the Arab world.

    Hebrew was not Jesus Christ’s mother tongue. It was a moribund language, restricted only for religious use. Like many living in Palestine, he spoke Aramaic, a Semitic language which was the lingua franca of the Middle East. It was so commonly used that the Achamenid Persian Empire (read: Xerxes and Darius) adopted it. Aramaic’s writing script even became the basis of those of Hebrew and Arabic. Today, it survives through the Syriac dialect, albeit with a different alphabet and much fewer speakers.

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