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Post Reply If you could instantly learn a language, what would it be.
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Khmer. They say that if you are truly impossible of learning a language, then you are dumber than the dumbest fluent speaker of the language, as in "If they can learn it, you can too, just more effort".

Suffice to say, I grew up in a Khmer speaking household and...I do not know Khmer.
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Irish. I like the sound of it
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Italian
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Spanish, French, Italian, German, Scandinavian languages, Russian, Japanese...
Practical if you want to live in my family.
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I would probably have to say Greek. I took it back in elementary school for seven years, but despite that, aside from a few words, I can only read words that are phonetically similar in English.

Aside from that I would say German. I know a handful of German words, and German just feels so satisfying to speak.
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Japanese for sure. I love learning new languages, but if I could fast forward one it'd be the one I use the most. No more subtitles!
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So I had a thought, and maybe someone else has said this and I missed it, but now that I think about it, if I can learn ANY language I'd want to learn some ancient form of Egyptian. We can read hieroglyphics and translate a lot of meaning, but there are parts of now dead forms of ancient Egyptian language we don't have the phonetics for. So that would be cool, but no one would believe that you discovered the actual sound system if you magically learned a dead language instantly.
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Does it have to be an IRL one?
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Oh man, there are so many. Latin, Ancient Greek, French, German, and Russian would all be useful for reading classic literature in fiction, philosophy, and mathematics. I really like the sound of Hebrew, Gaelic, and Japanese, and Chinese (any dialect, but let's say Mandarin for our current purpose) has that cool tonal thing going on that I never could get the hang of when I took a class. I also think the character-based writing systems used in Chinese and Japanese are really neat.

But you had to say I only get one. ONE. That's not fair! I suppose Spanish or French would be the most useful for traveling purposes since they're used in so many places around the world. Latin would be nice for reading, and would help with grasping certain areas of English Language. Ditto for Ancient Greek. Chinese and Japanese have those awesome writing systems, and a ton of interesting history. Hebrew sounds nice, imo, and also has an interesting alphabet. Russian would open up Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky.

I won't choose Spanish. I just don't enjoy its sound. As much as I would like to read Ancient Greek and Latin texts in their original language, they just aren't useful enough for speaking to people these days; they're out. The same goes for Hebrew and Gaelic. I have no desire to visit Russia, and there are already excellent translations of their classics, so I'll pass on it. The French and the Germans both have a good number of important authors in varying fields, but German has the edge- French, on the other hand, is spoken in more places throughout the world. Chinese has tons of speakers, and although they're pretty concentrated, it would be useful. Japanese is really only spoken in Japan, but anime. END ROUND 1.

Although French would be nice to learn, I would pick German over it, not least because I have this cool antique calendar/planner from 1938 Germany that I'm dying to read. It's got a lot of holidays, meanings of street signs, military insignias and corresponding ranks, and I'm not sure what else in it. Between Chinese and Japanese, I would go with Japanese, because anime. Also the overly complicated writing system and interesting sound. END ROUND 2.

Hmm.... German or Japanese. Ouch. Practically, I should really say German. But it's just so grating to my ears. It's an interesting language from the little I've learned about it, but I really don't like the sound. So... Japanese? But it's pretty useless outside of anime, and in Japan. I don't know. I think in the end it's just gonna come down to me being an anime addict.

WINNER: Japanese.
Runner-up: German
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French.
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French because them grammar structures mess me up
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chinese
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German. I've always thought it was a cool language. There's also a lot of German influences here in Wisconsin. I started to learn it a few years back but just kinda drifted away from it, I might try again.
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Lord_Jordan wrote:

Sindarin, or Quenya...

Also Mando'a, Sith, and Klingon


Ic ken, þu art næ alone on ðat!
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Tibetan.
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