I am travelling in Budapest right now and I am really loving Hungarian. I know it’s difficult with the case system and everything, but I would give it a try. Obviously I would need to move to Hungary to speak it, but isn’t there an introductory course somewhere in Canada?
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4. I’m becoming okay at Spanish (not by choice) and German
5. I really want to improve my Icelandic until the level of my French
Why 5 languages, you may ask? Well, I really only want to become fluent in 2 foreign languages. I consider English, Cantonese Chinese and French to be my “own” languages since I am Chinese-Canadian and I believe I have a right and sort of duty to be fluent in those languages.
However, I’m only really fluent in English. I can’t even write or read or listen to more formal Chinese, so I have a lot to work on for that one. And I need to keep on listening to and speaking French to improve.
For the other two, I am not so sure which languages to choose. I want one that would be good for worldwide communication and maybe a quirky one, or maybe two good worldwide ones would suffice. I’ve been taking a smattering of language courses on and off but I haven’t really dedicated myself to learning a language yet, really, except for French but like I said above that doesn’t count. It was good practice though. The learning curve for German won’t be as steep because I already have a foothold on some of the language.
According to the Department of Foreign Affairs website for Canada, the languages of this century are: Chinese, Arabic, Russian, Japanese, Spanish and Portuguese. So I should pick one of those and start learning. But which one(s)?! The choice leads me to very different worlds!
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