To give you some background info here - I'm a college student who has decided to learn some new languages while I study - Spanish (more or less relearning this one), German, Japanese, and Korean.
I realize Spanish is considered a "useful" language, and German can also be considered useful (though maybe not on the same level as Spanish or English), so my reasoning for those languages is considered acceptable by my peers/family..
Japanese and Korean, however, are another story..
Japanese has always sounded very smooth to me. I feel like it's a very cute language, and Japanese culture has always fascinated me.. This is my reasoning for Japanese, and yes, it sounds childish..
With Korean, my reasoning is even more weird than with Japanese.. I'd like to learn it so that I can send a letter to a group of people, in their native language, to make them feel more comfortable.. I'd like to reach out to them, make friends with them, etc.. The chances that they would send any sort of reply are extremely small, but I would rather do it and regret it, than never to have done it, and regret that.
My reasoning behind learning is most definitely childish, and I understand that. But at the same time, I find it difficult to keep going sometimes, when it seems like I'm all alone in studying them. What I would really like is some sort of reassurance.. Something that I can think of, when I feel like quitting.. Anything, really. I just want to keep going.
Most Helpful Guy
If you're going to use the language, then it's not a silly reason. Personally, Japanese is far more interesting to learn in my book. The culture is so interesting and the language is cool. Only reason I haven't tried learning it is I would never be using it and would likely quickly lose it. But if I learned Spanish (which I don't care to) I would likely use it all of the time, because the opportunity is there. Most useful reason to learn a different language for me right now is just talking to a wider variety of women.0
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Most Helpful Girl
Any reason to learn something new is a good reason. So don't feel weird about that.
Secondly, languages aren't learned overnight. You go into it excited but you quickly find that it takes a much longer time than expected. I would suggest finding someone (probably online, preferably real life) who you can practice speaking with. You become really motivated when you realize you can understand and communicate in that language. Plus the best way to learn is by actually applying yourself, not through studying books.0