Delodephius wrote:I didn't know he was one?
Yeah but you've also got Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Hebrew, Swahili and Turkish. I thought you were only interested in European languages.I just changed the names of languages into their endonyms, and added couple of languages only to the future goal part, just for the heck of it because I didn't think I'll ever learn them, and some like Breton and Kurdish I find interesting but I doubt I'll learn them one day, but I'm not saying I won't.
Eh, Europe may be your birthplace but Hungarian and even Russian are no more part of your heritage than they are of mine.Delodephius wrote:My main interests are in European languages when it comes to history and culture, it is my heritage, my birthplace.
Really? Dostoyevsky is one of my favourite authors. That's part of why I'm interested in Russian (among many other reasons).I have no interest and even dislike for example Russian literature, like most people don't.
I've always thought these categories were somewhat mutually exclusive. But if you say so.You can also notice I choose mostly the major world languages, or at least the bit international ones. Despite my localist attitude I am a cosmopolitan, it's part of my life philosophy, and I would like to communicate with people from across our homeworld.
Well, it's more useful than Sanskrit at least.I am having second thoughts about Hebrew.
I thought that too once. Then I picked up a book on it.I would also add Korean.
Eh, Europe may be your birthplace but Hungarian and even Russian are no more part of your heritage than they are of mine.
I've always thought these categories were somewhat mutually exclusive. But if you say so.
Well, it's more useful than Sanskrit at least.
All right, as usual I'm wrong about the Balkans. But I would think most people wouldn't want to learn the language of a former oppressing power (see the rapid decline of Russian in popularity in many of the ex-Soviet countries).Delodephius wrote:My people (Slovaks) were under Hungarian rule for almost a millennium. The archives in our libraries are full of books in Hungarian that today no one can read. Hungarian is very much part of my heritage, believe me.
Russian was a popular language during the communist era and most of my family learned it in school back then. I learned it in school too. It is also a Slavic language.
Being a localist and cosmopolitan.What's mutually exclusive?
Of course usefulness depends on individual circumstances but I think we can safely make generalizations that for the vast majority of people, English is far more useful than Zuni.Depends on what you plan to do with it. Never call a language useless.
But I would think most people wouldn't want to learn the language of a former oppressing power.
Being a localist and cosmopolitan.
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