Your idea of fun is learning Basque? That's closer to my idea of masochism.
Yes, I love the sound and look of Basque, and especially it's grammar. It's grammar is awesome.
Don't you love split-ergative languages too?
And why do you think that?
I don't know how much you'd use it even there, compared to Norwegian.
To me, usefulness with languages is mostly a must, but since by the time I move to Norway, I'll be fluent in Norwegian and Irish, and will thus not have any other languages to study that would be of use to me, so Sami is a good choice. And as I said, I love Sami.
Even though I would already speak Norwegian, which everyone there knows (and English, which most young people know), I'd still love to learn Sami, since a whole new culture right around the corner would be opened for me.
Reviving moribund languages is an admirable goal and all, but to talk to less than one hundred people, when you're going to move anyway? Is that worth the tradeoff?
I've thought about that, that it would be pretty much useless, but who knows if it won't be? I plan to be a linguist of some kind in the future, so maybe I could write books in or about Lushootseed. Don't need to be here to do that.
Fair enough, but I'm more concerned with the usefulness of languages rather than the individualist cred they give me (although Arabic arguably does both). I think Japanese is a good choice. I would learn it if I were bothered enough.
The only languages on my list that have varying levels of uselessness are Scots, Basque, and Lushootseed (you could count Irish as quite useless, but I'm already learning it
). The only languages I am sure I will learn are Norwegian, Irish, German, and Northern Sami, which to me would all be useful in some way. Seeing that i want to be learning languages for most of my life, if none of the languages I want to learn are useful, what's the harm in learning them?