The Language Tag
From the depths of the internet I found the language tag that I thought would be fun to do. I will challenge you all who are passionate about languages to do this tag.
What is your native language?
Native Finnish speaker here!
What was your first language learning experience?
In Finland kids start to study English when they are 9 therefore I started to study English when I was 9. I took German when I was 10. German was not mandatory but I wanted to learn another language + my two childhood besties took German aswell and I wanted to hang out with them. Another language that is mandatory in Finland is Swedish, so I started to study Swedish when I was 13. I do like Swedish language but it was very difficult for me to study because I was studying German at the same time and they are pretty close to each others and I always mixed Swedish and German grammar. As far as I know in Finland system is changing a bit and kids start studying languages even earlier. I think that is great because child´s ability to learn another language is at it´s best when they are 11 or younger. I studied French in highschool but I didn´t really get a long with the teacher so I stopped it after a year. When I was in my early twenties I was in exchange in Hungary for a while and picked up some basic Hungarian. I love Estonian language and Estonian culture and I´ve been studying Estonian online for few years now. I also study Welsh and Hawaiian online. Even though I live in Wales I live pretty close to the border of England so I need to travel more closer to the coast if I wish to hear actual Welsh being spoken.
Which languages do you speak?
Finnish, of course. English, German, Swedish. I also speak some French, Hungarian and Estonian. Little bit (few words) of Greek, Hawaiian, Inuiktituut, Northern Saami, Welsh and Croatian.
Which languages would you like to learn?
Hebrew, I´ve always tought it sounds really beautiful, Spanish would be very useful because it is such widespoken language, Russian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Arabic, Korean. Since I speak little bit northern Saami, I´d like to learn other saami languages as well, also some native american languages and Irish.
How does your personality affects how you learn languages?
I am a good listener so that helps. I like to meet people and I´m endlesly curious about other cultures. Best way to learn language is of course to hang out with people who speak it but that is not always possible. Most of the time when I paint I have some language video playing on the background. Good concentration skills!
Do you prefer to study languages individually or in school environment?
When I was a child school was definitely the best learning environment but I guess now as a grown up I actully learn languages better indiviually.
Do you have tips for people who wish to learn languages?
Make friends with native speakers of the language you wish to learn. YouTube is a great source for language videos. There are lots of language apps and games available these days. One of my Hungarian friends told me that when he studied Finnish he went to the Finland´s ambassady in Budapest and watched Finnnish movies there. Even if you are just watching a film change the subtitles or the voice over into the language you wish to learn. Think about what kind of learner you are? Are you like me and you learn by listening or do you learn more by talking? Think about the reasons why do you want to learn specific language. I´ve always been interested from anthropology and history and for me it has been helpful to do my studies on folklore with my basic knowledge on different languages. I am an Estophile and fascinated by Estonian culture and that inspires me to study Estonian. I really love the world of Finnish mythology and folklore as well so to me studying Estonian it gives me glimpse to what old Finnish language and those long gone Uralic languages might have sounded like.
That was fun! Take care you guys!
Tätäpä oli hauska tehdä! voikaa hyvin!
Artist, illustrator, writer and a folklorist. Gryffinclaw. Comes from Finland. Likes cats, tea and period dramas.
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