Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Language bucket list

The title may appear a little bit odd to you....Language bucket list?? How should I understand that? I know there exist something like a bucket list, but a language one? In today's post I will try to answer these questions and show you the outline of mine. Let's start with the title's explanation. Today I was thinking about so-called "Bucket lists". It is a personal list where you can find the things a person wants to do before he/she dies. I thought to myself why not create a separate list for languages. Although, of course, they may be included in a general bucket list.

Here's my list (without levels)
Attention: Some of those languages I already speak, but I want to improve them anyway. I have marked them with asterisk

1. English *
2. French *
3. Portuguese *
4. Spanish
5. Russian
6. Hebrew
7. Arabic
8. Finnish
9. Romanian
10. Catalan
11. Occitan
12. Swahili

This list of mine can get changed of course. I may add or take away some languages. Besides I do not want to learn each and every one at the same level. Possibly, I will only try some of them or will remember some basic, useful expressions.

Do you have your own list?


  1. I really regret that Turkish doesn't appear on the list... I hope it will one day, though :)

    1. Maybe yes. But I have also a group of languages, I definitely won't learn.

  2. Great thing, I must say. I created my own list some time ago, but there are 32 languages ;) I suppose I won't have an opportunity to learn them all, but the first ten I want to be fluent in. I have noticed that nobody puts extinct languages at their lists. Do you consider learning such ones?

    1. 32??? That's much. You want to learn only those popular ones? Just mention a few of them, please. I am a little bit curious, which are ;)

      Extinct languages. I really have not thought about them. Maybe I will try to learn one some day. But telling the truth, I do not know.

    2. To be honest, I don't understand why most of the people learn only popular languages. For me, it's.. just plain. Somebody, for example, knows English, German, French, and Spanish, and in my view it's like not going into details, if you know what I mean :) I can't explain it.
      I fell in love with germanic, mainly scandinavian, languages, so most of my first ten are from that group:
      1. English
      2. Norwegian
      3. Old norse
      4. Finnish (ugro-finnish family, but it's just beautiful)
      6. Latin (as I want to be a doctor :) )
      7. Icelandic
      8. Russian
      9. Old English
      next tens are still changing, because often I read about a language, and then I think 'Why don't try it? ' For me learning basics of a new language (what I often do, without learning more than some vocab and basic grammar structures) is great fun, the feeling of discovering new alphabets, sounds, conjugations and finding that it is simmilar to something I already know, is just amazing :D

    3. To tell the truth, it depends on what you need to know these languages for. If you use them professionally, it is sort of better to learn popular ones. There is simply more need for them. However, if you are an enthusiast it is definitely worth learning those "extraordinary". This way you can meet geeks like yourself.

      What about Asian or African languages? Haven't you thought about them?

    4. Yes, I agree with you. But now there are many, many people, who know popular languages, so you have less chances to get work . Obviously, I don't mean that knowing 3 or 4 languages one won't get a good work, but there's a chance that somebody has better qualifications , more experience or something like that. If one knows less popular language, it's more likely to find you dream job, as an employer has limited choice. I don't know anybody who speaks Icelandic, Norwegian, or Finnish fluently. I haven't even HEARD of such people. Of course, there are some who learn them, but I have never met sb who works as an Norwegian interpreter, for instance. One simply has to target the language niche.
      As regards Asian languages, I've learnt Japanese for about half a year, but it wasn't 'ideal language'. I simply didn't shiver while listening to it or waited impatiently for lesson. I want to back to it one day, but I don't know when. On my lists, in still changing second ten, is Arabic, Hindi and Sanskrit. About African.. Suahili and maybe Afrikaans.
      Do you have other languages that you want to learn? That you've not mentioned on this list? And which, apart from polishing ones you already know, are you learning now?

    5. I am learning Spanish, Russian and Hebrew. The first one is the easiest for me as I already know Portuguese. Just need to work more on grammar. Apart from those that I have mentioned I thought about Swedish, maybe Hausa. I am not much into Japanese or Chinese.

    6. Jeszcze swojej listy nie mam ale stworzę :) Póki co uczę się angielskiego i niemieckiego, ciekawe co będzie potem...
      Podziwiam Cię za zapał, inspirujesz :)

    7. Dziękuję bardzo za miłe słowa i odwiedziny na blogu. Życzę Ci powodzenia w nauce języków i gorąco zachęcam do podjęcia nowych wyzwań językowych. Warto.

  3. Of course I do :) Tylko, ze moja zawiera na razie tylko osiem pozycji :D

    1. A planujesz umieszczenie na liście kolejnych?

  4. My list would look like this:
    1. English *
    2. Spanish *
    3. Japanese *
    4. German
    5. Portuguese
    6. Russian
    7. Italian
    8. Norwegian

    1. Do you speak Japanese? How long have you been learning it? Is it really as difficult as some describe it?

  5. 1. English *
    2. Spanish
    3. German
    4. Japanese
    5. Korean

    There are a lot of beautiful languages, but live is to short to learn them all. :(

    1. Oh yeah. Maybe not all, but one can learn a lot of languages ;) They say that with every new language, it is easier.