How many languages should one know?
I’ve heard that a lot of people can speak 5-6 langauages.
Some could speak as many as 12-13 languages.
Uhm .. ok, I don’t intend to compete with them, I’m not good at linguistic. [Sometimes, I wonder what am I good at? Is there any? heheh]
Anyway, it just occured to me, I wanted to know more languages with different reasons though.
I want to learn Japanese because uhm I have always been wanting to visit Japan. Japanese are famous for not willing to speak other langauges, so I just want to be able to survive if I got a chance to travel there. And, I want to understand their instructions on a lot of cool things too. Lots of knowledge are hidden behind not so world standard languages, don’t ya think?
Note: by world standard, I mean like at least half of the world population know how to read/write in that language.
Above said, I attended one short Japanese speaking course while I was an undergrad (out of Uni though). The only things I learned and still remember are Connichiwa, Combanwa, Ohayogosaimus, atashi wa ohnumawa nundeska, etc. (pardon my spelling)
I also want to learn French. I recently develop a passion(?) for pastry, and french pastry is among the best. So .. uhm .. enough reason??
Ok. I want to visit Paris too.
This year we had Worldcup right? My friend introduced me to the Italia team. I was kinda fall in love with the team. They’re great and turned out they are the champian of the 2006! yay! So, I guess I’m a permanant Italia supportor. :P The only Italian words I know are pizza, spaghetti, cappuccino, espresso, etc. I need to learn more because I want to visit to Rome, Milan, Vatican City, Florence, and Venice so it’s good to know some Italian right?
What? Ok Ok I admit. Italian men are good looking too. Maybe, I could chat with ’em while I’m there.😛
Heheh, some lame reasons I know but oh well, one gotta have some inspiration from some weird things, eh?
Come to think of it, wanting to see the world plays a role here too.
PS. Since I put it here now, my (not so secret anymore)plan is giving 5 years(once a week, I guess) for learning each language. Hope I’d learn a thing or two from each.