Question of the Week: July 24th, 2018.

What language would you like to learn and why?

If I had to pick one, probably sign language because I like being able to communicate non-verbally, and as well as letting me interact with the Deaf community, it could be useful if any of my family/friends use their hearing someday.

Sorry I don’t have anything ace related – just  a general getting to know you question today 🙂

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9 Responses to Question of the Week: July 24th, 2018.

  1. Satsuma says:

    I have family members who’s native language is Spanish, and my country shares a border with a Spanish speaking one, so it’s the obvious choice for me.

    I’m pretty terrible at language learning, it’s just not a skill I’m good at, but if I was I’d probably pick one of the ‘more different’ languages like japanese or arabic because you can get access to a much wider range of culture by knowing those, which I’d definitely appreciate

  2. luvtheheaven says:

    “it could be useful if any of my family/friends use their hearing someday.” – I think you meant “lose”, not “use”, as I assume most of them do use their hearing already… 😛 I would love to learn a language needed most desperately in the population of prospective guardians for the future I hope to have where I foster and/or adopt. That includes potentially ASL (American Sign Language) which can also be useful for communicating with some autistic kids etc, or Spanish, or… I’m not sure. There are plenty of possibilities… I haven’t looked into the possibility of fully learning a new language much since I graduated college with a Bachelor’s degree in linguistics, which I earned by getting to the 4th semester level in both French and Spanish, two languages I didn’t feel fluent in at all. And then I didn’t practice or do anything with them, never in my life spoke with native speakers etc… so I’ve lost most of what I learned, almost entirely. I feel like a stereotypical pathetic American who only knows how to speak English?

  3. AbscondingAvarian says:

    I would also like to learn sign language, since, as an autistic person, I occasionally go nonverbal and being able to still communicate with people during these periods would be very helpful to me.

    On the other hand, I’m often put off learning other languages because I’m also nonbinary, and frequently find it very uncomfortable trying to learn highly ‘gendered’ languages, as I can never find terms for myself.

  4. Zoe says:

    It’s nice to have just a chill question like this once in a while. I learned Spanish through the entirety of my education and I would like to practice that more often, but I’m currently trying to learn ASL as well while I’m working on Korean. There’s a lot of free resources for learning Korean and I’m living in the country, so I am more focused on that. For ASL I’m subscribed to a couple of good YouTube channels that I frequent on weekends and I practice back in the mirror when my hands aren’t giving me too much trouble. Both are a challenge in their own way, but learning and getting good at them is a nice idea.

  5. Rivers says:

    I would personally love to know ASL. I have a lot of trouble with learning languages in general. I found taking Spanish to be quite the nightmare. However, if I do end up moving out of the country one day, I very well might have to learn another language, and I’m up for trying.

  6. As I’m currently living in Canada, I wish I knew French. (I moved here from the US for school three years ago.) Sign language would also be cool. I also wish I had the opportunities to keep the German I learned in grade school fresh.

  7. Sara K. says:

    ASL is a good one, and one I’ve considered before because, based on family/genetic history and some of the things going on with my ears now, it is very possible that if I live into old age I will become hard of hearing. I would also like to learn Hebrew because I’m Jewish, but I have yet to put in the work I would need to actually learn the language.

    Oh, and I try to keep my Mandarin in practice enough that I at least don’t lose what I’ve already learned – I put so much effort into learning Mandarin that it would be a shame to forget it all.

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