I Wonder

How many of you are interested in Celtic or Scandinavian language? Any language family are you interested in or plan to study in the future?

For my purposes, I group the languages that I want to learn by region. Being an American who is restarting university next year as a Pre-Law major, I’m interested in the dominant North American languages; English, French, and Spanish.

I plan to do some Scottish Gaelic in the future. It used to be spoken by my fathers side of the family.

Now that I am gaining a firm grasp on Chinese characters I’m interested in focusing on Mandarin, Cantonese and Japanese. Despite being so different from English these really are from my region as I live in Australia. I studied Japanese in high school and am interested in pulling it out of the draw, dusting it off and seeing how advanced it really is. I also have the added motivation of wanting to speak with friends and family in these languages!

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@Collins Scottish Gaelic is a good Celtic language. I plan to learn Breton, because it was the language of my ancestors.

@Mountainash I see you are interested in these Asian languages. I’ll try one day to learn Mandarin. I’ve heard that the grammar is very simple.

hey I plan to learn breton too! I really hope it will be added on lingq some day…but I will probably start learning sooner :slight_smile:

A friend of mine would join LingQ if there were Scottish Gaelic available. She is very interested in this language.

I for myself find more languages here than I’m able to study during my lifetime :slight_smile:

@David - wait! You’re gonna do pre-Law next year? Congratulations! Hey, what do you think you might take a special interest in? Contract law? Intellectual property? At law school in the late 90s I was more excited by international law & human rights than the others, though Torts was interesting.

Did heavy research into the Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet’s human rights violations & followed his court case in Britain at the time.
What would change now is that I would utilise original L2 source documents!

Um, when joy-to-the-world-the-kids-start-school on Tuesday, I’m gonna get cracking on my Chinese Challenge, and later in the year do the same with Japanese. I’m casually learning Farsi script atm, and wouldn’t mind learning Russian script. German looks promising, too ^^


I’ll definetly be trying to do something involving International law/Human Rights. That might mean working in an Immigration Law Firm, working for the State Department, or finding non-profit work. I really am still not too sure. In the US we have to complete a 4 year degree before we can enter law school, which is another three years. I’ve still got a couple years before I start thinking about anything beyond the US government centric degree I need to get through first.

The current Chilean president, Michele Bachelet, was living in Australia at the time of all that, wasn’t she?

@ OzzyHellBack

I don’t think Collins does Gaelic.

David, do environmental law.

I have a nasty feeling that I’d end up protecting the bad guys if I did that.

@dave - I hadn’t heard of Michele Bachelet since she was briefly exiled in Australia early '75, after being detained and interrogated. This happened at the start my final Year 12 at high school. I read that Pinochet had her father detained and he died due to daily torture.

As for law school, we can apply here as graduates, or we can apply after completing one year of undergrad studies as part of a double-degree (with merit-based competition). A few top high school graduates could apply for a reserved place for when they complete a year of undergrad, but I didn’t see the point in that, especially since some of them failed to get a decent grade point average on campus and/or dropped out, and subsequently failed to qualify.

Either way, we can’t graduate in Law until we’ve graduated in the non-law degree. My other degree was a BA in Intern politics/Asian studies.

Actually, I’m very interested and passionate about Celtic and Scandinavian languages. I take it it’s the same for you Ozzy? I’m currently studying Irish actively, and have dabbled a bit in Welsh and Scottish Gaelic, all of which are incredibly beautiful and interesting languages. In the Nordic realm, I’m studying Swedish, and I would like to learn Bergensk, (the Norwegian dialect from the city of Bergen) and Icelandic too. Again, Scandinavian languages are quite pleasant to listen to and to speak, as well as reflecting the culture and history of Nordic countries.

Modern Nordic society is a fascinating thing to research on, I’m actually very inclined to study there, maybe live there afterwards. Sad to say that as of right now, Celtic culture isn’t as alive as it used to be, but there are still isolated places where the languages are spoken and the identity lives on. Personally I feel quite connected to this identity as a matter of fact, would like to venture there as well.

Sorry for interrupting your law school jargon.

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I hope to eventually learn Norwegian. The country fascinated me when I was little. Its name sounds strong and mighty in Russian: Норвегия.

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You know I meant you. I accidentally added another L.


Actually I’m planning to learn a bunch of Scandinavian langauges and one or two celtic languages. Breton I’d really love to because of it being a language in a province of France. But I’d like to learn another Celtic language as well to honor the other side of my family tree. Scandinavian languages I want to study are Faroese, Icelandic, Swedish, Finnish and Probably Norwegian as well. Natives of Icelandic and Faroese say that their languages are similar to one another. I find that Scandinavian culture interesting too. I’ve recently started a book on Norse Mythology. I’ve read only one story though, but I’m really interested in it. I hope to speak to one another in Swedish or even Icelandic in the future.

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