I have a tendency to become obsessed with unusual things. One of those unusual things I love is fairly obscure or unusual languages that would serve no real practical purpose for me.
Now, learning any foreign language is a good thing. It can keep your brain sharp, make you better at multitasking, and make it easier to learn more languages just to name a few of the benefits. There are a bajillion articles floating around the web about why learning a foreign language is good if you want to know more – google it.
But there are some languages that serve more purpose than others. Like for me living in Canada (and being born in Montréal), it would make sense for me to learn French since it is an official language of my country, spoken in my city of birth, and I have been in many situations where it would have been useful to know. But no, I don’t learn practical languages. I want to learn languages that will probably never serve me in a practical sense.
Lithuanian is one of the earliest unusual languages that I’ve been obsessed with wanting to learn. Back when I was 16 and applying for my Rotary Exchange (that I ended up living in Germany for), I was given a list of 50 countries to choose from. I remember seeing Lithuania on the list and thinking it just sounded cool. After pulling out a map and a couple hours research on the web, Lithuania was definitely going on my list. The thing that stood out most for me? The language. Spending a year living in Lithuania would let me pick up this unique language. Even though I didn’t get to Lithuania as a teen, it’s still on my list! I think this little Baltic country is fascinating and a still go-to for my late night Google searches.
This one started when someone told me my name was Welsh. If this is true or not is unknown to me, but doesn’t really matter for the sake of this post. The point is that after some random lady said my name is Welsh, I became really interested in the Welsh language as a whole. There really isn’t much more to this story besides the fact that every time I run into someone from Wales I ask if they could teach me some Welsh. So, if you’re from Wales and meet me, prepare yourself for that question!
Saving the best for last! Georgian is probably the top of my list of languages I want to learn. I’m pretty sure I first heard about Georgia while flipping through an atlas in high school because that’s what I do for fun. This has lead to a deep fascination with Georgian culture. A huge part of culture is language so naturally I want to learn Georgian. Georgian is one of the more unique languages in the world which just makes it more appealing to me. I also love the Georgian alphabet. Personally, I think it is the prettiest looking language. If you haven’t seen what Georgian script looks like, I’d recommend looking it up.