My Obsession with Unusual Languages

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


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.

Lithuanian Flag

Lithuanian Flag


Welsh


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!

Welsh Flag

Welsh Flag


Georgian


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.

Georgia Flag

Georgia Flag

Those are the unusual languages I want to learn that will serve me no practical purpose in the foreseeable future. What foreign languages would you like to learn?

6 thoughts on “My Obsession with Unusual Languages

  1. Amy
    May 11, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    Ahh I love this as I totally agree and relate to it! I’m not sure if Megan is Welsh, but Morgan definitely is. I’ve just googled the Georgian script – wowza – that is something else. I didn’t know Georgia was a country until a few years ago. The Eurovision was on and they were doing their results, I genuinely thought they’d let the American state vote. (WHY WOULD THEY?!) I’m a fan of how Amharic looks. Icelandic’s nice, very Viking-y. Great country, too. I recommend a visit. Lots of posts on my blog from when I went.

    Also, what’s a Rotary Exchange? Great site!
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    1. meggiekay
      May 13, 2014 at 9:22 AM

      Amharic look cool. Seems a little complicated at first glance. Hah.
      Rotary Exchange is the youth exchange program through Rotary International. It’s a pretty good program.

  2. May 13, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    I feel you. I love learning different languages too.

  3. May 15, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    I am sooo with you on this!! I love learning languages. I tried to pick up Turkish while I was there and promised I would try to study it when I got back but it’s a hard one! Still I don’t think it’s impossible as long as you put your mind to it. I think you can do it Meg 🙂
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  4. June 2, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    I love Welsh too! But MAN it’s impossible to learn. I’ve gone to Wales twice and tried to pick up a few words, no dice. You should check out the Caribbean island’s language called Papimentu, spoken in Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao. My fave word in that language is “Dushi” – it means sweetheart!
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    1. meggiekay
      June 3, 2014 at 9:57 AM

      I just googled Papaimentu. It seems like an interesting little language. I’ve never heard of it before.

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