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Old 12-27-2012, 09:18 AM
 
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As of right now, I am thankfully fluent in both English and Portuguese. Before choosing portuguese to study, I looked online at different websites that tried to "sell" a language.

Like "Why Spanish" or "8 Reasons you should learn French"

If you had to sell your native language, or a language that you are passionate about, how would you do so?
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Old 12-27-2012, 02:48 PM
 
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My language is the 2nd most spoken language in the world both amongst native speakers and surpassed French in international communications and language learning status: Spanish
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Old 12-27-2012, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Spanish:
Reading Jorge Luis Borges in its original language
Reading Roberto Bolaño
Julio Cortázar
Manuel Puig
Gabriel García Marquez
Juan Rulfo
Juan José Saer
Alejandra Pizarnik


and so much more....


best way of selling ANY language is good literature.
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Old 12-27-2012, 03:33 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Spanish:
Reading Jorge Luis Borges in its original language
Reading Roberto Bolaño
Julio Cortázar
Manuel Puig
Gabriel García Marquez
Juan Rulfo
Juan José Saer
Alejandra Pizarnik


and so much more....


best way of selling ANY language is good literature.
If that is your reason, it would be a tough sell against French ( Rabelais, Voltaire. Rousseau. Stendhal. Balzac. Dumas.,Hugo ,Flaubert , Jules Verne, de Maupassant, Zola , Proust , Malraux, Camus, Sartre, Sagan), or maybe even Russian.

Borges, by the way, wrote most of his later poetry in English, because Spanish is too restrictive for the use of poetic license.

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Old 12-27-2012, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
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If that is your reason, it would be a tough sell against French ( Rabelais, Voltaire. Rousseau. Stendhal. Balzac. Dumas.,Hugo ,Flaubert , Jules Verne, de Maupassant, Zola , Proust , Malraux, Camus, Sartre, Sagan), or maybe even Russian.

Borges, by the way, wrote most of his later poetry in English, because Spanish is too restrictive for the use of poetic license.

I love Sartre, Stendhal and Camus

But those are the only ones among your list that can be compared to Borges, Bolaño and Cortazar.

In my opinion, those 3 (B,B and C) are better than the french ones (except for Sartre that could be tied with them) even when "the scarlett and the black" is one of my favourite novels ever.

The rest of the frenchs you named have nothing against the ones in mentioned in spanish, imo.


And agree about english. English language is awesome, thats why i learned it. And can read amazing authors in their original language.


Russian is my favourite literature, btw, but i found the language to be very hard to learn. Would LOVE to read Dostoievski, Tolstoi, Chejov and Gogol in their original language, though....

Maybe one day
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Old 12-27-2012, 04:28 PM
 
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You should learn Kyrgyz to read the literature of Chingiz Aitmatov, the most awesome author ever, in it's original language.
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Old 12-27-2012, 05:22 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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I think English sells itself, lol.
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Old 12-27-2012, 06:44 PM
 
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I think English sells itself, lol.
English is also the most flexible language in the world. You can do so much with it, it's insane. I prefer speaking and writing English to my native language, actually.
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Old 12-27-2012, 09:30 PM
 
Location: State Fire and Ice
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English is also the most flexible language in the world. You can do so much with it, it's insane. I prefer speaking and writing English to my native language, actually.
But a more flexible language is Russian. I do not see how can give it up, there is no language in the world that could express so much emotion and so words than Russian.
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Old 12-27-2012, 09:33 PM
 
Location: Vladivostok, Russia
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Russian language is stunning in its complexity. I can only compare with English, and I can't imagine using it at home with my SO, because English looks like a business language - simple and concise.

In what other language can you call a girl like that:

Ekaterina
Katerina
Katarina
Katya
Katyusha
Katyushka
Kat'ka
Kate
Kat
Katrin
Rina
Rinochka
Katenok
Kotenok
Katenochka
Katenka
Katen'ka
Katena
Katek
Kasya
Kas'ka
Kat'kin
Katyunya
Katyun'ka
Katyupusik
Katyuzlik
Katrusya
Katruzya
Katyashochka

Etc. etc. etc. And that's all (and a lot more) one and the same name.
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