Rate the languages you know and provide in what order you learned them. Maybe how good a language seems depends on how many early experiences are tied to it.
For example I read Harry Potter in German first (I was 12), and found it amazing, then in English it seemed robotic and unrelatable.
My favorite languages:
The order I learned them in
1+ 2. Russian/ German
I haven't fully learned a language yet, but I've dabbled in Norwegian/Swedish and some very minor Japanese. I'm currently committing to Russian right now and I have been for a few months. So far Russian is my favorite. Would any of you guys some pretty good resources for learning Russian? All I have is pic related.
>Order learnt in
1+2 English + french (Father's french)
4. spanish (2nd year learning)
Honestly I like english and german the most, english more so as i'm much better at it.
If you want to be repulsed, I'm in USA, and I was suggesting topics for argumentative essays to my students today and mentioned the topic of increasing emphasis on bilingual studies in K-12 education. Half of them sort of snorted at the thought. As an American, I feel shame how little we emphasize the value of learning multiple languages.
So my list, these languages I'm pretty shitty at and haven't much practice in for a few years at least, won't even lie.
Order of learning:
3. English tied with French
Learn basic grammar and spelling, the most common words (around 500 or so), then read novels and watch movies/tv. If you want to be an expert, add scientific/technical literature to the mix.
I think this is the best algorithm to learn languages in general.
Get a tutor, make up some goals that involve going to Russia, make Skype friends. My parents are Russian, and I grew up speaking it yet there are still things that make shake my head. It's a nightmare to learn, but the lit makes it worth it, and when I see foreigners speak it all I think is 'l33t patrician tier og' .
American here, I'd done horribly when I was forced to learn Spanish in high-school, but excelled when I was given the choice to study Chinese in university.
What I'm really trying to say is:
In America, just English is just fine, thank you.
Of course forcing people to learn other languages when they don't want to is stupid. The problem is the anti-intellectual culture due to which you won't want to learn other languages in the first place.