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Paradowski & Wysokińska (2014) summarise interviews with 6 polyglots about their motivation. The purpose of the article is to discover what motivates polyglots to learn languages in general, not specifically to learn "rare languages". However, some of the languages under discussion can be said to be rare, so here are some relevant quotes:   PK ...


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Start using the languages The internet is full of content in different languages. Take something that is interesting to you and start reading or listening. I enjoy roleplaying games, so I read some roleplaying blogs and material in the languages I am learning or know too poorly. I also set my computer, phone and browser to the language I want to learn the ...


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According to Lingvist, they saw a big 91% uptick in the usage of their app after Brexit, suggesting that Brits realize learning a foreign language will suddenly become more important. Unfortunately, I can't access this article, but it looks very relevant. Same for this scholarly article. Another hypothesis (not exactly your question but tangentially ...


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Here is a nice article with many excellent tips for you and your girlfriend. Some key takeaways that I think are relevant for your case (my comments in bold): If there’s a “secret” or “hack” to learning a new language, it’s this: hours and hours of awkward and strenuous conversation with people better than you in that language. An hour of conversation (...


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If you don't plan to use a language actively (i.e. speaking and writing), you can still learn it out of sheer fascination with its (linguistic) features, or with the literature and culture associated with it. This fascination provides a source of motivation. For example, some people are interested in the diversity of grammatical features in languages that ...


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Even in the case of Esperanto it is hard to find good sources, so I doubt there are any such studies about other IALs. In any case, Tazio Carlevaro (1989:179-180) lists three main types of motivations for learning Esperanto, that can be divided into a few subcategories: Motives related to character: "an attitude inclined favorably towards education" Motives ...


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There are three surveys that come to mind regarding Klingon: Stefan Annernäs' survey of Klingon-speakers Judith Hermans' follow-up sociolinguistic profile of Klingons-speakers Klingon as linguistic capital by Yens Wahlgren


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In order to advance in the levels of a language, you may follow the classic approach: follow a path of only learning, going step by step in one or several courses. But, besides this one, you could also inmerse yourself in an environment where the target language is daily used, and with perseverance and motivation you will advance. But you could follow ...


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The German job vacancy site Joblift analysed 15 million job ads that had been posted over the course of 24 months. See their report Französisch bündelt ein Drittel der Nachfrage: Diese Sprachen werden auf dem deutschen Stellenmarkt nach Englisch am stärksten gesucht (in German), published in July 2018. They found that English language skills were required in ...


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It's difficult to maintain interest in a text which is beyond your level, and you cannot learn words easily from context. It's a long and slow slog, looking up each word in the dictionary. However, when starting from a beginner level and progressing into early intermediate level, all available texts (newspapers, books) are too advanced. This creates an ...


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Linguists who study vocabulary acquisition have looked at different "coverage levels" (% of known words) to investigate the relationship between coverage and adequate comprehension. Hu and Nation (2000) found: 80% coverage no reader achieved adequate comprehension 90% coverage a few achieved adequate comprehension 95% coverage some did but most did not (...


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Regarding the European Commission's Eurobarometer data (page 22) the top 3 list of most widespread second languages: German - 5% French - 5% Spanish - 3% The top 5 list of most widespread foreign languages in early 2012 (without English what is spoken by the 20.09% of the EU's population as a foreign language): French - 7.62% German - 6.69% Spanish - 4.6% ...


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To me its quite obvious that anything that motivates you is good for learning a language. If you strictly mean "should I learn a language because I like music that is in that language", then I think this is a call you need to make for yourself. Learning, "just" via listening to music and translations of it, as you point out, has obvious shortcomings of ...


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It sounds like you are interested in reading fantasy, but are having difficulty reading Alice in Wonderland. Alice is from the middle of the 19th century and can be difficult today for two reasons. First, it contains many pop-culture references that have been obsolete for a hundred years, and second, the author was very in to playing around with language and ...


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Read (or listen) to more challenging and different things. If you have a particular goal, like reading "Alice in wonderland", then read material with presumably related vocabulary - fairy tales, fantasy, easier and shorter versions of the same story (since it is a classic, these are almost certainly available). Do not worry about understanding all the words -...


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You overcome the hurdles in the same way you overcome other irrational and harmful tendencies and habits you have, whatever those are. There are basically two possibilities: Either you avoid using the offending terms or you convince yourself that using them is fine. Avoidance Try to dodge using the problematic symbols or terms. Consider synonyms and ...


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It is possible that the exclusive focus on learning vocabulary is the cause of the demotivation. First, the brain needs novelty and variety in order to prevent boredom. Second, it is difficult to stay motivated if you are learning something without an opportunity to apply it and thereby seeing its benefit. What you need to do is put aside the vocabulary ...


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Building on what lordingtar said, you could try to get them involved in whatever media consumption/ cultural activities you can find. For instance, you could invite them over to watch movies in German (I assume that's the target language). You could also bring them to fun events where you know the language will be spoken. If you have friends who speak German ...


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Start with this: European Identity, Zlatko Tisljar Assoc. for European Consciousness Maribor 3/8'11 http://www.debatingeurope.eu/2011/08/03/should-esperanto-be-the-language-of-europe/#.V53JpLh95hF Language is a package (communication part) of cultural (+) IDentity. For cross-cultural communication we need a Neutral language that is not forced by ...


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Here's a reason: While learning another language, you also absorb some foreign culture and a different way of thinking and more importantly of perceiving the world around you. It opens doors to experiences, as if you were travelling far places, except these ones could be waiting only a block away from where you live. Being able to communicate with foreign ...


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One technique I've found helpful is to pick texts that are beyond my level, but that I'm already familiar with: eg, translated from my native language or on a subject that I have a strong grasp of. This allows me to pick out a lot more from context, because I typically already know what the paragraph is trying to convey. For example, the first books I read ...


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Trust me, subcultures are not very good to motivate with. You are safe if you don't believe in stereotypes about the culture itself (like German for example, I mean you could dig up some WW2 topics that may appear rather controversial). Ever heard of weeaboos or weebs? People outside Japan having interests in cool Japanese tricks, Anime, music and other ...


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