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linguaphilia |lɪŋgwəˈfɪlɨənoun: the love for languages.

Languages are awesome. Okay. For the sake of cleaning up my wanderlust a bit, a list of languages I'm interested in:
(* = currently studying/using)

Must learn:
(Traditional) Mandarin Chinese
Arabic (preferably MSA + Levantine or Egyptian)

Want to learn it in order to read literature:
Japanese*
Old Norse*
Classical Latin
French
German

Mild interest:
Russian
Dutch/Afrikaans
Old English
Georgian (mostly because of the script)
Mongolian
Manchu
Korean (because of the script)
Navajo
Polish
Old Prussian
Ainu
Volapük

Moderate interest:
Nahuatl
Quechua
Finnish
Old Babylonian
Ancient Greek
Maltese
Middle Egyptian
Coptic
Irish
Basque
Brazilian Portuguese

No particular use for them but can't quite shake them off:
Welsh
Mexican Spanish*

All in all, that leaves me with seven languages that I'm pretty much 100% sure I want to learn to some level (B2-ish for the "for the sake of reading" languages, and preferably C1/C2 for Mandarin and Arabic). In order to keep my tendency to go "oh my god look at this awesome language!" I've promised myself never to do two languages of the same language family simultaneously. So no French until I'm able to read Spanish independently (I'm pretty close to this goal!), etc. Also, no Chinese of any sort until I can read Japanese at an intermediate-ish level, at least.
As for the issue of what I'm currently doing and what I should do (because I reeeally want to start a new language right now!), well. I'm currently studying Japanese; trying to work through some power-lessons in grammar, especially syntax (i.e. particles and word order) because that's where my biggest issue is for sure (I know the readings and meanings of ~300 kanji, and some 600 everyday words/verbs/expressions/etc.). Once I'm able to read simple things like children's manga and such I think I'll just start using the language rather than continuously working through textbooks. That's my goal, after all. The day that I am able to read Japanese thriller novels without a lot of problems will be the day when I consider my Japanese study to be done. Of course, I'm still gonna have to practise speaking, but I'll deal with that issue then.
Another language I'm currently studying kind of off-and-on is Spanish. I am proficient enough to be able to read lower intermediate texts, though I can't write for shit. My main goal is reading and speaking, so we'll see.
I'm studying Old Norse at school, because I have a huge interest in it and my Norwegian teacher decided to be awesome and sign me and another Old Norse-interested friend of mine up for a teacher's lecture on Old Norse. So I'm trying to study a bit in order to be able to read a little bit.
Other than that, I'd love to start(/continue) studying Finnish and German. The former has very little literature that is of interest to me, however, and the latter is just... Difficult. And also not a language I'm terribly interested in currently. Dunno what I'm gonna do about that.
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