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It seems like I've kicked out Spanish and started learning Latin. Which means it's about time I figure out what I'm actually doing.

I've been studying this for about 4 months, and I currently know ~300 kanji by meaning and reading, plus ~600 vocabulary items (nouns/verbs/adjectives/expressions/etc.). That's pretty good, I think!
I'm learning Japanese because I want to read Japanese novels and play Japanese games in the original language. There are so many things that don't get translated/released in the West, so yeah.
Resources: A Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar, a rad online course, a bilingual reader, soon another Japanese course, + lots of original manga. I'm going to finish the online course first (currently 1/4th through it), then start reading the bilingual reader while looking up grammar constructs in the Dictionary. Then I'll do the other course + probably the manga.
I try to do something in Japanese every day: review/learn kanji on WaniKani whenever possible (which I've been slacking at for the past week, ugh), and do at least a little bit from the online course. I also want to start writing journals on Lang-8, but I'm not quite confident enough yet!

I think I'll just learn this first, enough to be able to read, and then start learning any Romance languages I want to speak (Brazilian Portuguese, French). It'll help with the latter, I think. Plus there are lots of Latin books to read.
Resources: Cambridge Latin Course, Lingva Latina Per Se Illvstrata. I'm also gonna try to get a hold of Caesar Julius's book, of which I can't remember the name! Anyway, I'll start with Cambridge then move on to Lingva Latina.
I'll try to study Latin on Fridays and, hmm, Tuesdays maybe.

Old Norse
I'm kind of-ish studying this at school. I'm learning it because I want to read all the awesome Old Norse literature in its original language. Also, ancestry.
Resources: a pretty good online course, A New Introduction to Old Norse volumes 1-3 and a copy of Inshelga. So I've got all I need, really! I'll go through the online course first, then the Introduction to Old Norse when I need it while reading Inshelga.
I'll study Old Norse on Sundays and Wednesdays.

(Mondays and Thursdays I'm usually too tired to even consider looking at a language, and Saturdays are reserved mainly for programming practice; non-Japanese languages if and only if I'm not too tired from staring at JavaScript all day. All of this might also change when my online programming courses start on Monday. aaaa I'm pretty excited for those! I'm taking Computer Science at edx.org and Python at mechanicalmooc.org and it'll all be awesome.)

So I guess I'm currently learning "only" three languages. I might do a little bit of Spanish on the side through duolingo and just plain reading (I just discovered a lot of Latin American authors that seem really interesting), but we'll see. I think, if I find a Spanish (especially Latin American Spanish) book that I want to read, I'll just get it and read it. In the original language. I'm confident enough in my reading skills for that; Spanish comes easy to me for some reason. So yeah.
If duolingo decides to release their Portuguese course before I've properly started Latin I'm gonna be screwed, hahah.
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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:
Old Norse*
Classical Latin

Mild interest:
Old English
Georgian (mostly because of the script)
Korean (because of the script)
Old Prussian

Moderate interest:
Old Babylonian
Ancient Greek
Middle Egyptian
Brazilian Portuguese

No particular use for them but can't quite shake them off:
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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