Sorry if this has been done before, I'm new here and only looked through the first page of topics in this forum.
I was just wondering, for those conlangers on here, when you make a language (or languages), do you actually bother to become fully fluent in it by memorizing everything about it, including vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, and writing? If so, why?
I don't and I have a few reasons why.
For one, since I am rather new to conlanging and languages in general, I am in an experimental stage right now. I constantly make conlangs, and once I realize they are annoying, ugly, or just don't sound good to me, I throw them away completely. Some I stick with longer than others, but eventually they may end up in the trash. So obviously I need to stick with and develop a language for a longer period of time if I were even to think of trying to memorize some of it.
Another reason is I don't plan on using my language to talk to others or anything like that (atleast not yet, anyway). My languages are a form of artistic expression for me, like my music and art creations. I find new ways to say things I already know how to say in other languages- and possibly things that aren't even in any other languages. I feel more in control of the feelings I'm writing down when they are in my created language, because I'm following my own rules and not my English or Spanish professor's.
And my last reason is probably because I'd rather spend my time trying to memorize things that I can actually use to communicate with others. It's more worthwhile for me to memorize and become fluent in a language with millions (or in the case of Chinese, over a billion) speakers that looks good on job applications. If I do want to write something in my language, I write down all the grammar rules and sounds and everything so I can just look at my references. With a real world language, I'd rather be able to speak it and read it without carrying around a heavy dictionary and grammar book.
So that's my reasons. Do you become fluent in your language? Why/why not?