Spanish because I live in Texas and it seems to be almost expected that I know it but I will most likely learn American Sign Language first.
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Spanish because I live in Texas.
Japanese because I've been to Japan twice and it would kick ass if I knew their moonspeak when I eventually go back.
Gaelic because that's my heritage.
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If you already know Spanish, French should come a bit easier to you. Even more so in the case of Italian. The only thing you'll need to work on us the rhythm of the language.
While I agree that Italian is less practical than some of the others, I can tell you that it is a fantastic way to make a lady friend agree to just about anything.
So I guess it depends on how you define "practical."
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Fluent in Spanish already, so here is my list and reasons why:
Dutch: My mother came from Holland, and I still have family over there.
Thai: After a business trip there, I fell in love with the place and culture.
Russian: It just sounds like an awesome language
Mandarin: China plays a big role in American business. 2 of my last 3 interviewers asked me: Are you willing to learn Mandarin? The other one was glad I was fluent in Spanish (including manufacturing/technical vernacular).
I'd love to brush up on French. I took it for a total of 11 years in school, but since I don't use it on a daily basis, I've lost a lot of it.
German is new one I'd like to learn. I have a few friends who can speak it, at least a bit, and I just really like it.
I'll have some time off of work for the holidays after today so I may break out the Duolingo app again. Its free and has several language choices. Its been good for re-learning French. I started the German one and its definitely more challenging to learn a new language from scratch with it - not a lot of explanations, etc. But I need to spend more time with it.
French or Spanish. Spanish is practical and, as noted, can be practiced easily.
French because it sounds awesome and I would really like to go to France for an extended period of time.
I took Russian in high school and a year or two of college. Have lost probably 98% of it. Having a different alphabet certainly doesn't make it easier to practice.
Spanish. Mine is terrible, and have a hard time understanding people who speak fast. It is one of the most spoken languages in the world, and I vacation a lot in Mexico and Costa Rica. I also want to travel to a lot of other Spanish speaking countries so it would be very helpful.
Spanish because it's the most useful around the world, behind English. I used to be pathetically conversational thanks to 4 yrs of HS Spanish and working in a warehouse for a short time.
Polish, because I'm already very conversational, so it wouldn't be that hard to become fluent. Otherwise, though, it won't be very useful. At best, I'll make 1-2 trips in my life to visit family there.
Hungarian, because my wife is half Hungarian. But someone ranked it the 4th hardest to learn, and it won't be very useful. Plus, she barely speaks it now, so...meh.
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I would choose German. I work in the automotive industrial field for a Japanese company and have decided I want nothing to do with the Japanese. German would be the next best choice for me.
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First language growing up was Spanish(mom is from Spain) but have lost a lot of it being lazy and stateside the last 25 years. Need to find time to get back to being fluent. Then, would like to learn Italian and ultimately Thai as my wife is Thai and will someday visit.
Portuguese. I speak French and Spanish. Portuguese would be cool to understand. I get a bunch of it, but as soon as I get lost, I can't catch up. I have access to it here through a bunch of friends, so one day I'll start to focus I think
i'd like English speakers to learn f**king English.
I'd like to learn (or relearn) Japanese.
took German in HS, didn't really get into it mostly due to public speaking anxiety type stuff and the teacher was insane.
Taking it again in january for college credits, online uses rosetta stone based system I believe.
If it goes well I may do spanish just because.
I really don't take to languages, again mostly I believe due to the anxiety.
For all you guys thinking about German "for business"...in 5-10-15 years every single business office in Germany will be Engligh-only for business communication.
I speak German, it's my native language, I travel there, I've worked there...and since the mid-90s almost every major player with a global presence has gone this route.
Knowing German is helpful for the watercooler, lunch breaks, informal conversations...but every business meeting, email, memo, worksession, conf call is now conducted in English.
For travel it's very helpful as it gets you through Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Northern italy, Benelux, and to a lesser extent the Baltic states, Denmark, Czech republic, Romania and Slovakia.