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    Thread: English Speakers: What Language Would You Want To Learn?

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      12-19-2014 12:03 PM #1
      I like studying languages.

      At one point in time I have been fluent in Spanish and Russian. I have since lost a lot of it.

      I want to study a language, just to exercise my brain, and do something interesting with my down time.

      I've been thinking of learning Spanish again. Why? 400 million speakers and growing. Prevalent in the US, easy to practice. I can turn on the TV and watch anything in Spanish. Would be useful in day to day life too. The best choice, but not the most interesting choice.

      German. Good language to learn for Europe. English + German should get you far in the EU, both for travel and business. I love automobiles and motorcycles. Should be easy enough to practice with the internet. Tons of German/ Austrian businesses in Atlanta.

      My SO lived in Sweden and is learning Swedish right now. I just do not see the practicality. Not a lot of Swedish speakers and they all speak English.

      Portuguese, Portugal + Brazil. Good economy. Just not sure why I'd pick that over Spanish living in the US.

      Italian. Fun language, nice flow. Not sure how practical, not as easy to practice (TV, movies, etc).

      Dutch. Again, not sure how practical. Not easy to practice. Easier than German, but why not just learn German?

      French. I think it is difficult? My dad and sister speak it (I am Norman). Should be easy to practice. Good for the EU and business. Atlanta has French business. I've seen business positions here that require French fluency.

      Afrikaans, zero practicality IMO, but would be the easiest for me to learn.

      I cannot role my damn R's and I have a Germanic tone to my voice.

      Thoughts? Suggestions? Potato?
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    2. 12-19-2014 12:06 PM #2
      Swedish b/c of my g/f, spanish b/c it's the 2nd language of the Americas.

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      12-19-2014 12:13 PM #3
      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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      12-19-2014 12:16 PM #4
      French and Japanese
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      12-19-2014 12:17 PM #5
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      French and Japanese
      I took Japanese in highschool.

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      12-19-2014 12:18 PM #6
      Italian or French.
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      12-19-2014 12:19 PM #7
      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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      12-19-2014 12:25 PM #8
      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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      12-19-2014 12:26 PM #9
      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).

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      12-19-2014 12:28 PM #10
      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.
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      12-19-2014 12:29 PM #11
      I learned a fair amount of French, but most has been forgotten, so I would like to pick that up again.

      In addition, German and Japanese, because of cars, beer, and interesting cultures.

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      12-19-2014 12:33 PM #12
      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.

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      12-19-2014 12:40 PM #14
      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.

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      12-19-2014 12:45 PM #16
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      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.
      That is my only hold up with Spanish. I learned Spain-ish. I have trouble understanding the fast speakers with different dialects. I also have hearing loss among certain tones.

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      12-19-2014 01:01 PM #18
      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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      12-19-2014 01:01 PM #19
      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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      12-19-2014 01:08 PM #20
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      12-19-2014 01:39 PM #21
      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.
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      12-19-2014 01:49 PM #22
      Spanish. I want to know what the guys who cut my lawn are saying about me.
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      12-19-2014 02:18 PM #23
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      Spanish. I want to know what the guys who cut my lawn are saying about me.
      everything you think they're saying about you is accurate.


      you don't need to know spanish to know that.


      pinche gringo.
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    24. 12-19-2014 02:36 PM #24
      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

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      12-19-2014 02:43 PM #25
      i'd like English speakers to learn f**king English.

      I'd like to learn (or relearn) Japanese.
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      12-19-2014 02:45 PM #27
      Mandarin is next on my list

    28. 12-19-2014 02:46 PM #28
      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.

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      12-19-2014 03:05 PM #30
      I took Italian for 4 years in high school, which makes Spanish and French (reading) a little easier? Pronounciation is a whole other topic.

      I'd love to learn German, just because.
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      12-19-2014 03:10 PM #31
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      Spanish. I want to know what the guys who cut my lawn are saying about me.
      If you think it's bad, imagine what the roofers are saying in July as you observe them while sipping beers from your lawn chair.

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      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.

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      12-19-2014 03:18 PM #33
      spanish, so i could understand my inlaws
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      12-19-2014 03:19 PM #34
      I'd like to be more fluent in Spanish. Right now all I know is kitchen Spanish.

      Next would have to be German and maybe Italian.
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      spanish, so i could understand my inlaws
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