I am currently learning Spanish, French, and German. But, I think Spanish and French would be more usefull in the short term. I would also like to learn Arabic. That way I can truly see if the stuff that is coming out of the media is accurate, when it is translated on the news.
Que dices hombre!
If I was learning 3 new languages. over and above English, it would be mandarin Chinese, Spanish and....em...ah go on, German.
German and Dutch are similar, know one you can talk the other, apparently. French is not a lot different.
As someone who speaks English and Spanish (though not very well) and who has studied French, it would seem that English is the language that is out of step with the rest of the Latin-derived languages, which makes it so hard for Europeans to learn.
All the rest have a gender for objects, which in the English language is just 'it'.
It doesn't exist in the others.
Plus they talk about the 'cat black' and not the 'black cat'.
I made a mistake when I first came to Spain, and asked in a shop for "un kilo medio" of sliced ham when I actually wanted " un medio kilo".
There is a huge difference between a half kilo (1lb) and a kilo and a half (3lbs). I had to stop the girl from slicing as I saw the pile get higher and higher!
Emmm...just thought I'd throw that in...language is important, yeah?
For me it would be Spanish, simply because we come into contact with more Mexicans than any other nationality.
But I also love to know Italian, and French.
I could see how German would be a handy language to know but it sounds so course and not at all pleasurable to listen to.
Spanish, because it is almost a second language on the West Coast. German, because I have always loved the sound of the way they talk and had a wonderful pen pal from there when I was in high school. Last, but not least would be Russian. What an interesting country, and our church helped many russian immigrants, I'd love to know more of what they have to say.
Japanese (especially the written characters - kanji), French and Spanish.
To me, the Japanese and Chinese written language is a beautiful art and I think it would be fascinating to learn.
I'd learn Chinese (because it is useful for economics), Italian (I think it sounds very beautiful) and I'd like to improve my German
Spanish, French, Manderin (Chinese)
That covers a good portion of Europe since a lot of people in the neighboring countries speak French.
It covers a good chunk of central/south America.
And then of course the largest Asian Country.
Where do I sign up?
I'd learn Spanish because you generally get paid more when you are bilingual(Spanish), French because it is the Language of Love, and Sign Language because I am highly intrigued at the thought of using my hands, lips, facial expressions, and body language to speak volumes...
I've always felt badly that I don't speak Spanish, especially living here in California. I took French in high school, since I'm half Canadian. So I think the three I'd pick (for usefulness) would be:
I'd like to learn American Sign Language, too. Right now I can only finger-spell and do some conversational basics.
Mandarin (already useful, and will be even more so)
Greek (love the way it sounds)
Hebrew (am Jewish, and would help in Israel)
Portuguese from Brazil, Italian and German.
Next to Dutch, English, Spanish and French, Portuguese would be needed in my near future when living in Brazil, Italian would be just for fun and German because they're everywhere!
It would improve my chance on a good job in Brazil. Here in Spain, talking several languages doesn't mean shit since there are no jobs. I mean NO JOBS!
by lliekamia8 years ago
do you believe that learning many languages will makeus more competitive to others?common guys, tell me your points of view.lieka
by klevifusha3 months ago
If you were able to learn a foreign language without any effort, which language would you choose to speak and why?
by Smart is Good4 years ago
Name the languages you can speak including your mother language and how good do you speak the others. My mother Language is Spanish, I speak advanced English and intermediate French. I'd love to keep learning german...
by CollB6 years ago
Why is it also important to know about your culture?I speak 2 languages, other than English and know basic words in 2 others.
by NewYorker7 years ago
This interests me, since we're only allowed to speak English here.I, myself, speak English as a primary language. But I also speak Spanish, Icelandic, Swedish and Danish.Your turn!
by Wendy Iturrizaga8 years ago
Did you grow up learning three languages at the same time? My children 6 and 3 are learning English-Spanish and French at the same time. They seem to be coping very well but I would like to hear about people...
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