Poll: Which language should I learn next?
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German
44 30%
French
33 23%
Japanese
32 22%
Mandarin Chinese
23 16%
Other (post)
14 10%
Voters: 146.
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#1
With all the talk in the pit about languages, I've been thinking to myself:

"I only know English and Spanish. I don't want to be ignorant and only know 2 languages, so what should I learn next?" [/sarcasm]

In my area, there are mostly English and Spanish speakers, followed by various African and Oriental populations, spoken languages including Farsi, Somalian, French, Chin, and Burmese. I'm mostly interested in German, Japanese, French, possibly Mandarin, but I don't have much interest in Italian or Portuguese.

So how 'bout it?


EDIT: I don't think it matters how difficult the language is (Mandarin would win if that was the case).
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#2
French would probably be the easiest for you since you already know Spanish.

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#4
German is a very satisfying language for an English speaker to learn because it is quite similar so easy to pick up.

You can take a few lessons and feel as though you are making progress right away. So I suggest German for that reason, as if you're demotivated you'll just give up learning anyway.
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#7
I took 4 years of German in high school. It was easy to learn and now I can hold a conversation no problem.

Plus it puts hair on your chest.
#10
As stated before French or German are your best options if you want something familiar.

You could also learn Portuguese, it's very similar to Spanish.
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#12
Japanese is an amazing language and a lot of fun, but getting a good understanding of grammar and word usage is really difficult because it's so different from ours, and they have three separate alphabets - kanji, hiragana, and katakana, which can be used together but are used for different types of words.

It's very hard to get, but awesome as a language.

Italian would be easy if you know Spanish - they're very similar.

German is great because it's 100% phonetic - most languages aren't.

Mandarin is the most difficult of the ones you mentioned, as you'll not only need to learn the characters and writing, but in the start you'll have to get familiar with pinyin - or the romanization of the language, which is a pain in the ass to the hundredth degree. It's also purely a tonal language, meaning whereas English and Spanish have stressed syllables and accent marks, Mandarin replaces those with raises in pitch and tone instead.

Personally, I love Japanese, and am having a blast learning it after I got skilled with Spanish, but you've gotta decide on your own in the end.
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#13
I learn german and after a few years I'm pretty confident, it's pretty easy to pick up as long as (If you're taking classes) you have a good teacher. French would also be a good pick as you already know Spanish and the same for German and English.
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#14
I have tried to recreationally learn japanese, but using different characters is pretty challenging. but i was trying to learn it on my own, and i didnt have a formal teacher/class. i know just sayings and recognize a few words/characters in kanji and romanji.

so right now it looks like german is winning....
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Japanese is an amazing language and a lot of fun, but getting a good understanding of grammar and word usage is really difficult because it's so different from ours, and they have three separate alphabets - kanji, hiragana, and katakana, which can be used together but are used for different types of words.

It's very hard to get, but awesome as a language.

Italian would be easy if you know Spanish - they're very similar.

German is great because it's 100% phonetic - most languages aren't.

Mandarin is the most difficult of the ones you mentioned, as you'll not only need to learn the characters and writing, but in the start you'll have to get familiar with pinyin - or the romanization of the language, which is a pain in the ass to the hundredth degree. It's also purely a tonal language, meaning whereas English and Spanish have stressed syllables and accent marks, Mandarin replaces those with raises in pitch and tone instead.

Personally, I love Japanese, and am having a blast learning it after I got skilled with Spanish, but you've gotta decide on your own in the end.


The funniest thing with Japanese is the english words with the -o ending in it.

MacDonaldo, and other words I can't remember. Was hilarious when I was there last year.
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#17
Norwegian!


(German sucks hairy donkey balls, just saying.)
EDIT: German isn't 100 % phonetically correct. Norwegian is more ortographically correct than German, whereas in Finnish, the written and spoken language correspond to each other 100 %.
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#18
French. I'd say there are more countries that speak french than speak german. Plus German is a horrible sounding language.
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The funniest thing with Japanese is the english words with the -o ending in it.

MacDonaldo, and other words I can't remember. Was hilarious when I was there last year.



Yeah it's usually an O or a U at the end. It sounds totally strange at first, but once you start using words in the language it just sounds... natural? You just get used to hearing it.

I've found that over time, the better my Spanish and Japanese become, the worse my English suffers for it
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#20
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The funniest thing with Japanese is the english words with the -o ending in it.

MacDonaldo, and other words I can't remember. Was hilarious when I was there last year.

Ive noticed that too. I had a friend from Japan that was an exchange student here when he was in HS. we would always ask him how to say things, and that's what he said most of the time. Like how "jerk" would be "jerku" (IIRC).
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Yeah it's usually an O or a U at the end. It sounds totally strange at first, but once you start using words in the language it just sounds... natural? You just get used to hearing it.

I've found that over time, the better my Spanish and Japanese become, the worse my English suffers for it


Yeah, I found it to be a bit awkward at first. But why not, it makes sense sort of.

Also, on a slightly related topic. We were at a restaurant and we were handed the menus. And then every headline were in english such as

"Soft drinks"
"Food"
"Dessert"

And then every single ****ing dish was written in japanese with the japanese alphabet.
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I've found that over time, the better my Spanish and Japanese become, the worse my English suffers for it

TELL ME ABOUT IT!

Sometimes I have difficulty thinking of a work IN MY NATIVE LANGUAGE and can only think to say "de vez en cuando" or "lo que sea". It happens all the time.
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TELL ME ABOUT IT!

Sometimes I have difficulty thinking of a work IN MY NATIVE LANGUAGE and can only think to say "de vez en cuando" or "lo que sea". It happens all the time.

No doubt

I think, for me at least, it's because after learning other languages, I've come to find how needlessly complex English is. It's also ugly sounding, IMO I much prefer Spanish or Japanese to it.
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#24
I wan't to learn Japanese and Spanish, but I'm soaked in stuff to do as of now.

I speak Norwegian fluently, English rather well, and can stotter a bit in German, but that's it.
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With all the talk in the pit about languages, I've been thinking to myself:

"I only know English and Spanish. I don't want to be ignorant and only know 2 languages, so what should I learn next?"



Madarin...for that is quite hard.


I only know one language...does that make me ignorant?
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#26
If you're trying to learn Japanese, I'd highly suggest taking a course at a local college or something of the like. With Spanish, I learned 80% of it from old college textbooks on my own and watching Telemundo (sue me, but it worked). With Japonese, it's MUCH more difficult to do this. There's no substitute for SPEAKING the language with another person/other people, and this is even more crucial with a language so different from your native tongue. Languages like Spanish, Italian, and German are more 'stand alone learnable' than others, in that you can learn a good deal of it on your own if you work hard enough.
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#27
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#28
I took 2 years of spanish in middle school, 1 in HS, and I married a Mexican, so I basically learned from osmosis and from sleeping with my teacher.
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#29
Mandarin would be most useful imo. German and French both would be decently easy. I'd go for Mandarin, though.
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#31
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I took 2 years of spanish in middle school, 1 in HS, and I married a Mexican, so I basically learned from osmosis and from sleeping with my teacher.

Not a bad way to learn, although you might not want to say the sorts of things you're being told in those situations to other people beyond your teacher
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#32
Russian.

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Russian.

There is no other answer.

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Not a bad way to learn, although you might not want to say the sorts of things you're being told in those situations to other people beyond your teacher

maybe I should clarify.... I learned the most useful stuff from my wife, so she's my real teacher. clear things up?
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#36
Mandarin Chinese. It's a very different language than Western languages, and it makes you think and learn differently. If you want to learn languages just because, learn this one.
Also, since "China is the future", it'll be helpful when everyone suddenly becomes Chinese.
#38
Farsi will almost guarantee you some kind of intelligence job. You do want to be a spy, don't you?
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Farsi will almost guarantee you some kind of intelligence job. You do want to be a spy, don't you?

Also this. My sister can speak Farsi and Arabic fluently and she...isn't...a...spy.
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