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loraaa | Student | Valedictorian

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I want to study a second language... what should I choose?

I want to study a second language "in a specialized institute":
 What are the most common language in the world?
 Of non-English, of course.
  "French, Spanish, Arabic, Turkish, Japanese ..."
 Why did you choose this language?

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pacorz | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted January 2, 2012 at 2:50 AM (Answer #6)

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I would echo the thoughts of others and say that first, you need to think carefully about what you want ot do with the language. Are there foreigners who are at the cutting edge of the field you want to work in? If so, what language do they speak? Also consider that there is quite a difference between being able to speak a language with fluency and being able to read and write in it fluently; depending on what kind of learner you are, one of these might be much harder for you than the other.

That said, American students looking for a general language should be encouraged to study Spanish or Chinese, which are very commonly spoken in the world.

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loraaa | Student | Valedictorian

Posted January 2, 2012 at 2:21 PM (Answer #9)

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In fact, I admire the Arabic calligraphy.
 I told my father I want to learn Arabic.
 But my father refused.
 I do not know..... why??


 Do you advise me to learn Arabic?
 Because I think that the Arabic language is the language of "the future"
  my father want me to learn Spanish.....

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noobcakes4603 | Student, Grade 9 | Salutatorian

Posted January 8, 2012 at 1:26 PM (Answer #14)

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I want to study a second language... what should I choose?

I want to study a second language "in a specialized institute":
 What are the most common language in the world?
 Of non-English, of course.
  "French, Spanish, Arabic, Turkish, Japanese ..."
 Why did you choose this language?

thanxxx for helping.... ^_^


 

Well, to be honest I would most certainly recommend French since it may help with future careers such as a translator or jobs in the parliament but, if is was for me I would study Korean, Japanese, or Chinese.

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edobro | Student, Grade 11 | Honors

Posted January 11, 2012 at 2:05 PM (Answer #15)

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One of the most common languages in the world is the german language.I would prefere you choose german.

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moi4ever | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted January 18, 2012 at 1:22 AM (Answer #16)

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I speak Arabic, so if you ever needed help, just message me!

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ggiwebinfo | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 18, 2012 at 9:20 PM (Answer #17)

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I prefer French because it's most speakable language after the English language...Am I right guys???

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William Delaney | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 27, 2012 at 7:35 AM (Answer #18)

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I studied French in college myself, but if I had it to do over again I would positively study Spanish. I might even major in Spanish. Because of the enormous increase in the percentage of Hispanics in the U.S. population, there is a great practical advantage in being bilingual in English and Spanish. I don't believe it is sufficient to take a few semesters of any language in order to meet college requirements and then quit. I had four semesters of college French--and then I went to France and found out how totally incompetent I was. There are many beautiful languages in the world, but I believe that Spanish is not only beautiful but exceedingly practical for any American student. It also has the virtues of being very consistent and not at all hard to pronounce. Actually, a lot of us are surrounded by people speaking Spanish, so the pronunciation should come even easier if we listen. My daughter majored in Spanish and spent a year as an exchange student at the University of Madrid. She is now a speech pathologist with an M.A. teaching in the public schools, and she is much sought after because she is bilingual.

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oxfbarra2 | eNoter

Posted January 29, 2012 at 3:24 AM (Answer #19)

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Greek. definately!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ngyunhui | Student | Honors

Posted January 30, 2012 at 8:03 PM (Answer #20)

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I think that you should learn Japanese. It is a good language.

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meganp0504 | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted January 31, 2012 at 6:40 AM (Answer #21)

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I'd study latin cuz its pretty and dont do spanish cause alot of people learn it and alot of the teachers sound white so ye

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mjay25 | Student, Graduate | Valedictorian

Posted January 31, 2012 at 7:51 PM (Answer #22)

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I think if you admire Arabic, then you should go ahead with it, because that enthusiasm will help you to learn it. It is definitely exotic and many jobs would require Arabic speakers or native English speakers that have studied Arabic.

You could then write your name in beautiful calligraphy and the name of your friends and family! ;)

I have briefly studied some Arabic while I was working, and it is different but nice. This might sound strange, but it can be simple to learn, once you've mastered the sounds of the alphabet letters. Simple because you write the word how it sounds. But I would stress on really mastering the sounds of the alphabet, that would set you up for strong foundations when you start learning the language more.

 

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mjay25 | Student, Graduate | Valedictorian

Posted January 31, 2012 at 7:51 PM (Answer #23)

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There would also be many job opportunities if you know Arabic. The Gulf region in particular in the Middle East often hire Westerners, and offer good pay. With expanding and fast-developing modernized countries like the Arab Emirates for example, you could open the door to a wide range of excellent paying jobs. Many westerners often go over for a period, make good money then go back to Europe or the States. Knowing Arabic would of course be a big plus.

Many Arabs come over during holiday season or in the summer, so if you had a summer job somewhere, you could mention you know how to speak Arabic, and that would also be a great advantage, as many of the Arabs that come over are good customers to places.

Anyways, those are just some thoughts, hope they helped.

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kulishof | eNoter

Posted February 1, 2012 at 9:47 AM (Answer #24)

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Being born in Europe means being exposed continously to many other languages in addition to one's native language. Europe is small. From Italy, where I was born, in two-three hours one can reach France, Germany, Greece, and other countries, each with its own language. Perhaps this is the reason why I love learning languages. In addition to Italian, I speak fluently English, and German and less fluently Spanish and Modern Greek. I read Russian, make myself understood in French, and understand some Swedish and Hebrew. My job is teaching dead languages, i.e., Latin and Greek. But if I had to make a choice important for my future career, I would learn Chinese and Arabic hands down.

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punk-princez | Student, Grade 9 | Honors

Posted February 8, 2012 at 9:33 PM (Answer #25)

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i learnt spanish and japanese both are easy they are not so hard in comparison to arabic, french and especially german :)

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just-s | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted February 15, 2012 at 3:59 AM (Answer #26)

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I want to study a second language... what should I choose?

I want to study a second language "in a specialized institute":
 What are the most common language in the world?
 Of non-English, of course.
  "French, Spanish, Arabic, Turkish, Japanese ..."
 Why did you choose this language?

thanxxx for helping.... ^_^


 

well my suggestion is to study arabic as it is the most beatiful language ive ever heard!!!

after all its only my suggestion and its all ur choice!!

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sweetsallonie | Student, Grade 9 | Salutatorian

Posted February 15, 2012 at 2:22 PM (Answer #27)

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french.. its the best... its worldwide famous. its not too difficult to learn..

 

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valie77 | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted February 18, 2012 at 5:12 PM (Answer #28)

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i would chose chinese because they will one day take over the world (in a good way) so it would be very usefull

i just learnt that i will be having a baby chinese cousin =)

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just-s | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted February 19, 2012 at 1:06 AM (Answer #29)

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Salam,

Arabic is and will be on the most important languages in the world.  I am starting an academy for the Arabic language called www.muslim-academy.com.  I have started this because I believe that many of the differences between our cultures can be healed through greater commuication.  Perhaps we can assist each other.  I am looking for someone who may be able to blog about their experiences in learning Arabic, as a beginniner.  In return, I can teach you for free.  If you are interested in this, please let me know at gamal@muslim-academy.com.

i agree with you arabic is the most important language to learn! it is also a very interesting language to learn.

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katieannoakley | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted February 20, 2012 at 6:34 AM (Answer #30)

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Spanish would be the one that makes the most sense because most of our population now-a-days makes up Hispanic people.  Although I do think that it is rediculous to have to learn a different language, considering that they came over into our country but that is a different argument (:

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the-nerdy-one | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 21, 2012 at 10:23 AM (Answer #31)

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Personally, I would go with Spanish. It's spoken largely in the U.S.A and all over South America, and some places in Europe. It will come in handy most any place you go.

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squirrel5321 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 22, 2012 at 8:01 AM (Answer #32)

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If your wanting to learn another lauguage, you are going to want to use your surroundings to determine what language you would need to learn. For instance if you live in the border states with Mexico I would deffiently learn how to speak Spanish, because of how close you are to a spanish speaking country.

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eachellgrace | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 22, 2012 at 4:22 PM (Answer #33)

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A last workout you are able to try would be the arpeggio. For this you would sing something like "doh" "mee" "soh" "doh" "soh" "mee" "doh", going down a half step with every single repetition. Continue this and your other exercises every day above several weeks and you'll quickly come across that you have an increase as part of your vocal array downward. Do you know how to sing? or how to sing better?

Quite possibly the most vital issue to think about when choosing vocal work outs is the demands with the musical pieces you'll be doing. So before you start any vocal workouts, you should look more than your music to identify the musical characteristics of each piece. Identify no matter whether you will be needed to reach for the outer limits of your vocal range. Take note on the pace from the music. Rapid music demands quick flexibility, whilst slow music requires nicely managed breathing.


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just-s | Student, Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted February 22, 2012 at 11:47 PM (Answer #34)

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In fact, I admire the Arabic calligraphy.
 I told my father I want to learn Arabic.
 But my father refused.
 I do not know..... why??


 Do you advise me to learn Arabic?
 Because I think that the Arabic language is the language of "the future"
  my father want me to learn Spanish.....

i agree with you arabic is the best language

the first language and the language of the future as well

arabic is a language that will never die out!

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staceygold | Honors

Posted February 25, 2012 at 10:46 PM (Answer #35)

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Best advice is to study Mandarin Chinese because of the increasingly important relationship between the United States and China. Also, it looks great on your college resume!

Secondly, study Latin for understanding the English language.

For practicality, absoultely consider Spanish!

Hope this helps!

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harris90 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 26, 2012 at 12:33 AM (Answer #36)

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I would go for spanish as well. It is relatively easy to begin with and well, since you have many opportunities to actually speak it, it will become rewarding very fast probably, which is always a good thing when learning new things.

 

I will shortly start with arabic, I just want to learn something totaly unfamiliar and exciting.

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adriana95 | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted February 29, 2012 at 6:35 PM (Answer #37)

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Think of the one which may be closely related to you at the moment and to the previous language you have done if you have studied one in the past.

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chavda211 | Student | Salutatorian

Posted March 1, 2012 at 6:12 AM (Answer #38)

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I would recommend that you learn German. Although it is not as popular as other languages such as french or Spanish, I find it an easier language to learn as quite a lot of the words are similar to English in one way or another. Another bonus is that learning the grammar is not too bad.

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ayy-dee | Student, Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted March 1, 2012 at 10:11 PM (Answer #39)

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I want to study a second language... what should I choose?

I want to study a second language "in a specialized institute":
 What are the most common language in the world?
 Of non-English, of course.
  "French, Spanish, Arabic, Turkish, Japanese ..."
 Why did you choose this language?

thanxxx for helping.... ^_^


 

depends where about you are and what language is common there and if you do know that language then if you have interest in any other language then you should definately go ahead with it!!

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ayy-dee | Student, Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted March 1, 2012 at 10:15 PM (Answer #40)

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In fact, I admire the Arabic calligraphy.
 I told my father I want to learn Arabic.
 But my father refused.
 I do not know..... why??


 Do you advise me to learn Arabic?
 Because I think that the Arabic language is the language of "the future"
  my father want me to learn Spanish.....

do what you are happy doing and you are right about Arabic being the language of the future

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cheezea | Student, Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted March 1, 2012 at 10:48 PM (Answer #41)

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I suggest Chinese, since China is increasingly becoming an important centre for business and industries. Also, after learning Chinese it seems easier to study Japanese and Korean :)

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drahmad1989 | Student, Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted May 23, 2012 at 7:28 PM (Answer #42)

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Arabic is the language of half world at that time as Arabic world. so after Universal language scope of Arabic is too much , so I suggest you to learn this but this is difficult to learn, you can spend seven years to learn only grammer.

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zumba96 | TA , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted April 29, 2014 at 10:53 PM (Answer #43)

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I would think carefully before you choose. What language could you learn that could benefit you the most. In my opinion Spanish is the best choice since it is such a widespread language. Since a lot of people speak Spanish, this may even help you in your workspace. Choose a language that allows you to communicate with others. I have taken 3 years of Spanish and I can say that it really helps me and I can understand it which is really awesome

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acompanioninthetardis | TA , Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted May 16, 2014 at 10:02 AM (Answer #44)

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I would highly recommend Korean. The Korean music and tv industries along with their technologies are spreading rapidly worldwide. Not only that but its really simple, the Korean language itself was designed by their king Sejong specifically for the purpose of allowing everyone in Korea to be able to easily read and write. They also have an extremely low illiteracy rate. 

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parama9000 | TA , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted May 30, 2014 at 2:12 PM (Answer #45)

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It really depends on your interests.

Engineering: German

Connoisseur: French

Business: Chinese?/German?

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laurto | TA , Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted May 31, 2014 at 6:57 PM (Answer #46)

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Knowing a language other than English is extremely useful. Depending on where you live, a certain language will be more useful than another. For example, I live in the US and I speak English and Spanish. Though the official language of the US is English, many people speak Spanish, and the neighboring country of Mexico is a Spanish speaking country. Let's face it, the US is around many Spanish speaking influences. This is why I recommend you learn Spanish. Though it really depends on your interests and what you want to do in the future. Hope this helped you!

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robyn-bird96 | TA , College Freshman | Salutatorian

Posted June 1, 2014 at 1:05 AM (Answer #47)

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I recommend learning Mandarin Chinese.  China has a huge population - 1.3 billion people and counting, and its population itself makes up 1/7 of the world's population. The United States and China right now have a delicate relationship, and a good amount of our business is with China, and China is a key factor in world events.  If what you're interested in is being involved in the global community, then learning a language that a good percentage of the world speaks.

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arrellbelle | TA , College Sophomore | Valedictorian

Posted June 6, 2014 at 8:14 PM (Answer #48)

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Honestly, English is a language used widely around the world; however, if you want to go far with your career and possibly go abroad, it's recommended that you take languages such as French, Spanish, and Chinese since they are widely spoken as well. As for me, I've taken French for 8 years and hopefully I can work in France as a Physical Therapist and communicate effectively. Aside from that, I also know Tagalog and am currently learning how to speak Korean. Hopefully you get to learn more languages in the future because being able communicate without difficulty will get you far.

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udonbutterfly | TA , College Freshman | Valedictorian

Posted June 29, 2014 at 2:13 AM (Answer #49)

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If you're thinking about an Asian language I would highly suggest to start out with Korean. Although the speaking maybe a little difficult at first reading and writing are the easiest parts. I learned the Korean alphabet in just an hour and a half. For some it takes them only an hour it's just that easy. Best thing about the Korean alphabet is that the structure to it is almost as similar to the English alphabet there's just no upper case and lower case things going on.

Also I would have to say the resources for learning Korean ( especially by yourself and for FREE) would have to be in abundance. There are tons of videos plastered on YouTube and plenty of sites dedicated to teaching Korean.

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Wiggin42 | TA , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted June 29, 2014 at 10:54 PM (Answer #50)

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I chose to study Spanish because so many people speak it in the United States. I've found it immensely helpful in my local and Church community. It enabled me to set up play dates for my sister and make friends with my neighbors (trivial, I know). Learning Spanish opened a new world of music and culture that I've grown to love and appreciate. These might seem really trivial reasons but I love them anyway. 

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crystaltu001 | TA , Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted July 1, 2014 at 8:19 PM (Answer #51)

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You should learn Korean because it's a very interesting language.

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eli468 | TA , Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted August 4, 2014 at 5:39 PM (Answer #52)

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For a job in the medical field one of the languages that is considered of highest importance in the U.S. to learn is Spanish. It is the," primary second language learned and spoken in the United States." 

Chinese and French are also good languages to learn, but it really does depend on your job field, if you plan to travel, where you will be living, etc.

One of the best ways to learn a language is to pick a language that you enjoy learning. It can be very easy to not retain what you learn if it isn't a language you are passionate about. Also, it is said that after learning another language, learning any after that gets easier and easier so you could always start with a language you enjoy even if it is used less and then learn a more used language in the medical field such as Spanish.

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clyoon | TA , Grade 12 | Honors

Posted August 15, 2014 at 5:34 AM (Answer #53)

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I believe Spanish and Chinese are the two biggest languages besides English in this world. If you learn and are able to speak Spanish, you can talk to so many people in so many countries, such as America, Brazil, Mexico, Guatemala, Spain, Chile, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, etc etc. Pretty much you can speak to everyone in South America, Central America, many people in North America and in Europe. Spanish is a very popular language and it is fun to learn in my opinion! I took it in high school for 3 years and I enjoyed it. It's not too difficult to learn. 

Chinese is also a popular one because the Chinese population is big in this world. Also there are many Chinese immigrants and Chinese families in America and Canada. If you're interested in Chinese, however, there is actually no language called Chinese. The Chinese speak either Mandarin or Cantonese. I would suggest Mandarin because it is more popular than Cantonese. Mandarin is more popular because a greater population speaks it. 

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