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Learning a second language. Which would you learn?

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11. Posted by abesworld (Budding Member 48 posts) 9y

Ah I love languages! I currently speak English, Spanish (pretty well, need a bit of practice after very little use this past year), and I am teaching myself Norwegian. I'm going to start taking classes in Hebrew next year and try to teach myself Turkish. I'd learn them all if I could...

12. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

Polish. I work for the Civil Service and a lot of the people I deal with are Polish immigrants.

13. Posted by Buttfish (Respected Member 298 posts) 9y

i'm canadian, so french is a main for me...i speak some, and very badly (basically what i learned in high school and elementary school)... but i'd like to learn one type of indian...i cant remember the name right now...

but then languages are all connected somehow...knowing just one latin language will help better understanding (at least in the smallest possible way) to understanding other ones...possibly, maybe, a little bit. i speak serbian fluently, and i can somewhat understand some other slavic languages.

14. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 9y

Currently re-learning Malay now im sort of on sabbatical back in Malaysia, and thinking of picking up Arabic or Russian in the future...

15. Posted by karimor (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y


Apart from English I'd like to learn spanish or russian (or both), and I also wouldn't mind refreshing my knowledge of german. Spanish would be great for travelling, whilst russian might come in handy as I believe european countries will interact more with russia in the coming years.
Languages are fun :)

16. Posted by AndyB24 (Respected Member 167 posts) 9y

Learning spanish right now, then Quichwa indian in the amazon :) Refreshing Japanese next year!

17. Posted by beaglex (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

I would learn Polish. My wife and I travelled to Poland last year to visit some of her relatives who she had never met. Although my wife spoke a little bit of the language and it was enough to get us by it was very mentally exhausting for my her. I would like to learn Polish because we both would love to go back to see her relatives and stay longer. We loved Poland it was a terrific place to visit and would like to see more of the country so speaking the language would be a great assistance.

18. Posted by vxmike (Budding Member 64 posts) 9y

Depends on why you want to learn another language I suppose.

If you want to maximize your abilitity to interact with others then definitely Spanish.

If you want a marketable skill then Chinese for general business purposes. Arabic is also a great choice since there are so few fluent Arabic speakers outside of natives in the Middle East. Huge $$ are available for people fluent in Arabic right now.

19. Posted by zai (Budding Member 2 posts) 9y

I plan to learn Spanish and Hindi this year. :-)

20. Posted by karinchan (Budding Member 10 posts) 9y

Mhm, my native language is German, I studied English, French, Latin and Russian at school... at the moment i am living in France so I am definitely studying french, trying not to forget all that I learned in English... I would like to study Italian (just for pleasure and cause I like to travel to Italy) and maybe Portuguese cause I like the way it sounds. Id also like to start again with Russian... Id learn them all if I could, the problem is... as soon as you dont practise a language you forget almost everything you learned, at least thats the case with me -_-