Which language to learn after English?

Which language to learn after English?

Postby Crimson King » Mon Jun 16, 2014 2:29 am

Well, as the title suggests. What is in your opinion the most useful language to learn after English? Considering that i work as a software developer and will probably move to an European country in the near future.

Btw, you can't say spanish (it's my native tongue)
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Re: Which language to learn after English?

Postby stranac » Mon Jun 16, 2014 9:43 am

Learn the language of the country you're going to move to.
There is no universally spoken language in Europe, so if you learn a random language, you would probably end up knowing a language you can't use.
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Re: Which language to learn after English?

Postby Crimson King » Mon Jun 16, 2014 2:17 pm

stranac wrote:Learn the language of the country you're going to move to.
There is no universally spoken language in Europe, so if you learn a random language, you would probably end up knowing a language you can't use.


Hey stranac, most likely it will be Ireland.

In that regard there would be no problem with the languages i already know/use. But was wondering which would prove the most beneficial while living in Europe (apart from English and Spanish) and also which would look good on a CV as a third language and 'open the most doors' to me.

I know there's no real answer to this question, just wanted to read some feedback from other members.
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Re: Which language to learn after English?

Postby Kebap » Tue Jun 17, 2014 12:54 am

Of course I suggest German, but then again I do live in Germany.

Meanwhile I am trying to learn Spanish myself. English is really no problem.
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Re: Which language to learn after English?

Postby XndrK » Wed Jun 18, 2014 9:58 pm

I am learning German. Germany is currently the economic capital of Europe, and if you already know English, it's pretty close. (I mean, they are still two separate languages, but they have a common ancestor, so it shouldn't be too hard.) So...
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Re: Which language to learn after English?

Postby Somelauw » Wed Jun 18, 2014 11:09 pm

The obvious choices are German and French.
As Spanish is your native tongue, French would probably be easier for you to pick up.
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Re: Which language to learn after English?

Postby ricardo49 » Wed Sep 10, 2014 1:28 am

I agree that French and German are good languages to learn if you are planning a move to Europe. As someone who has studied a number of languages, I tell anyone who is serious about learning a foreign language to get three basic reference books:

• A dictionary
• A verb book
• A reference grammar

The dictionary should be the biggest, fattest one that you can afford. It is important for it to show the various ways that a given word can be used. My Oxford Spanish Dictionary does precisely that. You need the verb book because verbs have so many forms; some are irregular and some are not. The reference grammar is like a dictionary for the rules of grammar and usage: it is generally arranged so you can look in the list of contents and find the particular rule you need to know about (for example, interrogatives, relative pronouns, compound tenses, etc.). In an ordinary textbook, these rules would be spread throughout the book, whereas in a reference grammar they would be all together in one section. With these three books plus the wonderful free resources of the Internet, you should have what you need to learn the European language of your choice.

Another useful practice to follow is to keep a alphabetized vocabulary list on your computer as you encounter new words and new ways to use them. I have one list for Spanish masculine nouns, another for feminine nouns, and yet another for nouns that can be either gender (words like azúcar and those ending in -ista). I have another list for adverbs, and others for the different kinds of regular and irregular verbs. You get the idea. Here is a sample entry from my list of feminine nouns:

BUSCA search, hunt || Enviaron a un grupo en busca de ayuda. They sent a group to look for help. || Anda en busca de marido. She's looking for a husband.

Be sure to find out how to use the computer to make any accented letters (or special characters like the “ß” in German) required by the language you wish to study. There are various ways to do this, some easier than others. With my word processor, I can shift between an English and a Spanish keyboard.

Finally, try to spend time with people who speak the language you wish to learn, preferably people who don’t speak Spanish very well, so you will be more likely to increase your skills by speaking in their language.

Even if you end up moving to an English-speaking country like Ireland, you may want to travel on the European continent, so whatever other language(s) you learn will not be time wasted.

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