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Old 05-06-2013, 03:05 PM
 
Location: West Coast
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It is important to be bilingual, or multilingual in a global sense. It is better to have that skill than to not have that skill. Most Americans have only a high school diploma. The global economy, which we all are a part of, prefers a college degree. Again, its better to have it than not to have it.

 
Old 05-06-2013, 03:13 PM
 
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That all depends on the languages. English, absolutely, Chinese, absolutey, Deutch, absolutely, Portugese/Spainish, no consequesnce.
Eh, Portuguese is the language of the largest latam economy and a BRIC language.

Furthemore it is used in latam, africa, and europe.

Given the geographic breadth (used on three continents) and number of speakers I feel Portuguese is more useful.

Germanic people also know english more often than not at a higher level.

In the IC, you would provide more value to the org as a whole in learning Portuguese than German.

I run into quite a few listings at places like Goldman or finance firms in DC asking for Portuguese fluency if the position is latam focused.

It is short sighted to say Portuguese or Spanish knowledge is useless.
 
Old 05-06-2013, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Texas
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If you're smart, you'd learn Chinese. Now there's the language of the future.

Spanish, not so much. Yes, there are a lot of them here, and more coming. But they're going to learn English.

Chinese is spoken by more people than any other language, but not by many outside of China.

English is the most widely spoken language, followed by Spanish. Being bilingual in English/Spanish is probably the best combination.
 
Old 05-06-2013, 03:16 PM
 
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I speak fluent Spanish, French, German and English. I have traveled all around the world so it does not really concern me.
 
Old 05-06-2013, 03:35 PM
 
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Yes, and that's the utility of being able to speak it.

One of the problems for English speakers, especially in the US, is what other language to learn. The main utility of Spanish in the US, is if you need to deal with a lot of migrant workers. But if you want a language that give you real business opportunities, learn Chinese. If you can speak both English and Chinese fluently, you can probably get good jobs easily, with no other skills.

If you're have, say, and MBA AND speak English and Chinese, you can pretty much name your price.

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Chinese is spoken by more people than any other language, but not by many outside of China.

English is the most widely spoken language, followed by Spanish. Being bilingual in English/Spanish is probably the best combination.
 
Old 05-06-2013, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Montreal, Quebec
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Horsesh-t!
Ah. I see you have an aversion to science, as well as languages.

As a control group, the researchers used medicine and cognitive science students at Ume University -- students who also study hard, but not languages. Both groups were given MRI scans before and after a three-month period of intensive study. While the brain structure of the control group remained unchanged, specific parts of the brain of the language students grew. The parts that developed in size were the hippocampus, a deep-lying brain structure that is involved in learning new material and spatial navigation, and three areas in the cerebral cortex.
Language learning makes the brain grow, Swedish study suggests
 
Old 05-06-2013, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Montreal, Quebec
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I speak fluent Spanish, French, German and English. I have traveled all around the world so it does not really concern me.
Nice!
 
Old 05-06-2013, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Montreal, Quebec
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Are you ignoring the OP.......Our official language is English are your from here originally or just young?

The OP stated we better learn it, America is changing! I've noticed some mexicans have come here and while in the stores have no intention of speaking English and they talk very loud so we can all hear them and their converstion.
Well, perhaps you can speak to some of your fellow Americans and ask them to keep their voices down when visiting other countries. I've heard "HARRY! HARRY! COME GET A LOAD OF THIS!!" in our cathedrals, and "GARCON! GARCON! WHERE'S THE KETCHUP! in our fine restaurants. That's when they're not hollering into their cell phones at the top of their lungs. At Place des Arts during a performance.
 
Old 05-06-2013, 03:54 PM
 
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Depends where.



Once again, depends where.
Montreal is nothing like Houston, nothing
 
Old 05-06-2013, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Barrington
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In just a few decades, if you don't know Spanish, you're gonna be a like a Canadian that doesn't know French.
Only about 22% of Canadians speak French. There is more to Canada than Quebec which is the second largest province in Canada.
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