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Old 02-02-2013, 07:37 PM
 
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1.If you know both English and Spanish, which is easier to learn?

2.With the growing brazilian economy, is it more beneficial to learn Portuguese than French.

3. Are there good job prospects in the finance industry for, lets say, a CPA in Miami who knows three languages(english,spanish, and either portuguese and french)

4. Last question. Which language do you personally like.
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Old 02-02-2013, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Keizer, OR
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1. Portuguese. French is quite different from Spanish, trust me.
2. Maybe. But French still has more speakers.
3. In Miami, knowing Portuguese is probably better.
4. I took French for two years, got sick of it and quit. I speak Spanish almost fluently and therefore I understand Portuguese fairly well.

On a side note, if you learn Portuguese, it's very easy to get it mixed up with Spanish.
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Old 02-02-2013, 11:34 PM
 
Location: Shaw.
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French is a more international language, but as an English speaker, you shouldn't have too much problem with that. If you're planning on doing anything with international politics, you need French, but that's not something many have to deal with. Maybe if you deal with French Canadiens, you might need French.

Portuguese is probably more useful overall.
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Old 02-03-2013, 12:07 AM
 
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Depends on where you want to go and what you want to do I guess. Portuguese, I think, is of growing economic importance because Brazil (and maybe to a much much lesser extent Angola) are of growing importance. However in math, science, and maybe banking (because of Switzerland, though Brazil apparently has some major banks) I'd think French is still more significant.

I would go with French because in some ways it's more like English and I believe there are more "developed nations" (Belgium, France, Monaco, Switzerland, and maybe Canada though Quebecois French is said to be a lot different) that speak French. However if you're interested in agriculture, oil, cars, mining, expanding markets, or US states that don't border Canada then Portuguese might be better.
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Old 02-03-2013, 01:35 AM
 
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Another way that French is useful is that it is a language spoken by many recent African immigrants, so if you deal with them, it may be useful.
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:51 AM
 
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It depends on what you plan to do. If you plan on doing business with South America then study Portuguese. If you plan on doing business with Africa or Europe or Canada then study French.
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Old 02-03-2013, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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Spanish and Portugese are too similar in my opinion and French sounds sexy. So learn French. Either way, knowing multiple languages will look good on any job application.
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Old 02-03-2013, 12:01 PM
 
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Originally Posted by Almeida93 View Post

1.If you know both English and Spanish, which is easier to learn?

2.With the growing brazilian economy, is it more beneficial to learn Portuguese than French.

3. Are there good job prospects in the finance industry for, lets say, a CPA in Miami who knows three languages(english,spanish, and either portuguese and french)

4. Last question. Which language do you personally like.
Question 1: Portuguese.

Question 2: Yes, particularly in Florida and Latin America although I wouldn't overlook it's importance in NYC or DC either.

Question 3: Yes, see answer to question #2

Question 4: Personally, French but what I (or others) say in that matter shouldn't override the second or third answers.
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Old 02-03-2013, 12:16 PM
 
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I think if your first language is English, French is easier. Lots of English words have the exact same spelling/meaning as their French counterparts (though pronunciation is different.) In many cases, once you have expanded your French vocabulary you can guess what a French word means in English when you hear it.

They are both useful in different ways depending on what you intend on using them for.
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Old 02-03-2013, 12:19 PM
 
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Question 1: Portuguese.

Question 2: Yes, particularly in Florida and Latin America although I wouldn't overlook it's importance in NYC or DC either.

Question 3: Yes, see answer to question #2

Question 4: Personally, French but what I (or others) say in that matter shouldn't override the second or third answers.
^ What he/she said! If you are going to be a CPA in Miami Portuguese would be beneficial as we have a huge Brazilian population in south Florida. Americans are so mono lingual that they don't know the power language has! When you can speak to a client in their own language you have cemented a bond with that person. Why is Miami the Latin American headquarters of so many US corporations? Language.
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