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View Poll Results: Which language will be more beneficial to learn for a global career
German 2 4.17%
French 7 14.58%
Portuguese 1 2.08%
Chinese 10 20.83%
Japanese 2 4.17%
Spanish 20 41.67%
Others - Please mention 6 12.50%
Voters: 48. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-14-2007, 03:16 PM
 
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Friends,
Which language do you think will be more beneficial in the coming years career wise, thinking globally (Do not think only in US context) after English.
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Old 05-14-2007, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Debary, Florida
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As far as where you live in the US, when I was living near Boston, it was French that was offered in the schools, here in Florida and in Texas it was Spanish...

Globally, that is a VERY good question.

I know if you can speak Spanish, people who speak Portugese can understand some of what you say, I believe the same is true of Italian, a word here or there.
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Old 05-14-2007, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Working on relocating
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Spanish for sure

I've seen these cool things you can load on your iPod and learn languages with I want the Spanish one before I move to CA
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Old 05-14-2007, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Hopewell New Jersey
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Old 05-14-2007, 10:05 PM
 
Location: Chemnitz, Germany
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Chinese (mandarin) is my 1st choice. I speak Spanish (fluent) and German (pretty well), both of which are useful in business and travel in the Americas and Europe, but as a language of global business a good knowledge of Chinese would be a mega advantage. It would certainly open a lot of doors. China is emerging as a the other big superpower in business and politics. Spanish would be much easier, but the poll is not about what is easy to learn.
Interesting that years ago French was perceived to be such an important language for international business and politics, now it has been almost left in the dust. I'm not bashing French, au contraire, it is a wonderful and beautiful language. Of course if you are interested in businesses that France is a leader in like nuclear power, high speed rail, wine, architecture, aviation, telecom, French is not a bad choice either.
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Old 05-14-2007, 11:55 PM
 
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I am fairly fluent in French and find that nearly everywhere I travel it helps me. Many countries (particularly in Europe) have French as one of the major languages the citizens speak.
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Old 05-15-2007, 12:37 AM
 
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From a global perspective, I think it would be Chinese.

From a domestic perspective, I would say Spanish.
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Old 05-15-2007, 02:06 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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I agree with foma. I became fluent in Spanish because (most importantly) I love Madrid -- and I'm looking to be employed in the Southeast or Southwest US.
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Old 05-15-2007, 04:51 AM
 
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I think German sounds like you are hacking when you speak, Spanish sounds too hurried, Asian languages sound like too sing-song, but French sounds so flowing and romantic. I speak a little French..."Chevrolet, hors de voures, french fries, Giuchie giuchie ya ya da da"...it drives the ladies wild.

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Old 05-15-2007, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Coachella Valley, California
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Spanish definitely. Hey, you gotta speak the language of the land, right???
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