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View Poll Results: Which of these languages is the LEAST useful?
Chinese 3 2.31%
Arabic 6 4.62%
Hindi 8 6.15%
English 5 3.85%
Spanish 3 2.31%
Bengali 84 64.62%
Portuguese 7 5.38%
Russian 4 3.08%
Japanese 6 4.62%
German 4 3.08%
Voters: 130. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-29-2015, 12:33 PM
 
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Every other Taxi driver speaks in Hindi. That might be helpful but as other poster said, most of those country ppl speak English.
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Old 04-29-2015, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
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No french option?

I'd say that except for English, the rest would be useful depending where you are. While English is spoken pretty much everywhere; Chinese won't help me much in Mexico, nor Spanish in Tanzania, or Bengali in Côte d'Ivoire.
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Old 04-29-2015, 02:06 PM
 
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Davy, that's called personal bias. In the real world, Japanese is a very useless language. I like Japan myself too, and my best friend is Japanese, but that's not gonna convince me to say that Japanese is anywhere near as useful as Chinese is. For most foreigners Japanese is a hobby language. 90% of Westerners that learn Japanese fall into the anime nerd and Japanese girl fetish camp.

Least to most:

Bengali
Hindi
Japanese
Portuguese
Russian

Arabic
Spanish
German
Chinese
English
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Old 04-29-2015, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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No french option?

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French is dead (referencing several recent threads on here), remember? Even in France people won't be speaking it anymore in a few years from now!
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Old 04-29-2015, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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For the purposes of this discussion, I think you have to consider the unilingualism/bilingualism in other languages of the people who speak these languages.

For example, Arabic might be useful for building relationships (business or otherwise) and given you an "in'' but on a practical level most anyone you would be dealing with for transactional stuff in Arabic-speaking countries would know either English or French.

Same goes with Hindi and Bengali - most of the people you'd deal with would speak English.

On the other hand, most Spanish-speaking countries in the world are fairly unilingual Spanish, and to a somewhat lesser degree this is also quite true of Brazil with Portuguese.
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Old 04-29-2015, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
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French is dead (referencing several recent threads on here), remember? Even in France people won't be speaking it anymore in a few years from now!

Lol very true. Oh well, c'est la vie

Something that bothers me a little about people that insist Chinese, Hindi and Bengali are the languages do jour, is they keep forgetting that those languages albeit spoken by hundreds of millions, are mostly limited to one or two countries. While Portuguese, French and even Russian are transcontinental languages, therefore most useful.
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Old 04-29-2015, 02:39 PM
 
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Lol very true. Oh well, c'est la vie

Something that bothers me a little about people that insist Chinese, Hindi and Bengali are the languages do jour, is they keep forgetting that those languages albeit spoken by hundreds of millions, are mostly limited to one or two countries. While Portuguese, French and even Russian are transcontinental languages, therefore most useful.
What are you talking about? Russian more useful than Chinese because it's the only transcontinental country on Earth (for any smartasses out there, no Turkey does not count)? Probably the biggest reason why few people learn Chinese (goes for Japanese too), is because of the complexity of the writing system. It is definitely not for the faint of heart. But, Russia is a crumbling country with nothing to look forward to, while China most definitely is getting closer and closer to the US. How are Hindi and Bengali languages do jour? Everybody in India that's reasonably educated speaks a good level of English, more than Mexicans, and Bengali is a highly regional language in India. Nobody's heard of it unless they are Indian or interested in India
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Old 04-29-2015, 02:43 PM
 
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Russian and Arabic less useful than Japanese? Portuguese more useful than German? Really?
of course portugeese is more useful than german , do you know how big brazil is and how important its becoming economically

majority of germans speak english so its not essential for business to speak german despite the economic might of germany
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Old 04-29-2015, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Kharkiv, Ukraine
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No french option?
According to Encarta, it has only 78,000,000 native speakers.
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Old 04-29-2015, 02:50 PM
 
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
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French is dead (referencing several recent threads on here), remember? Even in France people won't be speaking it anymore in a few years from now!
In two centuries, French will be like Phrygian: an important language from the past which people knows that existed, but nobody knows exactly how did it sound like except by some few inscriptions.
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