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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%
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Old 04-29-2015, 09:34 PM
 
Location: Sydney, Australia
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Should've been a multiple choice.

Hindi, Arabic and Bengali for me.
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Old 04-29-2015, 09:40 PM
 
Location: In transition
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For me personally from most to least useful:

1. English
2. Chinese
3. Spanish
4. Arabic
5. Russian
6. Portuguese
7. Japanese
8. German
9. Hindi
10. Bengali
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Old 04-30-2015, 06:03 AM
 
Location: Kharkiv, Ukraine
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For me personally from most to least useful:

1. English
2. Chinese
3. Spanish
4. Arabic
5. Russian
6. Portuguese
7. Japanese
8. German
9. Hindi
10. Bengali
Why is German so low?
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Old 04-30-2015, 09:31 AM
 
Location: In transition
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Why is German so low?
Because most German native speakers can speak some English and German is not spoken in a very large geographic area
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Old 04-30-2015, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Taipei
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Because most Germans can speak some English and German is not spoken in a very large geographic area
Academically, German is probably the second most influential language in the world, along with French. I'd say both French and German are very useful if you're interested in um, knowledge.
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Old 04-30-2015, 10:08 AM
 
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Academically, German is probably the second most influential language in the world, along with French. I'd say both French and German are very useful if you're interested in um, knowledge.
I heard German universities use English to teach science and engineering classes? If it is the case, the use of German in academia is dying.
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Old 04-30-2015, 10:14 AM
 
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I heard German universities use English to teach science and engineering classes? If it is the case, the use of German in academia is dying.
no, only if you study something international.
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Old 04-30-2015, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Hyde Park, MA
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I heard German universities use English to teach science and engineering classes? If it is the case, the use of German in academia is dying.
Germans are amongst the best English speakers, and it's not like they don't use Deutsche, at all.

I did a year in Kassel though and yes, courses were in English. And I was doing Cultural Studies, but my SciEng colleagues also had class in English.
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Old 04-30-2015, 12:05 PM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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I can speak Bengali fluently and it is a culturally rich language. However, it obviously is not intended to be an international language. It is very useful only to Bengalis and that diaspora all over the world.

Bengali Americans are a highly educated and affluent class of people, as are Indian Americans in general.

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Old 05-01-2015, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Brisbane
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It depends on weather you are talking a world perspective or personal.

For me personally and the people I deal with every day, Russian and Portuguese would be at the bottom and "Chinese" and Hindi up the top.

It's common to see job adds that require mandarin in Australia these days, seemingly far more so than any other language.
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