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View Poll Results: Most overrated languages?
Italian 11 21.57%
Spanish 11 21.57%
French 23 45.10%
Japanese 5 9.80%
English 8 15.69%
Esperanto 13 25.49%
Russian 5 9.80%
Swedish 5 9.80%
Others (mention them) 6 11.76%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 51. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-10-2017, 10:03 AM
 
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I vote Italian because it really doesn't have much use outside of Italy. You could say the same for Japanese but I noticed that the people who study it are complete freaks about Japanese culture. I don't see that as much for people who study Italian. They just seem to approach it as a general European language when it isn't all that widespread. I don't know anybody who studies Swedish. I think almost 100% of educated Swedes speak English.

English, French, and Spanish are widely distributed. I think Russian is underrated because it's still spoken across a huge geographically and ethnically diverse area outside of Russia yet people seem to forget this.
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Old 07-10-2017, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Seoul
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The way I interpret this is a language that is often promoted as being good to learn, but actually brings few real benefits to the speaker. From the lost I'd say perhaps French? It's widely promoted in the education system, even though it's nowhere near as useful as it was prior to WWII, when it was a lingua franca.

Esperanto isn't all it's cracked up to be, but I'm sure it's particularly highly regarded?
I agree with French, not really that useful nowadays. I guess if you are going to West Africa it will come in useful, but I have a feeling that the sort of people interested in learning French are not the type that would want to do business in Ivory Coast

Also Italian and Japanese. Rarely spoken outside of their native country
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Old 07-10-2017, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Honolulu
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I'll rate the language only on one criterion -- Is English widely spoken in that country?

For example, German is not necessary to learn unless you plan to stay there for an extended period since many German can speak very Fluent English. On the other hand, Japanese is quite necessary to learn since most Japanese cannot speak English and English signs are always absent.

But some languages like Russian don't matter much since I don't have intention to visit Russia.
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Old 07-10-2017, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Buenos Aires and La Plata, ARG
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I never have found french language beautiful sounding. I don't understand its "sexy appeal". So, that's my vote.
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Old 07-10-2017, 02:30 PM
 
Location: MO->MI->CA->TX->MA
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English
Spanish
French
Japanese
Chinese
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Old 07-10-2017, 03:14 PM
 
Location: Göle, Turkey
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Spanish
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Old 07-10-2017, 04:09 PM
 
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I'll rate the language only on one criterion -- Is English widely spoken in that country?

For example, German is not necessary to learn unless you plan to stay there for an extended period since many German can speak very Fluent English. On the other hand, Japanese is quite necessary to learn since most Japanese cannot speak English and English signs are always absent.

But some languages like Russian don't matter much since I don't have intention to visit Russia.
In fact most Japanese can speak basic English. When they cannot understand oral English, writing down helps.
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Old 07-10-2017, 07:30 PM
 
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One from that list? definitely Esperanto. It's a non-language made by some nerd. Languages are supposed to be a social creation, the sum of the history of a group of people, not something made in a lab by some nerd.


Other than that I don't see any logic to call a language "overrated".
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Old 07-10-2017, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Sydney, Australia
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How on earth can a language be overrated?
Seriously?

Watch some movies, listen to your favourite song, or take a language class - There is always that "popular" language that is constantly referenced and sought for ad nauseam.

If languages can't be "overrated", then we can might as well say that cities and countries can't be overrated too.
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Old 07-10-2017, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Minsk, Belarus
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I think Chinese is overrated - or at least overhyped - nowadays. Why isn't it included in the poll I wonder?
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