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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, 10:32 PM
 
Location: Sydney, Australia
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I think Chinese is overrated - or at least overhyped - nowadays. Why isn't it included in the poll I wonder?
That's why there is an "other" option.

Mandarin is the most popular Chinese language. I did think of including it (and Korean), but at the same time a lot of people dislike Chinese languages. It has fans, but also a a lot haters.
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Old 07-10-2017, 10:39 PM
 
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I think Chinese is overrated - or at least overhyped - nowadays. Why isn't it included in the poll I wonder?
Why is it overrated? It has the most number of speakers, and has economic power. In fact it is strange that very few schools in the world offer it as a foreign language option after English.
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Old 07-11-2017, 01:42 AM
 
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I think that all the languages apart English, French and Spanish are a bit overrated
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Old 07-11-2017, 07:26 AM
 
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Esperanto, it's absolutely worthless. I feel bad for anyone who attempts to learn it.

Of the real languages, maybe French. I don't think any of the others are "overrated." Spanish and English can be used in so many countries. I don't have high expectations for any of the other languages.
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Old 07-11-2017, 08:19 AM
 
Location: San Diego, California Republic
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Why is it overrated? It has the most number of speakers, and has economic power. In fact it is strange that very few schools in the world offer it as a foreign language option after English.
The problem with Chinese is that you have to learn two different spoken languages that use the same written language. Mandarin is what most think of but if you want to communicate with Chinese in most western cities, well, at least North American ones, Cantonese is going to be the most common and more useful. Internationally, Mandarin will be the business language unless you travels take you to Hong Kong where again, Cantonese is the language.
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Old 07-11-2017, 08:28 AM
 
Location: London U.K.
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French, Russian, German no doubt. Can't tolerate listening to them for over 10 seconds, learning them will be on another level of difficulty for me.
French is a walk in the park, but trying to hold a conversation in Québec can strain your brain, Russia's Cyrillic alphabet is a severe handicap to learning it, likewise Bulgarian and Greek, Ukrainian too I think.
German grammar is a minefield, this word starts with a capital letter, that one doesn't, eeurgh!
Spanish and Portuguese, while not being insurmountable, require you, (well me at least), to run the natives sentences back at slow motion speed in my mind to get anywhere near the gist of what they're saying.
Strange thing is, no matter at what speed I speak their language to Spaniards or Portuguese, they almost always understand me.

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Some Western European Languages; English, French, Spanish & Portuguese.
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Old 07-11-2017, 08:41 AM
 
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Some Western European Languages; English, French, Spanish & Portuguese.
Don't see how English and Spanish can be overrated, they both allow you to communicate with a substantial proportion of the world's population.
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Old 07-11-2017, 08:41 AM
 
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French is a walk in the park, but trying to hold a conversation in Québec can strain your brain, Russia's Cyrillic alphabet is a severe handicap to learning it, likewise Bulgarian and Greek, Ukrainian too I think.
German grammar is a minefield, this word starts with a capital letter, that one doesn't, eeurgh!
Spanish and Portuguese, while not being insurmountable, require you, (well me at least), to run the natives sentences back at slow motion speed in my mind to get anywhere near the gist of what they're saying.
Strange thing is, no matter at what speed I speak their language to Spaniards or Portuguese, they almost always understand me.
I picked up the ability to read the majority of Cyrillic wandering around Sofia, Bulgaria in my free time during a two week work trip. It's actually a phonetically straight forward, logical writing system that has less "exceptions" than the Latin alphabet, at least when it comes to English and French. What makes Slavic languages difficult is the grammar. The meaning depends on word endings. You have to have the entire phrase mapped out in your head prior to expressing it. I have a theory that this sort of thinking is part of the reason Russia produces a lot of the world's best chess players.

I took a trip to Greece after living in Russia for a few months and studying Russian. I was actually able to sound out a lot of written Greek because a lot of the letters are the same or just slightly different. It makes perfect sense because the Cyrillic alphabet is descended from the Greek alphabet.

Things really get interesting in the Balkans where both writing systems(Cyrillic and Latin) are used.
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Old 07-11-2017, 08:41 AM
 
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The problem with Chinese is that you have to learn two different spoken languages that use the same written language. Mandarin is what most think of but if you want to communicate with Chinese in most western cities, well, at least North American ones, Cantonese is going to be the most common and more useful. Internationally, Mandarin will be the business language unless you travels take you to Hong Kong where again, Cantonese is the language.
Not really true, there is no reason to learn Cantonese, especially if you alreadyspeak English. Most Cantonese people can speak either English or Mandarin.

I don't think Chinese is overrated because not many people learn it. While it's the most common native language, it's 5th as a second language. More people speak Hindi and Malay as a second language then Mandarin.
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Old 07-11-2017, 08:56 AM
 
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Python. Terrible language--syntax that relies on whitespace, two major competing versions (2 vs. 3), mediocre debugger--I really don't understand why it is so popular :-/
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