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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 07-12-2017, 12:19 PM
 
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Not true.

Cantonese v Mandarin: When Hong Kong languages get political - BBC News

Cantonese still remains the most important language there, and there is still is some resistance to Mandarin, even among the young.
Of course Cantonese is still dominant in Hong Kong. The point is all young people can speak Mandarin too.
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Old 07-12-2017, 12:44 PM
 
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I don't understand why French is overrated compared with Spanish.
French is not any more the lingua franca,but Spanish is also not the lingua franca
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Old 07-12-2017, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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I don't understand why French is overrated compared with Spanish.
French is not any more the lingua franca,but Spanish is also not the lingua franca
It's the lingua franca of Latin America, and there is a very large Spanish speaking population in the USA as well. Spanish is very important in the western hemisphere, there is no equal to it's status in the eastern hemisphere. In the east it goes English, and then every one else.
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Old 07-12-2017, 01:14 PM
 
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It's the lingua franca of Latin America, and there is a very large Spanish speaking population in the USA as well. Spanish is very important in the western hemisphere, there is no equal to it's status in the eastern hemisphere. In the east it goes English, and then every one else.
For economic success in the western hemisphere you could say that English is more important? Most Latin American countries are still pretty undeveloped, in contrast to the USA, the predominately English-speaking superpower that dominates the hemisphere.
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Old 07-12-2017, 01:24 PM
 
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As long as French remains the official language in France the rest...
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Old 07-12-2017, 01:25 PM
 
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For economic success in the western hemisphere you could say that English is more important? Most Latin American countries are still pretty undeveloped, in contrast to the USA, the predominately English-speaking superpower that dominates the hemisphere.
Yes, but if you still want to do business in Latin America you still need to know Spanish, it's not like Europe where you can get away with just English, a lot of people down there have limited knowledge of English. Also eventually Latin America will become developed, Chile and Argentina are not so far away from becoming developed as well as Mexico. Furthermore one of the biggest ways you can earn money from learning a language is by becoming a translator, and in the US there are a lot of Spanish speaking people who need Spanish translators, not so much with the case of French, and those people who do speak French, probably already know how to speak English.
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Old 07-12-2017, 01:28 PM
 
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I don't understand why French is overrated compared with Spanish.
French is not any more the lingua franca,but Spanish is also not the lingua franca
French is taught in many countries, but reality is there are not as many native speakers of French compared to Spanish. French is still the 2nd most common language taught, which really makes no sense. And that's why it is overrated.
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Old 07-12-2017, 01:34 PM
 
Location: France, Bordeaux
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French is still the 2nd most common language taught, which really makes no sense.
Because there is a demand, especially in China that wants to do buisness in Africa. But also of people who appreciate the French culture.

A language is more than business it is also glamor, travel, another way of seeing things, open to another literature, music, film etc.

I know that in Africa there is a very high demand for French teacher. Particularly in Nigeria, which is surrounded by francophone countries.

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Old 07-12-2017, 01:54 PM
 
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Languages by percent of second language speakers to native speakers. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...er_of_speakers

Swahili: 513%
Malay: 265%
French: 240%
English: 102%
Persian: 102%
Hausa: 76%
Russian: 72%
Hindustani: 49%
Arabic: 46%
Italian: 31%
Turkish: 31%
Mandarin: 20%
Spanish: 14%
Portuguese: 14%
German: 13%
Japanese: 8%
Bengali: 8%
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Old 07-12-2017, 01:57 PM
 
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Because there is a demand, especially in China that wants to do buisness in Africa. But also of people who appreciate the French culture.

A language is more than business it is also glamor, travel, another way of seeing things, open to another literature, music, film etc.

I know that in Africa there is a very high demand for French teacher. Particularly in Nigeria, which is surrounded by francophone countries.
I think most of the allure for French is glamor and a love of French culture and not necessarily business related, so I think there is a lot of truth to that.

In 2015 it was estimated there are 80 million native French speakers, that's really not very many. It's ranked around 14th in native speakers.

So based on necessity it is overrated, but it does show that the world loves French culture.

Btw, I didn't vote for French, I voted for Esperanto because it's 100% worthless. At least there is a purpose to learning the other languages.
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