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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, 03:14 AM
 
Location: Sydney, Australia
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Which languages are way too overhyped, where you don't get how or why they are so popular among people?

NOTE: This is not a "worst language" thread. Focus on languages that get way too much exposure and affection, even if they're not so terrible in how they sound.
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Old 07-10-2017, 05:08 AM
 
Location: SE UK
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How on earth can a language be overrated?
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Old 07-10-2017, 06:14 AM
 
Location: Near Luxembourg
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How on earth can a language be overrated?
I was thinking the same lol
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Old 07-10-2017, 07:03 AM
 
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
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Studied languages vary from each country to another. Here in Brazil, English and Spanish are the most studied languages for obvious reasons, and Italian in general comes in third place due to the mass imigration of the past. I would instead talk about underrated languages. French, Japanese and German are amongst the most demanded languages in Brazil by companies and very few people learn them.
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Old 07-10-2017, 07:15 AM
 
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How on earth can a language be overrated?
I was wondering the same thing. The only thing that comes to mind are languages that are not widely used yet are considered popular.
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Old 07-10-2017, 07:57 AM
 
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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.
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Old 07-10-2017, 08:33 AM
 
Location: San Diego, California Republic
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Like others have said, I'm not sure how a language can be overrated. As Fabio said, a popular language will vary from one place to another.

With that being said, in the US, Spanish is far and away the most popular language to study. However most people who actually learn to speak it don't so so in school. After Spanish, French and German are next, those were the two I studied. Not of much use when you live in California LOL. In California, after Spanish, Tagalog is the most useful. In New England, Portuguese would be after Spanish.
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Old 07-10-2017, 08:38 AM
 
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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?
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Old 07-10-2017, 08:57 AM
 
Location: London, United Kingdom
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Some Western European Languages; English, French, Spanish & Portuguese.
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Old 07-10-2017, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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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?
It depends on why you are learning a language, Esperanto in particular is very useful for beginners, people who learn Esperanto have a better understanding of how languages operate and thus it's easier to learn other languages , furthermore the vocabulary is based on real words too. However if you are learning Esperanto because you think you will be able to communicate on an international scale, then you probably won't much luck.
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