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Old 01-15-2011, 09:26 PM
 
Location: Alderwood, Washington State
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I would think it depends on your personal preference in context to the question, what parts of the world one is interested in.

German, would give you an advantage in learning/understanding all the Germanic languages. For instance, take a look at my translator, see how in many languages, words are very similar to the original Germanic:

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Secondly Russian, look how many countries it is spoken in, due to the former Soviet Union. And as with German, Russian would give you at least a foot in the door with other Slavic languages, Ukrainian, Czech..

I would choose German, Russian

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Old 01-15-2011, 10:16 PM
 
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It is also depends on what your ethnical background is - if you're a non-chinese asian, learning Chinese would definitely be more useful than e.g. Spanish or other European languages. People tend to associate more with those that share similar cultures and the same ethnicity.
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Old 07-14-2016, 04:19 PM
 
Location: Longueuil, Quebec/Brooklyn, NY
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As someone who has traveled to 54 countries, I'll add a vote for French.

It's an official language on 4 continents (Europe, North America, Africa, South America), in the Caribbean (Guadalupe, Martinique, St. Martin, etc.), South Pacific (Tahiti, Wallis & Futuna, New Caledonia, Vanuatu) and Indian Ocean (Reunion, Mayotte, Mauritius). It's also still widely spoken in parts of the Middle East (i.e., Lebanon and Israel) and southeast Asia as a second language.

While it's not difficult to find people who speak enough English to get by in places like Beijing, Shanghai, Buenos Aires, Rio, etc., I've always found it harder when I've traveled through French speaking areas to get by without conversational French.
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Old 07-15-2016, 08:54 AM
 
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Chinese would be my choice if I would attempt putting another language in my already confused head
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Old 07-15-2016, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Taipei
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Mandarin......if this is an award for the most overhyped language.

French easily, or Spanish.
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Old 01-24-2017, 09:29 PM
 
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Chinese won't replace English because most Chinese leaders and business people can speak decent English. Chinese will become more influential, but English is probably too entrenched as the international language. English is also a fairly easy language to learn and many countries have been teaching English as a second language for decades.

English is the international trade language. As for a secondary language it all depends on where one wants to go. One couldn't go wrong with Spanish, French, Mandarin, or Arabic. Those are all important trade languages.

As an American, Farsi and Russian aren't as important simply because we don't trade as much with those countries.

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Old 01-24-2017, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Taipei
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Lol @ Chinese as a world language. Dream on.
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Old 01-24-2017, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Sydney, Australia
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French or German, personally.

Spanish is detestable.
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Old 01-25-2017, 07:52 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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There is no such thing as a second global language after English. The elites and hospitality people in every country already speak or try to speak English.
What second language is beneficial to you depends on where you are, your ethnic background and your personal interest. If you're into anime, for example, then it makes sense to take up Japanese. It will be easier because of your interest and you may be able to make use of it professionally some day.

If you need to ask an online forum what to take then it probably doesn't make sense for you to invest in the thousands of hours needed to gain basic proficiency in a new language. With that time you can get all sorts of professional certificates or learn a few musical instruments.
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Old 01-25-2017, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Mandarin......if this is an award for the most overhyped language.

French easily, or Spanish.
I agree that learning Mandarin would not likely be of much practical value for most but the title of most overhyped language should go to Spanish. While many countries do speak it none of the Spanish speaking countries are world powers or even desirable destinations for emigration. Spain itself has a lower per capita income than the US and boasts 20%+ unemployment. I can understand its utility if you live in certain parts of the US but it makes no more sense for anyone else to learn Spanish than, say, Japanese or Arabic.
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