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Which Foreign Language Should I Learn?

By: GreenPanda | Date posted: October 05, 2007 (10:34 am) | Write a Comment (5 Comments)

How to Pick a Foreign Language to Learn

I’m still continuing on my post on why learning a foreign language is beneficial.
The next question to ask is; which language do you choose?

There are so many ways to look at this question. The first step is to decide why you’re learning a foreign language. A person who is doing it to communicate with family is looking at it differently from one who is looking to increase their edge in business. Some things to consider when choosing a language are:

  1. Level of Difficulty
  2. How Popular is the Language
  3. Access to Native Speakers

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These are not definitive lists, but looking at some websites concerning languages, I noticed some came up more often than others. Please feel free to disagree and leave your thoughts.

If you’re new to learning a foreign language and want to pick something up that’s easier to learn, then you might want to consider some of these languages. (I recently realized that this site is sometimes translated into other languages, so I included English for our more global readers.)

Easiest Languages to Learn:

  1. Spanish
  2. Italian
  3. English
  4. Portuguese
  5. Hindi

This next category looked at languages from a business world perspective for those who are learning a foreign language to expand their career potential.

Most Popular Languages:

  1. English
  2. Mandarin Chinese
  3. Spanish
  4. Arabic
  5. Japanese

I found this site to have a really good guide to help choose what language to learn. The chart is very easy to understand and it helped me with my decision. I’m working on Italian right now. My reasons are because it’s relatively easy to learn and I love the way the language sounds when spoken. I would like to feel more like a global citizen. Do you speak more than one language? If so, when and how did you learn?

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5 Comments
  1. Comment by naturegirl — October 6, 2007 @ 4:45 am

    I always wanted to learn Spanish, because it’s such a beautiful language. This really encourages me, that you included it in the easy languages to learn. But how do you know that? Is it based on your own experience? I think it probably will be easier for me, since I already know some French.
    Anyway, nice blog :)

  2. Comment by GreenPanda — October 6, 2007 @ 8:34 am

    I was reading different sites and Spanish was listed repeatedly as an easy language to learn. It’s consistent grammatically and spelling is a breeze once you know the sounds. You have a nice blog at your site. I might have to visit often because we’re getting someone from China in our office next week for some training. It would be nice to at least say a few words in his native language. Thanks for visiting.

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  4. Comment by M — July 28, 2008 @ 2:32 am

    Is the spanish European Spanish, Latin Spanish, or Mexicano?

  5. Comment by Green Panda — July 28, 2008 @ 6:04 am

    @ M It looks as if they are referring to Latin Spanish in the charts, I’ve been following.

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