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Old 02-11-08, 01:56 PM
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What new language should I learn?

So I've decided to learn another foreign language. I already speak Spanish proficiently and Farsi (Persian) fluently.

I've always had a knack for learning languages (know some French and Latin as well); it's a passion of mine.

The question is: what would you recommend I learn?

I've narrowed it down to between Arabic, Mandarin, and Japanese.

Anyone have experience as a native, or non-native, speaker of any of these languages? Arabic would be the easiest for me to pick up.

I read varying opinions on the difficulty in learning Mandarin or Japanese. Some say Mandarin is easier for English speakers because of similar syntax, whereas others say Mandarin is more difficult to learn than Japanese because Mandarin is a tonal language.

I am leaning toward Mandarin for several reasons:

1) Most widely spoken language in the world. Can't hurt to know.
2) I have several close friends who are native speakers who I can routinely practice with. I have no such Arab or Japanese counterparts, so I'm pretty sure I'd retain Mandarin for much longer.
3) Seems like it would help in terms of potential future business prospects.

All thoughts are appreciated.

For what it's worth, I'll be using Rosetta Stone.
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If you can speak Mandarin, you'll know what those ladies are saying about you at that Chinese restaurant. So win-win.
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I would suggest Mandarin as well.
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Cobol. I'm sure there's a bright future in Cobol.
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I'd love to suggest Japanese, because it's a great language and the kana are easy to learn, but Mandarin would be far more useful longterm. Or FORTRAN.

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I'd suggest checking out the Pimsleur series for language instruction. (They cover Mandarin.) Far more convenient than Rosetta Stone--you can load the lessons on your mp3 player and do them anywhere.
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Originally Posted by das Monkey
I'd love to suggest Japanese, because it's a great language and the kana are easy to learn, but Mandarin would be far more useful longterm.
FOX will cancel the longterm future before Mandarin can have any chance to really catch on.
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Pig Latin?

Mandarin....as china is sort of a big deal.
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Mandarin, because a non-Chinese person speaking Chinese is highly impressive and amazing to Chinese people and non-chinese people. I know a girl that studied Chinese, became fluent, and traveled around China - and she got royal, smiling treatment wherever she went in comparison to someone who didn't know a word of Manderin.
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What do you do for a living? Would any of these be more beneficial for you down the road than others?
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Originally Posted by Chew
FOX will cancel the longterm future before Mandarin can have any chance to really catch on.

Huh?
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Say what you will about alien races, the truth is you can't go wrong studying the Rules of Acquisition in its original tongue.
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Japanese.

Planned to learn Japanese sometimes in the future.
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Originally Posted by Chew
FOX will cancel the longterm future before Mandarin can have any chance to really catch on.
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Originally Posted by adamblast
Cobol. I'm sure there's a bright future in Cobol.
My first second language was Fortran.
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Originally Posted by mike45
My first second language was Fortran.
OWEN: What I really need is a droid that understands the binary language of moisture vaporators.

THREEPIO: Vaporators! Sir -- My first job was programming binary load lifters...very similar to your vaporators. You could say...

OWEN: Do you speak Bocce?

THREEPIO: Of course I can, sir. It's like a second language for me...I'm as fluent in Bocce...
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Jive....
Chump don't want no help, chump don't get no help.

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