Second Languages?

2 years, 8 months ago

I need to take a second language for my University and I am having trouble deciding what to take…I took Spanish for a couple of years in high school but I hated it. I am leaning towards Latin at the moment, but I think French or sign-language would be cool too…Do any of you HEthians have any foreign language experience? Particularly those I just mentioned? Any input would be appreciated. Thanks.

August 7, 2012 at 1:26 pm

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Profile photo of Sasho Stoyanov Anonymous (@) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

Yeah, my second is English. Go figure! Choose a language that would help you in your field of work in the future, that’s basically the main reason one should study languages, unless you just have a lot of free time.

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Profile photo of Christian Christian (@christian92) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

I can’t recommend Latin. It’s a dead language, you can’t communicate with it and it’s harder to learn since there are no books or whatever in that language which would make it easier to learn. (For example I read books and watch movies in English to learn it and it’s extremely effective)

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Profile photo of The_truth_is_ The_truth_is_ (@sirensetmefree) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

Spanish or Chinese, bro.

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Profile photo of Heron Heron (@heron) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

Here in Belgium almost everybody speaks Dutch, French, English and Spanish or German.
French is in my opinion the most beautiful language. A bit tough to write but really nice to speak. Spanish is also pretty, quite elegant, but tough to really learn to speak fluently like the real ‘spaniards’. German is a bit more ugly, but for me it was easier because is is very alike dutch. Otherwise the grammar in German is hell, i mean… really. it sucks. And then you have Dutch, my motherlanguage, but I guess you don’t want to learn that. who would?
So much depends on which languages you speak already!

When reading your original post, I would strongly recommend French!

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Profile photo of Jesse David Jesse David (@eshai) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

Chinese would be beneficial.. but at the same time I’d rather learn a language derived from Latin first; and then go to Chinese or somewhere along that line

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Profile photo of Petergd Petergd (@petergd) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

@beyond, That’s awesome. I’ve heard English is the hardest language to learn…I am studying Nutritional Sciences at the moment and I don’t really know what type of work I am going to be doing in the future, or where I am going to be living, so it is kinda tough to decide based off of those reasons. I think Latin seems pretty interesting though…it’s like the Godfather of all languages ha.

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Profile photo of Petergd Petergd (@petergd) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

@christian92, point well taken, Latin is pretty much a dead language…but it has so much history and I find it so interesting even though I hardly know any Latin.

@sirensetmefree, @eshai Chinese would be awesome, and open a lot of opportunities, but my roommate last year did it 5 days a week and he said it was hell. Nothing good comes easy though.

@heron, Thanks for your insight! French does seem tantalizing…my friend took it last semester and she loved it, it is beginning to seem like the most realistic choice.

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Profile photo of Martie Martie (@sunbeams) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

In some science fields, Greek and Latin can be useful to know since many scientific terms are based on these languages. However, I am not sure how it is in Nutritional Sciences. Try to determine which region you are going to be based in. I would recommend French if it’s Europe/Africa, Spanish if it’s South America/Caribbean, and Mandarin or Arabic if Asia/Africa.

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Profile photo of alexa Anonymous (@) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

Well, what are you majoring in? If its anything down the medical field, Latin is always good to know.

I took Latin, French and Greek, and then Russian, Italian and taught myself Scottish Gaelic. Of course, three out of those six language are absolutely useless over here in America, unless I happen upon a Greek/Italian/Russian community. Hahaha. But, they’re all fun. Personally, I’d take up French as a language. It’s truly a beautiful language to learn, and it’s a nice step outside the masculine languages. However, if you don’t want a total challenge (because French can be pretty hard pronunciation wise) opt for a masculine language. Cryptic languages are fun too! People have already suggested Spanish.

If you’ve taken a full three years in high school of a specific language, I also suggest sticking to that language. It’ll be an easier progression, but again, learning a new language is always fun. Best of luck!

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Profile photo of Petergd Petergd (@petergd) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

@alexa, Damn, you’re like a human translator! I have recently been questioning my major so it is hard to base which language I choose off of that. While I did dedicate two years of high school to Spanish, most of it went in one ear and out the other. But since I am so close to the border, and because I love Mexican food… Spanish might be the best choice.

I just don’t find it as cool/interesting as just about every other language in the world.

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

Spanish and English are the most practical. Mandarin may soon be quasissential for alot of people. German is probably the easiest to learn for a native English speaker – it’s logical and uses similar syntax. French is…good for sex?

Latin is the most interesting. Here, have some latin http://www.thelatinlibrary.com/

So much to learn, so much time. Try Hindi, you can speak it while belly dancing.

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

Technology can’t belly dance, babe.

Now I’m fantasizing about technophiles…thanks.

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Profile photo of BrOrth BrOrth (@orthaw) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

I know it seems daunting at first, but learning Russian can land you a cute girlfriend. (Currently in Russia right now). As for usage, you can set foot in any former Soviet country and be understood. Think 1/3 of the world, from the Pacific to Germany. Culturally something I noticed, is that Russians know that few people attempt to speak their language outside of Russia, which makes them very forgiving if you make mistakes conversationally. Don’t forget to factor in the demand for Russian in the economics,finance, energy, and tech fields. Last but not least it looks badass and is mysterious
только выбрайте язык что вам нравится, мой совет

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Profile photo of Sillas Gonzaga Sillas Gonzaga (@sillas) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

Portuguese.

I’m brazilian, I can help you to learn this language.

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Profile photo of joliejulia joliejulia (@joliejulia06) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

@petergd, I’ve got to recommend Chinese. I just started learning a couple years ago and it has proven to be the most useful language in almost every part of the world I travel. Mandarin, all the way! It’s actually not as difficult as it seems, the speaking and listening; reading and writing are challenging, but just take patience. Learning Chinese has opened up a TON of job opportunities for me; I can’t speak highly enough of it. Plus, it’s just really cool!

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Profile photo of ELI var namnet ELI var namnet (@manimal) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

Spanish, Chinese, Arab, these languages are useful because they’re widespread.

My second language is english though. But I speak fairly good spanish too, and I’m gonna learn Chinese.

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Profile photo of lionsmane lionsmane (@santi) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

I guess I can call myself lucky, that I live in Switzerland, because now I can talk in Spanish, English, French, German and Swiss German.
But right now I am trying to learn Italian. :)

Cheers.

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Profile photo of Carl Carl (@birdofprey) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

@beyond I study languages. French is such a great language and I study it purely to enjoy it. I’m even going to live in Lyon in September for a year :-)

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Profile photo of Jesse David Jesse David (@eshai) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

@petergd, Your right, nothing good comes easy but don’t you find it to be extremely satisfying when whatever it is is achieved?

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Profile photo of Petergd Petergd (@petergd) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

@eshai, Yessir, one of the best satisfactions in life if you ask me.

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Profile photo of Kestrel Kestrel (@kirkhutchison) 2 years, 8 months ago ago

My second language is Russian. It’s really hard to learn, especially for English speakers. French is definitely a good one.

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