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.
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)
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!
@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.
@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.
@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.
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.
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!
@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.
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.
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
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@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!