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Just curious, what do people recommend to learn: Spanish, German or Italian?

1 year ago

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Why do you want to take a language? The answer to your question really depends on your reasons.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Menake

Hi guys, thanks for all the feedback! I'm currently a university student studying business, I'm from Australia and one day I'd love to work in diplomatic services but for the moment I want to learn a language for travel reasons and as a possible future skill. I know ideally that in my region an Asian language such as Mandarin or Japanese would be great career wise, however as I'm teaching myself I'd prefer to do a European language, also I come from a Sri Lankan background so I have more intrigue outside of Asia. I went to France and while I have some very strong, cherished memories of Paris and Bordeaux I don't think it's the vibe for me. I first had the notion of learning Spanish on whim a few years back and only now am I actually making some strides because I have the time and motivation. I did a bit of German in highschool, but I must say the vibe of the country was quite cool with its modern lifestyle and beer! Italy was cool as well, some good memories there on my travels. However an Italian friend of mine said Spanish is more useful? While on my travels though in a guided tour I didn't get to meet much locals unfortunately and I survived in all countries with 'hello', 'goodbye', 'please', 'thank you' and 'excuse me'. I have a few friends now that speak, multiple languages as part of their course, however for me as I en-devour to pick up law after a year I only have the time to pick up one language. P.S. Please ask any questions to really nut out where I'm coming from, as personal as you deem necessary! Many thanks!

1 year ago

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If you live in the U.S. then Spanish of course is easily accessible for practice. And even if you have no one to talk to, most DVDs you buy will already have a Spanish track for fun listening practice. Spanish is also one of the most popular languages used online.

If it’s for work, you will typically be payed more for German. There’s less competition, but also less jobs than Spanish. That’s just from my own research.

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All of them!!!

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Italian!

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Agreed! Italian!

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The nice thing about Duolingo is that you can try all 3 for free and see which one you like. Then you can pick one or, if you like all of them, do them one after the other or at the same time.

1 year ago

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    It depends on you. If you are not in the mood of learning an "hard" language i don't suggest you german because it is a language really stimulating but at the same time is a challenge, you have to memorize lot of stuff (the articles, the different cases) where are not present in romance languages. If you want a language that stays in the middle (like between spanish and french, just in case you want to learn french in future) i suggest you italian because it has a grammar similar to french, but lots of words are similar to spanish. Honestly, i'm giving you some reasons but at the end it's up you what language to learn; all languages worth to be learned. I usually suggest to listen to some audio files on youtube and comparing them, then, choose what you like most, and maybe in a second moment to see their writing system.

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    Learn all three

    1 year ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Linda454342

    Depends what you want the language for. If you want to travel, obviously choose the appropriate language for where you are going. If you want to learn a language that more people in the world speak, then choose Spanish (or Portuguese) among the European languages. If you are just learning for fun, and your first language is English, then Italian is the easiest, then Spanish, then German. As English is a Germanic language, you would expect it to be easy, but the grammar is actually very different from English. Of the Germanic languages, Dutch is easier for an English speaker, especially the pronunciation.

    1 year ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/RudolfJan

    We need to know more about you. Why do you want to learn another language? What languages do you speak already? Anyway I recommend to choose one and not try them all at once.

    1 year ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Menake

    Hi guys, thanks for all the feedback! I'm currently a university student studying business, I'm from Australia and one day I'd love to work in diplomatic services but for the moment I want to learn a language for travel reasons and as a possible future skill. I know ideally that in my region an Asian language such as Mandarin or Japanese would be great career wise, however as I'm teaching myself I'd prefer to do a European language, also I come from a Sri Lankan background so I have more intrigue outside of Asia. I went to France and while I have some very strong, cherished memories of Paris and Bordeaux I don't think it's the vibe for me. I first had the notion of learning Spanish on whim a few years back and only now am I actually making some strides because I have the time and motivation. I did a bit of German in highschool, but I must say the vibe of the country was quite cool with its modern lifestyle and beer! Italy was cool as well, some good memories there on my travels. However an Italian friend of mine said Spanish is more useful? While on my travels though in a guided tour I didn't get to meet much locals unfortunately and I survived in all countries with 'hello', 'goodbye', 'please', 'thank you' and 'excuse me'. I have a few friends now that speak, multiple languages as part of their course, however for me as I en-devour to pick up law after a year I only have the time to pick up one language. P.S. Please ask any questions to really nut out where I'm coming from, as personal as you deem necessary! Many thanks!

    1 year ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/brableclaw

    all of them

    1 year ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/brableclaw

    though German is very interesting

    1 year ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Menake

    Hi guys, thanks for all the feedback! I'm currently a university student studying business, I'm from Australia and one day I'd love to work in diplomatic services but for the moment I want to learn a language for travel reasons and as a possible future skill. I know ideally that in my region an Asian language such as Mandarin or Japanese would be great career wise, however as I'm teaching myself I'd prefer to do a European language, also I come from a Sri Lankan background so I have more intrigue outside of Asia. I went to France and while I have some very strong, cherished memories of Paris and Bordeaux I don't think it's the vibe for me. I first had the notion of learning Spanish on whim a few years back and only now am I actually making some strides because I have the time and motivation. I did a bit of German in highschool, but I must say the vibe of the country was quite cool with its modern lifestyle and beer! Italy was cool as well, some good memories there on my travels. However an Italian friend of mine said Spanish is more useful? While on my travels though in a guided tour I didn't get to meet much locals unfortunately and I survived in all countries with 'hello', 'goodbye', 'please', 'thank you' and 'excuse me'. I have a few friends now that speak, multiple languages as part of their course, however for me as I en-devour to pick up law after a year I only have the time to pick up one language. P.S. Please ask any questions to really nut out where I'm coming from, as personal as you deem necessary! Many thanks!

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    The fact that you're working on Spanish suggests that you're motivated to do it, which is important. All the reasons why you "should" take a language pale in significance if you can't make yourself practice regularly.

    Overall, I'd say Spanish is more useful than Italian, as it's spoken in many more countries. If you're basing your decision in part on usefulness, however, you might, however, consider how useful your potential languages are in an Australian context. (Does Australia have many tourists from countries speaking each of your potential languages? How much trade does it do with each of those countries? And so forth.)

    You might also think about what would be most useful for your potential career.

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