what language should i learn?
I'm 14 and i want to learn a language that helps me in my future life. I'm thinking to Russian, Arabic, Mandarin or French but i can't choose one between them. I'm pretty good at learning foreign languages, my native language is Persian which could help me with Arabic and speaking English might help in french but Chinese and Russian are also useful languages. i really can't decide.. what should i learn???? **WHICH ONE WOULD BE THE MOST USEFUL FOR A PROGRAMMER?*
Obviously, go with the language you enjoy but I'll just list some languages that may be useful to you in future.
German is generally now one of the best language in Europe for business, so if you're interested in any European languages I think that German is definitely worth a shot.
Chinese has the most native speakers in the world, so that would be a good language to learn. It is incredibly difficult to learn, though.
Arabic also has an unbelievable amount of native speakers, but it isn't that great for business and opportunities. It is also one of the most difficult languages in the world.
Spanish has a lot of speakers in the Americas and is a very useful language to learn and is also fairly 'easy' to learn as an English speaker.
It is up to you which language you learn, of course.
If a polyglot can do it, you can do it, you should try doing all of the languages that you want to do. It might take while but if that's what you really want to do, do it. The worst that could happen is that you are only fluent in one language and you still know some words in other languages too. So try it.
Chinese is the most spoken one worldwide out of the ones you're thinking of learning. If you're wanting the most useful one, have a go at that. French is the easiest out of those, but as you already know Persian you might enjoy Arabic. Russian's an interesting one too. I won't make your final decision for you but I can tell you that I really love french!
Honestly, all of the languages you mentioned sound interesting to learn. If I were you, I would teach myself French first, only because of the number of people who speak the language around the world. Then, if I'm feeling really up to it, I would teach myself one of the other three languages you brought up.
What about Uzbek? Perhaps Finnish?
All jokes aside, if you want to learn a language that's useful for programmers, I would choose a programming language. (Ruby, Python, HTML, whatever people use.)
Any language you'll choose to learn, will have an impact on your life, sometimes in unexpected ways, and there's not a single language that lacks usefulness. Your choice really depends on what you want to do witth your life, where you want to go.
But well, if you want to choose between Arabic, French, Mandarin and Russian, I would go for all of them. As Persian is your mother tongue, you should be able to find similar vocab in Arabic (and you' won't have to learn the script from scratch) and Persian is an Indo-European language, so there are a couple of grammatical similarities to be found with French and Russian (Russian borrowed quite a lot of French vocab, so there's another nice connection). Chinese does not have that many connections to any of those languages, but that makes it easier for you to distinguish between all of them.
If I may repost (with a few adaptations) a comment I made to a similar question a few weeks ago:
All four languages are useful and interesting; you can't go wrong with any of them.
You should keep in mind that for Chinese, it takes a major investment of time to learn to read and write, since its writing system is ideographic. To be considered literate in Chinese you need to know about 5000 characters (and there are about 20,000 in total). This isn't necessarily a bad thing -- I love the characters, but it is time that will take you away from speaking and listening.
Another point to consider is phonetics and pronunciation. Chinese is a tonal language: the word "ma", for example, can mean four different things depending on whether you say with with a rising intonation, falling intonation, etc. One way means "mother". Another way means "horse". Unfortunate gaffes can happen if you get them wrong (ie, "Let's go ride your mother!" :-)) The tones really aren't a problem to learn (Mandarin only has four which are pretty easy to distinguish), but they significantly impact upon the overall "sound" of the language. Tonal languages can sometimes sound--to native speakers of non-tonal languages--very cacophonous. And if the overall sound isn't to your liking, you might not stick with itl.
Hey, I am 14 as well! I know that a lot of the world speaks English (which you already speak), Spanish, Arabic and French. A lot of people right now are learning Mandarin right now! Whatever you chose, have fun and welcome to duo!! :) Also, if you learn French, it will help you in the long run if you ever learn another language. :)
If you want to learn all of three (and it is possible) but in my opinion not all together at the same time.I suggest you to start with 2 languages if you have enough time, and the most important thing, choose two different languages (i mean from different branches like for example european/asiatic) because if you start for example with spanish/portuguese, it is easy to confuse/mix them).
Looking at your native language, arabic could be "easy" (and put in this category french, because it is surely easy compared to the other language you chose) while russian and mandarin for hard. I don't know anything about which language is the most useful for a programmer, but chinese is surely becoming much popular, but i have to warn you, it's not easy especially the different tones it has. Honestly, at the end it's up to you, because all languages deserve to be learned but really...it's hard to choose, i don't envy you xD.
Maybe the only "advice" i can give you is to listen randomly different audios/podcasts on youtube and to choose the language "inspire/like" you more.
But if have to choose at least one, i'd say french because is the only one you mentioned as romance language and it will let to study easier other romance languages in case you want to try a new one later....the other one...simply, i don't know, it's hard to choose xD.
Mandarin isn't actually as difficult as most people make out. The grammar is pretty easy, don't even have to conjugate and the sentence structure is pretty similar to English. You really just need a deccent visual memory, i would definetly reccomend it especially due to the huge number of speakers.