https://www.duolingo.com/sara555285

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?*

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Kilire

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.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sara555285

Arabic is not that great for business and opportunities? Are you sure? then i might think to Chinese...

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kilire

If you compare Arabic to other languages, then no.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JB_The_Towman
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It's very great for business, however if you dont plan on doing business there then learn a business language where you plan to be. German and russian could do you well off if you do business in europe, plus you speak english

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Foblin
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If I were in your shoes, I'd choose the one which you like best or you are more interested in.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sara555285

that 's the problem! i LOVE all of them!!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Foblin
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Then, learn all of them!!... Step by step you'd achieve such a goal! ;)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sara555285

well, i don't think i can get FLUENT in them if i learn them all

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Huskie5
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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.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Foblin
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Probably you underestimate yourself. If I had spoken English at your age half as well as you do I would be fluent in at least eight languages by now (I am close to 50 years old now)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Foblin
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Arabic, Russian and Chinese may be hard at different levels but you'll never mix them up. Getting used to them will certainly requiere both time and effort but I don't see it especially imposible for a person your age.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sara555285

it's just that these languages that i mentioned are not easy ones at all.. Chinese with those strange characters.. Arabic and Russian with their extremely hard grammar.. how can i get fluent in all of them?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Foblin
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I'd start with Chinese. Then Arabic, and finally Russian (this one last just because I already know some Polish) but that's my personal taste...

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sara555285

so which should i learn first? :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jenshero
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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!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tuesday.

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.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fire-ergens
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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.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Michael.Lubetsky
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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.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Huskie5
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Spanish would be good if you went to Spain, Mexico and some parts in America.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Huskie5
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And if you don't want to do Spanish you should learn French or Italian if you going to any part of Europe.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Huskie5
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If you don't want any of the ones that i recommended Chinese.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Huskie5
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Spanish and Chinese are the best for a programmer to learn.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alexjw116
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That depends what you want to do. Honestly, Spanish would probably be the best if you were to stay in the states. If you want to go into business, learn maybe Mandarin, Japanese, or Arabic. Honestly, Russian and French seem to be the least helpful.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sara555285

now i'm thinking to Mandarin or Arabic... why do you think so about french ?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alexjw116
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It's not that useful unless you are living in a French speaking country. I personally speak French (I would consider myself a low intermediate), and I like the language, but I'm learning it purely for learning it without caring about how it could help me later on.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/J1ng3rT41ls

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. :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sara555285

how's home schooling? :))

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/J1ng3rT41ls

it is awesome!!! i love it!! are u homeschooled? :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sara555285

no but i really wanted to be

1 year ago

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    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.

    1 year ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Qiunnn
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    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.

    1 year ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Aalyah335743

    spanish

    1 year ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/sara555285

    Thanks everyone! i choose *CHINESE* as the one to get fluent into, but i will also learn the other ones for fun

    1 year ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Foblin
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    Great choice! Especially for the also-learn-the-other-ones-for-fun bit!!! Even if you don't master Arabic, Russian and French, you'll eventually have a great command of them and that is not small feat! :)

    1 year ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/PootScoot14

    russian

    1 year ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/sara555285

    why do you think so?

    1 year ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/PootScoot14

    Slavic languages are cool and fun to learn, and cyrillic text is fun to study and learn

    1 year ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/ItsMirandaRose

    Swedish!!

    1 year ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/sara555285

    that 's a nice one, but is it USEFUL??

    1 year ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Foblin
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    Every language is always useful! ;)

    1 year ago
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