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If you could learn three languages to set you up for all other languages what would they be

If you wanted to become a polyglot and you needed to pick three very different languages to give you as diverse a grounding as possible what would they be I thought maybe a tonal language and a language with an interesting Case system or something but I'm still thinking PS also what is the aspect of a language you've learned that's most done your head in

January 14, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WulfgarGoodread

Esperanto

Not because Esperanto is spoken around the world or related to a bunch of other languages, but because learning Esperanto teaches you how to learn other languages. I once saw learning Esperanto compared to learning the recorder (musical instrument). It is not that you are going to be a great recorder player, it is that learning the recorder teaches you skills easily that form a good basis when learning more sophisticated instruments.


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Manderin, Arabic and Spanish/english


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Also if you could give reasons for each language that would be great


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OmegaGmaster

Russian, Arabic, and Hindi. I would have chosen English, Spanish and Chinese but I'm fluent in all three already.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/seminotti

Russian as the Indo-European representative, since it has a fairly complex grammar and it's still widely-spoken. Mandarin, for the characters and all the influence Chinese had in other Asian languages. Arabic to complete the mix and cover the Middle East and Northern Africa.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MissSpells

Latin as the gateway to all romance languages.... as for the rest perhaps Polish for slavic languages (though I am personally planning to learn slovak eventually) and Japanese


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Unicorn295289

I would choose english german and hungarian as i know a bit of all three


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlexDiaconescu

Chinese as gateway to oriental languages, Farsi for Arabic languages and English. But I already know Romanian so Romance languages are easier to approach


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OmegaGmaster

Farsi is not related to Arabic at all. There's borrowed vocab, but that's about it.

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