Today I started thinking about second language to learn. Of course English is the most important and everybody should know English. But to find a great job it's easier when you know other language beside English.
So my question is which language should I learn? Take a look at this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...ative_speakers 1. Chinese (Mandarin) 2. Spanish 3. English 4. Hindi 5. Arabic... What language should I learn to work in finance? Chinese? Ugh... it can be hard to learn, very hard. Spanish? I'm thinking about it, it's a very popular language. But in business? In finanse? Not really.... What about German? In German-speaking countries is a lot of finance companies and a lot of European people speaks German. What about French?
So what's your point of view? What second foreign language do you know?
I am an italian speaker, my second language is english. Then i can speak Spanish (i've got DELE B2) and a little bit of French (i've got DELF B1). I am just 18, so there's no way my opinion is going to help you choose a language in a working enviroment, since I have no experience what-so-ever in that. But there is something I can tell you for sure: there is no such thing as a best language. Sure, the ones you said are the most popular and the only candidates to become a good second language, but it's difficult to determinate which one of them is used the most. Asian people are 1/7 of world's population, and since they all speak chinese/asian languages, we can say that 1/7 of human beings speak that language. It that language the most populare? No, it's not, because it is mostly used in Asia, and its popularity derives from Asian high population. I suggest you to choose between French and German. Since you speak english, you got an advantage, since they are SOMEWHAT (not really, but it's still something) similiar to it. Spanish is completely different. Learning spanish is easy for me, because i speak italian and the two languages are almost the same. French and German are used in many countries, and are your best bets. BUT! The future of world communication is english. English is already used everywhere, and with a little bit of effort, you can also work in a country where english is not its native language. Just keep in mind that. Knowing a second language is going to help you a ton, but english is already enough.
Chinese would definitely be a good investment and if you plan on doing business or finance in the Americas (North or South) learning Spanish will definitely help. I am considering do the same. I am a biologist, a field that is dominated by Mandarin speakers, and I live in the U.S. where there is a large population of Spanish speakers so those are two languages I plan to learn. The first language I started picking up, though, is French, so I am going to do my best to maintain them all. At the very least, master french and spanish.
I'm living in Europe so I'm thinking about German. I am thinking about working in Europe and doing bussines in Europe so I think that German will be the best option. Is the most widely-spoken first language in the European Union and in Germany (and other German speaking countries: Austria, Switzerland etc.) is a lot of companies, finance companies. So I think it will be the best option. Spanish isn't that popular in EU like German. But Spanish is also very popular outside EU: United States and South America.
If you live in Poland, German is the best option. Russian would be also good, and relatively easy to learn.