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Learning foreign languages


Hey folks, it's my last year of high school and I should go to college next year.
Now, my mother wants me to go to medicine but that really isn't my thing.
I like foreign languagues. Languages are my passion.
Unfortunetely, the only foreign language I speak is english but that's only because I never got an opportunity to learn some other foreign languages.
Anyway, it's amazing how fast I can remember words, expresions and other stuff.
I think my english is pretty good, not perfect but rock solid. I can understand english speakers and my accent is pretty good, probably from watching too many movies.

Anywho, I don't know which languages I should start learning.

German is not an option, I just don't like it. I like Italian, French, Russian and Greek. Oh yeah, I also have a slight interest in Spanish..
I need to pick two. What do you folks think?

Living in Europe, I guess the best would be to learn Italian and French but there's just something sexy about Greek and especially Russian.

What do you guys think, which two languages I should start studying next year? I just can't decide..

I just don't know..
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I think my english is pretty good, not perfect but rock solid.
Your writing is certainly on par with any American and I'd never guess English isn't your native language if you didn't tell me.

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I like Italian, French, Russian and Greek.
I need to pick two. What do you folks think?
I'd avoid Greek unless you have some special interest in it. After all, it's not spoken by that many people which makes it less useful than other choices.

Aren't French & Italian related? My brother tooks years of French and I think he told me that French & Italian are taught by the same department at the university as they are closely related.

I don't know.
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Aren't French & Italian related? My brother tooks years of French and I think he told me that French & Italian are taught by the same department at the university as they are closely related.

I don't know.
A lot of those European languages, French, Italian, Spanish, Portugese are similar.

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If you were American I'd suggest learning Arabic. You could make a lot of money as a government translator and/or Abu Ghraib interrogator.
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Well, Russian would sure be fun to learn . Of all the other languages, I think French or Spanish would be the most useful.
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I took French for 5 years, and I liked it.
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Like Ultrashy said, Greek wouldn't be that practical. French and Spanish are really widely spoken though, so they'd be the most useful for sure. They're both 'Romance' languages, along with Italian and a few others, which is why they're so similar.

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spanish? its the easiest language, as far as I'm concerned.
Russian is quite difficult, there are a lot of rules to learn, my sisters boyfriend is studying it and its hard, but we always have a blast talking to him. I speak both russian and ukranian which are somewhat similar. The main problem comes to actually memorizing, its easy to forget if you dont practice. Perhaps you can join some language club where you can socialize and make new friends.
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Aren't French & Italian related? My brother tooks years of French and I think he told me that French & Italian are taught by the same department at the university as they are closely related.

I don't know.
A lot of those European languages, French, Italian, Spanish, Portugese are similar.
They're the "Romance" languages - all based on Latin.
English is Germanic. If you look at parts of German; English is very similar. English also takes words from Greek.
i.e. "water" -> German "Wasser"
"aqueduct" -> Latin "aqua"
"hydrology" -> Greek "hydra"

I took four years of Spanish in high school, and two conversational (Junior level) courses as a freshman. I wanted to get out of college (thank SA before I knew what you were) so I didn't pursue the minor.

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Hmm, after reading those comments I'm kinda leaning towards Spanish and French...
I'd love to learn Russian though. I think in a way it's similiar to my native tounge..

So I guess it's down to 3.

7 more months to decide...what's it going to be?

We"ll see, we"ll see....

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I just don't know..
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I often hear one should always learn Latin as a basis for many languages and Latin terminology in many fields. IMO an academic generally should at least have the basic qualification in Latin!
I definitely agree that Latin is a very useful language.If you ever take the SATs or GRE or some other aptitude type test, you would have an upper hand in the antonyms/synonyms section.
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spanish? its the easiest language, as far as I'm concerned.
Russian is quite difficult, there are a lot of rules to learn, my sisters boyfriend is studying it and its hard, but we always have a blast talking to him. I speak both russian and ukranian which are somewhat similar. The main problem comes to actually memorizing, its easy to forget if you dont practice. Perhaps you can join some language club where you can socialize and make new friends.
Yes, Russian is hard. They use a cyrillic alphabet. That makes the language even more difficult to learn.

I just don't know..
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I'm still learnin' english and I have been practicing it for nearly two decades.
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A lot of my teachers advised that Chinese is a very practical language to learn.

I speak Spanish and English fluently and have been trying to learn Japanese.
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I took beggining Span last semester (actually I took it twice cuz the stupid community college system is messed up hehe), and it was pretty good. Interesting to learn a whole knew way of saying things...Which reminds me I have to be sure to brush up on it over Xmas break cause I have to take Span 1B in the spring.
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I would vote for Latin or Chinese.
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I took a couple of years of spanish in highschool and I picked it up real easy.

I think if I were to pick another language to learn it would be German or Latin.
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