Which foreign langauge is the most useful?

@maximax8 (28490)
United Kingdom
June 26, 2009 5:20am CST
I think it depends on which country a person lives in which they consider to be the most useful foreign language to learn. In secondary schools one or more foreign languages might be studied by the students. Some foreign languages are easy to learn and others are really challenging to study. Which do you think is the most useful foreign language? Why? Is it an easy or challenging language to learn? Have you learned any foreign languages?
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@abruzzi10 (622)
• Latvia
26 Jun 09
Hey maximax8! For me important are 2 languages. First is English and second German. English , i think it's clear why it's important, because all entire world speak this language, this language helps make friends, contacts, business , etc. German , because i want to study hear after school :) also this language is very interesting and beautiful :) But there the problem... It's very hard to learn german. There are very difficult grammar. Articles and other. But i'm learning so i hope it will be ok ;) And What languages do you learn/speak? Tell for us too :) My english is bad, so i'm now accustomed to write at the ending this sentence - Sorry for my bad english :D Have a nice day, happy myLotting!!!
@maximax8 (28490)
• United Kingdom
26 Jun 09
Your English seems good to me. My being on My Lot soon it should become even better I think. It is lovely that you find English beautiful and interesting. English is my mother tongue language. When I was at secondary school I learned French for five years. I still use it when I go off traveling. I did have a go at learning basic German just to help my traveling. I had a try at learning Dutch but it wasn't possible because the local people wanted to speak in English and my German friends said they were just as fluent in German. Currently I am learning Spanish and I am really enjoying that.
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• Latvia
26 Jun 09
hey! It's nice that you are speaking and learning many languages , because 100 % they will be useful for traveling, studying and other... I like Spanish too, but haven't much time to learn it. Also i can speak italian little bit :) it's interesting language . Have a nice day!
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@Zhizho (1352)
• Indonesia
26 Jun 09
I think,English language is International language.In my country,Indonesia,English is prime lesson at school.English language is easy to learn although I can't fluent in English.It's difficult to me to learned when I was student.But,I don't stop learn.I think,it's most useful in working world or like this in Mylot.You know,I learn Arabic Language too.It's more difficult.But I like to learn it.
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@agv0419 (3029)
• Philippines
26 Jun 09
For me English is very useful language because it is the universal language. Here in the Philippines English is widely use in corporate world and it is our second major language. Up to now I struggled to speak fluent English and write correct grammar.
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• United States
26 Jun 09
I would say if you live in the US the most useful 2ndary language is Spanish. Especially if you live in the SouthWest! California, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, etc. It has even become quite popular here in Pennsylvania as well....
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@maximax8 (28490)
• United Kingdom
26 Jun 09
I am currently learning Spanish and have a book out of the library showing where all the Spanish speakers live. It is amazing that it is so widely spoken in the USA. I imagine the people used to live in Mexico and the language carried on through the generations.
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• Philippines
26 Jun 09
English is still considered as the most common language used wherever we go. It will always be the language I use to speak with other foreign people. I would never understand Hindi even if I am here for quite some time. I always speak in English. Even if you are a missionary, I am sure you would be speaking English as the major language and yet it will be translated by the local language to where you would be. This is the only language that is most understandable all over the globe. About speaking other foreign language, well I am still learning Hindi and Konkani. But it will be years since hubby and I still talk English at home, not their own language. Although I also teach my hubby my own language which is Tagalog. He can grasp a bit of it too.
@maximax8 (28490)
• United Kingdom
26 Jun 09
You are doing a great job of learning languages that are useful to where you live now. Hindi must be a difficult language like many are in Asia. Is Tagalog a language from the Philippines? I am sort of glad English is my mother tongue language but we as a nation are poor with our command of foreign languages. The popular choices are French, German, Spanish or Italian where I come from.
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@divkris (1163)
• India
26 Jun 09
I live in india and for us english is a foreign language we all try to master in. Now that english is globally the offical language most of the indians here in india are pursuing literary and verbal knowledge on it. I believe that french is the widely spoken languages in the world and so you can learn this language of romance :P But i do see a trend of japanese language. I know many who have learnt this language and i also see a sudden demand for translation from some language (mainly english) to japanese. So it depends on why you seek to learn a new language :)
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@maximax8 (28490)
• United Kingdom
26 Jun 09
It is interesting to hear how popular the English language is in India. I enjoyed learning French when I was at school. It is one one the romantic languages that sounds really beautiful. I have found it useful on my travels in France, the French speaking part of Belgium and French Polynesia. When I went to Guatemala I thought it would be lovely to learn Spanish. I am doing that at the moment and find it enjoyable. Japanese is a challenging language and I was surprised to see it is taught in some schools in Australia and many of the students get on well with studying it.
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@mhethess (380)
• Philippines
26 Jun 09
Hi maximax8, I think English is the most useful language for it is a universal language, there are so many people who can understand the languge and here in my lot we use the English language.
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@maximax8 (28490)
• United Kingdom
26 Jun 09
It is fantastic for me and many other people that My Lot has English as its language. English is my mother tongue language.
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• Philippines
26 Jun 09
I'm from the Philippines. I think English is the most useful language because it's the universal language. Next is Chinese. I think Chinese will become one of the most widely used language in the future.
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@maximax8 (28490)
• United Kingdom
26 Jun 09
English is my native language and I find it really useful with all the traveling that I do. I am sure China is a lovely country but the language seems very challenging indeed. I prefer languages with the same alphabet as English.
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@playapal (894)
• United States
27 Jun 09
My native language is English, and no matter where I have been it seems thrat a some people speak it. I studied french for 4 years in school but don't remember much of it. I am currently trying to learn to speak Spanish. At my age it is very hard to learn a different language and wish that I had learned more when I was younger.
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• China
27 Jun 09
to me it is absolutely ---English, here in China,we have to pass many English exams, if we fail,that means we will lose good-pay jobs, we will lose a lot of chances to change our life. I hope someday chinese will be popular all around the world, and I will teach foreigners chinese if they want.
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@roger30 (40)
• United States
27 Jun 09
The most successfull way of making them speaks is to use the foreign language in the classroom, as much as posible (if we where afraid of making....
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• Philippines
27 Jun 09
English is known for universal language..Ive been thinking!! Many people are interested in studying french...I guess french is the secondary useful language...Its not only beautiful it also gentleman way of speaking...
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@excellence7 (3477)
• Mauritius
27 Jun 09
I think English is the most useful foreign language preceded by French. English is used in mostly all countries around the world, as primary or secondary language. For example, in India, people speak mostly English as a secondary language, the same repeats for many other countries. So I think learning English can resolved the communication problems around the world and can be profitable to set up trades between countries.
@geniustiger (1699)
• Philippines
27 Jun 09
I think English is the most useful . Many can comprehend this than other. It's because this is the medium of instruction here in my country. But in my own little idea this is useful because in foreign they also knew English. Even they have languages learned. They can understand English well.
@Ruby722 (798)
• China
27 Jun 09
I am from China.That I think English is the most useful.Cause most of business to business use English,and English is the most common.But unfortunately My English is poor. I have to improve My able to foreign langauge.By the way i like Korean and Japanese.Most important I love China!
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@ektarox (67)
• India
26 Jun 09
hey there..you are very right..the usefullness of a foreign language depends on the place /counrty you reside in..but its good to know how so many languages all over the world are gaining popularity..its globally and culturally so enhancing!i live in india and quite honestly there isnt one foreign language which can be called most useful here..it think its a mix..in schools and colleges there is a huge rage for french and german..but recently japanese and chinese are gaining momentum as well..i personally think that chinese and japanese are very difficult to learn.because they have a different script altogether and also a wide and complicated rnge of alphabets!i have learned german and i quite like it.its easy to grasp and intersting too!i think we should judge a language on our personal liking and interest rather than judging it on its usefulness..if we like a particular language,we'll get a hold of it anyway!cheers!
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@Porcospino (18385)
• Denmark
26 Jun 09
I have studied English, German, French and Italian at school, and out of those English has been the most useful language. Without English I wouldn't be able to communicate with my friends from other countries and it is not easy to travel around in other countries without speaking English. I love the Italian language, but if I want to travel around outside of Europe I think Spanish or French would be more useful than Italian. I have lived in Estonia for a while and I also love the Estonian language, I think it is beautiful, but it is not that useful outside of Estonia. Russia is one of the countries that I hope to visit in the future and I have started studying the Russian language. I also think that it could be interesting to learn Chinese and Arabic.
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@silvercoin (2101)
• Lithuania
26 Jun 09
Well, being a philologist, I've been taught to love many languages.English helps me a lot, so I think it's the most useful language for me at the moment.I use dictionaries and books written in English to learn other languages.I love Spanish,French and Italian too, I'm also interested in Hindi and Chinese which are still a real exotic for me!You know, it's such a pleasure when you enter the world of knowledge using language as a key.
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@caver1 (1765)
• United States
26 Jun 09
I have never learned a foreign language much to my discredit. Years ago when I went to school it was not a requirement. In the southern US I think that Spanish is the most useful second language to know. Many people move here from Mexico. My son has taken 2 years of Spanish in high school.
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@gracie04 (4555)
• Philippines
26 Jun 09
I think English is the most useful language in the world.. I am not an English native speaker but I can speak, write and understand English language.. If given a wondeful opportunity, I would like to enroll myself into an English class and be fluent in speaking and writing.. My part time job is article writing and I must admit that I am having difficulties at times.. yay!
• Malaysia
26 Jun 09
In my country, Bahasa Malaysia is the main language and it is the national language here and the followed by our foreign and 2nd language which is English.English is widely used worldwide nowadays and also becoming more and more important to us all since it is the main language to communicate between one another though we don't understand our mother tongues.
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