Why you should learn a second and third language

@AlisaTR (1381)
United States
May 19, 2018 10:47pm CST
I know some Spanish. I don't think anyone could live in and truly be a part of a South Florida community without being able to converse with the Latin American community. I can hold my own. I'm not the best, my command of the language is not advanced... but we can understand each other for basic things. Lately, I've been thinking about consciously improving my conversational and written skills in Spanish. The world is shrinking and I think that it's important if not imperative to learn a second, and maybe third language- if one wants to survive and remain marketable in the world of work. Do you think learning a second language is important? And say in the next ten years which languages do you think will be most predominant in the world of business?
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@mlgen1037 (29658)
• Manila, Philippines
20 May
Well, since I know two languages, learning another one doesnt hurt. Mandarin would be the most predominant in the world of business.
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@caopaopao (8621)
• China
20 May
I hope so.
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@AlisaTR (1381)
• United States
20 May
I expect that it will certainly be a very powerful voice, one of the most powerful at least and I concede that putting it like that could be an understatement. It's the language I want my son to learn.
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@suni51 (2991)
• India
20 May
For me, I tried Mandarin the most spoken language during my visit to China but that's one language which I don't think I would ever be able to learn. Sounds too tough to me but probably you will learn it easily.
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@RasmaSandra (17530)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
20 May
When I was growing up in NYC my parents were Latvian immigrants and Latvian was the language we spoke at home. I learned English when I went to kindergarten and spoke it better in the first grade than any of my schoolmates who had English as a first language. I took French in high school and later on at university learned some German. I have picked up a few other languages here and there but I am fluent in both Latvian and English. I think Spanish could be a good language to learn.
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@AlisaTR (1381)
• United States
20 May
Nice! Funny that English became such a powerful language for you when it was not even your first language, making you even better at it than native speakers. Do you think that learning other languages also helps us with learning overall?
@RasmaSandra (17530)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
21 May
@AlisaTR yes, I do. Because learning languages is not easy and even if we do not learn a language fluently we still are left with the feeling that we should strive to learn all that we can.
@suni51 (2991)
• India
20 May
In my case it would be like "Why should I learn 8th or 9th language?. Yes I can speak 7 languages fluently and I am planning to learn couple of more time permitting. I am a marketing professional constantly meeting people from different language groups so conversing in their own language helps me achieve my targets easily.
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• Philippines
21 May
what languages do you speak? do you take lessons?
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@suni51 (2991)
• India
21 May
No, I learned them staying in the places where they speak these languages.
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• Philippines
21 May
@suni51 you have an ear for languages then. how long does it take you to learn - one month?
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@sharon6345 (125745)
• United States
20 May
there is nothing in the world getting me to learn Spanish. I know a few words and tried to learn to read and write it at the same time. I think I know cat and red along with black but I watch it all the time on youtube. I listen to Spanish music and watch shows I can pick up some words. I have a memory issue and for that I almost positive it won't happen. I also tried Chinese and that was a bust.
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@AlisaTR (1381)
• United States
20 May
Is it possible you put up a block against it? The Spanish, that is. I did too for years. I just told myself that I could not learn another language, it was all gibberish to me, and though on the surface I tried, inside I told myself it wouldn't happen and I was fine without it. But I did learn it eventually, when I got down to it. And it became nice to see the light of recognition glow in the other person's eye when you tell them you can converse in their tongue. The thing with Spanish is that many times it is spoken so quickly, it could be difficult to get a hang of the individual words. But don't worry, if you keep trying you'll get there. Chinese... I think I'm leaving this language to a much younger and brainier group- my son's age.
@sharon6345 (125745)
• United States
20 May
@AlisaTR THe part that gets me is the nouns or vowels. Like madre is mother I think. I am sure it's spelled wrong but I know madrea and padre as the parents. But then some words are female and male. boy that mess gets be bonkers. I have taken courses online and used apps as well. O think roho is the sound I hear when red is used. But I want to read and write Spanish so I was wondering it that was hurting me.
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@AlisaTR (1381)
• United States
20 May
I remembered my days of learning @sharon6345 And funny enough, I think that's the best part about Spanish. All the vowels have basically one sound, so when you see the letter e, you know what it's going to sound like. That's not the way it is with French at all. Or even with our own language, English. And I think the male and female thing happens with other languages as well, but with Spanish it's pretty straightforward. Learning a new language could be real troublesome, especially when you spent most of your life thinking and speaking in just one so that's why I think it's best to introduce languages to children when they are younger... but in terms of ease I think for the English speaker, Spanish is easiest. In terms of business value though, I have an eye on that Mandarin, though it might be a bit too tough for me to swallow.
@caopaopao (8621)
• China
20 May
As far as I know, there are more and more people learning Chinese now.
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@AlisaTR (1381)
• United States
20 May
It's a very tough language to learn, but it's what I was thinking why I asked. Perhaps I should encourage my sons to learn this as a new language.
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@caopaopao (8621)
• China
20 May
@AlisaTR Compared with English, Chinese is really a little difficult. But as long as you work hard, you can learn well.
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@marguicha (94653)
• Chile
20 May
English is not my native tongue. I think that being able to read a book that is not translated is very good.
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@AlisaTR (1381)
• United States
20 May
It is very good. I can speak conversational Spanish and read some tv captions, but I won't go so far as to attempt an untranslated book. I'd be way out of my depth. Good for you though!
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@marguicha (94653)
• Chile
20 May
@AlisaTR I think that my English is fairly good. The only thing I will not attempt to read is poetry.
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@AKRao24 (18086)
• India
20 May
It is always better to learn other languages which we are likely to use on day to day basis! That makes the life easier! In India we have many languages though English is one of the official language! So I tried to learn at least 5 to 6 languages apart from English and I find it convenient for me to interact with yhe people effectively! Thanks!
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@AlisaTR (1381)
• United States
20 May
Yes, I think it makes it easier too when you are in contact with native speakers. It makes learning the language easiest. What are the other languages spoken in India?
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@AKRao24 (18086)
• India
20 May
@AlisaTR , Though there are 17 official languages exist in India, including the dialects there are about 800 languages exists which people speak! I have already posted a discussion about it which you can go through! Thanks! Link:
India is an Asian Country with highest population only next to China. It is having many interesting things worth discussing. This country is having more than...
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• United States
20 May
Yes, learning a second or third language could be quite beneficial. I think Spanish would be the language to learn since we border Mexico and I think it's the second highest language spoken in the USA next to English.
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@AlisaTR (1381)
• United States
20 May
I also think it is the second most popular language in the US.
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@LeaPea2417 (20413)
• Toccoa, Georgia
21 May
Yes it is important to learn a second language. In the next 10 years I would say the prominent languages will be English, Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic.
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@youless (91498)
• Guangzhou, China
20 May
That's very cool to learn more languages. Besides English, actually I learned a very little bit of French but of course it is not good enough.
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@aureliah (16150)
20 May
I would really love to learn another language and that is Spanish. Spanish sounds very nice to me. English, French, Spanish and Mandarin
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@nela13 (6988)
• Portugal
20 May
I really like to learn different languages. Besides portuguese I also speak english and spanish. I also studied french and german.
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@RodrickH (8940)
• China
20 May
Yes, that's why I choose to learn English, a language which is spoken by people all over the world, I also learned some Japnese too
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@Mavic123456 (9702)
• Thailand
20 May
yes, I know now how to speak English, and also conversational Thai and some words in Lithuania. I regret studying Spanish when it was offered to College. I hope I studied. tsk! very nice, when I hear Spanish, I feel like I want to fall in love. It's so romantic-sounding. I will study that too in the future.
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@AlisaTR (1381)
• United States
20 May
French is another romantic sounding language. But I find that it's a bit difficult for me. I think maybe the Asian languages might be good to learn though, tough though they may be,
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• Thailand
20 May
@AlisaTR oh yeah why not. all languages are exciting to learn. among all Asian languages it is an advantage to learn Chinese and Japanese.
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@bagarad (12151)
• Paso Robles, California
20 May
@AlisaTR I never much liked French. I liked German much better. It's more like English in its sounds. I couldn't even hear the sounds in Russian. I'd go nuts trying to learn Cantonese and other dialects that depend on pitch to understand words. Japanese might be easier. But for now I think it would be smarter to learn some Spanish.
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@porwest (4857)
• United States
24 May
Yo me tambien. Yo hablo un poco espanol. I don't think it is necessarily important to learn a second or third language. But I do think it is fun to learn. I have to admit that at times speaking some Spanish is indeed useful. Our office branch also runs the Arizona office, and so we field the calls into our office from that branch which runs four surrounding states including California, and some of those customers speak mostly Spanish. Incidentally, our warehouse guy out there speaks Spanish, so if I am having trouble—I am the only one in our office who speaks any Spanish—I can direct them to Steven out there since he is much more fluent that I am.
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@AlisaTR (1381)
• United States
24 May
I just think Spanish is such a fun language to learn. And easy too.
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@porwest (4857)
• United States
27 May
@AlisaTR Easy enough. I know conjugations still sometimes confuse me. But at least all of the vowels are pronounced the same.
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@AlisaTR (1381)
• United States
29 May
@porwest This, I think, vowels having the same pronunciation, makes Spanish so easy to learn.
@arunima25 (2449)
• Bangalore, India
21 May
Learning a new language is always good. It opens the possibility to know more cultures and traditions across the world. If you know reading and writing too, then you can read a lots of literature in different languages. I feel that while translating a book into a different language, some of the real essence is lost.
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@AlisaTR (1381)
• United States
21 May
@arunima25 I agree completely.
@arunima25 (2449)
• Bangalore, India
21 May
@AlisaTR I can read in few languages and I have found this with the translated books
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@Peach10 (1838)
20 May
Sure do. I would opt for French, Spanish and Italian language.
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@AlisaTR (1381)
• United States
20 May
Do you speak any foreign language now?
@Peach10 (1838)
20 May
@AlisaTR Spanish a little and improving.
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@Jessabuma (28256)
• Baguio, Philippines
20 May
Yes for me it's very important to learn another languages. I actually love learn different languages..
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@AlisaTR (1381)
• United States
20 May
Do you speak any foreign languages?
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@Jessabuma (28256)
• Baguio, Philippines
20 May
@AlisaTR I can speak English and Urdu language..
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@allen0187 (33124)
• Philippines
21 May
I'm trying to learn Spanish but no bueno so far.
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@AlisaTR (1381)
• United States
21 May
Keep trying. It's always toughest at the beginning.
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@hereandthere (31049)
• Philippines
20 May
if i will work or live in another country, i would.
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@AlisaTR (1381)
• United States
20 May
Would that be your only reason @hereandthere? Don't you think that with tightening markets and competition that professionals might deem it an asset to be able to speak other languages right at home in the next ten years or so?