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  • What Language should i learn?

    Hi there,
    hoping for some other perspective or input, that's why i ask here

    I am planning to learn another language, but don't really know which one to learn and what for reasons.
    I am studying business economics (maybe Master in Import/Export later on), but maybe aswell just self employment
    Problem is, I would describe myself as rather lazy aswell
    Basically I am a native German speaker and my English should be kinda fluent, but that's about it.

    I wanna either learn something, cause i kind of want to live there somewhen later or it might help my at work, e.g. a qualification that noone else has.
    I don't like to learn either French or Spanish, cause everybody has that as an qualification kind of and i can't see myself living somewhere there.

    So basically my thoughts are right now:
    - I had two courses Latvian, cause right now i live in Latvia, but I don't know whether to continue here, I got down the basics, but this is a language that is only spoken in Latvia and from an economic point of view, the country has nothing to offer apart from low salarys, which means i would probably not be able to earn anything here

    - Chinese, tried Chinesse aswell, done a course, but guess it's just the toughest language out there, so it will probably take me a lot of time and with my lazyness, I don't know?

    Any other ideas/input?
    Maybe to not exluce Spanish or French? Or another language? I got no clue and right now i feel like learning either of those language, i don't feel like 100% sure, which is kinda not of i wanna do

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    Hey André

    As you probably already know from personal experience, if you want to be able to use a language actively (not just a piece of paper that says you studied it) then you will have to live in an area where they speak that language for some time.

    If I were planning on living in a country for a few years, I would prioritize the question "Where would I like to live?" rather than the question "What language would be most useful for my career?" So, where would you like to live?

    By the way, there have been several articles in the news recently discussing the need for fluent German speakers in Norway... There aren't any casinos in Oslo, but I run a decent home game

    GL!

    Roland GTX

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    • #3
      Yeah that's a good perspective, probably resulting in the fact me learning either Latvian and Russian, since I will probably live here for 1.5-3.5 years more

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      • #4
        Hi André,

        Not to be biased or anything, but I think that you should consider a place like Japan. It would be a fun place to live with a diverse number of settings of your choosing, all of which, would be pretty exotic. Speaking of erotic, the culture is as diverse as the settings with Osaka being a mecca of some sort. Also, your business economics and import/export education would be put to pretty good use. I'm sure they could use your help over there.

        I know that Japan is the only place that Japanese will ever be natively spoken but more than anything, it's the people that make it such a special place. You have to learn the language to really get to know the people. In fact, that is an important aspect to consider because it's not just another language that you're learning.

        Best of luck in your adventures!

        Lester
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        • #5
          unfortunately not that free to move around to japan, but thx for the input.
          actually have a japan trip planned in 2013 or 2014

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          • #6
            Andre,

            If you've got a Japan visit planned, take a boatload of $$ with you. Everything is so expensive there, that it's not even funny.

            I was there for 2 weeks about 13 yrs ago on a business trip. Entire trip (not counting airfare) ran well into 5 figures. Even the cab ride from the airport to downtown Tokyo was over $400!

            John
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            • #7
              Originally posted by JWK24 View Post
              Andre,

              If you've got a Japan visit planned, take a boatload of $$ with you. Everything is so expensive there, that it's not even funny.

              I was there for 2 weeks about 13 yrs ago on a business trip. Entire trip (not counting airfare) ran well into 5 figures. Even the cab ride from the airport to downtown Tokyo was over $400!

              John
              hope you cant compare 13years ago with now, 400$ for a cab sounds way off to me

              but yeah gonna stick to learning latvian i think and maybe i'll ask myself this again when another opportunity comes up

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              • #8
                Originally posted by PSO-horror77 View Post
                but yeah gonna stick to learning latvian i think
                Hey André, Just found this on the web and it may be of interest to you if your learning Latvian .... For mainstream languages I'd highly reccommend Babbel ... it's free and it has a cool Smartphone APP to go with it as well, great for when you are on the move. Raiser umbup:

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by JWK24 View Post
                  Andre,

                  If you've got a Japan visit planned, take a boatload of $$ with you. Everything is so expensive there, that it's not even funny.

                  I was there for 2 weeks about 13 yrs ago on a business trip. Entire trip (not counting airfare) ran well into 5 figures. Even the cab ride from the airport to downtown Tokyo was over $400!

                  John
                  Yes, it was expensive but the economic bubble has burst since then and things aren't quite as expensive as it once was. You'd be really surprised if you visited now.

                  For future reference, there is a train from Narita airport called the Narita Express which takes you from the airport directly to Tokyo Station and costs much less than $400.

                  Call me next time you plan to go and I can be your translator.

                  Lester
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