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    footballism

    After having been learning English for nearly ten years(from secondary school to college), I plan to learn a second foreign language, here is some candidate languages I like to learn:

    • German
    • French
    • Italian
    • Spanish
    • Portuguese
    • Russian
    • Other
    So which language do you guys think is more suitable to a Chinese learner?
    Disclaimer: I won't plan to learn some Asian languages such as Japanese, Korean or Thai etc


    Sheva

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    Devils​Rejection

    French, it is the only language other than English that anyone should know to be able to communicate in Europe. Go for French, the language of Diplomacy.

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    Sven Groot

    Dutch! Tongue Out

    If you're going to, you might as well pick the one that many people view as the most difficult and the most impossible to pronounce of the European languages. Smiley

    I mean, who needs grammar rules? We have an exception for virtually everything! Likes articles: they have gender, but we just attach them randomly making horses genderless and chairs male.

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    Tensor

    As you speak Chinese and English, why not go for Spanish - that way, you have most of the world covered.

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    Harlequin

    Why not an Indian language like Punjabi, they are your closest neighbours.

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    TommyCarlier

    There is no 1 Dutch language. The Dutch, spoken in Belgium is totally different from the Dutch, spoken in The Netherlands. Even within Belgium, there's a big difference between the Dutch spoken in the different areas.

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    footballism

    Tensor wrote:
    As you speak Chinese and English, why not go for Spanish - that way, you have most of the world covered.

    Good idea:p
    AFAIK Spanish is much simpler than any other European languages in terms of pronunciation and grammar.

    Sheva

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    footballism

    Harlequin wrote:

    Why not an Indian language like Punjabi, they are your closest neighbours.


    I've said that I wouldn't plan to learn any Asian language except my mother tongue:p

    Sheva

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    footballism

    DevilsRejection wrote:

    French, it is the only language other than English that anyone should know to be able to communicate in Europe. Go for French, the language of Diplomacy.

    I've dabbled with French for a quite short period of time, and from my understanding, French words are hard to pronounce, what's more French grammar is quite complex, every noun in French has a gender and this is quite different from Chinese and English.

    Sheva

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    Tensor

    I think you will find all the Romantic European languages have gender - so thats French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese.

    Of those, I have been told that Italian is the easiest to learn. Spanish is the mostly widely spoken, though.

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    Devils​Rejection

    If you think French is harder than Chinese then you have problems lol. And if you know Frecnh you can learn Spanish, and Italian and Portugese very quickly since they are all the same Latin derivative.

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    Sven Groot

    TommyCarlier wrote:
    There is no 1 Dutch language. The Dutch, spoken in Belgium is totally different from the Dutch, spoken in The Netherlands. Even within Belgium, there's a big difference between the Dutch spoken in the different areas.

    There is only one official Dutch, known as Algemeen Beschaafd Nederlands (General Civilized Dutch). Flemish, despite being spoken in another country (Belgium), is actually quite similar to Dutch; sure there are some different words an expressions, but most Dutch people can understand Flemish and most Flemish people can understand Dutch, at least to some degree. The other true Dutch dialects, Fries and Limburgs, despite being spoken inside the Netherlands, are actually much harder to understand.

    Seriously though, I recommend Spanish for the reasons given by others already. Of course, there is no one Spanish either... take for instance the Andalusian dialect.

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    Wil

    Although the Chinese and Russians have had their fallings out from time to time,  there are still plenty of Russian instructors in China from "the old days" when the two countries were close allies, and of course Russia is still your next-door neighbor.  For those reasons, and because Russian is an important language for science and engineering, you may find more use for it there in China than you would for the other languages on your list.  Of course, your training in English won't help you very much in learning Russian - the two languages are not especially similar.

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    Karim

    If Chinese is your native language, you are proficient in English, and decide to learn Arabic, you'll probably ALWAYS be able to get a job working in an intelligence agency.  LOL

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    Shiv

    i was suggested spanish will be better (its another matter that i don't know any europian language other than english)

    how about chinese or japanese. are they similar ? which is easier to learn?

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    jlowgren

    Swedish, for no particular reason what so ever.

    Edit: Although you will likely be able to understand Danish and Norwegian as well if you do decide to take on Swedish.

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    dahat

    You could always go with the language from which many of the European languages were in some way based... Latin!

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    Karim

    jlowgren wrote:
    Swedish, for no particular reason what so ever.


    I wanted to learn Swedish for several reasons:

    1) the indescribably wonderful album by the group Komeda, Pop På Svenska ("Pop in Swedish") 

    2) to understand the nuances of character dialogue in Ingmar Bergman movies (apparently Wild Strawberries should be really called Strawberry Patch?)

    3) the Swedish Bikini Team

    4) the hope that the product names in the Ikea catalogue would make more sense

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