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Learning a 3rd and/or 4th language?

rcs1113rcs1113 Registered User Posts: 100 Junior Member
edited September 2011 in Business Major
I'm soon to be committed to a top 10 public business school, hopefully in the honors program majoring in economics. I want to get minors in international business and spanish because I only need to pick up a couple more credit hours since they all cover much of the same stuff.

My goal in the future is to move to Europe: preferably Spain, Germany, the Netherlands or Scandinavia. I am in my fifth year of Spanish as a senior (taking AP spanish language), and I can converse and listen pretty well though I have more trouble in formal writing and reading. But these can be fixed easily as I expand my vocabulary.

So for my next language, what should I learn? I'm looking for something that will be very marketable when I look for jobs, able to self teach, and something I could practically use in terms of the business world.

I was thinking of german, russian, dutch? but I'll take any recommendations. Also I really do not want to learn chinese, japanese, etc. I am most interested in the European economy.

thanks for any tips
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Replies to: Learning a 3rd and/or 4th language?

  • jaychangjaychang Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
    Most marketable languages are Spanish and CHINESE. Think about it, over a quarter of the world's population speaks Chinese and Spanish is spoken in a large variety of countries on a large variety of continents. Go for these two. This is what I am going to do.

    Since you said you are not interested in Asian languages, I would go for Spanish, Russian, and French. These are the most spoken European languages.
  • soldier16soldier16 Registered User Posts: 54 Junior Member
    Learning German could be another option as well.
  • rcs1113rcs1113 Registered User Posts: 100 Junior Member
    It's really between portuguese, french, german, and italian for me. While french and german are the most useful, I'm concerned they will be a pain learning (but isn't anything new a pain)? After one year of portuguese I'm sure I could be confident and as fluent as I am in Spanish which is a plus. Be able to speak it is one thing, but confidence is probably the most important.

    I may ask my Spanish teach about this since she knows my speaking skills best.
  • emeraldpenemeraldpen Registered User Posts: 24 New Member
    If I were to learn a 3rd or fourth language -- I'd definitely learn Spanish, Chinese and Arabic. But holding onto 3 or 4 languages is....ummm....interesting....especially for a person who is not interested in International business. However, I do realize that there may come a time where I may want to work overseas, or in a different country -- I wont be able to do that unless I know its language, otherwise I'll be miserable and will fail completely. The two countries with the up and coming economies and possibly more job prospects are China and India. Plus, like jaychang said, over a quarter of the world's population speaks Chinese, and with a country that is vying to be the top economy in the world -- it's likely going to become the primary language for the globe. Come on, think about it, the country that leads the world, is the richest country. I wouldn't be surprised if soon people stopped like to look and act like 50 cent and Britney Spears and trying to look and act like some Chinese models or actors. Furthermore, China may soon be top in education and research -- all of which will be written in Chinese. To keep up with the world and where it's headed -- I feel like Chinese is the way to go. I'm sorry if this is a very simplistic, elementary way to look at it -- and I'm sure some economists can probably argue with me on this, since they're much more educated and knowledgable in world economics and how it relates to global culture, but this is the best I have to offer :/

    So def, Chinese, and then Hindi -- the language spoken in India. In many places in India it's not the bazaars you see in Aladdin, there are major American corporations in tall, steel buildings in urban areas of India -- there are many civilized parts of India, in fact their entertainment industry, Bollywood, is giving Hollywood a run for its money -- so, I'd say Chinese and Hindi are the languages to learn.

    Buuttt..if you're not interested in Asian languages, then Spanish, for the reasons jaychang mention.

    Ummm, in regards to holding 3/4 languages....I think it's interesting, because you kind of wonder when or when not to use it. I mean, it seems like the world lives and breathes English for education and business -- so I don't feel the need to learn another language right now. I mean, unless it's for career purposes, what's the use in learning another language, except for the joy of learning it. I mean, you're not really going to be speaking or writing it....so where does it come to any benefit except your 2 week vacation backbacking in Europe? Which, reminds me, my cousin is doing right now. I wonder how he's dealing with all the different languages....haha last weekend he was watching a bullfight in Spain. Lol. I don't know, I don't see the use in learning more than one language right now unless it relates to your career....what do you all think?
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