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What languages should I learn next?

I'm aware that knowing more than one language can get you unique opportunities, my mother language is Portuguese and I also speak English. I was wondering what language should I learn now. I thought about French since I'm living in Canada, but German is another language that people say it's important to learn.

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You are extremely marketable speaking many languages. If you have a profiency for language and are willing to learn more that is wonderful in itself!

I have seen that many companies are looking for people proficient in Spanish, as it is very spoken prolifically especially in urban areas and is pertinent to many careers.

A good approach in deciding may be to look at some jobs posted that you may eventually be interested in and see what languages they require or are looking for. Many job listings ask for preferences. Even if you are not looking for a job just at this moment, exploring certain requirements and preferences may guide you in deciding what languages are best for you.

Obviously if you are diligent enough to learn many languages to pursue your goals being fluent or proficient in as many as you can would make you the most marketable for any career you choose! But that is a lofty goal! So I'd look toward a career your interested in and finding the language best suited to your ultimate goals.

Good luck !

Last updated Apr 10 '17 at 14:52

Might depend on what career path you're pursuing. Generally, the hot languages are Mandarin and Arabic - both on the high difficulty to learn scale. (My son has been extremely proficient in Spanish - and although it is the most common language aside from English, it is good in so many countries: Spain, Mexico, Central America, and all of South America except Brazil. He has lived in all of those regions.)

It's been said that knowing a second language is like having a second soul. So good luck with whoever one you choose.

Last updated Apr 10 '17 at 13:19

Hi Ursula,

The answers above are spot on. However, I thought I'd share with you my personal experience. English is my first language, but I grew up in Brasil, so Portuguese was my second language growing up. As a young adult I had the opportunity to work in Mexico so I taught myself Spanish. Since their are so many similarities between Spanish and Portuguese, it was easy to pick up. As a result, I have been able to claim a proficient fluency level for all three languages. That led to a fantastic position as a member of a Latin American headquarters team for a major corporation- that started my career.

My personal experience is that if you grow up learning at least two languages, you understand the structure and rules on how different languages play with each other- so it is easier for "us" to pick up additional languages. Take for example my siblings and I: As stated above, I speak English, Spanish, and Portuguese Fluently. My sister: English and Portuguese. Then she taught herself Spanish to such a proficiency level that she is now an American high school advanced placement Spanish teacher. My other sister: Again English and Portuguese, then she taught herself French, which led to several lucrative corporate overseas assignments in France.. My Brother: Again English and Portuguese. But he also didn't stop there! He studied French in France at university, and then taught himself Japanese, Russian, German, and several others. He now speaks a total of 12 languages! Seven of those fluently! He is living abroad (12 years in Tokyo, and several in France, and some years in Russia). He has been working successfully for a translation/interpreting company as a freelance contractor.

The skill to speak multiple languages certainly has opened up a variety of opportunities for us.

Hope this helps! Boa sorte! -rbt

Last updated Apr 12 '17 at 07:23

you need to consider what language are you likely to need to know in your future: things to consider:

1-where do you live? what languages are spoken in your community and country.

2-where you think you will be living in the next 10 years ? pick a language accordingly.

3-where do you like to travel in the next 10 years? what countries do you like to visit? learn their languages.

4-what do you do ? learn a language that would promote you career

and finally this is a link to a very nice blog about learning languages


Last updated Apr 12 '17 at 05:58
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