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  1. If you already know English, then choose something that your heart is more in love with) I've been struggling with German for 4 years, I never learned it properly, now I study Spanish in the evenings and have only the warmest feelings for it!

    If you plan to live in Russia, you can learn Chinese, but this will require some effort :))

    Spanish is a beautiful language and will come in handy if you are leaving for, say, the states.

    French and German are classics of the genre. Everything is clear with them, but if earlier German could be very useful in work, now I don't even know)

    From not very pop languages, Indonesian is cool.

    Something like this:)

  2. If you approach this purely formally, then it is better to take one of the common languages of the Romance group (since you already have Germanic), better Castilian (common Spanish). It is official in more than 20 countries, and you can easily learn Portuguese, Catalan, Galician, Occitan, and French from it. And on the basis of knowledge of English, you can easily master German and Dutch. Thus, you will have several of the most common European languages spoken in dozens of countries around the world, and a very good linguistic base for learning other languages.

  3. I would suggest such non-standard options:

    1. Turkish, if you plan to work in the travel industry in Turkey, or in general in Turkey
    2. Uzbek and Tajik languages are very popular when working with migrants inside the Russian Federation (translation of documents, certificates, etc.), work on migrants in the Ministry of Internal Affairs system
  4. Personally, I chose German.Pretty easy, and fun to learn.there is some interest in studying it, but it is not really possible to explain it. Well, I advise you to start learning German here on this excellent site duolingo.com

  5. Let's say you know English well and are already bored. Look in the direction of France — there is a lot of interesting things! The eternal confrontation between the English and the French is in the hands of modern students: despite the fact that the languages belong to different groups, the militant Norman conquerors brought a lot of their own to English grammar. And the vocabulary was “given” to both languages even earlier by the Romans, so those who have ever tried to learn Latin will easily master French. This language is necessary for those who plan to live and work in Canada, Belgium, and Switzerland. These are all countries with a high standard of living and excellent career prospects, but in order to become your own in francophone countries, you need to know French a little more than well. Of course, after French, you can easily learn the other” useful ” languages of the Romance group-Spanish, Italian, Portuguese. There are also exotic Romanian, Catalan, Ladin and others, but due to their small number they are not in demand.

    It is often asked whether it is difficult to start with French as a second language. Yes, it is difficult, but after it, other languages are much easier to learn, because you already know the basics. If you dream of living in the United States, then choose Spanish as your second language, if you plan to move to Canada – only French, for which the immigration service gives additional points. However, this condition applies only to Quebec, the rest of Canada lives in English. Those who have studied both languages are advised: if possible, bring Spanish to an intermediate level, since both languages are equally difficult at an advanced level. But what about Italian — easy and useless? Italian is a direct descendant of Latin, and you can use it to improve your English, Spanish, and — a nice coincidence! – the vocabulary of Italian and French is 70-80% similar!

  6. Most people will say: learn Chinese!

    Yes, there are many advantages – every fifth person in the world speaks this language, the prospect of living when moving to get into a company that will need to know this language…

    If you have an interest in European and South American culture, then it is better to study one of the Romance languages-Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and others. They are very interesting in the process of learning, harmonious and melodic (remember the music from the Brazilian TV series-the singers sing in Portuguese). And also, if you have learned one of them, then you can easily master the rest. The similarity of languages is similar to that of Russian and Ukrainian.

    Make up your mind.

  7. Try to learn one of the Slavic languages, such as Polish. It is very similar to Russian, so it is relatively easy to learn it, the main thing is to learn how to pronounce Polish sounds correctly, the rest is not difficult.

  8. If you follow a practical approach, then the picture turns out like this. According to the Ethnologue website maintained by the SIL International Institute (wikipedia.org), the most widely used language is Chinese, which is spoken in 33 countries. That's a lot. At the same time, Russia's relations with China are increasingly strengthening, and business is expanding. Speaking Chinese will soon be very popular, and since it is not so easy to learn it, it is also well paid.

    Spanish and 31 other countries are in second place. Personally, I really like Spanish, I learned a little bit of it on my own before traveling to Spanish-speaking countries. If you have ever learned even a little Latin, Italian or French, learning Spanish will be very easy for you. Moreover, Spanish is spoken in the Americas and Europe. Convenient for travel and (I agree with one of the previous speakers) immigration to the United States.

    Then there is English, but we omit it for a well-known reason.

    Hindi. A lot of people, but only 4 countries. It makes sense to learn it if you are a big fan of history and culture. As it is, they also speak excellent English there.

    But Arabic is more interesting. A large number of speakers in as many as 60 countries around the world! It is more or less familiar to most Muslims, and Islam is actively expanding its borders of influence.

    So if you already know English and are not ready to improve it further, but want to start learning another language, take a closer look at Chinese or Arabic. Well, or to Spanish, if you really want to

  9. If you choose based on the prevalence – then definitely Spanish. If you plan to work in the tourism sector in Russia, then Italian and, oddly enough, German, which was traditionally taught in the USSR, are now in demand, but now interest in it has significantly subsided.

  10. If we proceed from purely practical reasons, then the most common languages will be the most preferred options. If you have an aptitude for learning, but prefer English, since the vast majority of materials on the web – about 70% – are in English. In addition to its national status, English is also widely used, so you can always find yourself in an international company in any country if you speak English, especially in the field of IT and infobusiness.

    Other languages will have their own advantages and disadvantages, but none will be as versatile as English.

    If we take it from the point of view of developing thinking, then despite the fact that any new language develops thinking, languages with an ancient history, whether it is Chinese, Hebrew or Hindi, play a special role in this.

    Last but not least, it is very important to have a personal interest in the language, culture, and people that you are going to study. The lower the interest and motivation, the worse the result.

    Therefore, someone's words and arguments should not become the basis of choice, but only a way to discover personal inspiration, an urge to a particular language.

    If you follow this rule, the complexity of the language will be secondary.

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