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Old January 11th, 2013, 02:34 PM   #41
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I forgot about a few of those.

I think its being taken somewhat seriously because the OP wanted to make sure she chose a language that would be useful in the future. Imagine if she sticks with it and does 4 years of german in high school, gets a business degree, engineering degree, human resources degree, teaching degree, or other and does another 4 years of german in college and can walk into an interview as an entry level candidate who fluently speaks german with 9 years of german classes on top of her 16 years of english, looks a bit more attractive now doesn't it?
Understood, but its Tiger-Mom territory. Kid isn't even in high school, but we are trying to make her take something useful?

Its prediction, somewhat anyway. Since we are talking about something that likely only matters after 8th-12th grade, 4+ years of college, and then some experience somewhere.

So trying to predict which popular language will be beneficial in 10+ years in the unknown industry that she may or may not go into is silly. Which, makes it perfect for the pub. (I guess the correct gl4x4 pub answer should be buy some guns, get a CPL, get a couple pit bulls, add stacks to your vehicle, and shoot anyone that doesn't speak the language she picked, and/or blame failure to pick correct language on the damn liberals).


German is useful and easy
Spanish is useful and easy
Chinese is useful but hard
Japanese is useful but hard and the men there do not respect women and/or americans.


Just take something, they are all worthwhile. First one I took was french. Then had some italian, then lots of spanish in high school and college. Took german through work when I was going to germany a lot, then took refereshers on spanish at work. I have learned some portuguese, romanian, and mandarin, since I work with our plants in Brazil, China, and Romania.

Spanish I use daily, German once in a while, because I talk to my plants more than my engineering center. The others, I know a few dozen words to get my though on business trips.

English is a Germanic language, so there are sone decent similarities.

Spanish is a Romantic language, like portuguese, french, romanian, italian, so if you study any of those languages, it makes other ones a little easier, as they are structurally very similar.



Of the 3 choices, I'd ditch French from the list. Both German and Spanish are very useful, so you really can't go wrong. Since she wants to do German, then that seems like the choice to me
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Old January 11th, 2013, 04:36 PM   #42
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Understood, but its Tiger-Mom territory. Kid isn't even in high school, but we are trying to make her take something useful?

Its prediction, somewhat anyway. Since we are talking about something that likely only matters after 8th-12th grade, 4+ years of college, and then some experience somewhere.

So trying to predict which popular language will be beneficial in 10+ years in the unknown industry that she may or may not go into is silly. Which, makes it perfect for the pub. (I guess the correct gl4x4 pub answer should be buy some guns, get a CPL, get a couple pit bulls, add stacks to your vehicle, and shoot anyone that doesn't speak the language she picked, and/or blame failure to pick correct language on the damn liberals).


German is useful and easy
Spanish is useful and easy
Chinese is useful but hard
Japanese is useful but hard and the men there do not respect women and/or americans.


Just take something, they are all worthwhile. First one I took was french. Then had some italian, then lots of spanish in high school and college. Took german through work when I was going to germany a lot, then took refereshers on spanish at work. I have learned some portuguese, romanian, and mandarin, since I work with our plants in Brazil, China, and Romania.

Spanish I use daily, German once in a while, because I talk to my plants more than my engineering center. The others, I know a few dozen words to get my though on business trips.

English is a Germanic language, so there are sone decent similarities.

Spanish is a Romantic language, like portuguese, french, romanian, italian, so if you study any of those languages, it makes other ones a little easier, as they are structurally very similar.



Of the 3 choices, I'd ditch French from the list. Both German and Spanish are very useful, so you really can't go wrong. Since she wants to do German, then that seems like the choice to me
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