Should I learn Spanish?

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    Should I learn Spanish?

    Hi!
    I'm wondering if i should learn Spanish. Is it a good idea? Has anyone from cboard ever learnt it? If so have you ever had to use it? To guys from usa is it really popular there?
    Maybe i should learn german or ...?

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    Spanish would be an OK language to learn. And it depends on where you are in the US... some regions have very large spanish-speaking areas. Others don't.

    I would probably take Spanish over any other choice except for maybe Latin, which would be the root for expanding to other languages.

    I took 3 years of it in high school, but I couldn't speak it if I had to.

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    I started Spanish last year. Deciding which language to learn depends on your motive for doing so. There are an awful lot more Spanish speakers in the world than German for example.

    If you are in Europe, Germany is a big market, and the majority of business is conducted in German. In most of South America, also a growing market, Spanish is used, (not Brazil or the Guyanas).

    Another huge market is China of course, but the chinese are making an effort to make sure their business types speak English, typically, many of them speak better English then some members here!
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    well you can practice with me!!!
    Its my native lenguage
    I will be glad.
    So I think its a pretty good lenguage.
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    I would say that the major languages anyone who is getting into computers should learn are : Mandarin Chinese(Cantonese is dying out thanks to big-wigs in Beijing), Japanese, and Hindi. All of these languages can probably be learned to fluency within a decade depending how hard you work on it, and what you local population demographics are(for example, if you live in an area that is mostly Chinese, then you can probably find someone willing to help you more than if you were in an area with barely any Chinese).

    In the US; however, I would say that you should definitely learn spanish as probably in 20 years that will be the majority of the population(see what hatred for birth control gets ya, ).
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    i gotta take 3 yeas of foreign language which ima start next year. im probally gnna do spanish i hear its really similar to english from my sisters.

    tho i wish i didnt have to take it at my school. 1/2 of the spanish class is learning abuot spanish cultures and such, isnt the idea to learn to speak spanish? not learn about spanish speaking countries? i could take some socal studies class if i wanted ot learn about spain or mexico or something
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    Quote Originally Posted by MisterSako
    tho i wish i didnt have to take it at my school. 1/2 of the spanish class is learning abuot spanish cultures and such, isnt the idea to learn to speak spanish? not learn about spanish speaking countries?
    understanding the culture helps to use the language properly. If you speak spanish words in an english context you'll either A) not make sense, B) make sense but insult someone, or C) get lucky and it all works out.

    ...at least thats the way it was when i was learning japanese.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MisterSako
    i gotta take 3 yeas of foreign language which ima start next year. im probally gnna do spanish i hear its really similar to english from my sisters.

    tho i wish i didnt have to take it at my school. 1/2 of the spanish class is learning abuot spanish cultures and such, isnt the idea to learn to speak spanish? not learn about spanish speaking countries? i could take some socal studies class if i wanted ot learn about spain or mexico or something
    I can help you to understand my culture sent me a pm, Im taking the college in USA, Its my first semester, I would be glad to help you, I also help you with the spanish, Yo lo hablo perfectamente me daria un gustaso ayudarte, If You want, In my spare time, I have a lot of free time, so , contact me, you or any who would be interested, totally free, Im glad to participate with this community, I love this board, Its my only board that I belong, and don't hesitate, Im glad to help, and also I could talk about programming

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    You should ABSOLUTELY, DEFINITELY learn a new language. Learning about languages has been the best thing I've ever done, and I think it is extremely fun. Most jobs will move you up MUCH higher on their list just for knowing another language. You will also learn much more about English. I hope to make a career in languages; who knows, you might turn out to like them just as much too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by abyssphobia
    Yo lo hablo perfectamente me daria un gustaso ayudarte
    I'm not sure from where you are, but where I live (usually, now I'm in .de) that would be "Yo lo hablo perfectamente, me daría un gustazo ayudarte"

    Anyway, Spanish is the second language in number of speakers, so it would be useful (it of course depends where you go).
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    Anyway, Spanish is the second language in number of speakers
    link please? I don't think there are more than 1.2 billion speakers of it(the amount that speak Mandarin)
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    Chinese as a whole is number 1. Spanish as a whole is number two, and I believe that is followed by English.
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    link please? I don't think there are more than 1.2 billion speakers of it(the amount that speak Mandarin)
    but how many people have you seen that speak only mandarin, or very little English only knowing mandarin. Personally I see more spanish people

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    well number one language overall is English(as this is like 1.7 billion speakers, since every country pretty much requires the people to learn english), then Mandarin, then Spanish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by -=SoKrA=-
    I'm not sure from where you are, but where I live (usually, now I'm in .de) that would be "Yo lo hablo perfectamente, me daría un gustazo ayudarte"
    You are right, Well some times I eat words, sorry, or forgot the accent like árbol (tree) sometimes I put arbol, but In my country it doesn't matter, Its odd to find a person that put all the accents.

    Bonus: a general rule in spanish is that all the words with "on" at the end has to be accent.
    examples:

    León (lion)
    camión (truck)
    avión (airplane, aircraft)

    So easy, I encourge to learn spanish!! Bye
    and If you have troubles with it, I am just rigth here with all the kind of explanations. Good Luck.
    Ta ta for now.
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