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Best European Language To Learn?  
User currently offlineEmirates773ER From Pakistan, joined Jun 2005, 1449 posts, RR: 9
Posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 13081 times:

Over the past few months I have been looking into many of the European languages which fascinate me like Italian, Spanish, German. Which language do you guys find interesting and helpful especially while traveling? I have always been fascinated by the Italian language b/c I find it to be very bold and unique but I have no idea if its easy to learn or comprehend. Anyone got any clues?


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User currently offlineSK A340 From Sweden, joined Mar 2000, 845 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 13065 times:

Since you're from Canada you probably already have some basic French knowledge.

I would suggest German or Spanish. Germany is the biggest country in Europe and German is also spoken in other European countries, like Switzerland and Austria plus have quite a wide spread in Eastern Europe. Almost the whole of South America speaks Spanish (and very little English I've heard), which makes it a good language to know if you plan to spend a lot of time there.

/Micke


User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4670 posts, RR: 50
Reply 2, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 13039 times:

or if you really want to make it hard on yourself learn Dutch, it's the worlds thirds hardest language (because of the millions of exceptions to the rules) behind chinese and swahili.


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User currently offlineSK A340 From Sweden, joined Mar 2000, 845 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 13029 times:

Quoting JRadier (Reply 2):
it's the worlds thirds hardest language

I've heard that Afrikaans is one of the easiest languages to learn and it once was a dialect of Dutch (to me it sounds exactly the same). I know that it is now a language of it's own and I don't know anything about the grammar, but it's funny that two languages that are that similar can be so different.

/Micke


User currently offlineFlyMIA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7119 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 13028 times:

Well being from Miami where Spanish is the primary language spoken I would say Spanish would give you the greatest amount of oppertuinity since ALOT of countries speak spanish and it is even very popular in the US, Florida, California, Texas, New York City Mexican Border. After that I would go with German since it is also a widely spoken language and Germany is the largest country in Europe. My third choice would be Italian.


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User currently offlineVasu From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 3856 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 13027 times:

Quoting FlyMIA (Reply 4):
Germany is the largest country in Europe

Not Russia? That's what I would have suspected...


User currently offlineCaptOveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 13018 times:

Quoting FlyMIA (Reply 4):
Well being from Miami where Spanish is the primary language spoken I would say Spanish would give you the greatest amount of oppertuinity since ALOT of countries speak spanish and it is even very popular in the US

I know some and I refuse to use what I know to communicate. They are in the US, they can learn English.

Learn German


User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4670 posts, RR: 50
Reply 7, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 13010 times:

Quoting SK A340 (Reply 3):
I've heard that Afrikaans is one of the easiest languages to learn and it once was a dialect of Dutch (to me it sounds exactly the same).

Afrikaans in in effect dutch, but it is really difirent. The Dutch language is so hard (at least to other people) because of all the exceptions. I have to find a grammar rule that doesn't have at least one exception



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User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 13002 times:

I think FLYMIA is mistaken. Germany is land size is still behind Russia, the largest country in Europe and the world, and also France, which happens to be the most visited country in the world.

User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21406 posts, RR: 54
Reply 9, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 12995 times:

Germany has the largest population in Europe if you don't count Russia. Russia has geographically territory which can be declared european, but Russia is extremely unlikely to ever be an integral part of Europe culturally and economically as the other countries are.

User currently offline808TWA From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 701 posts, RR: 20
Reply 10, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 12983 times:

It's not a European language and as far as I know it is understood almost the world over. It would certainly be a challenge to learn but you could cross bridges with it and likely get you involved in some very interesting, challenging and rewarding situations.

The language: Sign Language

Just a suggestion,

-Alan



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User currently offlineLFutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3333 posts, RR: 27
Reply 11, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 12977 times:
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Quoting JRadier (Reply 2):
or if you really want to make it hard on yourself learn Dutch, it's the worlds thirds hardest language (because of the millions of exceptions to the rules) behind chinese and swahili.

Dutch isn't that hard is it? Well... ive been learning since January 2003 but yeah i guess it is since i cant get the grammar correct... but im always willing to find out how i can improve myself with it... now now... if only i was flying KLM to Delhi this August, i'll be happy... well there's Dubai in September or October... Big grin

Leo



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User currently onlineBoeing744 From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1829 posts, RR: 23
Reply 12, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 12977 times:

I think Spanish would be most useful to you. It is spoken in over 20 countries, and is a pleasure to learn. I am larning it right now, and find I am catching on much faster than French.

User currently offlineStevenUhl777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 12965 times:

Definitely GERMAN !!!!!

Signed,
Gkirk

English, Spanish, German, French, Italian...in that order  Wink


User currently offlineCaptOveur From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 12960 times:

Quoting 808TWA (Reply 10):
The language: Sign Language

I hear they are giving lessons on that over at Airwhiners.


User currently offlineQFA380 From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 2060 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 12914 times:

Quoting Boeing744 (Reply 12):
I think Spanish would be most useful to you. It is spoken in over 20 countries, and is a pleasure to learn. I am larning it right now,

What is thye best way to learn Spanish that doesn't include going to Spain or South America?

I've always wanted to learn it as my grandmother is Spanish. Then I'd ,ove to learn Italian.


User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4670 posts, RR: 50
Reply 16, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 12879 times:

Quoting LFutia (Reply 11):
Dutch isn't that hard is it? Well... ive been learning since January 2003 but yeah i guess it is since i cant get the grammar correct... but im always willing to find out how i can improve myself with it... now now... if only i was flying KLM to Delhi this August, i'll be happy... well there's Dubai in September or October... Big grin

Leo

Ik weet het ook niet, heb het maar ergens gelezen. Wel maken buitenlanders regelmatig fouten met woorden, die het gevolg zijn van de uitzonderingen.

(and for everyone else then Leo)
I don't know either, I've read it somewhere. The non-natives (in my dutch text it was imigrants) do make mistake with words regularly, most likely due to the exceptions (and not being able to produce a solid G)



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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 17, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 12870 times:

The most useful European language is English, with Spanish and German close for second place.


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User currently offlineGarri767 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 12867 times:

well maybe not european quite........but im learning russian  Smile

User currently offlineWhiteHatter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 12863 times:

Quoting Emirates773ER (Thread starter):
Over the past few months I have been looking into many of the European languages which fascinate me like Italian, Spanish, German. Which language do you guys find interesting and helpful especially while traveling?

I'd say French. It can be really useful outside Europe too, apart from Canada.

Many North African countries use French as a second language. You also find that as it is a Latin based language it helps with other languages such as Italian and Spanish.


User currently offlineLO231 From Belgium, joined Sep 2004, 2392 posts, RR: 23
Reply 20, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 12857 times:

Quoting JRadier (Reply 16):
(and not being able to produce a solid G)

Wij kunnen dat ook niet haha  Wink

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LO231



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User currently offlineNoelg From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 12855 times:

I say go for English. Half the world speaks that and it's relatively easy for you to learn (so long as you're north of the border).  Smile

User currently offlineLH477 From Canada, joined Jan 2004, 584 posts, RR: 5
Reply 22, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 12846 times:

Without a doubt....English, useful anywhere....Maybe Italian after that...it just sounds so amazing and passionate.....


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User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4670 posts, RR: 50
Reply 23, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 12836 times:

Quoting LO231 (Reply 20):
Wij kunnen dat ook niet haha Wink

allé zenne gij zijt ook reserven ollanders e  Wink

not sure if the spelling is correct but that is what I remember from my 1,5 years in belgium.



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User currently offlineTimology From Netherlands, joined Jan 2006, 216 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (8 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 12796 times:

At least Dutch has grammer rules, ex. plural: English: man-men, woman-women. no reagularity, Dutch: man-mannen, vrouw-vrouwen.

So what's more difficult?  Smile



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25 Racko : Considering that he has just asked in English what would be the best European language for him to learn, I think we can safely assume that he already
26 Post contains images Emirates773ER : After the above replies I thought I may be writting in french or something while starting this thread.
27 Post contains images Jwenting : Doesn't mean it's not the most useful European language to learn
28 Soylentgreen : English, it's all you need to know friend.
29 Mohamed : I would recommend german or french. German however is quite a language to learn !You better be prepared for it. French, excluding the prononcation wou
30 Post contains images BR076 : As long as you don't visit France that is
31 Emirates773ER : I was born and raised in dubai so I can read and write arabic pretty well, it can be a real tough language to learn though especially for people from
32 LFutia : solid g? would that be the words with ge in it? I can properly pronounce ge sounding words!! Wat is meer mogelijk? goeie vraag! ik weet het niet. Leo
33 DTWorBust : I speak French which is helpful when I'm in... France. AS far as learning a language that will serve you well in Europe as well as in life/business, I
34 JRadier : Scheveningen (with ch=g) Geld (money) Goed (good) Gratis (free) Groot (big) difficult=moeilijk, although it 'moeilijker' in this care because it is '
35 LFutia : did i really mistake difficult for mogelijk? wow i feel dumb. Leo
36 JRadier : that's nothing compared to the mistakes I sometimes make in english.
37 Eilennaei : That would be brilliant, were it true. Sign languages do however differ from each other almost as much as the voiced languages.
38 GSM763 : IMHO I'd suggest Spanish. Not only will thyis get you around in Spain but it is also the major language in most of Central and South America.
39 9VSPO : Well, I love Greece and I am learning the language at the moment. It's pretty cool.
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