I'm looking for a useful language to learn in the future.
I already speak english, finnish and swedish. I want to learn one/two more languages. Which one should I pick? Any language suggestions welcome, but if you have any insight about chinese vs japanese from a job/financial standpoint, please do tell.
Also, sorry if this is posted all the time.
I have actually been interested in studying German and Russian for a while. But at the moment I'm leaning a bit more toward Russian. Do you have any personal experience or opinion? Thanks.
I speak German. It was easy to learn because I already spoke Dutch. Knowing Swedish gives a big advantage as well.
German has quite a few rules but are fairly consistently applied so it's no big deal. It's harder than English and Swedish but easier than French.
Whatever language you pick, make sure you find enough ways to immerse yourself in it. Finding subtitled tv series and radio streams would be ideal.
And dont waste your time on internet tests.
>easier than French
depends on what your native tongue is
in my native language lots of words are the exact opposite gender of those in german so it was a real mindfuck for me, but in french they're fairly similar (except for some small stuff like omelette, which to me sounds masculine but is feminine in french)
Here are your options imo:
If you want to be a trade pioneer in Iran there's Farsi. You want to do business in the Arab world or act as a liaison there? Arabic. You want to move into Asia? Chinese.
I can't tell you which future is best for you.
Any business language or languages that your country trades a lot with.
Best to worst for a Finn/Scandinavian*:
But learning east Asian languages are a lot more fun.
>*Finland is not in Scandinavia
As others said, Arabic is also a good language, top 3. More than just for businesses.
Strongly consider German though. As far as I know, very few people study German these days so there is a lack of German speakers to help businesses. Other languages are more popular, but Germany is and will be the biggest trade partner. Russian is also good, but I don't see them going anywhere but down.
Alright, thanks for the reply. I was originally curious about Asian languages, which sparked my interest in learning Chinese, but German would be good too. Maybe I'll start both, but I just don't want it to take too much of my time.
I speak Spanish, and somewhat write it. I use it on a daily basis at work. I live in California though so it has its use here. So as some people have said, check to see who is your biggest trading partner, but also see who the major minorities/immigrants are, also. If you can communicate with them you can do business with them.