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What are the best languages to learn in Europe after English of course?
What are the best languages to learn in Europe after English of course?2021-09-15 13:48:02【Mr_潘】
Assuming that you have no specific language target in mind, here are my general thoughts:
- French as the French speak the most universally understood version of French and its standards are recorded by the Academie Francaise; also, you’ll find no country where it is cheaper and more pleasurable to formally learn it than France. French is useful well outside of France, or Europe, since it is also the longest accepted and used diplomatic and international civil service language, and the official language of the Olympics, the International Postal Union and one of the core languages of the UN, and an unavoidable language in cuisine, wine-making, modern train technology, aeronautic and space technology, philosophy and international cinema. Most European nobles speak French as a second language with English.
- Spanish from Spain elicits a snigger of deep-seated petty anti-colonialism outside of Spain (i.e. in Latin America), where even dubbing for movies makes a point of NOT using Spaniards when the movie is for Latin American viewers. If your Spanish will be used mainly in the Americas, I would suggest learning in Mexico, Central America or Colombia/Ecuador/Peru (Andes). However, beginners can get a good start in Spain since Spain has the most number of good quality schools per capita and the culture shock will be less than in some Latin American locations. Nonetheless, for more advanced Spanish acquisition, I would suggest immersion in Latin America if that is your main zone of future usage.
- Portuguese in Portugal is very different from Brazilian Portuguese and seen as a bit retroactive and quaint by Brazilians. Again, if you plan to use Portuguese mainly in Brazil, it’s better to learn in Brazil.
- Italian, German, Dutch, Greek, Turkish, Romanian, Scandinavian languages and most Slavic languages are only useful if you have specific need to interact, live or work in those languages i.e. they are of regional or field-specific value only e.g. Italian is obligatory and German is useful if you are an opera singer.
- Isolated linguistic groups cover Hungarian, Basque, Finnish, all of which have no close language relative.
What is the best course to do after B.A English?
- MA English 2. Comp Sc. 3. Journalism 4.MBA Sales/marketing. Now a days, BA English with Computer Application is given , instead of BA English only. this enables to study CSC further. As English is SW language, this gains momentum to popular.
What are the best sites to learn English?
I suggest you the British Council Learn English website where you can find video and audio resources for learners of all levels, including articles and a discussion forum to ask questions; the Books4Languages website where you can access digital textbooks for English grammar and vocabulary from A1 to B2 level as well as lots of interactive exercises and quizzes for free; and the Talk English website which provides you with a lot of free listening practice with exercises as well as lessons in general English, business English, English for interviews and English for travel.
What is the best course in creative writing in Europe?
Well, I don’t think anywhere best creative writing course are there. You know what, Creativity can be come up by yourself not from doing any course or anything else. Yes, I agree that people need support and guidance of their motivator or teacher.
On thing, i let you know that every course is best itself, but it basis on the taste of individual. What is her/his field of interest?
If you ask me, why you have chosen this vocational course BJMC, so the answer would be just because my conscience want to talk with people and give a support in the journey of India’s development.
So let you know, don’t think you would make good shape of your talent via best course. No, Never. Just Find it out. And it can be possible with the help and support of your teacher.
Should native English speakers learn other languages?
Americans should learn some Spanish. As far as I know many are doing that right now. This is because the population of Hispanics is growing dramatically within the U.S., and many of them are going to keep speaking Spanish. Besides, there are 22 Spanish speaking countries and the U.S. has important and varied links with them. I know that the question is not only about Americans, but I think that the comment has to do with that. Apart from that, I suppose native English speakers are interested in China, so learning some Chinese would be OK. French and German are also good languages. French is more for intellectuals, and German is for those who want to go there.
What are the easiest languages to learn for an English speaker?
You really ought to specify for which native English speakers, because this differs quite a bit by region. The following is true for RP English.
There’s also the question of whether an English speaker can easily enough approximate a sound, so to be understood well enough, or whether their pronunciation is spot-on. The former is great for anyone who just wants to be able to communicate when travelling, the latter is more of a concern for a person who wants to approach native sound.
A phoneme being a bit off is IMO possibly harder than being really different, primarily because most people don’t even hear it when they’re a bit off; our minds are great at correcting what we hear so we understand it. This is a major contributor to adults maintaining a foreign accent when they learn a new language; if you don’t even hear the difference, how can you correct for it?
Esperanto is my top contender. It has a very regular pronunciation and only one phoneme that will give English speakers trouble, the trilled ‘r’.
Spanish has the trilled ‘r’, a palatal nasal ɲ (which is a bit different from the velar nasal ŋ as in “sing”), and a voiced palatal fricative ʝ which English doesn’t have at all. Other than that Spanish is a joy to pronounce, very regular.
Italian, once again with the trilled ‘r’, the nasal ɲ, otherwise this is all easy, but overall I think Italian is a bit harder to pronounce because it has some counter-intuitive spelling for English speakers. If you don’t take reading/writing into account, it’s probably easier than Spanish.
Japanese. It’s one of those cases where an English speaker can approximate it very easily, but getting it exactly right takes much more of an effort because some phonemes are “off” from their English equivalents, and the pitch accent takes some getting used to. All vowels are pure, no dipthongs. The only vowel that’s a bit difficult is a high, back, compressed ‘u’ [ɯ]. The most difficult consonant is the infamous r [l] that causes the Japanese to mix up ‘r’ and ‘l’ in English, since it lies in between them. I also think f [ɸ], h [ç], s [s] require special attention, but you can be sloppy and be understood just fine.
I often see French listed as well, but I think it’s much harder. I find English speakers have trouble with the many letters French doesn’t pronounce in certain configurations. It has the same palatal nasal ɲ as Spanish, an ‘r’ [ʁ] that’s only familiar to some English dialects, a ɥ (as in”nuire”) that English can only approximate. The biggest differences are actually in the vowels; English has neither y (for ‘u’ in “salut”), nor œ nor ø nor the nasal œ̃ (for ‘eu’). In general, the nasal vowels give English speakers problems.
Same goes for German, lots of differences in the vowels, though fewer nasals.
I don’t think any language with strong pitch accent or tones qualifies as easy for an English speaker.
Excluding English, what are the most valuable languages to learn for international business?
Short answer - the language(s) of your buyers.
Willy Brandt: If I’m selling to you, I speak your language [English]. If I’m buying, dann müssen Sie Deutsch sprechen (then you have to speak German, or the language of the buyer)!
Most of the people are multilingual, eager to talk to you. There are many friendly people with interesting & easy languages.
Due to American consumerism, English has become the language of your buyers & promotional (Hollywood) media & internet (53% of websites & internet users with 339m native &/or 949m competent users), for the desired lifestyle. However, the world powers constantly change & the cycle is shortening.
Latin was dominant 15 centuries, French only 2–3 & English just 1, so far.
The next likely language is Chinese/Mandarin, the new boss in town with 983m native speakers, & >1.2bn people understand the Mandarin dialect.
Other than the extensive symbolic writing system, the grammar is simpler than English (which has more exceptions than rules) & is closer to how the brain thinks.
If you are afraid of Chinese, there is Pinyin romanised option. The other acceptable auxiliary potential is midway (spoken in >120 countries -
The next is Spanish- the Fastest Growing American Market Segment (50m US speakers & 2nd native after the Chinese.
In EU the German in technology,
then Portuguese in Latin America,
Arabic, Web’s Fastest-Growing Language,
French, the former English,
Japanese in technology,
Russian, easy for the majority of European speakers,
& last but not least, Hindi. Although many are thought English, >85% don’t speak English well.
Any language is good for business, & the easiest start is Esperanto as tool for learning other languages - Bonŝancon :)
Should native English speakers learn other languages?
Disclaimer: I think learning as much as possible about as many different things as possible is always a good idea for everyone.
I wouldn’t worry about condescending attitudes; some people’s hobby is being condescending, and they don’t need a real reason. The first question, I’d say, is “do you have a practical need for another language?” For example, you might expect to live in a non-English speaking country for a while - if so, life will be much easier if you know the local language.
If you don’t have a practical need, learning a second (third, fourth, fifth…) language becomes a question of where your own interests and talents lie. You might decide to study another language because it can give you insights into your own language. You might study a language because you want to read the original version of literature written in it. You might study one just to experience a different way of looking at the world. There are lots of possible reasons; whether they’re strong enough for you to take action depends on how much time and interest (and money for classes or books) you yourself have.
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