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Posted: 8/4/2005 4:43:43 PM EDT
I would assume spanish to be one. But I'm lost on another one.

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American, followed by French and then Spanish.
Link Posted: 8/4/2005 4:48:00 PM EDT
Spanish / German
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French & Mandarin

French because they had many former colonies in Asia, Africa, & South America.

Mandarin just beacuse it is the most dominant language. Many in Latin America are choosing to learn Chinese over English as a second language.
Link Posted: 8/4/2005 4:48:41 PM EDT
I am fluent in Spanish. Living in South Florida and having traveled to Panama, Peru and Mexico my spanish has come in very handy.

When I go visit family in Miami, Spanish is the only thing to save you.


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[Last Edit: 8/4/2005 4:55:41 PM EDT by vito113]
Link Posted: 8/4/2005 4:49:28 PM EDT

Originally Posted By SS109:
French & Mandarin


It's very easy to get around in almost any Spanish-speaking country.
Link Posted: 8/4/2005 4:49:50 PM EDT
Spanish and French.
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Spanish and Manderine/Cantonese (1 in 7 of the world's pop)
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[Last Edit: 8/4/2005 5:00:46 PM EDT by Johnny_Reno]

Originally Posted By yobo:
American, followed by French and then Spanish.

I once travelled the Mediterranean with a Puerto Rican who was also an Arabic linguist. We were able to get around in Spain (Spanish), Italy (many words similar to Spanish), and Egypt (Arabic). The only place he couldn't help us was Israel. The Hebrew threw him for a loop.

As far as myself, I was fluent in everything except Greek.

T­hen again, it was all Greek to me.
Link Posted: 8/4/2005 4:50:18 PM EDT
Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.
Link Posted: 8/4/2005 4:50:22 PM EDT
I took several years of German in high school and college, but every German I've ever met spoke English better than I do. Spanish would have been infinitely more usefull.
Link Posted: 8/4/2005 4:50:56 PM EDT

I would think English, Spanish, Chinese and Russian would be great.

Is French still used in diplomatic circles?

Link Posted: 8/4/2005 4:51:12 PM EDT
The three most common lanuages in the BUSINESS world are, in order: English, German, Japanese. For every day travel I would go with Spanish, which can help a little in Italy, and German.
Link Posted: 8/4/2005 4:51:38 PM EDT
c++ and c#
Link Posted: 8/4/2005 5:09:19 PM EDT

Originally Posted By david_g17:
c++ and c#

the reserved words are in english

Link Posted: 8/4/2005 5:14:48 PM EDT

Originally Posted By james4208:
The three most common lanuages in the BUSINESS world are, in order: English, German, Japanese. For every day travel I would go with Spanish, which can help a little in Italy, and German.

Agreed. OTOH, if you ever find yourself in Southernmost Louisiana, all bets are off.
Link Posted: 8/4/2005 5:17:10 PM EDT

I think that covers the largest amount of area with the minimum # of languages
Link Posted: 8/4/2005 5:18:59 PM EDT
Canadian & Southern.
Link Posted: 8/4/2005 5:36:51 PM EDT
Your going to find the most use out of a language where the native speakers don't already speak English. For instance, I'm fluent in Swedish, (Read, Write, Speak). English is a required class in Swedish schools from the 3rd Grade until graduation of High School. Most Swedes speak better English than I do. German is about the same thing. If your visiting a country where education and the economy is good, English will get you by just fine.

Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, and Rusian are going to be the most commonly spoken languages where the person your going to meet might not speak English. Which ones you choose to learn would depend on where your likely to travel.

I will say that Spanish will be more useful when your in the States than any other "second" language. I'm currently working on learning Spanish, and I don't really plan on global travel any time soon.
Link Posted: 8/4/2005 5:39:26 PM EDT
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English, Spanish, and Money...
Link Posted: 8/4/2005 5:45:29 PM EDT
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Honest answer: depends where you're going.

The asshole part of me wants to say Modern Standard Arabic and Mandarin, along with English.

Spanish...I speak spanish. It's great! It's like being able to ride a bike. But....if you head outside of the hemisphere, it's not so much help.
Link Posted: 8/4/2005 5:54:03 PM EDT
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After English?

Spanish and Farsi/Arabic.

Japanese, French, Italians, Germans.... a lot of them speak english fairly well. Mandarin might be good to learn too, but a lot of Chinese people speak English too.
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