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Old 06.11.2012, 10:39
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Which language to learn?

I am currently learning German, as I live in Zermatt, next year I would like to learn a second language... but what.

I live a hop, skip and a jump from Italy, I live in a canton which also speaks French, There are many Russian and Japanese tourists visiting Zermatt.

I would quite like a language with easier Grammar than German, the way articles change throughout the cases in German drives me crazy!
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Re: Which language to learn?

Will be learning Italian/Romansch as we have also just moved to an area with a high population of Italian/Romansch speaking people
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Will be learning Italian/Romansch as we have also just moved to an area with a high population of Italian/Romansch speaking people
Are there many places that teach Romansh? I don't think I've ever heard it spoken.
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Old 06.11.2012, 11:18
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Re: Which language to learn?

Why do you need/want to learn a new language? It depends on your goals.

After English and the variations of Chinese, Spanish is the most widely spoken language. It enables you to communicate with more people in more countries than the remaining languages and it can serve as a very good entry point to learn French or Italian.
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Old 06.11.2012, 11:19
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Re: Which language to learn?

If you vote 'other' ... let me know which other language you are thinking of. No votes for Japanese yet... phew
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Old 06.11.2012, 11:22
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Why do you need/want to learn a new language? It depends on your goals.

After English and the variations of Chinese, Spanish is the most widely spoken language. It enables you to communicate with more people in more countries than the remaining languages and it can serve as a very good entry point to learn French or Italian.
Chinese I believe is very hard, with the different tones. Spanish could be cool, I learnt it at school for a while, although I can only remember the words for dog and cat now.
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Spanish is the most widely spoken language. It enables you to communicate with more people in more countries than the remaining languages
Yeah, but are they countries that anybody would actually want to visit?

I'd vote for French. It's the third most useful language in Switzerland after German and English.
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Old 06.11.2012, 11:32
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I'd vote for French. It's the third most useful language in Switzerland after German and English.
As I said, it depends on the OP's motivation, if he wants to travel to Africa French would be much more useful than Japanese. The fact that those places are not attractive for you doesn't mean that they are not attractive to anybody.
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Re: Which language to learn?

The world languages today are English and French. Most travellers should be able to speak one of these, and so I recommend French. It is also the second language of Switzerland, and if you move westwards you will surely need it.
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Re: Which language to learn?

Kill all birds with one stone, and learn Esperanto.
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The world languages today are English and French.
By what metric?
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I'd vote for French. It's the third most useful language in Switzerland after German and English.
Neither English nor German are of much use around here!

Italian is most useful, followed by French.

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Neither English nor German are of much use around here!

Italian is most useful, followed by French.

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Yeah, but Ticino aint Switzerland, is it?
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Re: Which language to learn?

A language that is useful in CH? Yugoslavian (croatian Serbian Bosnian etc) or go for Portuguese if you're in Romandie...
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A language that is useful in CH? Yugoslavian (croatian Serbian Bosnian etc) or go for Portuguese if you're in Romandie...
Portuguese is widely spoken in Zermatt too. Think its the most common language amongst the school kids.
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Of course it is, it's the main part!

Then there's the bit up north where they speak German and/or French, but who cares about that?

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Re: Which language to learn?

If you want to earn money with your new language, you'd probably have to go for Russian or Japanese, as there's plenty of native French and Italian speakers about.

Russian grammar has more "things that change" when it comes to declension, so that might not be your thing if you're finding German tough (more cases too).

Japanese has pretty simple grammar (although significantly different to any European languages), but you can forget about reading or writing fluently without quite a lot of time of concentrated study. Learning to speak to a decent level would be your first goal.

If you just want learn to talk to people around you, I'd definitely choose your neighbours' languages - Italian or French.
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Re: Which language to learn?

What about Mandarin or Cantonese (China)?

I guess you could earn a lot of money by teaching people in these languages and you might give them additional tuition how they should behave in China (culture and society).
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Are there many places that teach Romansh? I don't think I've ever heard it spoken.
Romansh is mostly spoken after Chur near Tamins, Illanz... Engadin... and where we are here in Munstertal (val Müstair).
I don't know too much about it because we've only been here since October but I know each area speaks it differently (accent, vocabulary, grammar ... probably can be compared to the differences between the various Swiss German dialects).
There is also a Romansh radio/TV channel called "Radio Rumantscha", if you are interested to hear how it sounds

http://www.rtr.ch/home.html
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The world languages today are English and French. Most travellers should be able to speak one of these, and so I recommend French. It is also the second language of Switzerland, and if you move westwards you will surely need it.
Really? Which world? Are you seriously suggesting French is more widely spoken than Spanish? French is an important european language but not really a world language.
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