In the event you (like myself) enjoy learning languages, or are trying to select a language to learn, looks like you can’t go wrong with Spanish, Portuguese (which I apparently can’t spell. Thank you, Spell Check!), Chinese, Russian, Arabic or German. These languages are the most useful when it comes to real-life business interactions. Well, I only speak Spanish of that bunch. Although I find I can use my knowledge of Spanish to get quite a bit of Portuguese. So I’ve got 1.5? Or I don’t know. I’m certainly not fluent in Spanish, so should I even count that as “1”?
My cousin is teaching his kids Spanish (his and my ethnic heritage language) and Chinese (the kids’ mom’s ethnic heritage language.) I think it is so important for children to learn something of the culture and history from which their ancestors came. Which is why I will be learning Choctaw come next fall. I also think it is important for everyone to learn useful languages– like the ones above– in this ever shrinking world. This is why I started learning Spanish in the first place. My maiden name was Hispanic, my first name is an actual word in Spanish (brilla) when you say it with a Spanish accent (although it’s not spelled that way in English) and then I spent lots of time in the sun as a kid making me very tanned. All that combined into this disastrous storm of people randomly speaking Spanish to me when I was a kid. So I felt it necessary to least be able to tell them I didn’t speak Spanish… in Spanish. haha. Then I’ve dabbled in American Sign Language as well, because I made a friend one summer as a child that used ASL.
So I suppose what I’m getting at is that no matter your age, learning a new language can only help you and others too. (Don’t get me started on all the benefits of being a polyglot, I’ll never stop.) Why not give it a shot? Pick one of those 6 or one that has some meaning to you and go for it!