How to learn French Quora

Answer by Sanda Golcea onQuora.Lets get down to business!While choosing which language to learn is a very subjective thing, I find these three lists make it clear which languages y

How to learn French Quora

Answer by Sanda Golcea onQuora.

Lets get down to business!

While choosing which language to learn is a very subjective thing, I find these three lists make it clear which languages you should consider:

  1. The 10 most spoken languages in the world(excluding English, of course):Mandarin, Spanish, Hindi, Arabic, Portuguese,Bengali, Russian, Japanese, Punjabi, and German.
  2. The list of10 most spokenlanguages bynumber of countries:French, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, German,Italian, Mandarin, Malay, Kiswahili, and Russian.
  3. The sixofficial languagesof theUnited Nations:Arabic,Chinese,English, French,Russian, and Spanish.

Maps courtesy ofQuick Maps of the World

Why these three lists?

  1. Of course, when you learn a new language, your goalis to reach the largestnumber of people that language can make available.
  2. You probably want the language to be the most useful language when you travel, right?
  3. Which better languages to take into consideration than the ones used by a mega international world-wide organization?

Thefirst problem of learning a language:

You only speak English? Is this going to be yourfirst foreign language?

Then you want a relatively easy language to learn.You dont want to take years and years, learning how to read all over again.You want a language that will empower you, a language that will be easy to learn and master to fluency, because if youre not fluent in the language after years and years of study, how useful will it be?

Therefore Id suggest you do not start with any language that has a different alphabet (or no alphabet), such as:Mandarin, Hindi, Arabic, Russian, Japanese, Bengali, or Punjabi.That would leave you with:Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian, or French.

AlsoMalayIve personally never met anyone that speaks Malay, but from what Ive seen, this language would be useful in AsiaandKiswahiliwhich is spoken in parts of Africa and uses a defectiveLatin alphabet (replacing Arabic), so it might make sense if that continent is your target.

Thesecond problemthat comes up in the case of learning any language:

Do I haveresourcesfor learning this language readily available?

And by resources I mean:

  • schools: language centers or tutors
  • internet resources: movies, shows, music, internet sites, internet TV, or software that helps you learn
  • other resources: newspaper, magazines, libraries, médiathèques, or TV stations
  • and last but not least:people

If I were you, and lived in:

  • theUS,Id go forSpanish. There is a huge Spanish community in the US; youll probably travel to Latin America as it is one of the closest travel destinations; there are a lot of shows and movies/series in Spanish; and there are a lot of internet resources and software to teach you.
  • theUK,Id say a good bet would beFrenchfrom the logistics of it. From London, you have a one hour train to Lille in France, and two hours to Paris.French is a very well represented language: there are a lot of language centers around the world, a lot of movies and French artists, so you have many options here.

These would be my personal choices.Ive also chosen romance languages because learning one will enable you to understand some of whats spoken in the other romance languages; there are alot of common roots for vocabulary, and grammar also has many things in common.

At any rate, choose a language and stick with itand make sure you have a lot of motivation, youre going to need it.

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