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Posted Apr 11, '13 at 10:55am

ellock

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What language do you think is the most important to learn and why? What are the top three languages you think are most important? I have been thinking about this for a while and cannot get a good, solid answer. From anyone! You would have thought people would be more unified as to what they think the most important language is, but no, I can't fins a good middle ground. So I turn to you, internet (or the small sliver of the internet that is Armor Games) and ask you for your opinion.

I think this depends on how you view it. By population of speakers, Chinese (Mandarin)
By importance: English

By job or governmental use: Spanish or Mandarin

What do you think?
Of course the UN languages are important as well... so any of those six and maybe if you live in Europe German or Russian would be more useful.

 

Posted Apr 11, '13 at 1:20pm

Kasic

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I don't think it really matters. However, it is long past time we should have started working towards a single language. Loooooooooong past time.

 

Posted Apr 11, '13 at 3:40pm

HahiHa

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However, it is long past time we should have started working towards a single language. Loooooooooong past time.

Why? Foreign languages can be so beautiful. I would hate it if our language diversity got lost.

I would agree with the OP; Mandarin is the most used language daily, but in the international aspect (politics/business/research) English is most important.

But French can also get you around on many places in this world, so it ranges quite high too I'd say.
 

Posted Apr 11, '13 at 4:11pm

thebluerabbit

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english is obviously the most important. english is pretty much everywhere and if you dont speak it you are very limited.

except for english there is no other important language to learn. the languages you WOULD benefit the most of are chinese and.... idk... id say either german or latin.

 

Posted Apr 11, '13 at 4:21pm

Kasic

Kasic

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I would hate it if our language diversity got lost.


I see absolutely no reason to keep hundreds of languages around. All they do is inhibit communication. I'm not praising one language over another, but there's no reason everyone shouldn't be able to understand each other.

No one would stop people from learning various languages, but everyone should have at least one language in common.
 

Posted Apr 11, '13 at 4:41pm

R2D21999

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In my opinion Sign Language is very important(I would know). I mean how else are we going to communicate with deaf people without paper and pencil.

I also think English is also very important, but that's not the case with some other countries.

There's not really anyway possible to find out the most important language, as its just a matter of opinion, and you'd probably have to learn all the languages in the world before deciding the most important.

 

Posted Apr 11, '13 at 4:45pm

Salvidian

Salvidian

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By job or governmental use: Spanish


No. The only place where Spanish is useful is in certain areas in America, along with most of Spain. Otherwise people learn Spanish because it's easy and it helps people learn other languages down the road. It has very little purpose outside of that.

How about Latin?
 

Posted Apr 11, '13 at 5:40pm

Reton8

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English right now has to be the most important language.

This Wikipedia article:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Languages_used_on_the_Internet

States that over 50% of websites on the internet use English.

Another Wikipedia article subsection showing the significance of English:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_language#Significance

Also, most programming languages (for writing computer code) are in English:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_in_computing

The English language is sometimes described as the lingua franca of computing.


English is the largest language on the World Wide Web, with 27% of internet users.

So considering the above, English is a dominant language across the world and in computing. Also consider the fact that traditional Chinese and Japanese have far too many characters to have practical computer keyboards (although I have come across plenty of sites in Chinese and Japanese I don't know how this is accomplished though).

Chinese most likely use Pinyin on the web (but not always) and Japanese Romaji (but not always).

So, Chinese, although spoken by more people by shear number, has limitations in it's traditional form (non-pinyin).

However, now that technology is expanding, more programming languages in native users languages, better adaptations for surfing the web for non-English speakers. English may not hold it's prominence as "the most important language" for long.
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However, it is long past time we should have started working towards a single language.


One word, Esperanto.
Zamenhof's goal was to create an easy-to-learn and politically neutral language that transcends nationality and would foster peace and international understanding between people with different regional and/or national languages.


In my opinion it failed, or at least never caught on to the success envisioned by it's creator.
 

Posted Apr 11, '13 at 6:05pm

pangtongshu

pangtongshu

10,090 posts

How about Latin?


For common usage - hell no

Medical/law - Yes

Gain a better understanding of derived languages - hell yes
 

Posted Apr 11, '13 at 6:14pm

HahiHa

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I see absolutely no reason to keep hundreds of languages around. All they do is inhibit communication. I'm not praising one language over another, but there's no reason everyone shouldn't be able to understand each other.

No one would stop people from learning various languages, but everyone should have at least one language in common.

I would agree with declaring a sort of global language, sure. The rest of your post I don't agree with. Languages are beautiful and interesting; they're culture. There's every reason to keep them up.
Only people who have diplomatic or any other kind of international or relay function should be asked to learn a language to understand everyone. For the rest of us, unlike what many seem to think, we're able to survive without such a global language pretty well. It's more a great chance and opportunity, than a must.
 
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