Page 1 of 5
1
2
3
... LastLast
  1. #1

    What language to learn?

    The languages I know are Latvian, English, some Russian, bit of German and Spanish. However, now I am wondering what language will be in demand in future (e.g., from translator's perspective). I am not sure which new language I should learn- should it be Swedish or Norwegian (seeing demand rising) or perhaps get fluent in German or Spanish as I already have some knowledge? Or some other language? What are your opinions?

  2. #2
    The Unstoppable Force RICH816's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Portsmouth, UK
    Posts
    20,448
    Where do you live? Where do you want to live? What job do you have? What job do you see yourself doing in 10 years time?

  3. #3
    Chinese or Hindi wold be good ones.
    It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the beans of Java that thoughts acquire speed, the hands acquire shakes, the shakes become a warning.

    -Kujako-

  4. #4
    The Unstoppable Force RICH816's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Portsmouth, UK
    Posts
    20,448
    Quote Originally Posted by Kujako View Post
    Chinese or Hindi wold be good ones.
    Why Hindi? He can already speak English.

  5. #5
    Quote Originally Posted by RICH1471 View Post
    Why Hindi? He can already speak English.
    Because the India and China markets seem to currently have the most growth potential, and while English is a common language in those locations, it is not ubiquitous.
    It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the beans of Java that thoughts acquire speed, the hands acquire shakes, the shakes become a warning.

    -Kujako-

  6. #6
    Quote Originally Posted by howaboutno View Post
    Or some other language? What are your opinions?
    Chinese!

    Very different language, but since my parents put me through the horrors of that I feel it is my duty to perpetuate it onto everyone else :x

  7. #7
    Herald of the Titans Hargalaten's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Sweden
    Posts
    2,585
    Quote Originally Posted by semaphore View Post
    Chinese!

    Very different language, but since my parents put me through the horrors of that I feel it is my duty to perpetuate it onto everyone else :x
    Are you Chinese yourself? or did you parents thought it was usefull for your career or something later?

    When you look long enough, Diglett's nose turns into a mouth with 1 tooth!

  8. #8
    Quote Originally Posted by Kujako View Post
    Because the India and China markets seem to currently have the most growth potential, and while English is a common language in those locations, it is not ubiquitous.
    English is rather better established in India, and not really a common language in China at all. Hindi has the drawback of not being the national language of India.

  9. #9
    Well I am a translator by profession. I live in Latvia and the only place I would consider moving to would be Scandinavian countries and that is why I am considering learning either Norwegian or Swedish, but I am not completely sure yet.

  10. #10
    Hungarian, you never know when we take over
    Time is on our side
    Brutal Gladiator Enhancement Shaman *rawr*

  11. #11
    Quote Originally Posted by Tiing View Post
    Are you Chinese yourself? or did you parents thought it was usefull for your career or something later?
    My parents thought I wasn't losing enough sleep as a teen.

  12. #12
    Maybe finish Spanish or go into Portuguese. South American companies are coming.

  13. #13
    French from the translators side would be good since most of EU's work gets done using french.

  14. #14
    The Insane Reeve's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Houston, TX USA
    Posts
    16,328
    All of them. I make it a habit to collect languages. I have a specific phrase that I've learned in 17 languages so far.

    Honestly, though, if you're looking to become proficient in a language for its usefulness, I think the best languages to know are English, Mandarin, and Spanish. With those 3 languages, you can get along just fine pretty much everywhere in the world. Most of Europe speaks English, South America is mostly Spanish and Portuguese (and Portuguese speakers understand Spanish), North America is all English and Spanish, English will do fine in Japan, and Mandarin will be useful in China. The educated in India speak English too.
    She was a fast machine, she kept her motor clean
    She was the best damned woman that I ever seen
    She had the sightless eyes, telling me no lies
    And knocking me out with those American thighs

  15. #15
    French!
    “The worst thing I can be is the same as everybody else. I hate that.”

  16. #16
    It really depends on the market you want to tackle. Do you have any training as an interpreter? Do you want to translate for the EU or any other public institution, or do you prefer to stay in the private sector? General or technical/specialised? It's hard to tell without any details.

  17. #17
    Quote Originally Posted by semaphore View Post
    Hindi has the drawback of not being the national language of India.
    But it is the official language of the central government.
    It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the beans of Java that thoughts acquire speed, the hands acquire shakes, the shakes become a warning.

    -Kujako-

  18. #18
    Spanish or Standard-Mandarin.

    Mandarin about 1 billion people speak so.

    On another note I wish the hole world would unite under the same langue, currency and meassure ments systems
    One reason for WoW decline I often hear is that its an old game and naturally people get bored with it. But TV is much older and people still watch that. Surely if a thing you once enjoyed keept staying fun, you would still use it?

  19. #19
    The Insane Reeve's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Houston, TX USA
    Posts
    16,328
    Quote Originally Posted by Kujako View Post
    But it is the official language of the central government.
    You sure? I thought the Indian Government operated in English.
    She was a fast machine, she kept her motor clean
    She was the best damned woman that I ever seen
    She had the sightless eyes, telling me no lies
    And knocking me out with those American thighs

  20. #20
    Quote Originally Posted by Kujako View Post
    But it is the official language of the central government.
    Pretty sure so is English so...

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •