Which Language or Dialect Should You Learn for Your Bucket List?

When it comes to learning a new language, the first question that comes to mind is which dialect should you focus on? Unlike Spanish or French, where all dialects are relatively easy to understand, Arabic dialects can be quite different from each other. This can be confusing for students, which is why many resources and textbooks in Arabic focus on Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). Germany has the highest gross domestic product (GDP) in Europe and is a popular destination for those looking for new career opportunities. German is one of the three official languages of the European Union and is expected to benefit from Brexit.

It is also the fourth most used language on the Internet and a major contributor to research and development. Knowing German can be essential for success in these fields globally. According to The Economist, German offers the greatest reward in bonuses compared to Spanish or French. Additionally, German companies provide 700,000 jobs in the United States, making it a great option for those seeking opportunities in the US.

Portuguese is also gaining popularity, as it is the fastest-growing European language after English. It is the official language of eight countries and its use is increasing due to India's growing relationship with Brazil. Portuguese is also becoming more popular in Asia due to diplomatic and economic ties with Portugal and Portuguese-speaking countries. Our family of companies includes BIG IP, ISI Language Solutions, Protranslating, Language Link, DWL and Lawlinguists, who bring more than 160 years of combined experience with offices in 29 locations around the world.

Through our portfolio, we offer personalized language services in more than 300 languages and dialects. When it comes to my own bucket list of languages to learn, Italian and Spanish are at the top of my list. Mostly because I think these countries are beautiful and I would love to go on vacation there and speak the languages. For business purposes however, Spanish and Japanese are two of the best languages to learn.

I went to a business school where they really emphasized learning Cantonese and Japanese; however, I think that learning Asian and Arabic languages for a native English speaker can be quite challenging.

Randall Pieroni
Randall Pieroni

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