Learning a foreign language is exciting, and if you already know one, probably soon you will want to learn a second one or even the third or fourth. At this stage, the most serious issue is which language to choose? In order to properly answer this question, you can write an argumentative essay. You know the structure of this type of essay, so it is not necessary to repeat that arguments are the basic thing. Depending on the language, you may give different examples why it is a good idea to learn it. If you have no ideas, here are some ideas to cover.
It is one of the most popular foreign languages. Also, it is very common in Africa, Asia and the Middle East where lots of people still speak it better than English. French is accepted along with English as an official in the EU, the UN, as well as in numerous international corporations. This is one of the Romance languages, which means that it is related to Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. Thus, knowledge of French will be guided not only in France but also in countries where they speak similar languages. As you know, French is an official language of Canada, but it may be surprising that it is also official in Togo, Madagascar, and Ivory Coast! In addition, there are a lot of opportunities to study French. The most obvious one is to sign up for the language school, and you can find it almost in every city because French is taught anywhere.
Along with English and Chinese, Spanish is one of the three most common languages in the world. The population of Latin America is only increasing, which means that the Spanish will spread further and further. If you ever go on a trip to South America or Spain, you have to learn at least basic phrases. In case you live in the state near the Mexican border, probably you know this language and it helps a lot. The majority in Spain and Latin America speaks only native, but always ready to listen carefully to foreigner’s mumbling and gesturing. Even a couple of dozen Spanish words can greatly ease your life. That Latina lady in your local grocery store will be pleasant with your efforts and maybe give you a discount. By the way, Spanish is the easiest one to learn of all the Romance languages.
A lot of people believe that the Italian language is one of the most beautiful in Europe. The practical benefits of studying it are not as obvious as pros of studying Spanish or French. Although if you appreciate a classic opera, Italian art, or just love Italy and miss it (almost anyone who has been to Italy at least once cannot escape this fate) then learning the language is a good way to get closer to the local culture. In addition, Italian has had a strong influence on the Spanish dialects of Latin America (especially Argentina, where a lot of Italians moved in the XIX and XX centuries), and, therefore, the knowledge of Italian may also help in those countries.
German is the most common Germanic language: by knowing it, you will be able to navigate Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian and Danish as well. Despite the fact that in the Nordic countries, and also in Germany, lots of people are fluent in English, the knowledge of at least a few German words will help to communicate with people who speak the language a lot: outwardly harsh Nordic interlocutor turns into a friendly one in front of your eyes. And if you are good to learn German, you will be able to appreciate the German and Austrian literature: Mann, Zweig, and Hesse are much better in the original than in translation. German is known for its complexity: even the Germans themselves complain about the complicated system of cases. However, it is as popular as French and the German government spends a lot of money on the promotion of their mother tongue.
You can dedicate your essay to such an “exotic” language. Swedish is the most affordable of the Scandinavian languages: it is spoken in Norway, Denmark, and Finland, where in fact it is the second official language. This language is the dream of those who love Scandinavian design and minimalist lifestyle, Bergman films, and genre of Nordic noir. If you want to get to know them in the original or have a desire to study in Sweden (because studying is free), you should pay attention to the Swedish.
Learning this language is for those who want to try something new, but not very hard. Hebrew is the perfect compromise between the European and Eastern languages. The most difficult will be the first few months, when you will have to not only learn a new alphabet which has no vowels but also to learn to read and write from right to left. Studying Hebrew makes it possible to look at European history from a completely different angle because Hebrew has long been associated primarily with the mysticism and the Kabbalah which were popular among European intellectuals. After going deep into this language you should be able to better understand novels of Prague writers and Umberto Eco. Another feature to learn Hebrew is that in modern language there are no rigid stylistic differences, and if you learn how to speak well, then it will be much easier to learn literary version.
The title “Arabic” actually hides a group of Arabic dialects, often dramatically different from each other. In addition to the numerous dialects, there are two variants of classical Arabic: a medieval language which the Koran is written, and modern standard Arabic – the language of the major media and business contracts. For those who are scared of plenty Arabic options, there is good news: all Arabic languages use the same script. Arabic script is used even in languages that are not related to the Arab, such as Farsi (Iran), Urdu (Pakistan). In addition to purely practical reasons for learning Arabic, there is one more – the desire to touch a totally different culture and aesthetics, to understand the intricacies of calligraphic patterns.
There are a lot of legends about Chinese: it is called the most difficult and the most ancient language. At the same time, it is spoken by the half a billion people, and China’s attractiveness for business only grows. Of all the oriental languages, this language is the furthest from our usual logic. If there is no practical necessity to study it, make an effort to study it at least in order to understand. Chinese hieroglyphic writing is the hardest part of the language. Spoken Chinese, on the contrary, is very simple. You will quickly learn the essential basic phrases and breathe a sigh of relief, realizing that in China there are no grammatical delights like the set of times or articles. The greatest benefit is that it is no necessity to teach dialects. The whole Chinese world, except the Hong Kong residents, far villages and old immigrants, understands standard Chinese – “Mandarin.” On the other hand, Chinese is difficult to learn independently: teacher’s help is needed at least to understand the features of the system and put the tone pronunciation.