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Second Languages You Should Learn

In most parts of the world it is pretty common to know more than one language.  It is not, necessarily, that people can speak multiple languages—although that is sometimes the case—but that it is very common to be familiar with many languages. This makes sense when you think about Europe, for example, where all of the countries are pretty small and close together.

For that reason, then, it is often a great idea to learn a Robotel esl-lab second language; so here are a few of the most commonly studied second languages.

SPANISH

Spanish is one of the most commonly spoken languages in the world. If you are a native English speaker, fortunately, Spanish is also one of the easiest languages to learn.  While the languages have different roots, they do both belong to the same family of languages and, as such, have a similar alphabet.  Sure, their words have different morphology (formation) and phonology (pronunciation), but you can definitely see the relationship.

As you might imagine, Spanish is one of the most beneficial languages for a native English speaker to learn.  It is the fourth most widely spoken language in the world and many English speakers live very near to countries where Spanish is the official language.

FRENCH

While many English speakers might consider French a beautiful language that is difficult to learn, it might actually be one of the easiest language for Westerners to pick up.  Even though these languages are quite dissimilar, they share an interesting linguistic history.  Of course, much like Spanish in Mexico, French is common among people who live along the other US border, in Canada.

PORTUGUESE

It might come as quite a surprise, but Portuguese could also be a language of great benefit for English speakers to learn.  Sure, it might not be as common among English speaking countries, but Portuguese is quite accessible to English speaking countries.

Somewhat of a Spanish and French hybrid, Portuguese is exotic but shares surprising interrogative grammar rules with English.  For example, English and Portuguese know you can basically turn any statement into a question simply by adding upwards inflection to the end.  So, for example, the statement “This is a duck.” becomes the question “This is a duck?” just by inflecting the final word upward (ending in a higher pitch) without having to change the punctuation. Of course, that only applies in the spoken language.