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Importance of a Language
When employers and universities look at applicants, they do not start looking at the bottom of the list to see who has done only the minimal amount of requirements necessary or taken the easiest route available, they start at the top of the list and look for those students who have risen above the rest. High school students should consider studying at least four years of a foreign language.
But which language should I study?Spanish is the world's third most spoken language, after Mandarin Chinese and English, and ranks second in terms of native speakers. At the end of the 19th century, 60 million people spoke Spanish. Today, almost 500 million people worldwide speak Spanish! Spanish is one of the easiest foreign languages to learn. Much of its vocabulary is similar to English's, and written Spanish is almost completely phonetic: Look at almost any Spanish word and you can tell how it is pronounced.
French, the language learned by those interested in French Art and History and their integral links to American culture; by those wanting to visit American tourists’ favorite destinations. With French you have access to the most widely spoken foreign language in the world after English and they become familiar with a culture that significantly influences our own. The French economy is one of the strongest in the world and is increasingly a leader in technological innovation.
Russian, the language spoken by millions of people from Eastern Europe to the Pacific Ocean; by those interested in international affairs and business opportunities in the East; by those interested in science and mathematics where Russia still leads; by those wanting to explore the Russian heritage in this country, particularly Brooklyn and the neighbourhood of Brighton Beach.
Portuguese, an official language in countries on five continents, spoken from Mozambique to Macao; it is the language of Brazil, which has the eighth largest economy in the world and the second largest economy in the Americas; it is studied by those interested in making connections between the Americas, either in culture or in business; by those interested in the history of European empire-building and its effects in Africa, Asia, and South America; by those interested in connecting with the over 1.3 million native speakers of Portuguese living in the United States.
German, the language of the friendly economic giant of Europe, the European country with the deepest and most extensive ties to U.S. commerce; of the genius in music, literature, philosophy, and science; of Austria and most of Switzerland; of some of the the worst outlaws and some of the most poignant victims of the 20th century--in short, the language of the culture which, if only for the spectacle of its contradictions, has extraordinary significance in the modern age.
Japanese is one of the languages that are considered "Critical", meaning that the supply of speakers not as great as the demand. So, if you can develop fluency in Japanese there will be many opportunities available to you.
Japanese language is different from English because Japanese society does not function the same way that American society does. Studying Japanese is a great opportunity to try something completely different, and to learn about another very different way to perceive the world. Japanese may be completely different, but it is not just gibberish. It has a logic and a sensibility all its own.
Chinese people today have been playing increasingly important roles worldwide. Unlike most languages, Chinese has a unique ideographic writing system, which provides visual comprehensibility. The grammatical structure of Chinese is not only logical, but also pragmatic, related to the particular way of Chinese thinking. Knowledge of the written language opens up the culture of one of the world's oldest civilizations.