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    Post What Is A Good Language To Study?

    I'm going to transfer to the University of Illinois and they have a foreign language recruitment. What is a good language to learn? They offer Swedish, German, Russian, and the regulars Spanish and French. I think they might have more like Czech and so on, but not sure.

    My friend was taking German in college and dropped the class, he said writing a sentence in German looked like Hurricane Katrina hit it. So I'm not sure what language to take. I think Swedish might be easy to take. I have alot of friends who speak Russian, but they say Russian is very hard (has 8 cases, whereas German has 4 and English has 0). Plus I don't understand the whole gender system since English is the only Indo-European language that doesn't have one.

    So what foreign language would you guys take/recommend?

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    Post Re: What is a good language to study?

    German's actually quite easy to conjugate, a lot moreso than say, Russian (which I've dabbled in) or Spanish (in which I've also dabbled). Swedish is a bit more difficult than German too, but that's a language I'm attempting to learn right now, with the help of some Swedish friends of mine.

    I'd personally say German or Swedish. Spanish is becoming even more widely spoken than English in America though, so some rudimentary knowledge of that may be useful even on a passive level - though you'd be forming a greater tie with your ancestral roots if you picked a language closer to your ancestry.

    That's also why I've studied some German, and am learning Swedish, my ancestral origins - that and I've a flair for pronouncing stuff rather well, so I've been told, even as well as a native speaker, a Swedish friend of mine told me.
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    Post Re: What is a good language to study?

    Further, if you pick German or Swedish, there are plenty of people on here you can try it out with.
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    Post AW: What is a good language to study?

    Quote Originally Posted by Requiem Dream
    My friend was taking German in college and dropped the class, he said writing a sentence in German looked like Hurricane Katrina hit it.
    Nah. Take German. You won't regret it.

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    Post Re: What is a good language to study?

    Ich Deustch studieren, aber Grammatik ist ein grosse Problem, Vokabeln sind besser fur mich. Wenn ich reiste durch Deutschland und Oesterreich, Menschen sagt das mein Deutsch ist sehr gut fur ein Amerikaner.

    Mein Laptop kann umlaut machen nicht, lol. Ich kann Deutsch sprechen besser als Deutch schrieben, bekanntlich jedermann hier hat gesehen.

    Basically, I need to study more, but with university and its crippling course load, I don't have the time. I'd like to progress beyond functional German (never had a problem in restaurants, on public transit, and even small talk) to be at least somewhat close to fluent so I could read the great German literary works in their natural state.

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    Post Re: AW: What is a good language to study?

    German's a great language, it's also very authoritative-sounding when you yell it at someone. It has a harsh edge, but flows well, and given the fact that a lot of it is very similarly structured to English, it should be easier for you than Swedish, Russian or Spanish.

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    Post Re: What is a good language to study?

    My brother also said in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Its hard to understand people. Like the dialects are so different from one spot in Germany to 30 miles away in another spot.

    Can someone explain how much different High German is from Low German and all the dialects. Is it still the same language but like changed around a bit?

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    Post AW: Re: What is a good language to study?

    Quote Originally Posted by Requiem Dream
    Can someone explain how much different High German is from Low German and all the dialects. Is it still the same language but like changed around a bit?
    You could start here:


    For your studies, stick to High German and you'll be fine.

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    Post Re: What is a good language to study?

    For the record, Swedish is grammatically much simpler than modern high German, it is more like low German dialect in that sense. Like English it has only scarce vestiges of case inflexion, and that in the pronouns, like English.

    There was a lot of borrowing from low german vocabulary too, so jumping from one to the other shouldn't be too hard, if you're prepared against confusion. The hardest thing with swedish (over against Deutsch) for an American is maybe the pronunciation of "sj" (etc.) and rising and falling tones, but you can master those by watching a few good swedish movies and imitating them.

    That said, if you can do it, study German first, as there is much interesting in poetry, politics and philosophy there.

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    Post Re: AW: What is a good language to study?

    Quote Originally Posted by Siegmund
    Nah. Take German. You won't regret it.
    I agree with Siegmund. Take German.
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