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[–] Jimbonez_Jonez 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

The Germans have been here in full swing for a little while.

I love it. I'm learning German and subbed to a few of them to see how much of the titles and stuff I can translate.

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[–] Wuttier 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Das ist w√ľnderbar!

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[–] viperguy 1 points 1 points (+2|-1) ago 

**DO NOT LEARN GERMAN **

(unless reading old books and media, and even then there is auto translation)

The Economist many decades ago (the 1980s) had a groundbreaking article on how in the future all languages will disappear one by one with only perhaps 3 remaining, then after hundreds of more years, only one language. A sort of new "lingua franca of the future"... and bets are It will be English.

England practically cancelled all High School education in French, German, and Spanish... and England was correct. The whole world learns English.

12 years of english is REQUIRED to graduate high school in many countries !!

12 YEARS!!!!!

In Japan the textbooks do not call it English

In Japan it is called "International Language"

You can converse in English with anyone age 22 in europe in English EXCEPT in France. ANYWHERE.

In 2009 The Economist had a newer tiny article on the rise of English : https://www.economist.com/europe/2009/02/12/english-is-coming

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[–] feral-toes 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Is it worthwhile to learn Chinese?

One of the arguments for learning a foreign language is to learn a different way of thinking. I'm not convinced. There is a lot of the work in mastering banal vocabulary.

Have you encountered the Conlang community? People invent their own languages. It is a bit of a teenage obsession, and the classic young person's mistake is to end up with a relex: just new words for the same old concepts.

The problem is that natural languages tend to have the same concepts; the ones that come naturally to humans. There is a case to be made that if you learn human languages, you are trapped in a world of relexes. For example, every time there is a medical-science story about a new test for an illness, people reduce accuracy to a single number, the error rate. Tell me the error rate and I know fuck all. Tell me how sensitive and how specific the test is. Tell me the prevalence of the disease. Then I can work out the positive-predictive-value and the negative-predictive-value.

But notice the problem. The statistical jargon, with technical meanings for specific and sensitive and the clumsy compound names positive-predicitive-value and negative-predictive-value are creations of the twentieth century. It is important to acquire an improved language, that goes beyond a medical test having an "error rate" but learning another natural language won't help.

On the other hand, learning a foreign language is perhaps a way to route around the active censorship of ideas. There might come a time when the English language web has been purified of heretical ideas. Read in English and learn that "The patriarchy is entirely bad" and "Race is a social construct". But learn Chinese, read the Mandarin web and you encounter rival ideas, that patriarchy is natural and good, that society is a racial construct.

Perhaps natural languages are mostly relexes of each other, missing important ideas, but perhaps political correctness removes some ideas from some languages (like Newspeak made real) and learning the right foreign language facilitates crime-think.

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[–] altaccounttwo [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Good copypasta, yet hmm kek what to say

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[–] Jimbonez_Jonez 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Sounds like I've got my bases covered. Better learn German while I still can.

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[–] alalzia 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

Learning English is easy , learning German not so .

I studied German for 4 years and i can only understand what an article is about without many details , i can not make a lot of sentences either. Swiss accent will make you wanna pull your hair .

After 4 years attending an English Speaking college i wrote my thesis and could watch movies without subtitles . Still i cannot understand Australians tho .

For native English speakers the easiest languages to learn are probably Frisian (very much identical) and Spanish ( because Latin roots and no cases)

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[–] altaccounttwo [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I missed the influx. lassen Sie Sie kommen (let them come)

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[–] Mumbleberry 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Neuer Bube.

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[–] jokersmild 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

This is how I learn German http://www.germanamericanradio.com/