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Japanese. I don't think there's any way to overestimate the importance of Japanese culture and economic power as we see ever-increasing globalization.I disagree. I would go with one of the two Chinese languages, although I'm not sure of the differences between the two. China is positioning itself to be one of the next super powers, so I would think that either Mandarin or Cantonese would be a great asset.
Japanese. I don't think there's any way to overestimate the importance of Japanese culture and economic power as we see ever-increasing globalization.
Oh, what's a good language to describe abstract concepts?
[English] reminds me of Newspeak in 1984: It is very hard to define a concept if the word does not exist for it. I know Polish and Japanese are better than English, and I think Hindi might be very good for [describing abstract concepts]
I agree with you on that front, Hank, but I maintain there is much to be said for defending the purity of English syntax. Without proper adherence to grammatical rules, communication becomes less effective.
On a more serious note I wouldn't recommend trying Mandarin
On a more serious note I wouldn't recommend trying MandarinÃ¦ÂˆÂ‘Ã¨Â§Â‰Ã¥Â¾Â—Ã¤Â¸ÂÃ¦Â–Â‡Ã¦ÂœÂ‰Ã¦Â„ÂÃ¦Â€ÂÃ¯Â¼ÂŒ Ã¥ÂÂ¯Ã¦Â˜Â¯Ã¨Â¯Â´Ã¤Â¸ÂÃ¦Â–Â‡Ã¨Â¯Â´Ã¥Â¾ÂˆÃ©ÂšÂ¾Ã£Â€Â‚
German because I take it and you should listen to me.
What I find interesting about Korean, is that the written characters of the language are designed to represent the position of the tongue in your mouth while you say them. At least that's what Guns, Germs, and Steel told me.
As you can see some are based on Chinese characters
My girlfriend is teaching me Korean, it's extremely difficult as you can imagine but its an incredibly beautiful language, and a lot of fun to speak.I love the logical layout of the written language, you have simple lines for each vowel in the alphabet:Ã£Â…Â, Ã£Â…Â“, Ã£Â…Â—, Ã£Â…Âœ, Ã£Â…Â¡, Ã£Â…Â£.The consonants are simple constructs also: Ã£Â„Â±, Ã£Â„Â´, Ã£Â„Â·, Ã£Â„Â¹, Ã£Â…Â, Ã£Â…Â‚, Ã£Â…Â…, Ã£Â…Â‡, Ã£Â…Âˆ, Ã£Â…ÂŠ, Ã£Â…Â‹, Ã£Â…ÂŒ, Ã£Â…Â, Ã£Â…ÂŽ.As you can see some are based on Chinese characters