What are the top 3-5 languages to learn for travel?

What are the top 3-5 languages to learn for travel?

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  1. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    English

    Everything else depends on where you want to go:
    >French for Francophone Europe, Quebec and West Africa
    >Spanish for the Iberian peninsula and Central/South America, also beneficial for Portugal and Brazil as you can kind of communicate
    >Russian for the former Soviet Union
    >any common form of Arabic for Arab/Levant countries of course

    You can also consider German, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese, although they're less internationally used than the above 5 languages, but they still unlock many experiences in their respective countries.

    However, the best return you can get is to improve your English pronunciation and learn how to speak understandably, even as a native.

  2. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    english french and spanish will cover most of western europe/latin america/africa

    in asia/levant it's mostly arabic hindi and chinese.

    there's no do-it-all langauge though. english may come closest in the developed world.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Isn't Hindi pretty useless even in India?

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        >Isn't Hindi pretty useless even in India?
        It’s pretty useless in South India, but it goes a long way in northern India and Pakistan. English fluency is lower than most people expect on the Subcontinent. Outside of a relatively narrow stratum of educated, wealthier society, it’s not at all rare to meet people with little or even no English.

        https://i.imgur.com/soSNLwQ.png

        What are the top 3-5 languages to learn for travel?

        There are no unarguable answers to this question. Personally, after English, I’ve gotten the most mileage from Spanish and Russian (not just in the former USSR, but also in more formerly Red countries than I would have expected—I’ve met people in Vietnam, Laos, Mongolia, China, and former East Germany, among other places, who spoke Russian very fluently).

        But learning the language of a country you like to spend time in, even if it’s only spoken in one place, is never a waste. It enriches experiences anywhere.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      >french
      yeah no. unless you plan on going to nig infested shitholes.
      You realistically need:
      >english
      >spanish
      >mandarin

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        >don't learn french bro it's for nigs
        >suggests learning mandarin
        fricking lmao
        do we tell him?

        • 3 months ago
          Anonymous

          nigs and chinks aren't the same thing, anon

        • 3 months ago
          Anonymous

          another low iq post. this place is becoming reddit lite

          • 3 months ago
            Anonymous

            It's the highest IQ post in this thread. Mandarin is useful if you conduct business with China. For tourism, it's hard to think of a more useless language. There's nothing to see or do in China unless you want to do every country in the world, and even then you could do a couple days in Beijing without knowing the language and then GTFO. Taiwan? You can comfortably get by with English if you're a tourist or only staying short-term.

            • 3 months ago
              Anonymous

              >Mandarin is useful if you conduct business in China
              Its not very useful for business, as evinced by the fact that almost zero foreign business men learn Chinese.

              >For tourism... There's nothing to see or do in China
              moronic opinion

              >could do a couple days in Beijing without knowing the language and then GTFO. Taiwan? You can comfortably get by with English if you're a tourist or only staying short-term.
              You're just saying the same thing twice. Of course you can get by with English anywhere as a short term tourist. But Mandarin proficiency will make traveling in Taiwan and Mainland significantly easier, + can be helpful throughout Asia generally (except not really in Korea/Japan)

              • 3 months ago
                Anonymous

                >moronic opinion
                CCP post.

              • 3 months ago
                Anonymous

                >CCP post
                moron post.

              • 3 months ago
                Anonymous

                I think the odd insistence that there's NOTHING to see or do in one of the largest countries on earth + fallback to "muh CCP" is much more indicative of shill posting

            • 3 months ago
              Anonymous

              Can go to Japan and read a good bit of signs. Can go to Korea and speak with a huge majority of people.
              You are a fricking moron, most likely butt hurt fr*nch homosexual.

              English
              Obviously, you will find english speakers everywhere.

              Spanish
              Opens up entire central and south america now you can read Portuguese too.

              French
              Opens up entire africa and wide parts of MENA middle to central Asia

              Simple as.

              >fr*nch again
              France, Congo, Canada, Camron, Belgium, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, and Haiti. Top 7 countries where fr*nch is spoken. Don't need it in Canada. So what's left. fr*nce, Belgium, and nig shitholes.

              • 3 months ago
                Anonymous

                >Belgium
                Not worth going to either.

              • 3 months ago
                Anonymous

                Every sign in Japan is written in English, so there's no point in learning to read. Just learn to speak everyday phrases to be respectful, were talking 20 hours of your time.

              • 3 months ago
                Anonymous

                >i've only been to the tourist spots of tokyo

              • 3 months ago
                Anonymous

                Sorry, I'm not going to spend months of rigourous dedicated study to read your language.

              • 3 months ago
                Anonymous

                Not him but IMO no languages are worth learning for travel. When I travel short term there's no point in learning to incorrectly say a few things that the people would understand the English word anyway eg thank you, sorry, one

                Alas this thread assumes language learning for travel is worthwhile, in which case anon is of course correct that ability to read characters would be beneficial in Japan

              • 3 months ago
                Anonymous

                I've been in Japan for three weeks now, and can go to places that speak no English, and can't read one word and nothing would be improved if I could. There are hundreds of millions of people that are illiterate in the world that have jobs and homes. If you can save yourself time, by only learning to speak, do it.

              • 3 months ago
                Anonymous

                you're talking in circle moron. you tried with a "GOTCHA" moment when trying to say mandarin wasn't worth learning and you failed. just stop.

              • 3 months ago
                Anonymous

                >Can go to Japan and read a good bit of signs.
                Learn Japanese and you can read all of them.
                >Can go to Korea and speak with a huge majority of people
                Learn Korean and you can speak with everyone.
                >You are a fricking moron, most likely butt hurt fr*nch homosexual
                France most likely created your country. French still the third most relevant language in the world for travellers btw (after English and Spanish).

              • 3 months ago
                Anonymous

                Do you really not understand the point or are you just that obtuse. Chinese can be useful in all of Asia. Korean and Japanese far less so

              • 3 months ago
                Anonymous

                >Chinese can be useful in all of Asia
                Not as much as you suggest.
                First of all, English is still more widely spoken as a second language, second there are differences in what Chinese dialect/language is spoken in the respective diaspora.
                Japanese and Korean are less widespread, but surprisingly common due to the soft power of the two countries.

              • 3 months ago
                Anonymous

                English is more useful for the most part but Chinese is indisputably 2nd place. Also the dialect issue is not really a problem anymore because 1) diaspora have for the most part all learned Mandarin 2) any non-Chinese population that has learned Chinese, has learned Mandarin (eg Laotians, Burmese, Thais etc)

                Personal experience, there's been many times during travel in Asia, mainly SEA but also occasionally in Korea, that I got use out of Chinese with people who didnt speak English.

              • 3 months ago
                Anonymous

                >Chinese can be useful in all of Asia
                Yes, it's """useful""" in some parts but the only place where it's more useful than the local language is China. In which case see

                It's the highest IQ post in this thread. Mandarin is useful if you conduct business with China. For tourism, it's hard to think of a more useless language. There's nothing to see or do in China unless you want to do every country in the world, and even then you could do a couple days in Beijing without knowing the language and then GTFO. Taiwan? You can comfortably get by with English if you're a tourist or only staying short-term.

              • 3 months ago
                Anonymous

                >Yes its “””useful””” (dont actually dispute its useful, but add quotation marks to make clear dismissive, b***hy tone) but…
                >In which case see…

                If you have some beef with China, Chinese people, or the CCP, idgaf, but the thread is ‘what are the top languages for travel’, to which a language spoken all across Asia, official language of three countries, is an indisputably correct answer. Also the suggestion that there is nothing to see or do in China is patently absurd (and going to Taiwan is fine but that doesn’t count in favor of Mandarin for some reason teehee)

              • 3 months ago
                Anonymous

                How much are they paying you?

              • 3 months ago
                Anonymous

                2 rmb/post (white piggu rate)

              • 3 months ago
                Anonymous

                It's clear you're new to SighSee. Please feel free to leave. The only people who cry about China here are newbies like yourself.

              • 3 months ago
                Anonymous

                I've been here longer than this board, and you've just proven that you are actually being paid to promote China. Now answer my question, how much?

              • 3 months ago
                Anonymous

                If you had any familiarity with Chinese propaganda you'd know there's no real wumaos on SighSee (there are angry Zhangs here and there, not so much on SighSee though...) They have invariably bad English and don't really venture beyond extremely repetitive one-line slogans.

                OTOH, speaking of repetitive & one-line slogans, the inevitable reference to 'kidnapped and sent to North Korea' that appears in every thread that mentions China, or the literal copy & paste 'filthy food' thread have me wondering about paid ANTI China shills

              • 3 months ago
                Anonymous

                They're not paid, he's doing it for free.
                If you want to get paid for shitting up threads you gotta move to India and focus on the big boy boards.

              • 3 months ago
                Anonymous

                It's falun gong

              • 3 months ago
                Anonymous

                Is falun gong in the room with us right now?

              • 3 months ago
                Anonymous

                Yes, because their shills are everywhere. So be quiet I want to enjoy my CCP bowl of falun gong organ soup.

          • 3 months ago
            Anonymous

            Go back

  3. 3 months ago
    Anonymous
  4. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    fwiw Mandarin is a close 2nd in usefulness to English in SEA, and is probably more useful outside of major cities/tourist spots

  5. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    English
    Obviously, you will find english speakers everywhere.

    Spanish
    Opens up entire central and south america now you can read Portuguese too.

    French
    Opens up entire africa and wide parts of MENA middle to central Asia

    Simple as.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      I think I'll just make those smelly Frenchies speak English, or they can frick off out of my face.

  6. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    English
    Mandarin
    Spanish
    Portuguese
    Arabic
    Maybe Russian but soon Russian will only be spoken in Russia. Russian was dropped in Kazakhstan and probably Ukraine will drop it too.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Russian was dropped in Kazakhstan
      And you wouldn't know in the big cities.
      Somebody speaking only Russian and no Kazakh will get around better than somebody only speaking Kazakh and no Russian.
      This may change in the future towards English/Chinese as a second language, but you still have decades of Russian as lingua franca to go through, especially since Russian is still an official language.
      >probably Ukraine will drop it too
      Already did so, but that doesn't really matter for a foreigner unless they fully put their native population through the meat grinder.

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        >probably Ukraine will drop it too
        >Already did so, but that doesn't really matter for a foreigner unless they fully put their native population through the meat grinder.

        True facts. It’s also still true that the biggest cities have nearly as many native Russian speakers as Ukrainian speakers; Odes(s)a is majority Russophone. It’s been a long time since I was in Ukraine, but everywhere I went, being an obviously non-Russian speaker of Russian was helpful and positive. Attitudes are obviously changing fast nowadays, but most adults in the country are still functionally bilingual in Russian and Ukrainian. Maybe not in Lviv; it’s fashioned itself into a sort of Ukrainian heartland since independence (despite originally being a Polish city).

  7. 3 months ago
    Dylan

    English
    Spanish
    French
    Mandarin
    Arabic

  8. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Big 2 are English and Spanish. Really depends where you're going outside of that. French and Portuguese should be quite easy to learn if you learn Spanish. Arab, Mandarin, Japanese or Russian are hard as shit for an EFL but can be equally rewarding. No point in ranking those as quality>quantity when it comes to travel.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      I speak English and Spanish fluently. I hate speaking Spanish. hispanics in the US are low class trash and I don't like working with or interacting with them. Because I do speak Spanish, I get stuck supervising them (babysitting them through menial tasks) at every job I've worked. I could go to Spain I guess but me caga su pinche manera de hablar. Same with Argentina. I've been all over Mexico, central america and the Caribbean, and am kinda over those countries. I should learn Russian if this

      >Isn't Hindi pretty useless even in India?
      It’s pretty useless in South India, but it goes a long way in northern India and Pakistan. English fluency is lower than most people expect on the Subcontinent. Outside of a relatively narrow stratum of educated, wealthier society, it’s not at all rare to meet people with little or even no English.

      [...]
      There are no unarguable answers to this question. Personally, after English, I’ve gotten the most mileage from Spanish and Russian (not just in the former USSR, but also in more formerly Red countries than I would have expected—I’ve met people in Vietnam, Laos, Mongolia, China, and former East Germany, among other places, who spoke Russian very fluently).

      But learning the language of a country you like to spend time in, even if it’s only spoken in one place, is never a waste. It enriches experiences anywhere.

      is true.

  9. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    I learned sign language and braille, just in case I ever go deaf or blind in the future. Sign language also lets me pretend to be deaf so scammers give up more easily.

  10. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Tagalog, thai, Vietnamese, Laotian, Khmer

  11. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    English DeFacto World Language for myriad of sectors of our ever connecting global society. i'd say a decent portion of the world has it being taught in their respective classrooms, and if not...well they are way behind the curve.
    intl aviation, medical, academia, diplomacy, and of course intl tourism.

    imho, the other 2 would be Spanish, and Arabic repectively.

    But I can see where Mandarin and Russian could be useful.

    No need to learn German, as practically all Germans below say, the age of 35 can speak English.

    French. Well it WAS the defacto language of diplomacy, and of the aristocracy/royalty. still some remnants of that today probably...but something tells me you wont be mingling with that crowd. ha.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      >No need to learn German
      Even if I wanted to, I don't think I would be able to speak it without smirking at some point. Pic related.
      (1/2)

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        (2/2)

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        >We('re) search(ing) thee!
        What is wrong with this?

  12. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    >English
    >Spanish
    >Tough one, I'd say Mandarin though
    A lot of people saying French but that's outdated imo. Citizens of the former french colonies generally speak excellent English. French is far less useful in Africa than Spanish is in South America, for instance.

  13. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    English, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, and Mandarin

  14. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    The big four are
    English
    Spanish
    Russian
    Arabic

    In that order

    You could add Mandarin as the fifth but it's useless outside China

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Mandarin is useful throughout all of Asia

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Add French. People in France dont like it when you don't speak to them in FRench.
      Old joke is that French people know English but wont talk to you in it while Italian people dont know English but still talk to you in it.

  15. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    >English. That is a no-brainer. Even people in Italy speak it.
    >French. Covers France, Lebanon, Tunisia, Algeria, and a couple African nations.
    >Spanish. Covers Spain, Mexico, Cuba, Central America, and South America (except BRaziL).
    Other two are your choice. Maybe Mandarin and Japanese.

  16. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    English (free space)
    Spanish for the Americas
    Arabic for the middle east
    French for Africa
    Russian for Central Asia

    There's not really a language other than English you will find useful in Asia for multiple countries other than Chinese, but if you can speak English you wont really need Chinese outside China.

  17. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Unless you're in a new region every other day it just depends on where you're going. Wanna hit South America? Portuguese or Spanish. Africa? Portuguese or French.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Africa
      Angola and Mozambique, and even there its native languages used mostly, Portugese is useless everywhere else.

  18. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    English and Spanish

  19. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Subtract any you speak natively bc you wouldn't need to learn them

    >English
    >Spanish
    >Russian
    >Arabic
    >French

    Secondary because they have many speakers, many travelers from their country, are similar to languages above enough to pick up, or similar to other languages

    >Korean
    >Portuguese
    >Turkish
    >Farsi

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