Should I study portuguese, spanish or german? Watch
I was thinking either spanish or portuguese as they are romance languages like my native language and therefore I'd thought they'd be easier to learn. Another option would be german but I already tried learning it once and while the grammar was manageable the vocabulary was really though.
What do you think? What are your experiences with these languages?
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Spanish Is one of the most spoken languages so if I was you I would pick that.
German is really hard to begin with (the grammar). When you get into it, you'll find out that it's a very logical language and once you understand it, it soon becomes very easy. It's very useful considering it's the native language of Germany (an economic powerhouse), Austria & Switzerland. The vocabulary can be tricky, but I find German a rewarding language to learn. Not many people opt to choose German to learn in comparison with the likes of French or Spanish, however. I would definitely recommend German, but you do need to be committed to learning it.
Spanish is easy in my opinion, in comparison with German. A lot of people do choose to learn the language and so it's very useful. I'm nearly sure the language has the second most native speakers (after Mandarin Chinese and before English). The grammar should be no problem for you, but I personally prefer German since it's more of a challenge.
I have never tried to learn Portuguese so I can't speak for it.
I'm not sure what the fixation people have on how many people speak the language is about. Either of these three languages can provide good career opportunities, it's asinine to bring 'well, A language has X amount more speakers than B language' into the equation. I understand you're thinking about the practicality of the language for the future, but a command of any of these languages would be extremely beneficial. Figure out which one resonates with you the most and go for it.
When you look at the number of people speaking it, Spanish is better (Spain, all South America- apart from Brazil- are spanish speaking countries). However, German speaking countries have better economics and standards of living (if you wish to work there).
If you look at the language... It's hard to say- German has harder accent than Spanish, but its grammar is much more easier. Spanish has a lot of exceptions, and the frequently used"Subjuntivo" is just freaked out- but its vocabulary is similar to English.
But, the difference to english is logical, interferes in thinking:
es: sistemas gestores de bases de datos
pt: sistema de gerenciamento de banco de dados
es: objetos móviles viajan a través del espacio geográfico.
pt: objetos móveis viajam através do espaço geográfico.
Even being my native language (Brazilian Portuguese) I do not recommend it. Spanish is more popular than the Portuguese. If you learn spanish you can communicate with someone who speaks Portuguese. The opposite is true too.