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    Recently I’ve been considering taking a radically different degree in one of these languages - I’d be learning it from scratch as my current A Levels include French, Eng Lit & Psych. In reading up about the two and with my current knowledge already (which is limited, i’m sure!!) I know I find the culture, history and literature of Japan more interesting. That being said as Chinese is so widely spoken would it make more sense to study it? Career wise? I know I’d probably never take the typical route of teaching English in either country (not my thing) so translation in some form is probably best to consider - but which do you reckon has more stability? Something inside is desperately telling me to go for Japanese, purely because I’m in love with its rich history and have always sort of had an interest there, but the real question is am I gonna be unemployed forever LOL please help!
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    (Original post by sophie0602)
    Recently I’ve been considering taking a radically different degree in one of these languages - I’d be learning it from scratch as my current A Levels include French, Eng Lit & Psych. In reading up about the two and with my current knowledge already (which is limited, i’m sure!!) I know I find the culture, history and literature of Japan more interesting. That being said as Chinese is so widely spoken would it make more sense to study it? Career wise? I know I’d probably never take the typical route of teaching English in either country (not my thing) so translation in some form is probably best to consider - but which do you reckon has more stability? Something inside is desperately telling me to go for Japanese, purely because I’m in love with its rich history and have always sort of had an interest there, but the real question is am I gonna be unemployed forever LOL please help!
    The bit in bold is all that matters. It is a very bad idea to take Chinese just because it has more speakers. Unless you want to live and work in China, your employment prospects won't be significantly different than if you learned Japanese anyway - both languages are desirable for UK employers.
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    The bit in bold is all that matters. It is a very bad idea to take Chinese just because it has more speakers. Unless you want to live and work in China, your employment prospects won't be significantly different than if you learned Japanese anyway - both languages are desirable for UK employers.
    Thank you! I had a feeling someone might say that :')
 
 
 
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