Btw, if you think that ”everyone can speak or understand English”, think again.

Only about a fifth or a fourth of the world population can, in some extent, use English, and for many of those people their English skills are far from what you would consider ”can speak English” on a webbed cyte such as this one.

The share of world population having English skills has been in decline during the last decade, btw.

So, learn to use other languages, too, if you care for the people around you.

@crowlad ja ja!

(als je en spaniaard bent, kun je dat lezen als ”ha ha”)

@Stoori lite roligt att "je" betyder "du" på nederländska, men "jag" på franska. :D

@Stoori Native English speakers can't even neccessarily understand other native English speakers, speaking a different dialect, in a different country. So which English, even.
I would say I'm fluent in it, but I've been to countries where others spoke fluent English, but an English that I could not easily understand.

@owl Yeah, this. It's usually easier to understand someone's english if they're not native. Probably because they are in a relatable situation.

@Stoori In one of those places I met someone who spoke Swedish, however, ~8,400 km from Sweden, so that came in handy 😆

@Stoori I feel the need to learn so many just to talk to people #OnHere
Shame I never have the time, working 70 hours a week

@cantinto Yeah, time constraints are a real burden. But languages aren't going anywhere, so hopefully you'll have a chance to look at them at some other point in the future.

@Stoori planning to get out of trucking in *checks watch* 10 or 20 years
Hopefully my brain won't be completely fried by hydrocarbons then

@cantinto I've done much of my actual language learning only after I was 35, so it's rarely too late to start and adults are totally capable of learning new languages (contrary to some outdated beliefs).

@Stoori @cantinto actually, *vaguely gestures at critically endangered languages*

@meena @cantinto okay, to be more specific, individual languages can, in fact, go somewhere, but multiple languages in general will be there

@Stoori @meena yeah, I'm pretty sure the languages I want to learn for fedi and work- French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Russian, Mandarin, Hindu, Brazilian Portuguese, and Czech- will still be around when I have time to learn

@Stoori @meena oh and Finnish and Swedish for my amours, how could I forget

@hugoestr It's up to you. What are you interested in? What culture would you like to know better? What languages do the people you meet speak? What benefits you in some way? What keeps you motivated? What sounds fun?

@Stoori I already study languages. I am passively studying Catalan and taking a short break from Nahuatl.

I am actually asking what your recommendations are :)

@hugoestr Okay :)

Well, I really don't know how to make specific recommendations. It all depends on what you want to do with languages. But if you insist...

I personally find Arabic beautiful, and it also offers enough of challenges for a learner, that's for sure.

And then Dutch is fun in so many ways that it could be a good shot.

@Stoori is this really true, about the share actually declining? I am open to that being true, but I am not totally convinced

@gohabsgo I read some (quite lengthy) discussion about this in a linguistics textbook last year. It also had references to original statistics, but I can't of course point to them from my memory alone.

I can, however, mention the book: Baker, Colin & Wright, Wayne E. 2017: Foundations of bilingual education and bilingualism. 6th edition. Bristol: Multilingual Matters.

Some joke that with so many research around it English has to be the protolanguage

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