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Learn german or italian?

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b1ackskies Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
So I've been studying french, I'll be done with it in a couple of months (je pense que je peux le parle maintenant..)

I can't decide if I want to learn italian or german next. this decision is damn tough for me, lol.

I believe german is way more useful than italian but I think italian is BEAUTIFUL. I like Germany a lot more than Italy (And I also like switzerland and belgium) but I don't care much for how the german language sounds. Even if I really like those countries.

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b1ackskies Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I would never want to study greek.

no interest in greece.
pretty useless language.
too hard.

:/
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UrFallenAngel90 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Language has always been my favorite and strongest subject. I was born and lived in Sicily until I was 13, so Italian and Sicilian are my first languages. I took French, Spanishand mandatory English in high school until freshman year in college, and Greek and Latin in my sophomore-Junior year at college; and my husband, who's of German decent, taught me German (he took it all 4 years of college). I also tech French and Italian in grades 6-12.

There's no reason why you couldn't learn German and Italian both, being their in different families, you might be able to learn them simultaneously without too many problems/confusion, if you'd want. I agree with ^3wyl and ~Scarecrowlover. Knowing English made learning German easier for me because they're both Germanic languages; and knowing Italian made it easier for me to learn French, and extremely easy for me to learn Spanish since they're all romantic languages.
I agree that German would be more useful business-wise, however, before I learned Spanish, knowing Italian helped me communicate with Hispanic customers at the grocery store I used to work at; and with all the people of Hispanic heritage here in the States, Italian could help you out with that. But, it's whichever you want to learn more, if you don't want to learn both of them. One good thing to consider is which one you think you might use more; a lot of people who learn another language that they don't get the opportunity to use a lot, end up loosing a lot of their ability to speak the language. I keep pen-pals and read onlines newspapers of the languages I know just for the reason.

I have some Italian teaching plans and plans I've made to teach my kids German, so if you'd like, I'd be more than happy to help you learn either or both of the languages. I enjoy any opportunities I get to use other languages. Either way, good luck with learning it/them. :D
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Kenny-Winker Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
I'd like to speak German. My girlfriend speaks German and all i can say is Wackelkontakt. :crying:
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b1ackskies Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
loose connection? XD
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Kenny-Winker Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
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MosstarKitteh Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Go with German! It's helped me a lot with my French, plus it's pretty useful business-wise. ^^
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b1ackskies Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
..how did german help you with your french?
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MosstarKitteh Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
XD I know it sounds really weird, but taking German ahead of time helped me catch onto simple French grammar quicker than the rest of my class. Plus, there are a couple French/German cognates that aren't like their English translation, so that's kind of like a bonus cookie.
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Scarecrowlover Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Overall I'd say German is much more useful than Italian since we only speak Italian it in Italy and perhaps in some parts of Africa. (I'm from Italy ^^; )
However, I have heard that Italian is somewhat easier than German, and the fact that you have been studying french means that you are already well on you way in regards to understanding verbs and tenses. Italian is also very very similar to Spanish, so if you do eventually want to learn Spanish it will be a piece of cake. In fact it is a pretty good gateway to any Latin rooted language.

I guess you really need to ask yourself why you are learning the language. For fun or for Business?

If I had the choice to magically learn 5 languages for business, then I'd probably go with Chinese, Arabic, German, French and Spanish.
However, if I was learning 5 languages for fun, then I'd definitely go for Japanese, Hebrew, Spanish, Russian and maybe German.

P.S.
If you do end up choosing Italian, let me know ;)

Ciao ciao!
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KSXZT Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You already know the only Italian word you'll need in life: pizza.
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Koushoku-jin Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:icondragonweep: One can't live on bread ( with toppings ) alone -- there's pasta too, and sausages, and wines
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b1ackskies Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I go to France for wine :B
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KSXZT Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It all plays second fiddle to pizza.
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Headache321 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Italian is better!!!
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RoguishBard Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Go with whichever one rolls off your tongue easier. I like the way German feels as much as it sounds. Italian's a bit odd for me.
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Tianithen Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
German is the most useful language to learn with regards to business aparently, so future employers will like that, also in my opinion german sounds better than italian (and now you may all call me crazy or whatever you want =P).
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LizbethLizard Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
German can be pretty hard to learn, since it has so many exceptions in grammar and speaking and so on... Not to mention the dialects ^^;:hmm: But I recommend you learn what is more fun to you :nod:
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3wyl Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
German can be quite close to English sometimes.. but yeah, go with whatever is your heart's desire. :nod:

Or do both?
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PyroSikTh Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Learn Mandarin. It's the only truly useful language outside of English.
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b1ackskies Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
No :P I don't like it enough. The only other language I really want to learn aside from these 2 is russian.
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PyroSikTh Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You don't have to like it for it to be the second most used language in the world, by the world's rising superpower no less. Neither German, Italian or Russian will be quite as useful over the next 50 years when China's risen to power above the US.
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b1ackskies Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I... don't give a crap about any of that? Actually mandarin is already the world's most common language, spanish is second english is third. Do you I study french for its usefulness?
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PyroSikTh Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My point being you want to learn German for it's usefulness, as you said yourself in your OP. Mandarin is far more useful.
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b1ackskies Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I want to learn german not only for it's usefulness but because i like those countries and their respective cultures.

I typically will only learn languages of countries I'm willing to live in. :/
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PyroSikTh Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Why?
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b1ackskies Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
becaaause I might not want to live in the US forever?
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b1ackskies Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Do you think*
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KSXZT Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
China's economic growth rate has slowed down significantly over the last nine months. It's not getting a lot bigger any more.
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prosaix Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
Maybe because pregnancy only lasts 9 months?
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KSXZT Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
See, that's just what I was thinking. But I put it down to me not knowing anything about economics. :(
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prosaix Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
*down to
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KSXZT Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's what I said. :roll:
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prosaix Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
I think thats a good thing to put it down for. :lol:
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PyroSikTh Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Slowed, but still growing.
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MisterKhact Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012
Но ты надо читать кириллицу.
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b1ackskies Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
And what does this mean?
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KSXZT Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Best guess, that 'you have to read Cyrillic', but I might be wrong. My Russian has atrophied a little in the last ten years.
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UnknownSingularity Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
If you want to learn a language that is useful, not to ugly or beautiful. Like in the middle of german and italian... learn Spanish :eyes:
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b1ackskies Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I don't like spanish :/
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UnknownSingularity Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
But it is like a mixture of french and italian :shrug: maybe you have listened the wrong type of spanish :nod:

It is like english, some people have ugly accents, while others make english sound beautiful.
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b1ackskies Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I think english is always beautiful. :B

The only spanish I like is spain spanish :/ and it still isn't close to being as beautiful as italian
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UnknownSingularity Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Not all english is beautiful :| There are plenty of horrible accents :puke:

About spanish, The argentinians have a cute accent. Proper spanish sounds good, however very few people uses it :no:
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b1ackskies Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Argentinians speak spanish with an italian accent! Why the hell would I learn italian accented spanish, I would rather just learn italian :L and I disagree, I like almost all accents in english.. except maybe the one from alabama but that's it :)
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UnknownSingularity Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Argentine was founded by germans and italians speaking spanish :lol: so, it has a little of the two languages you want to learn :eyes:

I read the previous comments, a lot of people think german sounds ugly. However, german can be beautiful :nod:

Listen Ave Maria sung in German. It is beautiful, because the singer has a beautiful voice, and yeah she is german :|

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b1ackskies Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I've already listened to ave maria, I have heard plenty of german I've been to germany. I still don't think it's pretty. But I am leaning towards it now :I
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veritas08 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student Writer
german is closer to english, so it may be easier in that way. However, italian is very closely related to french, spanish, and all the other romance languages, and I'm told that out of all the romance languages, it is the easiest to learn and you can branch off to other languages to it.
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b1ackskies Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I think spanish is probably the easiest but I'm sure german is easier than any of the romance languages
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Badgercheese1994 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student General Artist
I took German for two years, will take it again sometime in college to refresh. Never took Italian. I think Italian is easier, but I prefer German. Why not do both? xD
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ScottaHemi Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
if you learn Italian you might be partway there to learning Espanol! i think... they share some words no?
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