I have got a serious problem! You read these lines now in English, so it
would be a little bit funny to recommend you to start with
all those people with English native language I can't give any
recommendation. Here it depends more then elsewhere to the purpose of
your learning. In this case you have a better start position than we
others. But some of the tips may be helpfull for you too.
question what to start with for all other people remains: To start with
you want to learn a language and if you don't already have a certain
imagination yet anyway, for professional or private nature you will stand soon
before this question.
But if you would like to improve your competence in foreign languages,
there could be only one answer:
Start with English!
Why? Well, therefore exist many reasons:
- This is a relatively easy language.
- Normally will you bring already much knowledge with you, knowledge
from school and everyday life.
It is indisputable the world language and in diplomacy and specially in
business and money the absolutely dominating language
- English you can meet at almost every time, anywhere, anyway if it is
music, in TV, and so on.
- With English you can communicate almost everywhere. On almost every
place on earth you will find someone who is able to understand speaking
- Especially for learning some of the more offbeaten languages you will
find courses, books and much more probably only in English.
- It is the quickest way to get in touch with other people, with
tourists, natives, business partners and maybe your next lover too.
- With English you will acquire a fundamentally better platform to other
languages, a much better entrance especially to the romanic languages
like French, Italian, Spanish. Portuguese and Romanian. (One of
uncountable examples: The word "round". The translation in
French is "rond/ronde", in Italian "redondo/redonda",
in Spanisch it is "redondo/redonda" and in Portuguese it is
- Last but not least English is indispensable in connection with the
Internet, where the Sites are written primarily in English.
However, there is a reduction for this recommendation:
If you are in a
situation where you could use another foreign language easier and sooner
than English so you should prefer this language or at least try to learn
it beside of English.
Example 1: You live in bordering proximity of a country from another
language area and you have the possibility and opportunity to use this
language often and regularly. Or if you have good connections to people of
a Spanish Community so it would be better to choose Spanish than French
or something else.
Example 2: You or your children have relatives
abroad and those could be of any assistance both learning and
using the future second language so it would be
advisable to choose this language first.