Languages... Which one?

#1
Hi all.
I recently took my BARB test, I achieved 80 which the recruiter said was a good score. Once he uploaded all of my information into the job selector the OPMI wasn't available as I got a D in my GCSE English Language at school. Now he is going to find out whether my communication key skills is recognised by the int corps as a GCSE equivalent. If not I am going to enrol at college and re do my English Language GCSE as an OPMI is what I really want to do. Now I was thinking if I re do my English GCSE, Do you think it's worth me doing a Language aswell? i.e french etc etc. If so what language?

Any thoughts?
 

Mr_Fingerz

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#2
Given that the next places to kick off will probably by Iran and/or the Korean Peninsula: Pashto/Dari and Korean.

Bet your local college don't offer them at GCSE.
 
#4
Spanish would be a good bet.. argies could decide to try the falklands again? Language of choice for all of those s. americano drug lords who will eventually end up getting a kicking, also very useful if you get an attachment to the septics, on my attach a large number of the u.s. guys were of latino origin,....... and dont forget it gives you the edge in ibiza when trying to nail the locals, who normally only drop em for non gringos!!!!!!
 
#6
Concentrate on getting your English up to scratch, rather than taking on another language. If you want to become a Military Intelligence Linguist, you will find that it is easier to learn a foreign language if you have a better understanding of English grammar.
 
#8
Concentrate on getting your English up to scratch, rather than taking on another language. If you want to become a Military Intelligence Linguist, you will find that it is easier to learn a foreign language if you have a better understanding of English grammar.
This is absolutely correct. In 1989 we had to spend a couple of weeks teaching folk what verbs, nouns, adjectives, adverbs and the like were in English before we had a hope of teaching them Russian, I shudder to think what it's like now. Of course, if you've done Greek and Latin at school (and who hasn't?), it's very much easier.
 
#9
Concentrate on getting your English up to scratch, rather than taking on another language. If you want to become a Military Intelligence Linguist, you will find that it is easier to learn a foreign language if you have a better understanding of English grammar.
After going to my local college it turns out they don't even offer a foreign languages course whatsoever.. English it is then ;)
 
#10
This is absolutely correct. In 1989 we had to spend a couple of weeks teaching folk what verbs, nouns, adjectives, adverbs and the like were in English before we had a hope of teaching them Russian, I shudder to think what it's like now. Of course, if you've done Greek and Latin at school (and who hasn't?), it's very much easier.
Not much changes-the basics of English Grammar is still taught at DSL-though not in sufficient detail in my humble opinion. I am heartened to see that Latin is enjoying something of a resurgence in the State sector-hopefully to the detriment of Meeja Studies as a quid pro quo (I know; weak, feeble and utterly predictable-just like my last CR!)
 
#12
Fair one Steven. But luckily coming from Suffolk the language is still very much English :) I am going to re-do my GCSE English at college. Will be returning my medical form in the next few days so I will have to see what happens next. Would like to continue my application as I know it will take a while but not sure whether this is possible... Fingers crossed
 
#13
Not much changes-the basics of English Grammar is still taught at DSL-though not in sufficient detail in my humble opinion. I am heartened to see that Latin is enjoying something of a resurgence in the State sector-hopefully to the detriment of Meeja Studies as a quid pro quo (I know; weak, feeble and utterly predictable-just like my last CR!)
Heh. I'd be delighted to come and do a Grammar Nazi course for new DSL entrants, my day rate is an amazingly reasonable £750/day + exes. Not sure that some of the old methods would be quite as acceptable nowadays, of course.
 
#14
I go along with Revmodes, go for spanish. It's a language that's on the up and opens the door to almost an entire continent including large parts of the USA.
Plus once you have one nailed down then other latin based languages are relatively easy to pick up, or at least follow.

The point about getting your nose up the local girl's knickers was also well made, but be very, very, careful, knowing a smattering of spanish got me into her underwear, it also got me hitched and over here some time ago.
 
#16
Chinese . They're feckin everywhere !!! Certainly all over Africa and India and going to be pretty much everywhere else there's natural resources very soon. Don't learn monkey, learn organ-grinder :)

D_B
 
#17
Concentrate on getting your English up to scratch, rather than taking on another language. If you want to become a Military Intelligence Linguist, you will find that it is easier to learn a foreign language if you have a better understanding of English grammar.
Fully agree. If they do English Language and Literature then take them both to expand your both your knowledge and breadth of reading. Good luck with it.
 
#18
The proper way to instil correct grammar -

[video=youtube;c3y0CD2CoCs]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3y0CD2CoCs[/video]

I'm sure some of the old civvie instructors at DSL would have loved to have done it
 
#19
I go along with Revmodes, go for spanish. It's a language that's on the up and opens the door to almost an entire continent including large parts of the USA.
Plus once you have one nailed down then other latin based languages are relatively easy to pick up, or at least follow.

The point about getting your nose up the local girl's knickers was also well made, but be very, very, careful, knowing a smattering of spanish got me into her underwear, it also got me hitched and over here some time ago.
Gracies amigo, although i did not end up hitched to the lady in question her father and three brothers were becoming rather agitated, so i beat a hasty retreat, as you say spanish leads to portugese, as well as going down well in the u.s.
 
#20
Really off the wall, ... Latin. It's a good grounder for a lot of European languages and science, plus introducing you to all the nasty regular and irregular bits of languages; more importantly, possession of a qualification in it can make even the biggest ignoramus seem erudite. Second would be Spanish -as Dwarf points out, it's very widely spoken and seems to be the semi-unofficial septic second language (eg NASA ). Otherwise, the world's your устрица, or 牡蠣 :)
 

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