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Learning a new language, which one ?

#1
I am currently in the process of joining up (I've given in my medical forms, just waiting to hear back now) and I currently have quite a bit of spare time on my hands having just finished my college course. I am thinking of learning a new language and I want to know what do you all think would be most useful for a career in the army ? Pashto ? Arabic ?
 
#2
Do you want to become a linguist? You won't get much choice in what you learn if you do anyway. They're currently not teaching Arabic anymore (well, it is no longer a choice for those starting linguist training).

Learn Somali or something.
 
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#5
Good idea, I need something to look good on my CV. I suppose you're going to have be self-taught?
 
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Format09 said:
Good idea, I need something to look good on my CV. I suppose you're going to have be self-taught?
Yeh, Rosetta Stone or something similar. I do have a language school near me though so I might go there if they had the language I decide to do.
 
#8
The problem with learning languages for operational use is the time it takes to train someone up to the sufficient level, means that we're not always in the place that uses the language by the time you're done!
 
#9
Unless you put the language to use it will be pretty pointless exercise, no recognisable qual, and no desire to keep on top of it, if you are into mountaineering/climbing and want to get around the alps/pyrenees with less hiccups, then that is a reason to learn a language. Or general travel.

Learn to juggle instead, its very relaxing.
 
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Benzoate said:
Format09 said:
Good idea, I need something to look good on my CV. I suppose you're going to have be self-taught?
Yeh, Rosetta Stone or something similar. I do have a language school near me though so I might go there if they had the language I decide to do.
Good idea.. Rosetta is used by NASA too.
 
#12
Any language that you learn will be beneficial to you at some stage in your life. However it takes about a month of immersion training to get the basic framework of most languages and then a year or more to become really competent beyond colloquial level. Try Mandarin Chinese. I did and it is not easy. I only speak a few sentences of the heathen gibberish, but it's worthwhile just to see their faces when you speak to them in their own jibber jabber.
 
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Bollock-chops said:
Im just curious, what level of self taughtness would you lot achieve before putting it on your CV?
It would have to be at least GCSE level. Even now I don't think that means much so possibly AS Level.
 
#18
Creole or something exotic where there aren't too many wars going on, where there's decent drinks, hot chicks and not too much work; you'll thank me in the long run.

:)
 
#19
Benzoate said:
I am currently in the process of joining up (I've given in my medical forms, just waiting to hear back now) and I currently have quite a bit of spare time on my hands having just finished my college course. I am thinking of learning a new language and I want to know what do you all think would be most useful for a career in the army ? Pashto ? Arabic ?
I have always found foul language to be useful, widely used and internationally understood.
 
#20
Spanish is a good one to start as it has fixed rules regarding grammar and pronunciation, and gets you thinking about how languages work. Not sure how useful it is in terms of career terms, unless Chavez kicks off...
 

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