So, I want to be an oral and maxillofacial surgeon when I'm older.
This means dental school.
This means I need an impressive resume and reasons for them to want me.
Cue the whole multi-lingual thing.
I speak English (of course), and I am capable in Spanish (not advanced, but well enough to get by a basic "How are you, where is the pain" thing). But I need more languages!
I've decided to learn Dutch, and after Dutch I'm going to attempt German. I also plan on taking signing courses at my local school for the deaf, so that I can communicate with those who cannot use speech (although I do know a few deaf people that can speak) to communicate.
My dad, though, wants me to learn Latin and Mandarin.
I'm all for Latin, because I enjoy the "romantic" languages, of course, and I would absolutely love learning an Asiatic language, but . . . Mandarin is so difficult! I have a very close friend that is from Thailand, and her mom speaks fluent Thai, so I might go for that so I can actually put it into practice.
I'm also learning Esperanto, which if you don't know about it you really should look it up. It's a man-made language designed to be easy to learn so that anyone anywhere can become an Esperantist without much trouble.
Anyway, the questions:
What language do you know?
What languages do you want to know?
What languages are you currently learning?
EDIT: After I learn a couple more languages, I plan on taking an English course so that I can learn to speak English the proper way. The main reason for this is that I have a desire to learn the reasons for all of the rules we apply in speaking (because native English speakers apply the rules without thinking about why that is the rule, they just accept it because it isn't something we really consider much).
Has anyone else ever wanted to take an English class for that reason?