I wouldn't pick a language that you would have to visit a single area/country to use, unless that becomes your intention. Hence I'd suggest Spanish.
Not only for how much of the globe speaks it but also by learning Spanish can help you learn (and from the start possibly pick out a good deal of a conversation in) related languages like Romanian, Portuguese, Italian, and French+.
As a kid into teens, I was interested in linguistics. Like kids today beg for video games, I'd beg to find people who could teach me. I tried to teach myself Hungarian, and Romanian. I stuck with Romanian the longest since I took Spanish in High school and it seemed similar. Only fell out of it cause I never had anyone to help me with pronunciation or to go to for questions.
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Thought I'd ask the masses as opinions from around the world may help me here.
I've recently changed jobs and work within a large international company. There will be occasions where I will be communicating with others from around the world. A lot of this will be via email so in itself it's not a barrier, but this got me thinking.
My main language, and only other than a few basic words, is English.
I'd like to learn a 2nd language. And I ask for your input as I can't simply base it on which languages I'm most likely to come into contact with, as they have customers in over 190 countries, so there's a good few to choose from.
If you were to choose to learn a 2nd (or another) language with the main aim of it potentially coming into play with career progression, which language would you choose and, importantly, why? Which languages have you found to be most beneficial or widely used for yourself?
Spanish would be useful because it may be a stepping stone to learning a few of the similar languages afterwards such as italian or brasilian.