Swedish, Norwegian, or Danish
Japanese, Korean, Chinese
Indonesian, Malaysian, Javanese
German. French, Italian
I don't care how many people speak them, I want to be able to learn these for myself and possibly someone else. I would love to learn the difference in these languages (how different vocab/grammar, reading/writing, and pronunciation are).
1 from each row.
Hey, I hope you learn those 4 that have most votes. Let's start!
I vote for German, French Italian and Korean
What do you plan to do with your languages? Travel and visit? Read books? Work in that country? Delve into grammatical differences and write a thesis? Make a lot of friends in that country?
I vote for: Norwegian, Japanese, Malay, French.
You can quite easily use Norwegian to also understand basic Swedish and written Danish (not necessarily spoken since, after all, it's "the language of the angels" :D)
Japanese is probably the most difficult language in the world to learn with all the writing systems, but I've heard rumors it has a pretty straight forward grammar. And it sounds a bit like Finnish. :)
Malay is supposed to be quite similar with Indonesian, even if not exactly a twin. So it should also help with Indonesian, which the Indonesian govt tries to make the official language spoken all over their nation. Lets see how that works out.
French is it's own world among the Latin family of languages. So many similarities with the other Latin languages, so many similarities with English, yet it's not like any of these.
If you're in for a grammar challenge, try German which is supposed to have the second most difficult grammar in the world (Russian supposedly having the most difficult one).
Or should I pick one from each row? In that case: Swedish, Korean, Javanese, German