Center for Language Education
The Hong Kong University
of Science and Technology

European Language Advice Sheets

DON’T KNOW

 

If you’ve got this far then you probably want to learn another European language apart from English.

Did you know…?

  • that you can already read, write, understand and maybe speak the 2 most important languages in the world (Mandarin Chinese & English)…
  • that five out of the top ten languages in the world are European languages…

You don’t know which language to choose? Try this simple test…

Add up the number of times you choose each language, then click on your chosen language below.

Usefulness (apart from English and Chinese)

  1. If you’re interested in learning another world language, click on French or Spanish.
  2. If you’re interested in learning the language most spoken in Europe, click on German
  3. If you’re interested in learning the language most used on the Internet, click on Spanish or German
  4. If you’re interested in learning the language most studied as a second language, click on French

Relative difficulty

  1. If you’re interested in learning the easiest language, click on Spanish
  2. If you’re interested in learning the most difficult language, click on German

Relative closeness

  1. If you’re interested in learning the language closest to English in vocabulary, click on French
  2. If you’re interested in learning the language closest to English in sound, click on German
  3. If you’re interested in learning the language closest to another European language (i.e. which makes it easier to learn a second European language), click on Spanish or French

See if you can understand…

  • What do these sentences mean?Du kannst lernen Deutsch (German)…
    Tu peux apprendre le francais (French)…
    Tu puedes aprender espanol (Spanish)…
  1. Which one was easiest to understand?
    Now click FRANCAIS DEUTSCH ESPANOL to read more about these 3
    popular-to-learn European languages and why you should choose them.

Still can’t decide?

  1. Ask yourself
  2. Ask your friends
  3. Ask an Adviser in the Language Commons (Rm. 3018, Lift 2)