Which foreign languages would be the most beneficial to learn for future businesses and work in the programming field and why? My native language is English.

Some of the options are;

  1. Spanish
  2. Japanese
  3. German
  4. Russian
  • Hi and welcome to Language Learning Stack Exchange. I assume you mean "second (foreign) language after English"?
    – Tsundoku
    Commented Jan 26, 2021 at 21:25
  • Yes, I meant foreign languages :) and I edited.
    – zarez
    Commented Jan 27, 2021 at 11:50
  • I edited to include that English is your native language. It is certainly the most useful foreign language in academia in general!
    – Tommi
    Commented Feb 1, 2021 at 8:10
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    Hi and welcome to Language Learning Stack Exchange. Your question is a bit ambiguous because two things are unclear: (1) what exactly do you want to do? (Why do you mention "future businesses"? Also "work in the programming field" is vague.) (2) Where do you plan to work? (I.e. geographically and what language is spoken there.)
    – Tsundoku
    Commented Feb 11, 2021 at 17:21

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Being a large and growing field worldwide, Computer Science/IT gives you plenty of opportunities to connect with co-workers and, in a customer-facing environment, use your language skills on the job.

For this reason, the right language is up to you! By choosing a language you find interesting, you will be self-motivated to continue learning. Once you become conversational in a language, you can start to experiment using it in the workplace. As a native English speaker that has working level proficiency in Mandarin Chinese, I was sent to APAC as part of a software development team for a US company. I had other coworkers that spoke Spanish and Portuguese and they used their language skills in LATAM. It was not what language we spoke, but the level to which we spoke it that was important.

My only word of caution, from personal experience, is to research the level of proficiency that is expected if you are working in another country. I see you listed Japanese as one of your options. In Japan, they often expect a high-level of Japanese proficiency for most corporate jobs. I worked for a US-based investment bank that only hired strong Japanese-speakers for the Japan office, but hiring was much more flexible for the Hong Kong office. Most times you can find this out by doing your research and talking to non-native speakers working abroad. On the off chance that you get misinformation, you can always work with a translator who can support you if your current level is sufficient for the task.

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