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Background: I am in the process of building a 5 year plan to go back to school for a Masters/ Doctorate in linguistics contingent on my wifes career success in the interim. English is my first language and i am taking some Spanish classes to brush up on what used to be a pretty strong second language for me to be followed at some point by an American sign language refresher.
What i need help with: I want to choose another foreign language that uses a completely different alphabet to begin self study on this winter. My first inclinations are to study a Chinese dialect or a middle eastern language (thinking that these two areas are the major world players outside the U.S. and will be very important to future developments.), but I'm very open to suggestions. I'm interested in recommendations on
- Languages you have found interesting to study and why
- What dialect of Chinese makes the most sense to start with
- Any resources you've ever found helpful in picking up new languages (cheap/free= mad bonus points)
- Any advice you may have on preparing for a linguistics program (especially in NYC)
Thanks in advance.
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