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Foreign Language for Graduate School

  1. Jun 11, 2010 #1


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    Hello all, particularly graduate students and PhDs,

    I'm planning on learning a foreign language, mostly for fun, but I would like to learn a language used by many of my colleagues in mathematics programs. I've not yet entered graduate school (for mathematics, of course), so I was wondering what the general demographics were for said programs. The obvious choice would seem to be a Chinese dialect, but Vietnamese also stands out as being useful here. Which of those would you recommend? Would you recommend another? I know a lot of mathematics research has been done in Russia and Germany, but I think I want to learn a language to speak, not to learn.

    Thank you,
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  3. Jun 12, 2010 #2
    Many (maybe even most?) graduate level math programs require you to learn either German, French, or Russian. So, I'd recommend one of those.
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