The Spanish language was formed on the basis of Latin in medieval Castile. It is believed that it is the most close to the Latin modern language, Italian, Portuguese and other representatives of the romance group have more differences from its ancestor.
The Spanish language is one of the most popular in the world, spoken by approximately five hundred million people. This language is used in 57 countries and almost all continents: in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Indonesia. Even in many countries where Spanish is not the official language, it is widely distributed – for example, in Brazil it is spoken by the majority of students and diplomats. Spanish is the official language of the UN, EU, African Union.
Judging from this point of view, it is more profitable to study compared to the Italian, who has that status only in the Latin Union and the EU and a much lower prevalence.
The level of complexity of the Spanish language differs little from the Italian. It is well given to people who already know a romance language or English, having borrowed a lot from Latin roots.
There are several situations in which Spanish clearly preferable Italian. First, if the goal of language learning is to use it to travel, you definitely need to select Spanish (if you are not going to stay in Italy only). Owning Spanish, tourists can easily navigate in many countries of the world. Secondly, some people learn a foreign language in order to understand songs, movies and TV shows. For watching TV shows, especially soap operas required the Spanish language is the worldwide spread of the Latin American serials.
On the complexity of the Italian language can be compared with the Spanish: they have a similar vocabulary, similar grammar, but it is believed that the Italian phonetics is more complicated, although this is a subjective opinion. But complex characteristic tone, the contrast between long and multiple vowels, unusual romance, and other phonetic features make it relatively difficult to learn Russian.
But many believe that Italian sounds more beautiful, more romantic, more smoothly, and the Spanish is more rough and harsh.
To learn Italian can you advise lovers of classical music, which is much more closely associated with Italy than with Spain. When choosing language learning for themselves should follow their own tastes, proximity to a particular culture: for example, if you like dancing flamenco, Samba and tango, and you love to relax in the Canary Islands, your choice is Spanish.
Advice 2: Choose the second language
Many choose to master Spanish or French and it is justified. Languages common, having basic English to learn them is easy, and in summary to add another line, making you head and shoulders above many. However, there is another way to increase your standard of living to unprecedented heights – to learn a rare language. Professionals who know how to write a business proposal in Arabic or in Hindi, employers are looking for "day of fire". If you have minimal linguistic abilities, some free time and a considerable percentage of the homeless, please note the languages that are gradually conquering the world.
Chinese. First place in the ranking. China is conquering the world in all areas – industry, Finance, medicine, agriculture. Hard to find a sector where the Chinese do not do business. They are everywhere and they must be able to communicate. From the very beginning you have to understand that to know the Chinese language at a high level European can only after years of daily training, and better with immersion. For learning Chinese requires in average two times more time than learning any European language. But for settling a simple speaking is plenty to do throughout the year at high intensity, that is, have to work every day. In order to learn to read simple texts is not enough to know more than thousands of characters. To study this language does not make sense, it is necessary to have lessons with a native speaker. Here it is important that your teacher had a good command of the country's official language – Mandarin. In China there are over a thousand dialects and need to study only what is clear to everyone.
Arab. It is spoken by 240 million people around the world. It is not as complicated to study as other Oriental languages. Arabic language is logical, has only three tenses (present, past and future), the words read as well as written, and phrases are constructed according to certain rules, in which there are no exceptions. Many are afraid of the Arabic script and the need to write from right to left. But the Arabic script is connected only 28 letters, and to read and write "on the contrary" is usually used in 5-10 sessions. That would start to communicate at the household level, enough vocabulary to 2000 words, still the same need to explore special topics, e.g. financial. When the daily sessions bearable to speak and read you will begin in six months.
Italian. The easiest to learn, especially easy if you study the second after English. Many Italian companies have branches in Eastern Europe. Architecture, design, fashion, and Finance – in these sectors the share of cooperation with Italian companies is traditionally high. Even if the job descriptions do not specify requirement for language proficiency, it will still be needed in the process, everyone who cooperates with Italian companies.