I guess I need a little advice in this area. I'm trying to decide which language I should begin studying, and which language I will get the most use out of. I have a few arguments for both. Reasons to learn French: I have two family members that speak it fluently Its probably the most universal and economical next to english I've already mastered Spanish to a good degree and so learning French would go much easier Whenever I plan on going to Europe, this will be a handy language to know However: This is spoken by a small minority in my area, and probably would serve me little use locally but give me great mileage in foreign matters. Reasons to learn Russian: I live in Portland, OR and there is a HUGE population from Russia/Ukraine It would be such an advantage to have "Fluency in English, Spanish, and Russian" on my resume when it is in such high demand over here. I can use it more frequently in work and social settings However: Using anywhere other than here and in Russia is almost non existant (as far as I know...correct me if I'm wrong) It might give great mileage here, but other than that, what other benefit will it bring me? So thats my struggle right now. Do I want a language can be of almost no use to me currently, but will give me an awesome advantage to the huge francophone world? or a language that will give me a faster amount of usage and great benefits here, but little benefit if I ever plan on moving from here or visiting Europe? If you have had any experience with learning these languages your input would be greatly appreciated. Also, I'm merely speaking linguistically. No remarks as to how rude the French etc. (whether that is true or not) Thanks for all you comments and advice.