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Arabic or German... by Tbrose on 8 February 2011 9:30pm
I've recently taken up learning German alongside my French studies to aid me in my hopes of becoming a translator in the US Navy when I graduate highschool (currently in Junior year in the US). HOWEVER, my stepfather told me that learning German was dumb and to use my excellent linguistic skills and take up Arabic instead. I love how easy German is and also love how much fun Arabic is... but I don't want to study too many lanuages at once.

Would someone please help me with which would best help me acquire a job in the Navy? Even voicing an opinion would be excellent.

Re: Arabic or German... by Loretto on 8 February 2011 9:47pm
Why can't you study Arabic at college level and study/take German privately as a hobby rose?
Re: Arabic or German... by TERRY S on 8 February 2011 10:44pm
It's not dumb to learn any language. I'm teaching myself German and enjoying it. Learn the language YOU want, not what HE wants. It's your life - NOT HIS.
Re: Arabic or German... by sighthound on 8 February 2011 10:56pm
You might check with a Navy recruiter about which they would have the most use for but, if you want a career as a translator, there is a HUGE need for Arabic ones (and also Chinese) and not much of a need for German ones (in part, because our German friends are so good at learning English.)

My father was an Arabic translator during WWII. He loved the language; I wish I'd had him teach it to me. (I'm finally getting around to reading "Seven Pillars of Wisdom" which was one of his favorite books. I'm just a couple of chapters in but its fascinating.)
Re: Arabic or German... by bIG bLOGGER on 9 February 2011 3:28pm
I don't know about the US Navy but the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom is on a cost-cutting spree,scaling back its infrastructure,such that soon we won't have so much as a pocket battleship to our name.
I don't know if you would need to understand German to join the US Navy? You would probably need to speak good Arabic if you joined the Turkish Navy.

I think the sailors who sunk the German battleships Bismarck and Tirpitz in WW2 didn't understand much German except hearing the phrase:
"We are not surrendering,on the orders of Adolf Hitler; you will have to sink us...."
..and so they did,in 1941 and 1944 respectively.
Re: Arabic or German... by sighthound on 9 February 2011 8:09pm
Actually, she would learn to speak Turkish if she wanted to join the Turkish Navy.
Re: Arabic or German... by Tbrose on 10 February 2011 6:25pm
@Loretto: Yes, I have considered that. I probably will!

@TERRY S: Oh, neat! How long have you been at it? I love how much fun German is.

@sighthound: That is fantastic! I am now definately going for Arabic. As for your father, I think that's amazing. WWII is one of my absolute favourite history topics and I plan on reading "Seven Pillars" tonight :)

@bIG bLOGGER: I had no idea of the status of the Royal Navy. Is there any reason behind it? *must go read about this*
I have actually just recently written a report on the Bismarck for my history class, but I don't recall reading that. Good to hear ;) It would have been excellent to learn German in that time, but now... not so much, according to my research.

I don't think the Turkish Navy wants much with a below-average height American female... we'll see! ;)
Re: Arabic or German... by TERRY S on 10 February 2011 9:38pm
About a year - and I'm seriously crap at it.
Re: Arabic or German... by Tbrose on 10 February 2011 11:38pm
I don't believe that's true. If you know a decent vocabulary after such a short time it is never wasted knowledge ;)
Re: Arabic or German... by ev on 12 February 2011 12:03pm
Hi Tbrose, you said learning German is easy.. can you please tell me what's easy about it? :P
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