Should I learn Mandarin or Hindi?

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative / Eng Jodi
Jun 28 43 Comments

Considering host country culture, learning curve, and opportunities to have to conversations in Bay Area.

你喜欢和美国人说普通话吗?

क्या आपको अमरीकियों के साथ हिंदी बोलना पसंद है

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  • Amazon
    barpq

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    China, the next superpower and English is uncommon, so Mandarin it is.

    Indians still speak English (one of 22 official languages), if they went to College.
    Jun 28 5
    • Google kran
      Any useful Chinese person will speak English soon if they don't already. It's terrible as a global language due to its horrid writing system, so they will use English.
      Jun 28
    • Amazon
      barpq

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      You are not from China, or ever worked / lived there. What you said is a wrong assumption.
      Jun 28
    • Google pdjjek
      The writing system is hard for people who are used to Indo-European languages, but for me (from Japan) it was much easier to learn than English writing. English words tend to be very long with endless prefixes and suffixes from decades of adding new words based on the old ones. The information density is much higher in logographic writing (Chinese) than in segmental scripts (e.g. the Latin alphabet). It’s much faster to read Chinese than English, even though I’ve been in the US since high school and only learned Chinese in college.
      Jun 28
    • Facebook / Eng V8zhLyHX
      Any “useful” Chinese person? Lol, You mean useful for American.
      Jun 28
    • Apple / Eng 🐒codemonk
      By “useful” I think you meant “well-educated” or “competent”
      Jun 28
  • Facebook deus
    Mandarin. Indian people speak English.
    Jun 28 3
    • Google L5wannabe
      This. Even hindi to hindi speakers mix english / simply speak english
      Jun 28
    • Facebook lol💩
      +1 it's usually pretty easy to communicate with Indians if you can understand the accent. Talking to Chinese very often is a pain.
      Jun 28
    • Symantec
      dq.m.pb

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      does it matter?
      dq.m.pbmore
      Everyone speaks English in US.
      Jun 29
  • Facebook buq
    Mandarin, lots of teams in bay area now only speaks Mandarin at work!
    Jun 28 0
  • New / Data zuzubi
    Learn Telugu or Tamil.
    Jun 28 5
    • Amazon SxNM41
      लौड़ा तमिल तेलुगु
      Jun 28
    • Amazon
      barpq

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      They, as the first comers, are the reason for Indian stereotypes in the US.
      Jun 28
    • Nutanix 1adja134
      And you are the reason for racism in the US
      Jun 28
    • Uber / Project feelsman
      IMO Personally Tamil is fun to learn because of the local memes and culture.
      Jun 29
    • Amazon
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      ^ "local"
      Jun 29
  • Amazon EQjp82
    Personal take having studied both — you are statistically much more likely to come across a situation where Mandarin will come in handy as opposed to Hindi. Keep in mind also that Hindi is mostly spoken in northern India, and most Indians I’ve met in computer science/tech are southern Indians who speak Tamil or Telugu. On the other hand, if you do speak Hindi then as a foreigner (I presume) you’ll probably get a lot more attention than a foreigner that can speak Mandarin which are a dime a dozen nowadays
    Jun 28 0
  • New / Eng SharmaG
    Neither. Culture comes from language. Please fight for the American culture.
    Jun 28 2
    • Qualcomm / Eng dynasty001
      I once saw on youtube a full-on display of American culture. Drunk Texan guy shooting off his Glock shouting “murica.. fuck yeah” while watching a football game in the backyard with barbequeue.
      Jun 28
    • New / Eng
      Psynaptic

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      Psynapticmore
      LMAO. What? Why can't learning foreign languages be part of American culture? It is part of many European cultures to be multilingual. What kind of ignoramus defends ignorance of other cultures as a virtue?
      Jun 28
  • Amazon SxNM41
    I don't think one needs to learn ether. Neither of the two groups mind talking in English. They very well respect the host country culture and language. They don't expect anyone to talk in their language.
    Jun 28 2
    • Equifax
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      😂
      Jun 28
    • Facebook / Eng V8zhLyHX
      We do expect westerners talk in our language, the truth is it’s hard to talk about our culture things in English.
      Jun 28
  • Microsoft Dr. Root
    Fir se bakchodi shuru ho gayi. Bandh karo ye sab BC.
    Jun 28 0
  • Google kran
    Learn something useful, like Spanish.
    Jun 28 1
    • New / Eng
      Psynaptic

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      Idk man, side hustles with manufacturing based in China is really lucrative. Can't say Mandarin isn't useful.
      Jun 28
  • Qualcomm / Eng dynasty001
    Why not both ? First with Hindi and then Mandarin. Mandarin does have a long learning curve
    Jun 28 1
    • New / Eng
      Psynaptic

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      That reasoning makes no sense. If Hindi helped with Mandarin, then yeah, maybe Hindi first. Since they're from different families, just do the one with more returns
      Jun 28
  • Apple / Eng 🐒codemonk
    Shouldn’t it be Spanish in the Bay Area? 😂

    Or you can learn mandarin such that you can teach Chan & Zuck. 😂
    Jun 28 0
  • Airbnb / Eng
    didnsksn

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    didnsksnmore
    Make sure u shake your head when u speak Hindi
    Jun 30 1
  • Amazon bVdk43
    Learn to say curse words in both languages and insert them in random places during discussions in English
    Jun 28 1
  • Google environ
    Speaking as an Indian:
    Host country culture: Indians love it when you speak Hindi. You will get integrated in the group/family pretty fast.
    Learning curve: unsure, but probably easier as Indians also speak English and there is no problem of accents, number of characters are less etc.
    Opportunity to speak: perhaps lesser compared to Mandarin as many Indians are from South. However, pretty sure you won't feel any dearth of opportunities and you won't feel "stranded".
    Jun 28 0
  • American Express lwjG82
    For travelling the world I would learn Spanish
    Jun 28 3
    • New / Eng
      Psynaptic

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      Psynapticmore
      Nah, for travelling the world these days you really only need English. For an economic investment, I'd say learn Mandarin. Maybe Hindi afterwards since India will take off too, but really English is fine for any previously colonized country.
      Jun 28
    • American Express lwjG82
      Every where in the world speaks English, except Spanish speaking countries.
      Jun 28
    • New / Eng
      Psynaptic

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      Psynapticmore
      Not in my experience. And also not in the experience of ICE officers
      Jun 28
  • Symantec
    dq.m.pb

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    does it matter?
    dq.m.pbmore
    I find movies are great to learn about cultures and there is a large selection on Indian movies you can watch on Netflix, youtube, AmazonPrime and lot more website. Most of these have subtitles so you can learn from that. I have heard stories of many people who watched a few family movies over and over again and started singing songs from those movies to learn hindi.
    Jun 29 0
  • go with mandarin. Modi is learning tamil from Seeman.
    Jun 29 0
  • Oracle ovKR85
    Mandarin for sure
    Jun 28 0
  • IBM ωατ
    Depends if u want a chinese or Indian so
    Jun 28 0