Since there are a lot of tech managers in the forums I thought it would be a good idea to ask you about spoken languages.
If you had to learn a second language - which one would be the most beneficial to your career?
About me: I am a tech project manager in the US. I currently have teams in india and pakistan doing software, have travelled to Japan on business, and will be traveling to China in the next year.
Here is my current perspective on things - the India and Pakistan team members already speak english ... so I don't feel the need to learn hindi.
Chinese is spoken by over a billion people and the market is rapidly growing so there's definitely a strong pull there.
Japan has a strong business market and frankly I like Japan. I also picked up a good amount of Japanese while I was there.
Spanish ... definitely wouldn't hurt, but no strong business reasons there. There is no shortage of bilingual people in my area so learning wouldn't give me a significant advantage.
What do you think? Also a little info on the type of field you work in would be helpful. Thank you.