Two Foreign Languages Every American Man Should Learn

There is no stopping the rapid degradation of the USA, both with its economy and women. In short time a large portion of the male population will be unable to find a good job or a good woman, despite their best efforts. The smarter ones will pull the eject lever and parachute down to a foreign land where more professional and sexual opportunities can be found.

As I’ve written here many times before, you can’t expect to arrive in a foreign country and make it rain with only speaking in English. I can’t say anything about the level of fluency you’ll need for establishing a foreign career, but with sex you need basic knowledge of the local language, especially outside of Europe.

Having to learn a new language for every country you go to is impractical, so you want to get some bang for your buck. The language you choose to learn should have the following benefits:

  • be spoken by a large percentage of the world population
  • be a stepping stone to other desirable languages
  • be spoken in countries with beautiful women

The two languages that best fit the above requirements are Spanish and Russian.

Being able to speak Spanish is as close you’ll get to having a superpower: there are 20 countries that speak it, homes to the biggest bootied women in the world. An added bonus is that Spanish is very close to Portuguese, unlocking three additional countries for rape and pillage (Brazil, Portugal, and Angola). If you’re conversational in Spanish, it will only take you a couple months of intensive study to achieve the same in Portuguese as well. Both of these languages also give you a running start for the other Romance languages: Romanian, Catalan, French, and Italian.

Spanish is hands-down the easiest language for English speakers to learn. Attempting it as your first foreign language is worth your time because you have to learn how to learn a language, as strange as that may sound. In your Spanish studies you’ll develop tighter language habits that help you for much harder Russian.

Russian is the language spoken by the most feminine women left on the planet. Unfortunately, it’s hard as balls. Besides the cyrillic alphabet, you have noun cases, gendered verbs and nouns, comparative adjectives, difficult pronunciations, and all sorts of other crazy shit you don’t see in English. However, learning it will open up a whole new world of Former Soviet Union (FSU) pussy, such as Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. You probably know nothing of these countries, but guess what: neither do most of your countrymen. There are no cheap RyanAir or EasyJet flights. There are no stag parties. There are no Australians getting drunk in hostels. These are pristine but challenging places that have women you can’t find anywhere else.

As an added bonus, Russian is similar to Bulgarian, Serbo-Croatian, and to a lesser extent, Polish and Czech. Russian will give you the grammatical foundation to more easily learn these other tough languages. You’ll be shocked at how far you can get with a language such as Russian from studying only one hour a day. As for Spanish, studying one hour a day for three months will enable you to start having real conversations.

My advice to you is to learn Spanish first. Make it a project for the next 2-3 years. Take 1 or 2 trips a year to Latin America and work on your world game. Dabble a little in Portuguese and Brazilian poonani. If you’re content with Latin women then carve out a niche while seeking employment opportunities that are sure to open up with your increasing fluency. When you’re ready for something new and even more challenging, Russian and the former Soviet Union awaits you.

Recommended Resources For Learning Spanish

Recommended Resources For Leaning Russian

  • Pimsleur Russian (Units 1-3)
  • New Penguin Russian Course – the best Russian textbook  (not like there’s a lot of choice anyway)
  • RussianPod101 – tons of downloadable audio programs, fairly priced

Again, start with Spanish first. Success there will give you the confidence that you’ll need to tackle Russian.

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Ian Ironwood
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I’d add a third language, Mandarin. It’s the lingua franca of a good portion of East Asia and parts of South Asia, and there are literally half a billion women who speak it. It’s also ridiculously hard, but it does have the saving grace of having very few, if any, irregular forms.

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Myself being a speaker of the language, and a lover of east asian girls, I still disagree. Just because Chinese is so ridiculously difficult to learn for speakers of European languages. I spent one and a half years of full time study only to get decently conversational. If your only purpose is to find girls, it is just not worth the effort.

Not that it cannot be extremely rewarding, though. Chinese women are generally attracted by European-looking men, but are often put off by language and cultural barriers; overcoming those opens for immense opportunities. While I personally have little interest in hookups and “mini-relationships”, I cannot but note that the number of girls showing romantic interest in me is at least ten-fold in China compared with Europe. Chinese women are also largely unaffected by western-style feminism. Most girls that I have met openly admit that they want a strong man to lead them.

So, if you are interested in China, it’s culture and people (including, but not limited to, girls), do learn Chinese. It is difficult, but rewarding. If you are only looking to find a girl (or many), you will probably get better return on your investment by learning some other, easier, language.

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Most of them already speak good or semi-good English. Especially the younger generation.

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Roosh, before you recommended Spanish for Beginners. Is Madrigal’s better?

[Roosh: 10x better.]

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I have Madrigal Magic Keys to Spanish and my only complaint is no Audio component.

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@Ian

Learning Mandarin is one of the hardest things one can do. You have to memorize 2000 characters with multiple meanings, plus master the tones, which is completely foreign to European languages.

My dad has studied it since 1985 and only now has basic fluency.

While I know a lot of guys love Asian chicks and major props to anyone who manages to learn mandarin, the ROI for getting notches for learning it just doesn’t add up.

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Dating a girl from Uzbekistan right now and can confirm that Russian is hard as balls. I did a few courses on Pimsleur however and have enough of a knowledge to speak a few phrases and show that I am taking an interest in her language.

The reward? An ultra feminine women who is dedicated to making me happy.

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Just started dating a russian woman as well, and god is it amazing. She has an ultimate desire to please me, can cook like no other, and is comfortable being feminine and a nice woman. Not to mention she’s got a nice little crazy side and I could see her being a ride or die chick. Russian women are great. I’m going to begin learning russian soon.

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Another solid gold post Rossh. I can’t overstate how much I appreciate this advice. I’ve been wanting to learn conversational Russian and Polish in the worst way but didn’t really have a good idea of where to start. Keep it comin’.

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Roosh, I’ve never seen you recommend Michel Thomas’ products, which I used for both Spanish and Portuguese. I found Michel Thomas to be far more effective than Pimsleur and most other people I’ve met who have tried both methods say the same thing. Have you just not tried Michel Thomas (also available for Russian) or do you not like it?

[Roosh: Never tried it. Probably will when I revisit South America later this year.]

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Your polygamy in russia tweet from a month or so back actually prompted me to buy the new penguin russian course lol

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I think once a person learns Spanish they should proceed to learn all other romance languages because of how easy it is. For each additional romance language you learn the next one will be even easier.

I’ve seen people just fawn over a friend of mine for knowing Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese but people don’t realize how similar the languages are. Easiest way to rack up a large number of languages in the shortest period of time.

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One thing worth mentioning is that you should only learn a language if you’re prepared to keep practicing it over time. You can learn a language but if you then forget about it for 12 months, you’ll have forgotten much of it. Languages need maintenance, so are you in a position to keep putting the time in over the years?

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When I lived abroad and was learning Portuguese, I was frustrated how slow my learning was (despite immersion). My colleagues seemed to pick up the language so much faster. I really thought something was wrong with me, or that I was just a maddeningly slow language learner.

It was only when I started learning Spanish (already fluent in Portuguese), that I realized what was going on. My colleagues knew Spanish already! They’d already fought half the battle because they could understand roughly 50% of what people were telling them in Portuguese! They already were over that “Oh-my-God-I-don’t-know-what-anyone-is-telling-me” feeling. It took me a long time to get there. However, now Spanish is ridiculously easy. The only danger is mixing Spanish words with Portuguese, and vice versa.

Nice post.

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Spanish is useful not just for latin america and Spain, but also for speaking with other Europeans who are multi-lingual.

I was flying from Paris to LA on Air France, and a French couple tried to talk to me in French. I said, “Sorry No Francais. English? Espanol?” Turns out they were both fluent in Spanish (but not English) and we were able to communicate.

Being fluent in Spanish is also fun as a white guy living in California, for many reasons….

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Third language to learn: French.

Indispensable for the international player. (France, Switzerland, Monaco, Beirut.)
There are French-speaking model-type chicks the world over that won’t bang a guy who doesn’t speak their language.
Easier after knowing English and learning Spanish.
After Spanish and French, Italian is easy to understand and less difficult to speak.

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Knowing French in Latin America helps. A lot of girls want to learn it and just speaking a few words to them in French will make them wet.
If she’s an engineering student, German would help. A lot of engineering students in Latin American, male and female want to study in Germany.

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Good post. This is why I come to this site. I would have never thought to learn Russian to tap into untainted lands

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Very nice. I like your reasoning!

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U can pick up Russian women without knowing Russian. Remember…communication is mostly non-verbal

[Roosh: Yes you can, but the average ones.]

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Portuguese
Spanish
Mandarin Chinese
Thai
Vietnamese
French
Russian
Polish

These languages have beautiful, feminine speakers, people. Let’s hope American culture falls before the feminist virus corrupts these language’s cultures.

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Great post Roosh. Languages are my new focus. I was so torn between Portuguese and Spanish (I’m dating a Spanish speaking girl, but am more interested in spending time in Brazil and meeting Brazilian women). I decided to start with Spanish, give it about a hard year’s head start of learning, then start picking up on the Port. You helped solidfy my choice!!

[Roosh: You can also go from Portuguese from Spanish. With Spanish there are tons more self-study materials so you are more likely to keep going, and there are more countries/situations to practice it.]

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What languages make western white women wet? Arabic? Hebrew? Kenyan? Sudanese? (Irish, Dutch, etc)

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good stuff roosh.

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#20 Anonymous44

French, Italian.. anything that makes them think they are being approached by a charming cultured European who is capable having a discussion about art and shit and that is directly related to pink stereotypes they have about some European countries and it’s people (see Vicky Cristina Barcelona by Woody Allen). Spanish speaking men and American women probably won’t work out because of all those poor Mexicans living nearby (unless both sides are in Europe). Don’t know about Russian (although it did work in the movie called Happiness)

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Actually, Mandarin is much more widely spoken than either of those two languages and with more than 25% of the world’s population living there, one would have better chances at meeting gorgeous and feminine women. Then again, I’m not sure if mandarin can be used as a stepping stone language into other languages, I’ve heard that it’s really difficult to learn.

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My ideal plans look exactly like your suggestions.

Good call.

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Assuming that it’s pragmatic for a native English to learn ANY other language, I’d agree that Spanish and Russian are the best choices, and for the reasons you mention.

I don’t assume the premise because I find it hard to believe that there will be more numerous or superior work opportunities for anyone in the Spanish-speaking or Russophone worlds, let alone for non-native speakers. As the global economy contracts, states will reserve the dwindling supply of jobs, attractive or not, for their own people. Yes, immigration-addicted America will do the opposite, and get worse, but it’ll still have the infrastructure and relatively uncorrupted government(s) that Russia and Latin America lack. Women are better abroad, but if the meager jobs are going to native men, an expat will have little to entice them with.

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If you want to go into the defense or intelligence fields, learn the languages of the West’s rivals or enemies: Mandarin, other Chinese tongues, Korean, Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and Russian.

If you have the means to live as an expat, and you want to get better-behaved and -looking women than America can offer, take Roosh’s advice and learn Russian or Spanish or both.

But if neither stipulation applies to you, don’t waste your time learning a language (that isn’t English), apply your efforts towards weathering the coming storm while sheltering in America, where things will get worse, but not as bad as in places where the police are muggers and extortionists.

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You should’ve included Anki in your recommendations – makes it easy to acquire new vocabulary.

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My plan-

Learn Spanish to a highly conversational level.
Learn intermediate french.
Then learn Russian.

French is a pretty good language because of Quebec, which I feel is the last good spot left in Canada and US.

Anglo phones don’t venture inside Quebec much(other than Montreal).

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Don’t learn Mandarin Chinese. It won’t improve your chances of banging beautiful, feminine women nearly as much as languages like Spanish, French, Russian, Portuguese, or even Polish…

There may be a billion Chinese, but you don’t want to go there and bang Chinese girls.

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Agreed not to mention the Horrible male to female ratio there. If I had to pick an Asia Language Indonesian / Malay would be my first.

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Learning Chinese tremendously improves your chances of banging beautiful, feminine and traditionally-minded women. The male-to-female ratio will not a problem for you if you are a decent looking white man. But you will need to understand something about their culture and habits to be able to identify the good ones.

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A lot of East Asian girls are shy. So if you can break the ice, you’ve already had a good start.

Go to colleges. You can find many international students who already learned English before moving to the US either on VISA or permanent residency.

Also, there are plenty of Americanized-East Asian girls that maintain those cultural habits that makes them golden, Ponyboy.

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I’m a native spanish speaker -latin- and have solid English fluency and some basic fluency in French and German.

Asides from Spanish and French, German has not got me any good pussy. Also, German girls speak English insanely well.

So, Russian is next. Portuguese is a good option too.

Good post.

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Haha, German is useless unless you’re doing international trade or want to sound like a Nazi.

Many Germans prioritize learning English among other languages early in school. Many Germans know English well enough. Many German bands sing only in English out of hopes of being noticed.

Learning German really brings you to a dead end. lol

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german is useless are yoiu nuts

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gotta learn to dance if you’re learning spanish. latin america is your oyster if you’re a dancin’ gringo

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Learning Russian or another slavic languages will also be good for your soul. I am not kidding here. The depth of expresson in these languages is something you cannot grasp if you know only English. After all, Slavic and Baltic languages are closest to Sanskrit. English is very plain and kinda shallow. I think it has a lot to do with why English world has its troubles: dissolution of gender polarity (nouns have no sex in english), dissolution of family(words have lost touch with their roots, bowowed from other languages they dont grow one from other) and fattening of brain(no conjugations favor a simplistic mindset) and materialism (many catchy words for phisical concepts, just a few for abstract and humanitarian concepts)

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Those traits you listed would make a language easier, not more difficult.

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Roosh, can you speak Turkish and Persian also?

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I’m doing the Pimsleur Spanish and Madrigal book now, the learning systems are different and complement each other, written vs oral, every day I learn a lot more.

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@Mage

How hard would it be for someone who’s fluent in Hindi to learn Russian.

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@29 Anonymous
What’s wrong with Chinese? The girls are not good there?

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Learning Russian the Hard Way!
I met a nice Russian speaking girl at the Internet Cafe. After dating she later became my Russian teacher. Only problem was, I never put in but about half an hour of work with her because, we’d always end up in the bedroom! Enjoyed my afternoon Russian sessions, but unfortunately I learned little Russian. So Roosh get an ugly Russian tutor so you’ll actually learn some Russian!

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Wow!!! That’s exactly what I’m doing at the moment. Learning another language is without question one of the best ways to improve your game. I’m not too interested in the two languages mentioned but I think the idea makes a lot of sense. I am able to read and write in my new language because I invested time learning it. It’s difficult at first but you’ll be shocked at how quickly you’re able to say a few words. I also use every opportunity I have to use and practice it.

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my friend, you forget some african countries where portuguese is spoken, such as mozambique

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Personally, I wouldn’t bother with Russian, but I already have the Pimsleur set for Spanish. I have the Madrigal book, and some smaller phrase and word books that I found cheap on Amazon. I also scooped up the Pimsleur basic French set cheap on Amazon. I have Rosetta Stone for both Portuguese and Italian.

Spanish and Portuguese are the languages I most want to learn, with French a close third. On Tagged, I like to look at what languages the people that claim to be multi-lingual speak. The Brazilians that claim to be multi-lingual seem to have either French or Italian as second and third languages much more than Spanish. The native Spanish speakers seem to list English more often than not as their second language. I always took that as a clue that their native Portuguese was a stepping stone to the other languages.

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I am in my early 20’s and have always wanted to go to Russia since I was 17 and had planned to learn that language first. Is it really impractical to learn Russian before any other language?

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I have been on precisely Roosh’s program for some time. I’ve been somewhat fluent in Spanish for years, after having lived in Latam. Now am working on Russian using Pimsleur plus books. Nothing beats Pimsleur. It’s the only way to actually get the WORDS into your HEAD so that you can USE them. The other thing to do is watch Russian movies. I buy them used off of Amazon. They help you pick things up and also help you see what you don’t know. Also a good way to get some insight into what Russians are like.

But yeah, Russian is hard. 3x harder than Spanish. The problem is that there are no “freebie” words in Russian, whereas Spanish is loaded with them. But learning Russian is fun too. It’s like learning to play a difficult instrument, like the violin.

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I was near fluent in portuguese, then didn’t speak it at all for 3 years and took a trip to guatemala with a group of english speakers for 2 months (speaking in english with them all the time, not immersed in spanish), and was still conversational in spanish before the end of the trip.

One highlight was at one point our group met up with a brazilian guy, and I was translating between all three languages for everyone.

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Howcome the ugly Hispanics are the only ones coming to the US?!!!!!

I mean, at least the hot women from Spanish-speaking countries should be coming here. Not fair!

Stoshy
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The Coyotajes got to them first.

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This is depressing…. my Game isn’t even very good to do well in English in the US…

The enormity of the task just seems astronomical to me..

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Bigfoot,

How hard would it be for someone who’s fluent in Hindi to learn Russian.

If you are fluent in Hindi, that isn’t your biggest problem.

Unless you are an Urdu-speaking Pakistani, you belong to the worst possible race a man can belong to.

Indian women are not attractive.
Indian men are not attractive to other women.

While Indian men do considerably better with white women than Chinese men, at least Chinese men have Chinese women. Indian women are, for the most part, below the acceptable threshold of looks.

Thus, being an Indian man is the worst race a man can be. Your Game would need to be in the 95th percentile just to do as well as a white guy with Game in the 40th percentile. There are such successful Indian guys, but the amount of work they have done is astronomical.

This might be a lot less true in 20 years time, but that won’t help you now.

Sorry. Better luck in the next life.

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Hate to break it for you but Russian girls are no more feminine than American. They’re just smarter. Smart enough to make you lower your guard by feminine charms so they can dig their claws right into your soul. Believe me, this is the most calculative and manipulative bitches in the world.
All you know about women is applied to them and ramped up to eleven. Take it as a warning.

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That’s because, as Nietzsche said, the Russian are evil.

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All women are evil, what varies is their self knowledge of their evil nature.

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It’s a well established fact that men are more evil than women.

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And Hide your kitchen knives if you don’t want to marry them.
I speak from experience.

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My friend’s Russian ex was a crazy bitch. She knew how to play on a guy’s emotions like they were puppet strings. So I concur. lol

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Easiest Spanish pick up line to use in the US?

Eres Hispana?

+10 points right there if you’re not Hispanic but can speak the language.

Start talking about your experience traveling in Latin America. +20 points if you’ve been to her country. You’ll get her out on a date more easily than non-Hispanic white chicks and she’ll be more pleasant company.

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All you dorky caucasians sure are lucky. All you gotta do is pop up in a different land and be white,and bingo. Instant reinvention. Even ugly white guys can redeem themselves in poorer again African and latino countries. Don’t know About the Ee women though. Think that know a a bottom of the barrel Yankee when they see one(Most of the time,that is).

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Spanish is indeed low-hanging fruit.

Russian is actually not that hard if all you need is survival skills and are not aiming for fluency.

Russian Cyrillic alphabet has only 33 characters, and is fully phonetic. Once you learn the letters, you can read it more or less correctly even if you don’t understand anything — try that in English.

Noun cases and such are a bitch, but you can get your point across without them. I guess getting to the level needed for smooth conversational pick-ups is difficult, but in Slavic countries silent caveman pickups can work too.

As for Mandarin, you can also get quite far without mastering the writing… but the tones make it much more difficult. However, it is ONLY useful in mainland China. Mandarin is NOT the common language of East Asia — even ethnic Chinese in other places (e.g. Thailand, Malaysia) mostly speak other dialects and zero Mandarin. Other Asian languages (Vietnamese, Thai, Japanese, Korean) have little to do with Mandarin apart from borrowing some more-obscure words, and a partly-related writing system.

If you want low-hanging fruit for pickups in Asia, learn Thai or Vietnamese.