If I speak Spanish and English already, what other language should I learn?

I am Mexican-American and I know both Spanish and English fluently.
I am going towards medicine and would ike to learn another language.
I have been considering these three: Italian, Portuguese, French
I do not know which one to choose.
Portuguese is most similar to Spanish in lexico but Italian is similar in pronunciation.
French is most known but more difficult.
I am stuck in a dilemma, pllease help! I will give lots of points to anyone that can help me.


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  2. Actually you would find Chinese or Arabic most useful. You would also be eligible for more pay knowing one of these languages. You have to consider how you will use the extra language in your chosen career.

  3. If you would like to have a career in medicine, Latin would be the most useful. A lot of science and medicine terms have Latin roots. It’ll help you.

  4. I think it really depends on where you would want to practice. Even if you are staying in the US, there are different minority communities that always welcome multi lingual physicians. If your short term plan is to stay in the US, then you’re already ahead of the game. Looking to the south of the border, you’d want to consider Portuguese and if you’re looking across the Atlantic, then French or Italian would make more sense.


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