For the last few years i have been wondering about widening my horizons.
Right now i am a hand to hand combat instructor, and i have been into fight world largest part of my life. I do also have a specialization(idk how is that called in english) in construction works, but i also have a degree in political science and an unfinished degree in biology altho i have never done anything with those my whole life.
Ever since Covid shot me in the back, all the trainings have been shut down mostly, so its basically surviving financially and its not looking better - actually in my country its getting worse than it was a year ago.
Anyways, from time to time, due to Covid showing how fragile my work field is, and also because of some mid-life crisis i am thinking about some extra stuff to learn, do and maybe some day use to make some money.
My latest idea is to learn a new language. Right now, i know my native latvian, i also know russian and english and a very very basic german which i would describe as - i know more than average person does, but i still dont understand shit in german, lol.
So, my 2 picks are - Chinese or Japanese.
For now, my reasonings are :
Chinese is a huge country and its growing fast. Also lots of users for the language.
Japanese is more fun because of their culture - historically(since im in martial arts) and also nowdays they tend to push their stuff around the whole world, while Chinese tend to keep to themselves.
If it was only for fun, id definetly pick japanese, but i hope that some day i might be able to use this language for some sort of work - idk, maybe translation, client support, or something online… I have no clue to be honest.
I would like to ask you guys - what do you think - which one is better and why? All answers are welcome as i need as much info as i can get to think about.
I know that knowing any language is a good thing but i am really looking into MAYBE and hopefully actually doing something with it in case this world never comes back to normal, or i just get tired of breaking faces for money.