Which BRIC+ Languages?
I'm planning on taking some language courses next year and am having issues deciding on which one to study. I'm currently fluent in Mandarin (more or less - not sure if anyone can truly be in terms of reading/writing without being a Chinese national) so my future no doubt points to Asia. That being said, I'd like to study a language that would be useful whether I stay in the US or go abroad to China, and to give me an extra boost on my resume.
I've been thinking a lot about BRIC languages - so Portuguese and Russian (ruling out India cuz everyone speaks English there anyway) - however I believe that Japanese or Korean may be more suited to my needs. I know people advise to study a language similar to one you already know so that you can be completely fluent - fluency usually trumps usefulness, etc. I guess I have the benefit of knowing both a Western and Asian language, so the only real stranger here would be Russian (kind of. It just seems cut out of a totally different mold to me). I personally love Japan and its culture, but I feel like Japanese is starting to become less useful in the finance world as the country's economy stagnates. Portuguese would be relatively easy, as I have a year or two of Spanish study under my belt. I'm leaning towards these two, but I'm very unsure.
What are your thoughts?