I have once again decided to tackle a new language, and so far I find many Asian languages fascinating. The thing is, I want to pick 1 language and stick with it instead of trying to be a jack in multiple languages. I have chosen Mandarin and Korean as my main candidates, but I have really hard time deciding between the two.
The reason why I'd like to learn Korean is that I have already been there 2 years ago when I was 16, and I already know the basics of the language. I really, really loved my time in Korea. Everything, the nightlife, the food, the city, the people, culture and even the nature and landscape. I still see dreams where I am back in Korea every now and then, and I'm a bit disappointed when I wake up. (That doesn't mean I am not happy in my own country, but Korea is such a fascinating place)
However, I'm afraid that even if I knew Korean, I couldn't possibly get any benefit from it when it comes to job finding, since SK is not a huge market like China is.
The thing with Mandarin is that the writing system is extremely intriguing - Whenever I see a wall of Chinese text, I get this huge urge to be able to read and understand it. I'm sure it's also 10x easier to find a job when you know Chinese, which is a tempting way to invest in your future career.
However, I'm not as fascinated with the Chinese culture as much as Korean, and the language doesn't sound nearly as nice as Korean to my ears at least.
So to say, Korea would be the romantic option to be in for me to live in for maybe 1-2 years, and I already know the basics and can read 한글. I still doubt if the language is enough to provide you with a living. Note that I am not from an English-speaking country, so I doubt teaching English is an option because AFAIK, the schools require a proof that you are a native.
On the other hand, Mandarin would be the realistic choice, since many companies from even my own country operate in there, allowing for numerous possibilities in finding a job, making it a very good investment for the future.
I'm writing this blog to hear your opinions about it. I'm not asking you to choose for me, but I would like to think this issue through before I make a commitment to a language.