I have been thinking of learning a Romance language or perhaps Japanese, but I can't make up my mind. I speak English and a Slav language thatwas influenced by Latin, so Romance languages would be easier. Even then, I can't decide between them and would welcome advice.
Pros: I would be able to access authentic recipes, access Italian media - especially Italian comics that do not get translated to English, and it is a very good jumping off point to learning Spanish later on.
Cons: Relatively small population of Italian speakers, less resources, and there are less countries where Italian will let you get by compared to French or Spanish
Pros: Access to French media, especially comics many of which take a long time to be translated, pantydropper.
Cons: spelling is almost as much of a mess as the English one
Pros: Lots of learning resources, could be helpful in day to day life in the U.S., spoken in many countries, good springboard to learning Italian later on, access to Spanish media.
Cons: a lot of Spanish media is available in English, native Spanish speakers seem to have better command of English than French or Italians.
Pros: Access to Japanese media, access to authentic recipes, access to Japanese clothing and art supply stores, good amount of learning resources.
Cons: Alien writing system, "spelling" is kind of a mess, more difficult than romance languages
In addition, I was hoping to visit all of the countries that these languages originate from. Japanese and French are not as good with English as Italians and Spaniards. At the same time, I have heard that Japanese and Italians are more patient and helpful towards foreigners trying to speak local languages than the French or Spanish.