in reply to If Perl was my first language...
Rather than a second language, per se, I'd suggest
that you learn some functional programming techniques
(hardcore list manipulation and lambda-slinging, mostly).
Whether you do that with Haskell,
Scheme, or Perl is up to you.
(Perl has pretty much all the support you need for a basic
intro to functional programming techniques --
map, anonymous subs, closures;
you name it.)
Breaking out of the pervasive loops-and-variables
mindset can be quite rewarding, and opens up a number of new
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