Why? Isn’t, “Doing a motivating new project in a new language,” the best way to learn a language?
C++ is another one I'd consider but as a first time game project, maybe avoiding C++ would be better?
Sure you have to spend 5 minutes making a Hello World first. And then off to games.
C++ is the industry standard. Take that for what you will based on what you plan to do industry-wise.
Lol are you serious?