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Learn French 4 14.81%
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Old 01-20-10, 12:47 PM   #1
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French or Spanish

Ok, I've been debating this for a while but I can't make a decision so I figured I'd let you all weigh in. I'm trying to decide whether to learn French or Spanish, just for fun. Here's what I've been thinking:

French
Pros:
• I’ve already taken a couple semesters of French
• I like the sound of the French language
• My family historically spoke French up to when my grandfather passed away.
• I like French movies

Cons:
• Nobody speaks French where I live now
• French newspapers, magazines, television, and radio are not readily available
• It would be difficult to find any practical use for French that would allow me to maintain and improve my skill in the language

Spanish
Pros:
• It’s probably a bit easier to learn than French
• Lot’s of people around here are native Spanish speakers
• Spanish newspapers, magazines, television, and radio are readily available
• Spanish would have practical value if I wanted to use it in Spanish speaking communities
• It might be a better choice if I eventually want to go on to learn Italian

Cons:
• I don’t really like the sound of the language
• I’ve never ventured into any Spanish speaking communities so far so I’m not sure what practical value that would really be

On the face of it I think that points to Spanish but let’s hear what you have to say.
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unless you plan on living in europe, spanish.
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I vote Spanish.
Penelope Cruz
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• I’ve never ventured into any Spanish speaking communities so far so I’m not sure what practical value that would really be.
You live in Colorado, and have never ventured into a Spanish speaking community? Go to Pueblo!
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You live in Colorado, and have never ventured into a Spanish speaking community? Go to Pueblo!
Been there. Oddly everyone spoke english

...but I know what you mean, it would not be difficult to find a Spanish speaking community here. Or even to hire a Spanish speaking tutor to help work on my accent. Which reminds me of something funny...when we were in high-school my best friend was taking Spanish and failing miserably. It was funny because his grandmother whom he lived with was a native Spanish speaker. I was like, "Dude, how the hell can you be failing Spanish when your grandma speaks Spanish?!! Go talk to the old lady!". It didn't help however and he never learned. LOL
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I vote Spanish.
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Not sure my wife would find your arguement very convincing
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I went through the exact same thing - in my area there are very little French speaking people yet you regularly hear Portuguese and Spanish.

I decided on French since I took it in High School years back and I have French roots but I still want to try out Spanish and Portuguese - I have a friend who knows both.

If you want to learn a useful language go for Spanish. If it's purely for fun go for French. Either way it'll make learning other romance languages easier if you decide on a different one in the future.
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I went through the exact same thing - in my area there are very little French speaking people yet you regularly hear Portuguese and Spanish.

I decided on French since I took it in High School years back and I have French roots but I still want to try out Spanish and Portuguese - I have a friend who knows both.

If you want to learn a useful language go for Spanish. If it's purely for fun go for French.
Either way it'll make learning other romance languages easier if you decide on a different one in the future.
hell, he may as well do latin if that's what he's after.
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If you want to learn a useful language go for Spanish.
This.
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Not sure my wife would find your arguement very convincing
Mine doesn't either.....but hasn't stopped me yet.
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Speak the language you enjoy the most. I love the sound of French, and you could always move to Canada.

Though around here, Spanish is probably more profitable.
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I'm working on Spanish which is useful down here along with the fact that my GF is from Peru which makes it kind of mandatory.
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Look, I was not expecting a French Inquisition!
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well, there's enough cheese here for that, I guess.
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I vote Spanish.
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Don't forget Shakira.
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Spanish. And learn it well enough to be fluent outside of class.

Being bilingual in Spanish will open doors for you that you don't even imagine exist yet. Bilingual in French = not so much.
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Plus you'll have an excuse to watch Sabado Gigante.
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Plus you'll have an excuse to watch Sabado Gigante.
You don't have to understand any of that show to watch it for the reasons you are referring to.
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Mexican food > French food.
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Hmmm...not sure I'd agree with that one but to each his own. I rather prefer German food myself
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Hmmm...not sure I'd agree with that one but to each his own. I rather prefer German food myself
nothing like pig products and stodge, mixed with cabbage.
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Je parle francais, est je preferé le langué de France. Il est plus difficile que l'Espagnol, mais est un amusement bien meilleur.
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Who could have guessed a U.S. dominated poll thread would favor the Spanish language?
Think of all the cycling fun the French are having.
P-R, TDF, and this.
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Spanish is easy (aside from trying to get rid of the white boy accent) and very useful.

I took a lot of less useful classes in college just because they seemed more fun, and look at me now. You don't want to end up like that.
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