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#1 14 years ago

Okay guys, well here is the deal. In my junior and senior years, I have to take a language class, as two years of a language is now required to attend most colleges and universities. Now I have three choices: German Spanish French Now, most people would probably go with spanish, as a lot of them dudes live in our country (The US of A), but I do not really want to learn such a stupid language. However, I do plan on going to Europe some day, and I would like to know German. Here is the problem. I either learn a language I am hardly going to use, but that I might benefit from using, German, or I learn spanish, a language spoken by an elite group of lawn mowing people. Beneficially, learning spanish would help me. But, I would rather learn german. I want to know what you guys would pick. Edit-If you happen to know the difficulty of each language, I would like to know that as well. I hear spanish is easier to learn, but I really have no clue.




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#2 14 years ago

German may look better on a CV from a business viewpoint, at least, an international business viewpoint. The Spanish there should be taking the time to learn English if they're going to stay, not the other way around.




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#3 14 years ago

What about French? Is there any benefits in learning French? I dislike the French, so I don't want to learn their language anyways, but I am just curious.




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#4 14 years ago

Hmm. If you're asking in a business sense, I don't think French is as important as German -- smaller economy, fewer LARGE international business and suchlike. Although it really depends what company you end up working for and who they deal with, but you'd probably be better off with German for variety. Unless you intend to live there.... which I doubt :p




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#5 14 years ago

No I don't, but I do want to take a vacation there, since my family is about 50% German and all.




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#6 14 years ago

No, I meant France. But if you're going to Germany, and you have family ties to Germany, I personally would probably learn it on principle.




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#7 14 years ago

That is what I am thinking. Plus I saw pictures of Germany, and they have a lot of hot chicks there.




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#8 14 years ago

LMAO, there you go then. German it is!




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#9 14 years ago

Ich habe ein tot müde affe um die ecke!

That's about all german I know, and I had it for 4 fucking years.




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#10 14 years ago

I've been speaking fluent English since I was 11. Then they made me study French, for 6 long years, and German for 5 years. I also got English lessons for 7 years, but that was more practicing and reading. I also did Latin for 2 years. Now, since 1 month I've been studying Spanish (for the fun of it). Offcourse, I also speak my native language, Dutch.

If I were you I'd choose Spanish, simply because it's the second most spoken language there is ( I think, maybe it's the third, but it's either one of those). But maybe that's because German was easier for me to learn, because of the (few) similarities between Dutch and German.

Funny they only make you do 1 language. Here English, German and French are required to go to university. (However, you can pass German and French without being fluent, you only need to be able to read it. I couldn't make a sentence in French, but I could read the newspaper in French and understand it. My German is a lot better though.)