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Old 11-20-2009, 04:29 PM
 
Location: Bergen County, NJ
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I think that the U.S. should have French as second language as Canada.
NO, not Spanish, even though it's more Spanish than French speaking here.

French is spoken by much more countries than it is of the Spanish.
It's also the second most widely spoken language in the world after English.

French is the most romantic language in the world! VIVE LA FRANCAIS!!

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Old 11-20-2009, 04:47 PM
 
Location: St Paul, MN - NJ's Gold Coast
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The Spanish language is more important in this country than the French language whether you like it or not.
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Old 11-20-2009, 05:10 PM
 
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yea great idea. Lets speak a language that only one country to the north of us speaks in moderation and ignore the language that millions of USA residents along with the majority of countries in our hemisphere speak.
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Old 11-20-2009, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Pasadena
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Actually Spanish is overwhelmingly the tongue of the Americas.
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Old 11-20-2009, 05:38 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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That it's spoken in many nations is an argument for more schools having French classes, but I don't think it's a good argument for having it as a second language.
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Old 11-20-2009, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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I speak Spanish(even tho Im not hispanic or latin or ethnically related) and I find it incredibly useful beyond comparison in California.

After 15+ years of speaking the language, I couldnt imagine not being able to communicate with spanish speaking neighbors and people at the store, on the street etc.

Its incredibly natural to speak in spanish in many places around the US.
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Old 11-20-2009, 05:53 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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While French may be more useful in states like Maine, Michigan, Vermont, and other areas that border Canada, Spanish is more useful overall. Also, many French Canadians speak English, while few Mexicans speak English.
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Old 11-20-2009, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Near L.A.
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Technically, until our federal government officially establishes a first language, then a second language can't be had. All languages are not our official language, including English (even though English is the language with which private and public sectors primarily conduct business in the U.S.)
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Old 11-20-2009, 05:58 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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Default Why not learn BOTH?

I'm focusing on learning both of these languages. Both are important.
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Old 11-20-2009, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Fresno
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I think that the U.S. should have French as second language as Canada.
NO, not Spanish, even though it's more Spanish than French speaking here.

French is spoken by much more countries than it is of the Spanish.
It's also the second most widely spoken language in the world after English.

French is the most romantic language in the world! VIVE LA FRANCAIS!!
French is NOT the second most widely spoken language in the world. Even English is not the most widely spoken language. I believe that goes to Mandarin Chinese. Where did you get your facts from???
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