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Old 11-23-2009, 01:48 AM
 
Location: California
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I'm a native English speaker, took four years of French in school, and am currently studying Italian. Of the two (French and Spanish), I far prefer French, but Spanish is much closer to either Portuguese or Italian. This really depends on your personal preference. You can find many practical applications for French, especially in high society. It really all depends on what you want to learn. The Francospehere, as a previous poster indicated, is indeed large and influential on the world stage. Also, once you learn one of French, Italian, Spanish, or Portuguese, the others become infinitely easier to learn. Because I know a bit of French, Italian class has become an easy "A" for me.
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Old 11-23-2009, 07:39 AM
 
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Sounds like you want to learn French. Do it, then. You don't need to speak Spanish in New Jersey anyway.
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Old 11-23-2009, 09:12 AM
 
Location: MichOhioigan
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Do you plan on staying in the U.S.? Then I would say Spanish. If you plan on returning to Europe then I would say French. Also what are your career goals and interests? Could either language help you there?
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Old 11-23-2009, 09:16 AM
 
Location: southern california
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arabic will get you 250,000K a year as a translator in bagdad working for good ol DOD.
i speak french and spanish, how much do you think they are paying me for typing on CDF 30 hrs a week? go for the money, door number 1.
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Old 11-23-2009, 06:43 PM
 
Location: St Paul, MN - NJ's Gold Coast
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Learn Spanish first since you're in a country that's gaining a bigger and bigger Latino population every year.
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Old 12-03-2009, 06:10 AM
 
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I lived in Belgium (the french speaking part) 20 minutes away from france and now I am geneva switzerland where french is spoken and I am 5 minutes away from france and trust me..... after a while FRENCH IS NOT SO GORGEOUS LIKE IT SOUND IN THE MOVIES OR SONGS...... IT'S SO THROAT AND NASALLY ANNOYING
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Old 12-03-2009, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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My 4th language was Portuguese. Spanish was my 5th.

I say Spanish.
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Old 12-03-2009, 10:42 AM
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Location: Ohio
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I was asked behind the scenes how this thread is on-topic for General US. The question the OP seems to be asking is which of the two languages will be most useful in the most places across the US. Those last 3 words are what makes it on-topic here.
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Old 12-03-2009, 10:48 AM
 
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I took Spanish because I thought it would be more practical but I really wanted to take French. Well, I live in Texas and I made the right decision.

* But I'd still love to learn French.

Does anyone speak Spanish and Italian? Do you ever get confused?
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Old 12-03-2009, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Pueblo, CO
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First of all, why do you want to learn French or Spanish? Just to speak an other language or because you want to use it for work purpose? If you just want to learn an other language for fun, than you already know which one to choose and if you also want an advantage at work go for Spanish first and later just for fun for French. You seem to have a knack for languages, so you can learn both of them. I speak German (I am from Germany), Dutch (I went to school there for a couple of years, part of my family is Dutch) and English of course. I fell in love with English when I was a teenager and went to summer school in Great Britain. I love Spanish too and I might go for it soon.
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