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View Poll Results: The French Language or the Spanish Language?
French 21 48.84%
Spanish 21 48.84%
Other (Please Specify) 1 2.33%
Voters: 43. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-10-2013, 09:27 PM
 
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I'm a native English speaker and fluent in Portuguese. I'm currently in Brazil and, if I can arrange a job, will be moving back within the next two years. I'm deciding to teach myself another language, and I'm not really sure if I should choose Spanish or French. Due to Portuguese, I can (fairly) easily read and understand spanish, but to actually learn it feels impossible! It has so many similarities to Portuguese that when i think I'm speaking Spanish, it's just Portuguese with a weird accent. I'm starting to give up...

Meanwhile, there's French. Most people I ask are implying that it's a "dying" language. Not sure about that, seeing as how so many african countries use it and Africa should be growing rapidly this century. However, French is one of the few languages that I would learn just for the literature (like Persian or English). It's a wonderful poetic language, although I personally think it's not all that pretty to the ears.

My career deals with agriculture and architecture, if that helps anyone. While money/career should never be the sole reason you learn a language, it definitely plays a part.

So which one would you choose after Portuguese, and why? Why not the other one?
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Old 06-10-2013, 09:31 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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It really depends where in the world you want to live and work.
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Old 06-10-2013, 10:52 PM
 
Location: Keizer, OR
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Spanish would be better to know since the rest of South America mostly speaks Spanish.
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Old 06-11-2013, 12:54 AM
 
Location: Denver
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Well I'm from Louisiana...
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Old 06-11-2013, 02:17 AM
 
Location: Pacific NW
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Estimates (and these seem to be pretty unsure figures) are that 145 million people are native French speaking, and 406 million are Spanish speaking.

That's why I'd pick Spanish.
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Old 06-11-2013, 02:23 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Well I'm from Louisiana...
Not Quebec.
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Old 06-11-2013, 02:34 AM
 
Location: Czech Republic
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Spanish is more widely spoken in the world, about 500 million speak Spanish.

French and Spanish are two of the most beautiful languages in the world.
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Old 06-11-2013, 02:45 AM
 
Location: EU
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There is no point in voting (there rarely is). Both languages are useful. I found French harder than Spanish though.

And French is not a dying language at all.
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Old 06-11-2013, 02:48 AM
 
Location: Singapore
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Spanish in that part of the world unless you plan to go to France or Canada, besides Spanish sounds much better imo
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Old 06-11-2013, 02:54 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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I'm a native English speaker and fluent in Portuguese. I'm currently in Brazil and, if I can arrange a job, will be moving back within the next two years.
Moving back to where? Canada? Learn French.

United States? Learn Spanish.

UK? Learn Spanish so that you can communicate with the locals when you go to visit your friend's villa down there.

Africa? Learn French so that you can communicate with most of the rest of your continent. Between French, English, and Portuguese, you should be able to get by pretty much anywhere on the continent. Brush up on Dutch to make the cycle complete.
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