#1 Posted by sungahymn (1009 posts) -


#2 Posted by Sooty (8082 posts) -

if you have to ask the Internet to decide this don't bother with either, without real reasons you won't stick to any language learning.

#3 Posted by BrockNRolla (1702 posts) -

If you live in North America (Or south for that matter), the right answer is Spanish.

That being said, I'm from the US and trying to learn a little French on the side right now, so I'll say French.

#4 Posted by Pezen (1604 posts) -

Depends who you want to impress and if you are planning to visit France anytime in your lifetime.

#5 Edited by Slax (918 posts) -

Where do you live? If the answer is Mexico, I'd suggest Spanish.

#6 Edited by sungahymn (1009 posts) -

Next semester, I going to have to learn a secondary language if I'm going to college. My home-school institution only provides material (I think) for only a few languages: Spanish, French, German, Latin, and one more that escapes my memory. My mom and I discussed and ultimately it was either Spanish or French. My mom encourages French because she knows a little of it herself, which she can't say for Spanish. The problem is, my older brother says if I'm going in an university in America, I should learn Spanish. My argument is that I have more affinity for French than Spanish, and since I'm planning to go to college in the East Coast (where French is supposedly more common), I should learn French. My brother can be really stubborn and constantly tries to convince me to learn Spanish whenever the topic comes up. My dad is pretty indifferent and says either French or Spanish is fine.

EDIT: Whoops, looks like I should have been faster at posting this. I messed this up, didn't I?

#7 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

@Slax said:

Where do you live? If the answer is Mexico, I'd suggest Spanish.

What an oddly incredibly specific answer.

#8 Posted by uniform (1835 posts) -

Learn Spanish. Teach your mother.

#9 Posted by BrockNRolla (1702 posts) -

There are only a few areas of the US were Spanish is very important (Texas, New Mexico, southern California). As someone who has lived in multiple areas of the country throughout my life, I've never felt a need to know Spanish, but I can easily say that there have been plenty of opportunities for me to use it had I known the language.

What would you enjoy more though? If you have an affinity for French, does it mean you like speaking it? If that's the case, you're probably better off running with it. Languages are never easy and they are hell to learn if you don't enjoy them on some level.

#10 Posted by ajamafalous (11992 posts) -

I live in Texas, so I hear Spanish and everything associated with it all the time, so I took three years of French in high school because fuck Spanish. I liked the language.

#11 Posted by BigChickenDinner (766 posts) -

Well, I've been all up and down the west coast and Spanish is spoken everywhere From Seattle to San Diego. However, unless you plan on going into the shady low income immigrant areas of the cities, You really wont be around that many Spanish speakers. Also not a single fucker goes around speaking French in the USA. I don't care what coast your on. I vote Spanish as it would have more use.

#12 Posted by MikkaQ (10288 posts) -

French will get you laid a lot more than Spanish. Just putting that out there, something to consider.

Of course as a Frenchman, I'm a LITTLE biased. Just a tad. I also think it sounds nicer. I love rapid-paced arguments in French, they're so rhythmic.

#13 Posted by yoshimitz707 (2453 posts) -

@BrockNRolla said:

If you live in North America (Or south for that matter), the right answer is Spanish.

That being said, I'm from the US and trying to learn a little French on the side right now, so I'll say French.

But what if he lives in Canada? That's part of North America and the answer is French for that region.

#14 Posted by CactusJack (143 posts) -

Learn Spanish. Much more useful than French in America. Unless you plan on doing business in Quebec, in which case they force you to speak French because they are assholes.

#15 Posted by BrockNRolla (1702 posts) -

@yoshimitz707 said:

@BrockNRolla said:

If you live in North America (Or south for that matter), the right answer is Spanish.

That being said, I'm from the US and trying to learn a little French on the side right now, so I'll say French.

But what if he lives in Canada? That's part of North America and the answer is French for that region.

That's a reasonable argument. Nevertheless, I think Spanish is going to be important in both areas. If you find yourself crisscrossing Canada, then French will be just as useful.

#16 Posted by blindisaac (141 posts) -

@sungahymn said:

Next semester, I going to have to learn a secondary language if I'm going to college. My home-school institution only provides material (I think) for only a few languages: Spanish, French, German, Latin, and one more that escapes my memory. My mom and I discussed and ultimately it was either Spanish or French. My mom encourages French because she knows a little of it herself, which she can't say for Spanish. The problem is, my older brother says if I'm going in an university in America, I should learn Spanish. My argument is that I have more affinity for French than Spanish, and since I'm planning to go to college in the East Coast (where French is supposedly more common), I should learn French. My brother can be really stubborn and constantly tries to convince me to learn Spanish whenever the topic comes up. My dad is pretty indifferent and says either French or Spanish is fine.

EDIT: Whoops, looks like I should have been faster at posting this. I messed this up, didn't I?

EDIT 2: Can a mod move me up or something?

I live on the east coast in the States and Spanish is way more prevalent than most other languages. You are thinking of eastern Canada where Quebec. That is where French is very common in North America.

#17 Posted by Elazul (1327 posts) -

Spanish is way more useful, dude.

Remember, kids: "El perro chingada su madre".

#18 Posted by DarthOrange (3861 posts) -

@sungahymn said:

My mom and I discussed and ultimately it was either Spanish or French.

Haha that's always funny.

Dude Spanish is useful all around the US. What part of the east coast do you want to study in? New York has one of the densest populations of Puerto Ricans and Dominicans in the world. Spanish is totally more popular than French among the majority there.

#19 Edited by sungahymn (1009 posts) -

@DarthOrange: Rhode Island. I like cold places, where the bugs are dead. At least, I assume it's cold.

#20 Posted by rawrsair (821 posts) -

I know French so I'mma' say French

#22 Posted by SpoogeMcduck (191 posts) -

Some say that French is still the language of big business in certain places of the world. I'd go with that. Though with the Phillipines growing economy then maybe you'd want Spanish...

#23 Posted by mlarrabee (2951 posts) -

Spanish would be the wiser choice, I think, though Japanese or Chinese would be best.

But French is more beautiful, in my opinion.

#24 Posted by krzysztofkrol (1 posts) -

It depends on what country you are going to live in - actually its no reason to learn a language just for travelling or occasional use - english is enough. But if you plan to move to another country - then learn their language.

#25 Edited by zFUBARz (627 posts) -

French is pretty easy to pick up, but then They teach it to you for like 10 years up here, so I never had a choice.

i'd say learn latin, then you can understand all the romance languages fairly competently.

#26 Posted by AziMuttyo (82 posts) -

mandarin

#27 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

It's been a year, guys. I think he's decided.

#28 Posted by Sursh (243 posts) -

what do you want to learn more?