Should Have Used Duolingo
Last year, my dad wanted me to learn French on Rosetta Stone. I did (but forgot it soon after I stopped). His reason for believing that I should learn French was because, when he was a teenager, he went with his friend up into Quebec and got lost. He asked a woman for directions -- and she spoke all French! (She helped them find a man who knew a little English, though.) My mom wants me to learn Spanish this year because it is not only more widely spoken than French, but because once she was working in a company's building, and only one man knew Spanish and English. The other workers directed any Spanish callers to him, and he earned more money than anyone else. I'm not sure if the world was blessed with this site back then, but I'm certain that almost any bilingual conundrum could be solved by usage of Duolingo! It is THE BEST language site ever. :D
Before Duolingo there were other ways to learn - pick up a book in a different language, use a dictionary, take classes. That's how I did it back in the day when I had to walk to school barefoot, uphill both ways with an onion tied to my belt
Both Spanish and French are very important but since you live in the US, I suggest you only to learn Spanish first up to a good level. The US have approximately 90 million Spanish speakers (more than in Spain!) so that knowing Spanish is very important! I prefer learning French at first because it is more useful in Europe (and I learn it in my vocational training as well). And if you once decide to restart learning French again, please do this, but only after you have a good knowledge in Spain. Otherwise, the languages will intertwine too much. Good luck =)
I agree with you, she should try to learn Spanish first. More people speak it in the U.S which would help her more in many situations just like she said getting better pay and even more job opportunities when a job requires someone to know spanish. French is still would be very useful to learn and she should after she learns spanish because i'm sure she would benefit from it more here in the U.S
Personally, I wouldn't warn against learning Spanish and French at the same time. For me, they're different enough to keep separate. If you already know some Spanish and some French, learning Italian and Portuguese at the same time is a bad idea. I speak from experience. Strength of will conquers all, though... At least as far as language learning goes.
wow. All of you guys has already learnt too many languages via this site. I am a newbie and just have found this site recently. I am planning to go to study in UK. My English is fine so i just have tried French. Is that a good choice???
If you're studying in the UK then you won't need any other language while in the UK (though you don't say where you are -- for certain parts of Wales it's genuinely useful to have a little Welsh). But France is very convenient for a day or weekend trip by train or ferry if you're in the south of England. Otherwise practically everywhere in Europe is equally accessible by plane so you should pick the language of the country you're most interested in visiting. In terms of general usefulness as a lingua franca in different countries, French and German are about equally useful in Europe. Spanish, Italian and Portuguese are rather less so.