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French or Italian?

Hello all! I'll be attending university come Fall and I am required to take at least one year of a language (the school that I will be attending does not offer German, so, sadly, I cannot continue with German at school). I was considering taking Spanish, as I took it for about 10 years when I was younger, but I've decided that I just don't like Spanish very much. I've narrowed it down to French and Italian. French, because I would love to visit Quebec and Paris and I've heard that Parisians get snooty when tourists speak English to them; Italian because it's my ancestral language and I would absolutely love to visit Italy. I'm having a difficult time deciding and was wondering if anyone could offer me any advice. Thank you!

June 1, 2017



Parisians are now more open minded and in Quebec most people speak English. But if you like French why not. Italian is easier than French, the grammar is very similar, but the French pronunciation is a lot more difficult. In my city it is easier to practice Italian than French. Some French speakers are difficult, they do not like broken French. Italians are great, they are going to assume that you speak fluent Italian and talk to you for hours. Study the language you like the most.


Italian is spoken in Italy and a small piece of Switzerland.

French is spoken in France, parts of Switzerland, Belgium and Canada, and as the most common second language in Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea, the DRC, other countries in Africa, many parts of the Caribbean, and more.

Who do you want to talk to? If you are most interested in Italy, learn Italian. If not, French is probably better.


Italian is easier but both are amazing!

Here are links for Italian and French filled with resources to maybe help decide or to help studying it when/if you choose:

http://cecelialanguages.tumblr.com/Ultimate%20French%20Resources (French) http://cecelialanguages.tumblr.com/post/153056431931/the-ultimate-resource-post-italian (Italian)


I think you'd like both.

They are quite similar in grammar and structure, but French pronunciation is more difficult to imitate and to understand (at least for me, the Italian sounds are clearer).

If you have already studied Spanish for 10 years, then you would learn Italian quite fast (Spanish grammar and structure is very similar to both Italian and French, but Spanish phonetics is closer to Italian, in my opinion) but you could also learn French quite fast after having studied Spanish for that many years.

I myself like them both, so I cannot clearly help you to choose just one of them.


If you will have plenty of opportunities to speak w/ relatives in Italian, or if you want a slightly "easier" language, at least at first, than study Italian. Otherwise try French--there is much more original literature in French, and it is spoken in many more places. Whichever you study first, if you learn it very well then learning the other will be easier.

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