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Should I learn Spanish or French in Middle School?

[deactivated user]

    I did some Spanish and some French in Duolingo. I have to say that I love both of the languages and I have a great accent for both of them. Please don't say something like "Learn Spanish since you are in the USA," because everyone says that. Has anyone ever regretted learning Spanish over French or French over Spanish?

    July 15, 2017



    Everyone says to learn Spanish if you live in the USA because it's the smart thing to do.

    I took Spanish not because I'm smart, but because the line to register for it was short. Everyone in the school wanted to take French.

    I have never regretted taking Spanish, and it has come in handy on more than one occasion. I have regretted not taking French, but now I'm learning it here on Duolingo!


    I didn't have a choice - only between French and Latin, and I am glad I took French.

    However, I came to Duolingo to learn Spanish, because I wanted to travel in South America. Spanish is so much more useful... There are a lot more countries speaking Spanish than French and while French people prefer not speak a foreign language, they actually do if they have to. Conversely, you hit the wall with English a lot earlier in Spanish speaking countries.

    I felt Spanish is a tad easier. But maybe this was because I could build on some roman language grammar thanks to French. A lot more Spanish vocabularies seem to be closer to English, too.

    From a professional point of view French was more useful for me - but I am from Europe.

    [deactivated user]

      That's a good reply. Have a lingot!


      . . . Oh, but Latin is so cool! However, French is too, and either would have been a good choice (IMHO).


      Learn Spanish since you are in the USA


      You are terrible!

      [deactivated user]


        Can you take / learn both? :-)


        Take both. I do, and I never get them confused. If you don't want to do two though, I suggest Spanish. It's more useful, as there are more Spanish speaking countries than French. I also find Spanish easier than French, if you are looking for the easier language.


        Learn the one that makes you more excited. Between my 4 siblings and I, only one of us refused to take Spanish... she just was so much more in love with French and felt she would regret it if she didn't take it. Personally, I have forgotten much of my Spanish... I took it because I felt like I had to. So really, pick the one you feel more passionate about. Do a few more lessons here on Duolingo and see which one you lean towards. Choose that one! You can always pick up the other one in high school after you have learned the other one to a more comfortable level.


        You could do French at school and Spanish on Duolingo since you've already started learning Spanish here.


        In my school 80% chose Spanish but I chose French. I would advise that you take French in school and learn Spanish on duolingo if you're interested in doing both

        [deactivated user]

          Just curious...why did you want to take French over Spanish?


          My brother and mum both did it and when we were doing the taster lessons for each language I thought French sounded better. I've never regretted my decision


          When I had that exact choice (having learnt the two of them for 3 years prior to making the decision) I decided to continue with French rather than Spanish and I haven't regretted it for a minute - I'm sure Spanish would have been great too, but the French language is so sophisticated and I find it more fascinating than Spanish but maybe it's just me. At the end of the day, choosing not to learn either French or Spanish at middle school won't prohibit you from learning it outside of school or in the future - so it's not the be all and end all. Good luck with your decision, I'm sure you won't regret whichever one you choose. :)

          [deactivated user]

            I really like your reply so I gave you a lingot :)


            Thank you! Glad it was helpful.

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