Should I learn Spanish or French in Middle School?
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?
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.
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.
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. :)