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Old 09-20-2004, 03:57 PM   #1
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French or German?

According to my self-appointed advisor, I *must* take a language next semester. This does not leave me alot of time to decide.

My school only offers 3 languages: French, German and Spanish.
I am trying to decide between the first two.

I was originally thinking German, since it's fairly close to Middle English and Anglo-Saxon, both of which I enjoy, but now I wonder if French might be more useful, seeing as it's spoken more places.

What's the general consensus? (I'm also taking a Beginning Russian course at another school, but I won't get credit for it.)
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Old 09-20-2004, 04:02 PM   #2
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I struggled through the last two semesters of German (I had to have three).

If it is ONLY one semester...do German. If more...and knowing there are a lot of French-Canadian hockey players out there...take French!
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Old 09-20-2004, 04:04 PM   #3
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The fact that it's the language of hockey does tempt me towards French.

I believe have to take 2 semesters.
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French - you can understand more at the Olympics
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well..French it is!
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I was going to say Spanish as theres more people on the planet that speak Spanish than French or German.

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Is sign language an option? My husband was allowed to take that for his language requirement...
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German! I took 4 years of it.
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Old 09-20-2004, 06:25 PM   #9
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I took French for six years ... and German for only one. One year was more than enough.
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I took four years of German and thought it was relatively easy. The fourth year was kinda hard though b/c we were basically taking German like we would any Lit course in our language (English). We'd read German novels or plays and then have tests with essay type questions. It kinda turned me off to taking German in college, but once I found an essay someone in a 200-level German class had dropped and it was easier than our 2nd year German! Also, German has like half as many words as the other languages and the rules are adhered to much more so than in English. I prefer German b/c I'm Dutch and Dutch is basically right in between German and English so even though I've never taken Dutch, I can read Dutch. My mom is the same way, she took German b/c that's what's offered, but knowing German and being from a Dutch background, she's fluent in reading Dutch. If you take German, you'll also have a basic handle of Yiddish!
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I've studied both French and German (and a few others). My advice is to pick whichever one you're most interested in. Don't go for usefulness. Pick the one you think you'll enjoy more.
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i've never studied either french or german. i've got a personal bias against french because i have a huge mental block against it--i can't for the life of me understand how those sounds come out of the letters that they're corresponded with while written. plus i'm really just not a fan of romance languages. naturally my vote would be for russian, but since that's not an option...
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I took four years of Spanish and a few years ago two years of Russian for my job. I would go with Heartlandgirl's advice. Take the one you would enjoy the most.
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Re: French or German?

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Originally posted by AvsGirl41

I was originally thinking German, since it's fairly close to Middle English and Anglo-Saxon, both of which I enjoy
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Then take German!
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