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What language is best to learn in Highschool?

Posted Nov 12, '12 at 9:05pm

tegan190

tegan190

614 posts

This was a really big concern to me when I started high school. What language is the best to take, and will be the most useful in my daily life and also a job or getting into a good college. I eventually decided to take Spanish out of the choices of french, German, Chinese and Spanish of course. Living in California, and a part of California that is mainly Hispanic I thought that Spanish would be the best choice because I could communicate with the majority of people who spoke another language besides English. I was also concerned if colleges preferred one language over each other, and if my dream job in the future required a different language than Spanish. So far, the extent of my newly learned language was when I ordered a taco in Spanish at my local Taqueria. What language did you guys choose in highschool, or are thinking you're going to take?

 

Posted Nov 12, '12 at 9:16pm

Skeleton_Pilot

Skeleton_Pilot

1,290 posts

I took Spanish because I live in California in an area with a lot of Spanish-speakers, and it's a very easy language to learn... I was so good at it that I decided to continue through college and now I'm a pretty good speaker myself! =)

 

Posted Nov 12, '12 at 9:30pm

tegan190

tegan190

614 posts

I took Spanish because I live in California in an area with a lot of Spanish-speakers, and it's a very easy language to learn... I was so good at it that I decided to continue through college and now I'm a pretty good speaker myself! =)

How many years did it take you to become fluent?

 

Posted Nov 12, '12 at 9:32pm

daleks

daleks

3,234 posts

it's a very easy language to learn

Says you. I sucked at it.

Spanish is a pretty big one to learn. Probably the most useful.  I would put Chinese next, but that is pretty much if you want to go into bushiness. Same with Japanese. The only other one I would consider would be French. I would go with Spanish if I were you.

 

Posted Nov 12, '12 at 9:36pm

Skeleton_Pilot

Skeleton_Pilot

1,290 posts

How many years did it take you to become fluent?

I took Spanish III senior year in high school and I did amazingly in that class, which focused mostly on speaking, and then I went on to take it for two more years in college. I couldn't speak fluently outside of class until that final year.

 

Posted Nov 12, '12 at 9:51pm

sourwhatup2

sourwhatup2

3,255 posts

Well I already know Spanish and English, but I would still say after English, Spanish would be the best choice.. Then maybe some European languages such as French, Italian, German, etc. But yeah English and Spanish are probably some of the most important languages in the world especially when it comes to business and stuff.

You could also learn Mandarin... If you dare.

 

Posted Nov 12, '12 at 9:56pm

idigit

idigit

259 posts

Japanese. it is what i take. or Mandarin. Or German. Those three ill be the major economic powerhouses in the coming years.

 

Posted Nov 12, '12 at 9:58pm

sourwhatup2

sourwhatup2

3,255 posts

Yeah Japanese too.. that's a big one. So Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin, French and German. Yup those are the top ones I think.

 

Posted Nov 12, '12 at 11:12pm

EmperorPalpatine

EmperorPalpatine

4,977 posts

What language did you guys choose in highschool, or are thinking you're going to take?

I didn't take any languages in HS, but I took 2 years of Spanish in MS and remember most of it (and a few words of German over the years). For international auxiliary languages, I think Arabic would be neat, but Spanish and Mandarin will likely be the most useful in the future. Go for (at least) one of those.

 

Posted Nov 12, '12 at 11:19pm

pangtongshu

pangtongshu

8,604 posts

I took Latin my Freshman and Sophomore years (would have continued...but there was only 2 years of the class).
An incentive..apparently people that take Latin class on average do better on their ACT's (or so my counselor told me >_>)

In my opinion...I would take German. But that is just my preference

 
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