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Rumba asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 1 decade ago

Should I take French or Spanish?

I'm heading to the business field, and I'm not sure which language to take--- Spanish, or French? Which would help me more in the future?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    While any language will be useful for some jobs or for some regions, French is the only foreign language that can be useful throughout the world as well as in the United States. French as a foreign language is the second most frequently taught language in the world after English. The International Organization of Francophonie has 51 member states and governments. Of these, 28 countries have French as an official language. French is the only language other than English spoken on five continents. French and English are the only two global languages.

    When deciding on a foreign language for work or school, consider that French is the language that will give you the most choices later on in your studies or your career.

    French, along with English, is the official working language of

    * the United Nations

    * UNESCO

    * NATO

    * Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

    * the International Labor Bureau

    * the International Olympic Committee

    * the 31-member Council of Europe

    * the European Community

    * the Universal Postal Union

    * the International Red Cross

    * Union of International Associations (UIA)

    French is the dominant working language at

    * the European Court of Justice

    * the European Tribunal of First Instance

    * the Press Room at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium

    One example of the importance of French can be seen in a recent listing of international jobs (8/25/08) distributed by the US State Department: 78 required or preferred French, 27 a UN language (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish), 17 Spanish, 10 Arabic, 5 Russian, and 3 German, 1 Chinese.

    Of the various types of professional positions for which international organizations recruit, five required French, two Spanish, one Portuguese, and one Arabic, according to the fact sheet released by the UN Employment Information and Assistance Unit Bureau of International Organization Affairs U.S. Department of State, December 1, 2000.

    The Economics of French and France

    * French is the foreign language spoken by our largest trading partner (Canada).

    * The province of Quebec alone is the sixth largest trading partner of the United States with approximately $72 billion in trade in 2006.

    * In 2006, the United States exported and imported more to countries having French as a national language than to countries having any other foreign language. Exports to Canada alone in that year were greater than the combined exports to all countries south of the United States.

    * From 2003 to 2006 trade between France and the United States increased by 75% with one billion dollars of transactions taking place every day.

    * The U.S. and France share many trade similarities, particularly their global standing as the world's top 2 exporters in 3 very important sectors: defense products, agricultural goods, and services. Franco-American trade is also remarkable for its symmetry, as 6 of the top 10 exports are the same each way.

    * France has the sixth largest economy in the world after the U.S., Japan, China, Germany, and England. In 2006, the French GDP was $2.231 trillion and China's was $2.668 trillion.

    * France is the second largest exporter of agricultural products in the world after the U.S.

    * In recent years, the U.S. has been the largest direct investor in France. France is nearly tied with Japan, Germany and the Netherlands as the second largest foreign investor in the U.S.

    * The world invests in France: in 2006, France was the third largest destination of foreign investment in the world.

    * French companies employ approximately 500,000 Americans, and US companies employ nearly 600,000 people in France. Among foreign countries doing business in the US, France employs the third largest number of Americans.

    * French is one of the languages spoken in the US: 1.9 million Americans speak French in the home. (2000 US Census)

    * Overall, the French export more per capita than the Japanese and more than twice as much as the Americans. France is overall, the fourth largest exporting nation of the world.

    * France is the world's leader in the production of luxury goods.

    * More tourists visit France than any other country in the world.

    * France gives more foreign aid per capita to developing nations than does the US.

    Science and Technology

    * France will be the site of the world's first nuclear fusion reactor, the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor

    * Seven of France's top ten exports to the U.S. are industrial or high technology products.

    * France is the fourth largest producer of automobiles in the world (Renault, Peugeot, Citroën) and the third largest exporter.

    * France is fourth in research among countries of the Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation (after Japan, Germany, and the US).

    * France is a major world research cent

  • 5 years ago

    I studied, speak and teach both Spanish and French. I taught very young secondary school boys (11 years old) who studied both Spanish and French together. That was the curriculum in our school system. And so, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend both at once. Both languages have many features (especially grammar and idioms) in common, and if teachers are well trained and properly grounded in foreign language instruction methods, they can emphasize those connections. In that way, they'll make learning easier and great fun for the students. But If I had to choose one before the other, I'd do Spanish first, as it is the easier of the two, especially in pronunciation. it is not true to say that the two languages are nothing alike. They both derive from Latin/Romance roots and retain many common vocabulary words (often with only slight changes in inflections).

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago


  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Spanish is more widely used in the United States than French so Spanish might be your best bet. If you were going into the medical career Latin would be the best bet though since a lot of medical terminology comes from Latin.. not to mention both French and Spanish have a lot of similarities to Latin. Spanish will probably help more in your future but it could be useful to learn more languages, who says you only have to be bilingual, why not trilingual?

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  • 1 decade ago

    Spanish and English are like the two most spoken languages in the world, so spanish would be a better option.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    French would be a really cool language to learn, but Spanish would probably help more in your future.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It depends where your gonna be working. If it's the usa than I suggest spanish, if canada or europe than french. But If i were you I would learn one fluently and at least enough of the other to get by just in case.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    well that depends on what you have planned in the future but if you live in america then i would suggest spanish more people speak spanish than french and would be more useful if you want to be a secretary, teacher, lawyer, psychologist and ect

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