mandarin is THE MOST spoken language in the world... but it would only be helpful if you know people who speak it, or plan to have a job that travels to foreign countries, etc.
I think taking Spanish is 100% the most beneficial if you live in America. Don't worry about teacher changes. when writing letters of recommendations, one year should be plenty. I wouldn't base your choice of language based on that anyway... EDIT: Spanish 1 is easy once you get the hang of it. Spanish 2 is a bit hard, but not too much. Spanish 3 is reallly easy.
I would only take French for the novelty of the language, because it isn't super necessary in the US. I also think it's very hard.. to pronounce at least :P
I would strongly recommend LATIN!! if your state offers an online/virtual class!
It's VERY easy, and you get to learn about Roman history as well. Fun! Plus, if after taking one year of Latin you decide to switch to Spanish, German or French, those languages are based off of Latin, so they'll be easier to learn!
plus it would help you with English and SAT vocabulary. Latin is used in many, many fields of study, so that would be a big help for later in life, like college.
In summary, out of your options I vote for Spanish, but you should ask a guidance counselor about online classes.
Just take whatever you are most interested, because then you'll thrive... If you take a class just for the grade, you might end up hating it!
Also consider if you're interested in taking any AP courses for languages...
3 years of Spanish, currently taking Latin
· 7 years ago