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French or Spanish?

High schools all over the U.S. offer a wide variety of electives that students can take in order to get credits for graduation. Among those electives are foreign language classes. The most common foreign languages found in high schools are French and Spanish. Up coming freshman may not know which language fits them best, so naturally most people pick Spanish thinking it will be the easiest of the two. The real question is how difficult or easy is each of these languages to teach, and/or learn and why?

Mrs. Levi is a Spanish teacher, and has been teaching for five years now. Evans High is truly blessed to have her with us. If she did not pursue her dream to become a teacher, she would have become an accountant. She was encouraged to become a Spanish teacher because she feels that it is very important to know a variety of languages. According to Mrs. Levi, more people in the south speak Spanish, so more people take the class. Mrs. Levi also claimed that more people worldwide speak Spanish than they do French. She says the most important thing to remember when learning Spanish is to open up your mind and allow the language to speak to you. Mrs. Levi has made goals for her students and she really wants to see them grow through the years in her class.

Zach Kendrick, a sophomore, claimed he took Spanish because, ” It sounded easier than French would be”. He sometimes has a hard time with the language, but it can be agreed that some standards are harder to understand than others. The main struggle Zach has faced so far this year is understanding his teacher, Mrs. Levi, because of her accent.

Mrs. Hopkins, a French teacher who studied at Harlem High, has been teaching for twenty three years. She was encouraged to teach by her college professor and her mother who always thought she had a love for learning languages. If Mrs. Hopkins did not become a teacher, she would be a news anchor right now, but luckily for us she fell madly in love with the language. She believes that most people take French because of the zoning. She claims that since we are near Mexico more people will speak Spanish, but she also said that if we were up north people would most likely take French over Spanish. An advantage of taking French is it helps you better understand where English gets most of its words. Mrs. Hopkins says that French and Spanish are fairly equal in some ways, but to the students who re signing up for French make sure to study and participate during class. ” It is a skill and takes time to learn”.

Savannah Hood, who is also a sophomore, is taking French. Her reasoning for taking French is, ” French is a cool culture, and our language originated from it”. She believes French is pretty easy to learn, but she also claims that Mrs. Hopkins pushes her to do her best. One major struggle she has with the language is learning French words that have more than one meaning.

The choice is yours. French and Spanish are very similar in some ways, but there will be obstacles no matter which way you go.