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Old 01-16-2013, 10:49 AM   #16
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I had my son take Spanish. Not only do I think it will be useful later on in life here in the US but we also like to take trips to different Countries where their main language is Spanish. If he had felt strongly about another language than I most likely would have let him take that instead.
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:12 AM   #17
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My oldest is in Honors Chinese III. He says it is difficult but it is also his favorite class-total immersion since October of his Freshman year.
IDK. I would let my child decide want language they want to take.
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:16 AM   #18
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While I think Spanish is more practical for everyday encounters ( depending on your area), Chinese will serve her better in a career.
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:17 AM   #19
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I don't know, I am very happy I took 7 years of Spanish because it's spoken so much in the US, it's nice to be able to know what's going on. I feel like not a week goes by that I'm not using my knowledge of Spanish to translate something. It was essential when we moved down to the border, but even this morning I was proud that I knew what they were singing about while I was doing my Zumba. LOL.
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:27 AM   #20
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While I think Spanish is more practical for everyday encounters ( depending on your area), Chinese will serve her better in a career.
Well, depending on what kind of a career she chooses, Chinese MIGHT serve her better. I think if she plans to live in the US, either on the west coast or in the North East, and if she wants to work in Health care, Spanish is a much more practical useful language to be able to speak at work (for example, a doctor or a nurse can explain to a Spanish speaking family or patient about his/her treatment if he speaks Spanish). Same goes for if she wants to teach in certain areas of the country.
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:29 AM   #21
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I would have her start with Spanish! It is easier to learn and a lot of employers these days need people fluent in Spanish.
Then perhaps she could take on Chinese next, especially if it's just to boost her college resume. Spanish is the more practical and useful choice to begin with though.
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:49 AM   #22
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Either of those two would be great choices. I'd pick Mandarin. I wish our schools offered it.
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I would pick Spanish, because it's used much more often in the U.S. and learning one Latin-based language makes learning others much easier. I live in an area where there are lot of Spanish speakers, and although I've never studied Spanish, I speak Italian so many times I can figure out roughly what is being said and I can figure out a lot of ads that are printed in Spanish, just going by what is similar to Italian and the few words I've picked up here & there.
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She should decide. If she truly doesn't care then this is a good time for her to work on her decision making skills. She should be able to access information about both classes through school. It's her education.

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Old 01-16-2013, 12:18 PM   #25
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I would let her pick, but if she asked my advice, I'd lean towards Spanish.

Honestly, the arguments for learning Chinese today are reminiscient of the arguments for learning Russian back when I was in high school (early 90s). We were wee ones during the era of perestroika, and the conventional wisdom was that Russian was a language of emerging importance. My school offered 2 years' worth of Russian, and 5 of Spanish. I had already started and liked Spanish, so I continued in it. Plus, having grown up in south Florida, I saw the utility of being able to speak and understand Spanish.
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Old 01-16-2013, 12:32 PM   #26
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I'd go with Chinese.
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Old 01-16-2013, 01:11 PM   #27
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In the US, learning and knowing Spanish is a lot more practical than Chinese.
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Old 01-16-2013, 02:38 PM   #28
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I am steering my 8th grader towards latin. I really think that the amount of the language they learn is often lost. I have seen studies that show latin is good for raising standardized test scores and will help anyone wanting to go into a medical or law career.

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Old 01-16-2013, 02:44 PM   #29
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I say let her choose.

And for those considering Latin, please don't. Memorizing scientific names and legalese terms doesn't require a grasp of the language (I'm an attorney with a science background...I took Spanish). My DH took Latin, mostly because he wanted to be different. The only thing he's ever done with it was translate a sign in Pompeii for me...poorly.

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Old 01-16-2013, 02:59 PM   #30
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I vetoed Latin, too. If you're well read, chances are excellent you'll have a good vocabulary for those SATs. I also vetoed German. It's a mystery to me why our district still offers it.
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