Once again, I find myself struggling with my infinite conflicting interests. Why can´t there be more things I don´t like? While this problem occurs fairly often in all number of forms, today it shapes itself as a question: What languages should I take in the fall?
A recent, priceless conversation on Skype went something like this:
Acacia: “What language do you think I should study this fall?”
Acacia´s mom, completely serious: “Well, how about Turkish?”
No offense to my mom; I would love to learn Turkish. That would be awesome. Unfortunately, my status would officially be reduced to Acacia, Master of Useless Languages. Even more so than now. (Norwegian… who speaks it?)
Originally, I wanted something extremely challenging and marketable, like Russian, Arabic or Mandarin Chinese. (Enter my disappointment with Franklin´s language department.) My choices as of now are Spanish, Italian, French, and German. I took Spanish for 5 years, and have a lot of it floating around in the part of my brain that is not currently activated. I know I could speak it alright if put in a demanding situation. I decided some months ago to learn German, but after actually studying it and being in Germany for a week or so, I decided something else would be more fun. So, here´s the thing.
I´ve decided that for now, my brain can reasonably handle two languages at once on top of English and Norwegian. Although I wouldn´t really have much use for it otherwise, I´m going to take Italian because, well, I´m moving to an Italian-speaking part of the world. I don´t want to be linguistically clueless for a possible 4 years. That´s just plain careless. So, the decision is narrowed down to either Spanish or French.
If I studied Spanish, I would become more or less fluent in it after a while. I would be able to speak and communicate marvelously. So many people speak it, too, but I don´t like warm places all that much… like South America, Central America, Spain… those are all warm places. Hmm. It´s such a beautiful language, though.
If I studied French, I think it would go pretty quickly because it´s so similar to Spanish, but I would be set back to square one. Most likely, I would end up being able to speak both Spanish and French on a mediocre level. However, this would give me communication benefits not only in France, but in Canada and some parts of Africa. Which is worth more: Being able to communicate on a fairly basic level with people all over the world, or being able to communicate with fabulous precision with people in a few specific countries?
Feedback would be really, really cool. Which language do you think I should study, and why?