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Serious Question. Is the French language worth learning? I don't think it is, my wife however does. I think it is because of the way it sounds

 
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Re: Serious Question. Is the French language worth learning? I don't think it is, my wife however does. I think it is because of the way it sounds
It is a pity Americans basically reject other languages.

Many/most Europeans and other areas in the world, can speak several languages, including English.
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Re: Serious Question. Is the French language worth learning? I don't think it is, my wife however does. I think it is because of the way it sounds
Serious question, some french people might get pissed at me for saying I don't think their language is worth learning, but they will have to deal with it.

Have 3 kids, one is 3 and is going to be starting kindergarten not this year but the next. There is an option where to leave to send her to an elementary school, within the same school district where they will be taught completely in french. They don't start English lessons until the third grade. The schools advises parents to read to, and have the children read in English EVERYDAY however so they obviously will not be stunted in their native language development (If I am going to go through with this I will be hiring an english language tutor for private lessons)

Then in middle school they are integrated with the other elementary schools but they are able to take advanced french classes as part of their program. And then obviously in high school they have the AP french classes and what not.

I love this idea, this is a called a total immersion program. I think it is great for children's development to be coursed so well in a second language. It will literally be like having two native languages, not just able to speak or listen but have a full grasp of the entire language.

The ONLY problem I have with the program is that it is for French... outside of Francophile culture loving and literature, I absolutely see no use for this language.

If this were a Spanish, Mandarin, or even a German program I would fully support it. Actually probably even Portuguese because of Brazil or even Angola on the rise.

I just don't see how the sacrifice of literally learning in a foreign language for the first 6 years of your education is worth it if the language is not worth learning from a economic and geopolitical stand point.

So my children will speak and write in French perfectly, wow, so what are they goign to do with that being American? Move to france and have 75% of their wages taxed by the government? No thanks..

French is even dying in Canada. Immigrants don't learn French, they learn English. And Quebec's attempts at saving it are going to fail.

Any help with this? My wife is in love with the idea, but I suspect it is more of a romantic notion than a practical one...
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Better to start with Russian. It is actually very sofisticated language, and it increases brain level alot.
And Russian culture are bigger then French.
Then go to Latin. This is the way to open science and cultural basis to Western Civilisation. And French language are dying, 10 years ahead therу will be arabic as second State language in France.
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Re: Serious Question. Is the French language worth learning? I don't think it is, my wife however does. I think it is because of the way it sounds
It's the path of least resistance for Americans. Why learn another language? Most never leave the States. If we do, what, for a few weeks? So, spend all that time and effort to order food?

Europe is a different matter. Learning another language is almost a necessity if you plan on traveling a couple hundred miles in any direction!
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I would recommend Arabic or Mandarin. Those will become standard in America if Obama gets his way.
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Re: Serious Question. Is the French language worth learning? I don't think it is, my wife however does. I think it is because of the way it sounds
I grew up bilingual. I now speak six languages and can muddle through many more if they're in the same language groups.

It may not be the case in Minnesota, but in places like New York there are often well-paying, hard-to-fill jobs available for people who speak the less popular languages like French and German. We can never predict where we will end up in life and languages simply give us more options.

Once you've learned French it becomes easy to learn Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, Italian and Romanian.

I met a couple in Spain who were both educated in a language other than Spanish; the wife went to a school taught by Irish nuns and the husband went to a French school where all subjects were taught in French and Spanish language and grammar was just one of the subjects. He told me that when they sat for national exams (all in Spanish) the pupils from his school got some of the highest scores--even in Spanish grammar! He was also one of the fastest English students I had ever had. He had to learn it fast because he had been hired by an American company and he simply sailed through the beginner's English book.

There are English people here in France who emigrated with their children who then became bilingual. As adults, some of these kids went back to the UK and got great jobs due to their complete familiarity with spoken and written French as well as an understanding of the French way of doing things.

Canada demands bilingualism even in predominantly Anglophone provinces outside Quebec.
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Re: Serious Question. Is the French language worth learning? I don't think it is, my wife however does. I think it is because of the way it sounds
Drink 2 bottles of wine then stick marbles and cum in your mouth and you will get the same effect.
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Re: Serious Question. Is the French language worth learning? I don't think it is, my wife however does. I think it is because of the way it sounds
as for the use I do the french language, I would bart it for any other language. Nice language but quite irrelevant outside cuktural interest.

Maybe once Africa will start to become center of economy in the next 10/20 years at least, French could be useful to use in colonies.

But actually africans are learning chinese

so go for CHINESE, folowed by russian,spanish and arabic.

Then if you are looking for languages that shape the brain to be lernt at small age. Indi or Italian

Indi for mathematic and computer/science and italian for problem solving and free thinking
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Re: Serious Question. Is the French language worth learning? I don't think it is, my wife however does. I think it is because of the way it sounds
Spanish is a good entrance for South America, California (soon) and a few Europe countries. French use to be an elite language in the 19th century when Paris was the place to be seen for intellectuals and artists but not anymore.

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