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Question: What language(s) can you speak/write in (does not need to be fluent)?
English - 148 (31.8%)
Greek - 41 (8.8%)
A Slavic Language - 46 (9.9%)
Romanian - 9 (1.9%)
Spanish/Spanish Derivitive - 43 (9.2%)
Romance (Italian, French, etc) - 51 (11%)
German/Germanic - 36 (7.7%)
Swahili/African - 3 (0.6%)
Arabic - 19 (4.1%)
Coptic - 6 (1.3%)
Klingon/Binary/Other Artificial Language - 15 (3.2%)
Not listed.  Boo! - 48 (10.3%)
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« Reply #45 on: November 12, 2007, 08:56:41 PM »

Hello,

As far as Romance languages go, Italian and Spanish are very similar in vocabulary and Italian and French are very similar in grammar. That is what my high school Italian teacher told us.
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« Reply #46 on: November 13, 2007, 05:09:25 AM »

I am also proficient in binary, hex, ASCII, and UNICODE, C/C++, shell scripting languages, etc.. (yup, computer geek here)
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« Reply #47 on: November 13, 2007, 10:44:09 AM »

Hello,

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There are 10 types of people in this world - those who know binary and those who don't.

That sounds like an interesting plan. Maybe we can hook it up to a synthesizer and see if heavenly music comes out.  Grin

I myself prefer to deal straight with hex, as I find more than 4 octets of binary sheer drudgery.

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« Reply #48 on: November 25, 2007, 07:03:08 PM »

You could have included spanish in the Romance language category and you left out a big one, Latin...which though is the basis for Romance languages, is not actually counted amongst them.
In addition to Latin, I didn't see listed: Chinese, Vietnamese and Hebrew also.
BTW, for R Catholics, it's not like it was before Vatican II, when RC priests had to study Latin for several years.
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« Reply #49 on: November 25, 2007, 07:15:05 PM »

English, Spanish, French, Latin, Gaelic (courtesy of my grandmother), and some Greek.
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« Reply #50 on: April 10, 2008, 06:57:31 AM »

I speak very simple  Smiley  Russian and English.
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« Reply #51 on: April 10, 2008, 10:36:18 AM »

Besides English, I can read French, German, Italian, Spanish, ecclesiastical Latin and Turkish (enough to read a simple newspaper article or order in a restaurant without getting served something really weird).  I'm getting better at reading transliterated Church Slavonic.
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« Reply #52 on: February 10, 2009, 03:43:22 PM »

Podlachian (you can describe it as a mixture of Ukrainian and Belarusian with minor other elements (Polish and Russian)), Belarusian and Polish - native or hardly native
English - I hope I speak it quite well
Ukrainian and Russian - well to understand speech, not very hard to read, can't say anything Tongue
I also studied German but I can say not much except from Ich bin nicht vorbereitet.

and Church Slavonic a bit
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« Reply #53 on: September 09, 2009, 10:14:40 PM »

Newbie weighing in here:  I speak, read, and write English, Portuguese, Spanish (not as fluently as I would like), and I understand a good deal of ecclesiastical Latin thanks to the RCC and parochial schools.  Grin
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« Reply #54 on: September 09, 2009, 11:50:09 PM »

Welcome to the forum EVOO!

I speak English, French, and a teeny, tiny bit of Ukrainian.
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« Reply #55 on: September 10, 2009, 02:35:41 AM »

Hello, EVOO!

I speak Gaelic, Welsh, English, French, German, Danish and a little Russian.
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« Reply #56 on: September 10, 2009, 03:44:56 AM »

English natively, Japanese fluently (but not perfectly), Spanish decently, Swedish basically and several others barely.
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« Reply #57 on: September 10, 2009, 05:48:55 AM »

Hello, EVOO!

I speak Gaelic, Welsh, English, French, German, Danish and a little Russian.

You speak Gaelic?  Irish or Scottish?  I am totally envious.  Irish is my patrimony but I find it too hard to learn it on my own.  I went to the Irish club and not a soul there speaks it!!  I knew that they wouldn't be able to help when the bar tender told me the most popular whisky at the club was Black Douglas!   Grin

Otherwise, I can speak Russian, Serbian, and Latin (if that counts as a spoken language - years ago I did use it in Milan to persuade a priest to allow myself and a brother monk to touch and venerate the relics of Saint Ambrose.)
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« Reply #58 on: September 10, 2009, 05:50:59 AM »

English, Japanese and Chinese fluently, learning Greek and Dutch.
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« Reply #59 on: September 10, 2009, 05:57:19 AM »

Hello, EVOO!

I speak Gaelic, Welsh, English, French, German, Danish and a little Russian.

You speak Gaelic?  Irish or Scottish?  I am totally envious.  Irish is my patrimony but I find it too hard to learn it on my own.  I went to the Irish club and not a soul there speaks it!!  I knew that they wouldn't be able to help when the bar tender told me the most popular whisky at the club was Black Douglas!   Grin

The Rosetta Stone software is very decent, and there are several online radio programs broadcast entirely in Gaelic.

I just ran across these, maybe they can be useful to you.

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Creidim in aon Dia amháin.
An tAthair uilechumhachtach
a rinne neamh agus talamh
agus an uile ní sofheicthe agus dofheicthe
agus in aon Tiarna amháin,
Íosa Críost, Aon-Mhac Dé,
an té a rugadh ón Athair
sula raibh aon saol ann,
Dia ó Dhia, solas ó sholas
fíorDhia ó fhíorDhia;
an té a gineadh agus nach ndearnadh,
agus atá d'aon substaint leis an Athair;
is tríd a rinneadh an uile ní.
Ar ár son-na an cine daonna,
agus ar son ár slánaithe,
thuirling sé ó neamh.
Ionchollaíodh le cumhacht an Spioraid Naoimh é
i mbroinn na Maighdine Muire
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Céasadh ar an gcrois é freisin ar ár son;
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Tiarna agus bronntóir na beatha,
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Tugtar dó adhradh agus glóir
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« Reply #60 on: September 10, 2009, 06:10:48 AM »

Hello, EVOO!

I speak Gaelic, Welsh, English, French, German, Danish and a little Russian.

You speak Gaelic?  Irish or Scottish?  I am totally envious.  Irish is my patrimony but I find it too hard to learn it on my own.  I went to the Irish club and not a soul there speaks it!!  I knew that they wouldn't be able to help when the bar tender told me the most popular whisky at the club was Black Douglas!   Grin

The Rosetta Stone software is very decent, and there are several online radio programs broadcast entirely in Gaelic.

I just ran across these, maybe they can be useful to you.


Thanks, Clancy Boy, but it is not really the reading or writing which kills me.  It is the pronunciation.   And I've found that a lot of it is so subtle, at least to my ear, that radio programmes aren't enough.  I need a teacher who will go over and over it with me.  :-)
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« Reply #61 on: September 10, 2009, 07:43:16 AM »

English, Japanese and Chinese fluently, learning Greek and Dutch.


Can you recommend any good course books for Chinese that are easily available in China?  This is an uphill battle for me!   
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« Reply #62 on: September 17, 2009, 05:59:00 PM »

Welcome, EVOO! You must be a Rachel Ray fan.
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« Reply #63 on: September 17, 2009, 07:39:01 PM »

Welcome, EVOO! You must be a Rachel Ray fan.
Hello there, and thank you.  I'm not a Rachel fan.  She's too brusque for me.  But, I knew the "evoo" was gonna make people wonder.  Grin  "EVOO" stands for Eastern V. Oriental Orthodoxy.  I'm still looking into both of them.  Maybe I better start a thread about my questions.
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« Reply #64 on: September 17, 2009, 08:05:54 PM »

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Hello, EVOO!

I speak Gaelic, Welsh, English, French, German, Danish and a little Russian.

You speak Gaelic?  Irish or Scottish? 

I speak Irish Gaelic. Gaelic words are pronounced very differently from how they are spelled, and so the Irish Gaelic language can be quite difficult to learn (Irish Gaelic focuses on a lot of lenition (aspiration) and eclipses (nasalization), which changes the sounds of various words, of course - see the link). There are a number of resources on the internet, actually. A quick google search of "learn Irish Gaelic" yielded this website:

http://www.hocanimation.com/IrishPronGuide.pdf (It is a pronunciation guide.)


Having said that, I suggest lots of Irish audio lessons, lots of patience and a native speaker. Feel free to ask me any questions. I shall be more than happy to help you. Irish Gaelic is a beautiful language and it is worth the effort.

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« Reply #65 on: September 17, 2009, 09:30:59 PM »

Thank you all for the warm welcome.  Smiley
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I'm learning Chinese this semester at college. Beautiful language!! Grin
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« Reply #67 on: September 18, 2009, 12:55:07 PM »

Welcome, EVOO! You must be a Rachel Ray fan.
Hello there, and thank you.  I'm not a Rachel fan.  She's too brusque for me.  But, I knew the "evoo" was gonna make people wonder.  Grin  "EVOO" stands for Eastern V. Oriental Orthodoxy.  I'm still looking into both of them.  Maybe I better start a thread about my questions.
I see. Where there's an acronym, there are usually several ways to interpret it.
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« Reply #68 on: September 18, 2009, 01:14:51 PM »

I'm learning Chinese this semester at college. Beautiful language!! Grin

Yay!  I always wanted to learn Chinese.  It is beautiful and very subtle.
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« Reply #69 on: September 18, 2009, 02:29:44 PM »

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I'm learning Chinese this semester at college. Beautiful language!! Grin

Yay!  I always wanted to learn Chinese.  It is beautiful and very subtle.

Subtle?  Are we talking about the same Chinese here?  I find it to be very brusque and strait forward relative to most European languages.  And the beauty starts to wear off when every conversation you attempt begins with someone staring and saying laowai.  That being said, I like the language, even if it is an uphill battle to learn it.       
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« Reply #71 on: September 19, 2009, 09:39:19 AM »

I like this thread!

I only really speak English, but I have studied French and Italian, Latin and Greek, Old English and Old Norse, and a very little German. I love languages! I'm trying to learn Russian atm for my Russian fiance, but I am finding it harder than anything else I've tried so far (except maybe the Norse).  Sad

I'm also trying to brush up my Latin for uni in a few weeks - eek!

What I want to know is, what language would you all love to be able to speak/read? For me (other than the Russian I'm struggling with!) it would have to be Hebrew. What about you?
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« Reply #72 on: September 19, 2009, 10:18:10 AM »

Spanish, Greek and Arabic. I can't decide which one I would like to read most.
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« Reply #73 on: September 19, 2009, 11:01:13 AM »

... what language would you all love to be able to speak/read?

I can speak just a little Arabic and Romanian, but I wish I were more proficient with them.  Another language I'd absolutely love to learn is Irish Gaelic as I'm saving up for my trip to the ancestral homeland in Donegal, Republic of Ireland.
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« Reply #74 on: September 19, 2009, 07:59:15 PM »

I like this thread!

I only really speak English, but I have studied French and Italian, Latin and Greek, Old English and Old Norse, and a very little German. I love languages! I'm trying to learn Russian atm for my Russian fiance, but I am finding it harder than anything else I've tried so far (except maybe the Norse).  Sad

I'm also trying to brush up my Latin for uni in a few weeks - eek!

What I want to know is, what language would you all love to be able to speak/read? For me (other than the Russian I'm struggling with!) it would have to be Hebrew. What about you?

I took Old Norse in uni.  I hardly remember anything though except that "maelti" means he said (i think) and "vid erum vikingir stekir och fraegir" means "we're strong and famous vikings"!

Also, there are a ton of langauges I'd love to learn.  Especially though Georgian and Greek.
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« Reply #75 on: September 20, 2009, 02:52:35 PM »

I'm another one that loves languages.  I'd like to learn Latin (more than the ecclesiastical Latin I learned in school) and Greek, for starters.  And, although I'm fluent in Portuguese and it is my first language, I'd like to perfect my vocabulary skills. Smiley
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« Reply #76 on: September 20, 2009, 05:40:20 PM »

I'm another one that loves languages.  I'd like to learn Latin (more than the ecclesiastical Latin I learned in school) and Greek, for starters.  And, although I'm fluent in Portuguese and it is my first language, I'd like to perfect my vocabulary skills. Smiley

Can I ask you then, how alike are Portuguese and Spanish? I've never known if they're quite close or more distant, like French and Italian?

I've heard people speaking Portuguese and it sounded beautiful though  Smiley
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« Reply #77 on: September 20, 2009, 06:13:06 PM »

I'm another one that loves languages.  I'd like to learn Latin (more than the ecclesiastical Latin I learned in school) and Greek, for starters.  And, although I'm fluent in Portuguese and it is my first language, I'd like to perfect my vocabulary skills. Smiley

Can I ask you then, how alike are Portuguese and Spanish? I've never known if they're quite close or more distant, like French and Italian?

I've heard people speaking Portuguese and it sounded beautiful though  Smiley

Liz, here, where I live (a small college town in Mississippi, USA), I know a woman from Brazil (of course a native Portuguese speaker) who married a man from Puerto Rico (of course a native Spanish speaker). She says that it took them some time to adjust to each other when they were dating, so that they even had to use some English to clarify their points. But now, when it's been a good number of years and they have two kids, they understand each other very well when each of them speaks his/her own language. 
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« Reply #78 on: September 20, 2009, 07:56:31 PM »

I'm another one that loves languages.  I'd like to learn Latin (more than the ecclesiastical Latin I learned in school) and Greek, for starters.  And, although I'm fluent in Portuguese and it is my first language, I'd like to perfect my vocabulary skills. Smiley

Can I ask you then, how alike are Portuguese and Spanish? I've never known if they're quite close or more distant, like French and Italian?

I've heard people speaking Portuguese and it sounded beautiful though  Smiley
Portuguese and Spanish are very much alike.  Additionally, we have a language in common with Spain - Galician.  Written Galician is nearly identical to written Portuguese.  It is still spoken in the northernmost regions Portugal and in northwest Spain.  However, it is much easier for Portuguese speakers to understand the Spanish language than the reverse.  Portuguese pronunciation is not as crisp and clean as Spanish, so it's sometimes difficult to understand by Spanish-speaking people.
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« Reply #79 on: September 20, 2009, 08:10:56 PM »

I'm another one that loves languages.  I'd like to learn Latin (more than the ecclesiastical Latin I learned in school) and Greek, for starters.  And, although I'm fluent in Portuguese and it is my first language, I'd like to perfect my vocabulary skills. Smiley

Can I ask you then, how alike are Portuguese and Spanish? I've never known if they're quite close or more distant, like French and Italian?

I've heard people speaking Portuguese and it sounded beautiful though  Smiley


Liz, here, where I live (a small college town in Mississippi, USA), I know a woman from Brazil (of course a native Portuguese speaker) who married a man from Puerto Rico (of course a native Spanish speaker). She says that it took them some time to adjust to each other when they were dating, so that they even had to use some English to clarify their points. But now, when it's been a good number of years and they have two kids, they understand each other very well when each of them speaks his/her own language. 
I have family and friends from Brazil.  There is a vast difference between Portuguese spoken in Portugal and Portuguese spoken in Brazil.  And, the Spanish spoken in Puerto Rico is significantly different from Spanish spoken in Spain or even Mexico.  Both are dialects of the mother tongue and use slang abundantly.  That slang has become part of the vernacular.  I can truly say, it is easier for me to understand Spanish than it is to understand Brazilian Portuguese.  And, unless my Puerto Rican friends slow down their Spanish and pronounce all the letters in their words (which they often don't), then all is lost.  Grin
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« Reply #80 on: September 21, 2009, 02:07:20 PM »

I'm another one that loves languages.  I'd like to learn Latin (more than the ecclesiastical Latin I learned in school) and Greek, for starters.  And, although I'm fluent in Portuguese and it is my first language, I'd like to perfect my vocabulary skills. Smiley

Can I ask you then, how alike are Portuguese and Spanish? I've never known if they're quite close or more distant, like French and Italian?

I've heard people speaking Portuguese and it sounded beautiful though  Smiley
Portuguese and Spanish are very much alike.  Additionally, we have a language in common with Spain - Galician.  Written Galician is nearly identical to written Portuguese.  It is still spoken in the northernmost regions Portugal and in northwest Spain.  However, it is much easier for Portuguese speakers to understand the Spanish language than the reverse.  Portuguese pronunciation is not as crisp and clean as Spanish, so it's sometimes difficult to understand by Spanish-speaking people.

Which is certainly not to be confused (particularly on this forum) with the Eastern European Galicia.





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« Reply #81 on: September 21, 2009, 02:50:57 PM »

I'm another one that loves languages.  I'd like to learn Latin (more than the ecclesiastical Latin I learned in school) and Greek, for starters.  And, although I'm fluent in Portuguese and it is my first language, I'd like to perfect my vocabulary skills. Smiley

Can I ask you then, how alike are Portuguese and Spanish? I've never known if they're quite close or more distant, like French and Italian?

I've heard people speaking Portuguese and it sounded beautiful though  Smiley
Portuguese and Spanish are very much alike.  Additionally, we have a language in common with Spain - Galician.  Written Galician is nearly identical to written Portuguese.  It is still spoken in the northernmost regions Portugal and in northwest Spain.  However, it is much easier for Portuguese speakers to understand the Spanish language than the reverse.  Portuguese pronunciation is not as crisp and clean as Spanish, so it's sometimes difficult to understand by Spanish-speaking people.

Which is certainly not to be confused (particularly on this forum) with the Eastern European Galicia
Absolutely not!  We would never do that.  Grin
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Türkçe or Turkish in English  Smiley
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« Reply #83 on: March 13, 2010, 05:39:29 AM »

I'm surprised that there are about the same amount of Spanish speakers here, as Greek speakers, maybe the orthodox faith is returning to Hispania,
and that there are more romance speakers here than Greek
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« Reply #84 on: March 13, 2010, 09:17:39 AM »

I'm surprised that there are about the same amount of Spanish speakers here, as Greek speakers, maybe the orthodox faith is returning to Hispania,
and that there are more romance speakers here than Greek

I sincerely doubt that there are equal numbers of Spanish and Greek speakers here.
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« Reply #85 on: March 13, 2010, 12:14:16 PM »

I'm surprised that there are about the same amount of Spanish speakers here, as Greek speakers, maybe the orthodox faith is returning to Hispania,
and that there are more romance speakers here than Greek

That probably has to do more with the foreign language requirement to graduate High School than it does a "return of Orthodoxy to Hispania." When the options are only Spanish or French, Spanish is usually more popular. Also, with the large influx of Latin American immigrants in the US, it's not surprising that many people have learned Spanish for work. Especially if they happen to live in Texas, Southern California, Miami, etc. (I am not saying that to put anyone down, just merely expressing that knowing Spanish has become a requirement for some.)
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« Reply #86 on: March 13, 2010, 01:06:33 PM »

That probably has to do more with the foreign language requirement to graduate High School than it does a "return of Orthodoxy to Hispania." When the options are only Spanish or French, Spanish is usually more popular. Also, with the large influx of Latin American immigrants in the US, it's not surprising that many people have learned Spanish for work. Especially if they happen to live in Texas, Southern California, Miami, etc. (I am not saying that to put anyone down, just merely expressing that knowing Spanish has become a requirement for some.)

Fwiw, my own experience mirrors what you're saying... sort of. I was in vo-tech in high school, so I wasn't required to take a foreign language. But if I had been required to take a foreign language, it would have been Spanish, and that's what many of my friends/family took as well (though my wife took French for whatever reason).
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« Reply #87 on: March 13, 2010, 08:49:00 PM »

I'm surprised that there are about the same amount of Spanish speakers here, as Greek speakers, maybe the orthodox faith is returning to Hispania,
and that there are more romance speakers here than Greek
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« Reply #88 on: March 28, 2010, 12:09:46 PM »


I speak Polish (born in Poland), and English fluently.  I studied Serbian in university, but would hardly call myself anything other than 'intermediate' beginner.  Since I divide my time between Serbia and Bulgaria, I've gotten at least the basics of Bulgarian, but have a long way to go before I can call myself 'intermediate' Cheesy
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« Reply #89 on: March 28, 2010, 12:50:18 PM »

Fwiw, my own experience mirrors what you're saying... sort of. I was in vo-tech in high school, so I wasn't required to take a foreign language. But if I had been required to take a foreign language, it would have been Spanish, and that's what many of my friends/family took as well (though my wife took French for whatever reason).

In hindsight, I'm surprised that Spanish was being pushed nearly as hard 10+ years ago in H.S. as it is now.  The Spanish classes in Junior High and High School were easily the largest and had the largest recruiting movement; I happened to take the most unpopular choices at each level (French in Junior High, Latin in HS).
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