I'm in the process of trying to decide what foreign language to take for school. I have the options of Spanish, Italian, French, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Latin, and Arabic. Any thoughts on those choices? What would you take? I'm guessing that Spanish would be easiest, but Russian might be more interesting for me. How many classes does it take to actually be able to read books in a language? For instance, if I wanted to read Dostoevsky or someone in the original Russian, would I be able to do that after a few semesters taking Russian, or would it take a lot more time/learning?