Should You Learn Spanish or French?

So you want to learn a new language and you are doing some research on the Internet all by yourself. And then, some of you have probably asked yourself this question before — should you learn Spanish or French?

 

Today, let us explore the two options.

 

Apart from English, French is one of the most widely spoken languages on the planet. French is perceived by many people to be the language of love, something which I still do not understand, but the association is pretty strong. Paris is indeed a stunning place to visit if you haven’t. I mean, don’t you want to take a walk on the Champs-Élysées?

 

On the other hand, Spanish is a language you may also want to consider. Although I speak French as one of the few languages I know, the sounds of Spanish pronunciation are also very charming and melodious as well (at least to me).

 

Both Spanish and French are from the same language family called the Romance language. What is interesting is that if you choose to study either Spanish or French, it will be easier to learn to speak the other.

 

This means that once you learn how to speak French, for instance, a large amount of the Spanish vocabulary is similar to French words since both languages descended from Latin (anyway, nobody speaks Latin any longer, yet you can still study it in France).

 

For example:

Let us translate the word photography in English.

In 'Espagnol' (Spanish), this word will be known as fotografía (note the accent on the 'i').

In ‘Français’ (French), this word will be known as photographie.

 

So, to recapitulate:

Photography ==> fotografía ==> photographie.

These words are very similar indeed.

 

Here is another example:

In English, words school becomes escuela in Spanish, and école in French.

 

Once again, these words seem to have the very same origin. There are numerous words like these in both Spanish and French.

 

Therefore, if you can’t make up your mind on whether you should learn Spanish or French, you can try to learn either one of them, or simply learn them both! Learn Spanish and French.

 

You will certainly feel more confident when you can speak two or three languages. Who knows? You might one day become a professional translator!

 

Speaking of a translator, the word for Translation in English is known as Traducción in Spanish, and Traduction in French.

 

There are hundreds of other examples. But for now, my advice for the above question is: Learn both languages, either one at a time, or both at the same time.

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2 Comments

  1. Marcus on 29 Aug 2019 at 04:36

    Thank you for the article, it is very inspirational and even motivates me to learn more languages. I already know 3 languages my latest one was Spanish which I’m proud that I took the decision to give it a try, it was all thanks to this Spanish program which benefits a lot and I felt it will benefit anyone else: http://bit.ly/learnspnishtoday

    • Thomas F Lim on 5 Sep 2019 at 12:53

      I see. Great to know that you started learning Spanish. Would you please share your strategy of learning Spanish? I’m curious to learn and find out more. 🙂

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