I would let them choose. I think Spanish would be the most useful to them, and I have a particular love of French, I think Chinese WILL be really useful, but mostly I think learning a language is valuable in many ways so whatever language they are interested in will be fine with me.
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Yes, learning any language is beneficial to them. If you are looking for an additional boost in their vocabulary and understanding of new words in English any Romantic language is helpful for that. I was a Spanish major in college so of course I'm partial to that. I would love to learn French or Polish now though.
I would prefer they learn Spanish or Chinese because I think going forward they are reliably going to be useful to my kids during their lifetime.
I'm actually rather frustrated with this because I live in an area that is heavily influenced by the French Canadian culture over the border and by default they teach the kids French here and if there is only going to be one option, i'd rather it be spanish. Its great and all that there are many french canadians so nearby, but ultimately that is not my benchmark for what is academically ideal.
I understand why it makes more sense if you live in Aroostook county Maine, where not knowing french could actually become an obstacle to communicating with people you will encounter daily. But thats simply not true here in this part of Maine.
Our girls have been learning ASL since birth, but I am starting to think of what language to do next. To me it seems the obvious choice is Spanish, because that is what we come across the most. Being in Fla was an eye opener to me. There were more foreigners than I have ever seen in my life. It made me think I need to think about it some more before I decide.
True. I wanted FL in elementary here and so far it's just here and there. You take French or Spanish in the middle school years and only if your grades in your other classes are good. HS everyone takes one. I wish they started earlier.
Definitely French, as it's one of our official languages. Being bilingual here is a huge asset. If I could, I'd send them to France to learn because Parisienne French just sounds so much better than Canadian French.
In Texas it would be Spanish absolutely. Especially since my kids are half Mexican. It still irks me that their Dad never even attempts to teach them Spanish when he can speak it fluently. They teach it in school here but they don't really seem to learn much that way.
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