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Which language is more useful, Spanish or French? The question is prompting a lively discussion in our forum. Here's one viewpoint, the one I agree with: "Why do people have to take away from one language to promote the other? Both have long linguistic histories and can expose learners to fascinating and beautiful cultures. Both languages are spoken throughout the world." Join the discussion...

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May 4, 2007 at 10:01 am
(1) John says:

I believe that Spanish is a more useful language to those who want to travel cheep. Or in other words, most places where Spanish is spoken are third world countries where vacations are cheaper than they would be in most French speaking areas.

December 5, 2007 at 5:44 pm
(2) jahmal says:

walk up to the average person on the street and ask them to name 3 spanish speaking countries and 3 french speaking countries most likely they will know at least 2 spanish speaking ones and only 1 french one
spanish is more useful and eaiser

December 9, 2007 at 10:12 am
(3) axlito says:

John i dont wanna seem rude but what are you talking about dude? French is spoken in French, Quebec and troughout Africa, where you can travel cheap and unfortunately they are third world countries. Spanish is Spoken in Spain, Mexico, USA (as the second non-official language) and across South America. 400 million native speakers (spanish). 200 million native speakers (french). Its up to you. But do not state things that are actually untrue.

May 13, 2008 at 9:41 pm
(4) Jean-Louis says:

Je crois que le français est un petit plus difficile qu’espagnol, mais français est beaucoup plus utile à travers le monde. C’est une des langues des Nations unies, avec espagnol. Vous a fait sait que tous documents écrits majeurs écrits par les dirigeants mondiaux sont écrits dans cette langue du pays nationaux et français parce que français est percise

May 18, 2008 at 10:50 pm
(5) Mark says:

Spanish is WAY better, french is for pansies. Do you REALLY want to imitate the french? Though, i guess it’d be easier than learning spanish, i’m pretty sure the only phrases that the french know are, “i surrender”, and “You win”.

Just kidding, no one kill me. :D

July 2, 2008 at 10:46 pm
(6) David says:

Well here in Ireland- i’ve decided to take up both French and Spanish. I think their fairly similiar- due to both been a form of the old Latin language. For instance there are a lot of similarities such as Verd in French is Verde in Spanish, and Blanc in French is Blanco in Spanish- and plenty more examples. Funnily though- I think the Spanish word for black is negro lol. Also in terms of importance of each langauge- that simply depends on what part of the world you live in- in Western Europe only Spain speaks Spanish but French is spoken in France, Belgium, Swizterland- and nearby in Algeria and Africa- whereas in North America it probably makes more sense to study Espanol- given that only Quebec and New Orleans speak Spanish. But anyways there both very beautiful latin languages- unlike the monotonous boring English langauge

July 19, 2008 at 8:24 pm
(7) David says:

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December 13, 2008 at 8:25 am
(8) ibrahim says:

Hey guys!
This blog is about Spanish vs. French.
Not about war of your’s!
Anyway…
If you live in the States, you should learn Spanish (2nd official lang.)
…but if you live in Europe, or decidet to live in Eu., so you should study French.

February 8, 2009 at 12:31 pm
(9) Nuria says:

Por favor,el Español(Castellano),es muchísimo más dificil que el Frances,asi qué jean,sé nota qué no sabes Español,me gustaría verte hablando Español hay muchos verbos,y las conjugaciones hasta a algunos de aquí se les hacen difíciles.Y luego están los acentos ya qué sin ellos no puedes saber escribir…A mi personalmente no me gusta nada el Francés.Pues eso…

February 13, 2009 at 9:07 am
(10) Richard Collins says:

David says:
unlike the monotonous boring English language
++++++

Guess David has never read Shakespeare. Poor man. Your ignorance is breathtaking.

February 16, 2009 at 12:13 pm
(11) Marissa says:

There are way more countries out there that speak french, or have it as a second language. Canada, most of the countries in Europe, some in Asia, Africa, and many island countries. If you want to travel to those areas, it is best to know French. But its even better to learn both :)

February 22, 2009 at 5:50 pm
(12) matt says:

mark that was so funny you made me crack up thanks.

April 17, 2009 at 3:28 am
(13) Aaron says:

The second largest French speaking city is little Montreal? Is this really a world language or do we just pretend that it is?

April 19, 2009 at 1:54 am
(14) LPD says:

If you are planning to live in America, you will find more place to use Spanish (19 nations in the Americas + 40 Million in the US; French is only spoken by 6 Million in Canada (mostly in Quebec); educated Haitians; and other 500 thousand on some caribeean isles & Cayenne (FG). French is widely used in Africa and in some European nations (France; Belgium & Switzerland).

May 13, 2009 at 4:24 pm
(15) Elizabeth says:

I think that Spanish is more of a language than French because spanish is becoming the 2nd language.Everywhere you go there is spanish people.EVEYWHERE!!!I think people that take french can’t go to as many places besides france and canada.Spansih you can go really anywhere are people will speak it.SPANISH #1!!!!!!!!

June 1, 2009 at 3:50 pm
(16) cody says:

You are all very uneducated, you have to appriciate each language and culture for what it is. Personaly I am exploring russian and korean two very interesting languages from a linguistic pt of view, and very challenging compared to what I call “easier” languages that people who don’t love languages usually study, and please educate yourself before saying absurd statements

June 25, 2009 at 11:08 pm
(17) Haily says:

I feel that french is a better language chocie, because it may hold true that there are more spanish speakers, but french will hold a higher demand in the future. Think about it. If more and more Americans learn the Spanish language, then the French language will become in higher demand. For example. If your looking for a job say sometime in the future, if more people choose the Spanish language over the French, then the Spanish translators will not be needed as often once a job in that area is forfilled. While in the meantime you are going to have french people who obeously don’t speak English and so Americans will need french translators. So as you can see, the french language would be more useful, because people who speak it will be more difficult to find, and thus French is a better language to learn. France is also a better country in my mind. It has everything from excellent fast food to large cities like Paris and the effill tower. Spain also has activities but they don’t even come close to the fun you’ll have in France. In conclusion, French is a easier and faster language to learn than Spanish and will be usefull in the future.

July 21, 2009 at 10:00 am
(18) Ashley says:

We are talking about the importance of two foreign languages, yet many of you can not seem to master simple, English grammar and spelling. Please, if you want your opinion to have credibility, spell check!

July 27, 2009 at 9:17 pm
(19) Sarag says:

Spanish can be a really useful language in the U.S., but French is one of the three supposed “diplomatic languages” of the world(the other two being Chinese and English. Plus, Obama said that everyone in the U.S. should know French, lol.

August 15, 2009 at 6:37 pm
(20) Mandy says:

I agree with Cody ^ – ^
Korean is extremely fun to learn and Japanese. I was checking out Chinese too. I agree that Spanish would be a lot more useful in the USA but I take don’t have interest in Spanish and I take French because it’s funner and I actually WANT to learn it. I think if you enjoy learning a language and don’t push yourself just because you feel you HAVE to learn it, you should learn what you want. Try studying more than one language and if you have no interest in that culture try another. It’s really fun to learn about other’s culture and learn even just a few phrases =)
Even if you only know how to say thank you and please in Korean and you go to Korea, just attempting the language makes them feel very flattered ^ – ^

September 23, 2009 at 1:47 am
(21) Hunter says:

French really is a more useful language globally. French is an official or official 2nd language in 33 countries, second only to English (45 countries). In the US Spanish would be more beneficial, but then you have to realize that the Spanish market it kinda saturated if you’re wanting to try and get a heads up on a job. If you wish to do international business or, at least work in the field, French would be a wiser choice.

And, whoever said that English is a simple language really doesn’t know what they are talking about. English is one of the most difficult languages to learn properly if it is not a native language.

October 5, 2009 at 11:41 am
(22) YoMisma says:

Hi everybody! I am Spanish and I love my language. But I am also a philologist and I love languages in general. Both Spanish and French are very important and useful languages. When you think about useful, do you only think on tourism? Dear John, Costa Rica is a Spanish-speaking country and famous for its selective and expensive tourism. French is an official language in Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal… and (I don’t know the prices from the US) really cheap countries to visit (and really nice as well). The fact that both France and Spain are historically relevant countries makes their languages more than interesting. Wanna read Cervantes or Dumas? Wanna work in Paris or Barcelona (you will need Catalan as well, haha)? I mean, we Spanish don’t like French much due to historical crashes but French is a really sophisticated and interesting language. Dear Nuria: are u Spanish? You say Spanish is more difficult than French? Sorry but I have to disagree. Conjugation exist also in French, whose phonetic system contains some more vowels than the Spanish one. They are both romance languages and they are both difficult if you are an English-speaking person, but with determination, I learn Japanese which has nothing to do with Latin. See ya. Besos!

October 13, 2009 at 7:49 am
(23) Alphonse says:

Heily:
You have no idea what are you talking about. More fun in France than in Spain? Are you in your sense? Have you ever been in France where only in Paris you can find some entertainment? (a lot in fact) What about Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia or Seville? MUCH more fun and thing to do than in France (with the exception of Paris, of course) And what about the islands? Mallorca, Ibiza, the Canary Islands? Have you ever been in the Costa del Sol? I will say it again: YOU HAVE NO IDEA!!!! You should travel a little bit before start talking nonsenses!!

October 21, 2009 at 9:20 pm
(24) Daniel Robert says:

Spanish, besides being one of the most beautiful languages, it is according to experts, the most flexible and richest of all romance languages.

December 1, 2009 at 10:28 pm
(25) Mariela says:

I am Spanish and I’m taking French. French, in my opinion, is a MUCH more beautiful language. I highly agree with Hailey, French WILL be in higher demand in the future. Spanish sounds dry, whereas French flows and makes you melt. So, to me, French is the more fun language, but NOT better that Spanish. No language can be better than another.

December 6, 2009 at 5:03 pm
(26) Mario says:

Greetings everyone! Que tal?, como estan? Salut tout le monde! I speak the three languages in question here: French, Spanish, and English. My family is of Mexican descent so I learned Spanish at home; however, being born and raised in the US I learned English in School. Since junior high I began studying French and continued all through High School and eventually got a B.A., in French (as well as a master’s in Spanish). I then lived in Paris for three years and was able to master French after many years of study and dedication.

Which language is more useful you ask? That’s a tough question. It all depends on where in the world you live but more importantly it depends on your mentality. I love both French and Spanish and know and love the literatures and histories and cultures of both languages.

If I had to say which of the two I think is the most useful…. Honestly I’d have to say Spanish. Although French is virtually spoken in most parts of the world, unless you live in Europe, the French you will encounter elsewhere in the world will seem almost incomprehensible to you.

Although some French speakers throughout the French speaking world (La Francophonie) speak “standard French”, the vast majority do not. French spoken in Quebec, Louisiana, the Caribbean, Africa, and elsewhere differs profoundly from the continental French spoken on French radio and TV and in the press throughout the world.

My wife is French and both of us, on many occasions in our encounters with French speakers of the world have had to say, “Pardonnez-moi mais je n’arrive pas a comprendre ce que vous me dites. Parlez-vous anglais ou espagnol?” (I’m sorry but I can’t understand what you’re saying to me. Do you speak English or Spanish?” And surprisingly, I’d have to say that nearly 99% of all French Speakers are at the very least bilingual. Most speakers of French speak English and increasingly many speak Spanish as well.

Spanish on the other hand–compared to French–is comprehensible wherever it’s spoken. Of course, there are marked differences between the continental Spanish and the American spanish dialects, mostly having to do with word usage for instance, in Spain it’s common to use vosotros for ‘you’ whereas in the Americas the preferrence is ustedes etc. And other things of that nature.

Both languages are great; in fact, learning any language is useful and wonderful–anything beats being monolingual. Also I’ve heard many say that Spanish is easier to learn than French, that’s arguable but anyone that speaks both languages will till you that French is more rigid and more subject to gramatical rules in order to make sense whereas in Spanish no such rules exist (or are observed for that matter) and the posibilities are literally endless when it comes to making and get your point across.

So my personal, humble opinion, being a speaker and lover of both languages, if I had to pick one of the two in terms of usefulness, I’d have to go with Spanish. Peace!

December 10, 2009 at 11:54 pm
(27) Ruth says:

I am from Haiti ( Sadly, one of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere and it is certainly one of the cheapest place to travel to because of its economy also its location to the U.S. It takes about 1hr and 1/2 to get there.

So that is not true.
I speak French and I can tell you that French is much more difficult to learn than spanish.

January 2, 2010 at 8:32 pm
(28) MC says:

Mario,

great post. I think you have helped me make up my mind in picking one over the other.

I live in Louisiana and am of mostly French descent, and on many occasions, have contemplated learning a second language. But when I start to think about actual opportunities to use it, I realize that, as a US citizen, Spanish makes much more sense: all of the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America become suddenly more accessible. And all of Spain.

French doesn’t open nearly as many doors for me. Apart from France, there’s the French speaking regions of Canada, a couple of Caribbean isles, a few African regions. Also, French is considered an official research and UN language. But honestly, what does that mean from an average person use standpoint? Absolutely NOTHING, as far as I’m concerned. I knew a woman who learned French from her mother, a native Belgian. She lived in the states and NEVER used French…it’s simply not spoken here. And, no, it’s not spoken in Louisiana, contrary to somewhat popular belief; a few very old people and a scattering of others may know the Cajun patois, but it is too far removed from the French language.

January 3, 2010 at 1:52 am
(29) Alex says:

I live in the Unites States but chose to learn French even though I would probably have more daily opportunities to speak Spanish. To me French culture is just so much more interesting. Looking at the western culture the impact of France seems so much more vast than that of Spain or any Spanish speaking country. Music, film, literature, food, philosophy etc. these are all things that France has profoundly influenced in one way or another. It also doesn’t hurt that French sounds a lot prettier (in my opinion).

January 3, 2010 at 1:13 pm
(30) Marie says:

I, as a middle schooler, take French, and I can say there
are only 16 people in my class.
I was born in Canada, so French was a language that
I was always around, but when I got to America and heard people speak English, the language confused me up to a point where I finally got the hang of speaking English, but forgot French (Notice: I was 3 when this happened)

Today, I take French in order to gain back the knowledge I had back then, when I forgot the language French, a part of me had gone missing. So I take French in order to re-store myself.
As for everyone else, I don’t know, they take it because they find French harder than Spanish. They want a Challenge.

I’ll tell you the truth, 1/4 OF the Spanish students ONLY
take it because it’s easy to pass quizzes and an easy A+.
I find this disturbing, you should learn a language that
you love because you’re interested in it.

It isn’t fair how people catergorize French and Spanish as
French -> Hard
Spanish -> Easy

or

French -> Not useful in America
Spanish -> Useful in America.

You can’t just catergorize them as that.
I believe that you like the language that
intrests you, and you YOURSELF.
Thinking about politics, population or your future won’t
help when it comes to picking a language.
YOU don’t know what’s ahead of you and YOU need to pick what you think is best.
IF you don’t like it try the OTHER language.

Picking to learn a language is your own decision.
French is a language that requires a lot of practice and so does Spanish.

That’s because they are both languages that you need to put effort in.
Don’t try to get ‘the east way out’.

January 31, 2010 at 2:26 am
(31) Danny says:

French is easier language. even Spanish speaker is more than French, but French is great language. and maybe will take the 2nd language is this world.

February 1, 2010 at 11:28 am
(32) Jack says:

French is MUCH harder than Spanish.

Both languages are useful, but tbh I’d say French is better cause it’s spoken in Arab countries as the second or first language (namely Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia) and much of Africa and the Carribean. Also, to the people that were belittling French Canada, don’t forget that it was “little old Montréal” that produced arguably the most famous singer of all time, Céline Dion;) lol just a bit of trivia there.

Anyways, I think Spanish is easier in some instances.

February 2, 2010 at 4:36 pm
(33) Jules says:

Hi everyone. I’m French-American. I grew up in France my first six years and now I live in the U.S. Personally, I think that Spanish is more useful if you are going to stay in the U.S. or are focusing on a career here.
French is really good if you are to move or want to travel to Europe, Africa, or Asia.
Spanish is good if you are to stay in the Western Hemisphere.
Because really, Spanish is not going to be of any use from Spain Eastwards because you really won’t find that much of Spanish culture, influenced landmarks, food, speakers (with the exception of tourists), and Spanish speaking countries(Except for a little in the Philippinnes).

France has had much more influence in that region in the past centuries then Spain has.
It’s more useful in the east as well as a few spots here and there in the Western hemisphere like Canada, Haiti, Martinique, etc.

Spain on the other hand, has had much more influence in the Western Hemisphere or as they call it,
the “New World”
So it really depends where you are to live or where you want to travel.

In terms of usefullness, think of French as being useful in France, Eastwards and Spanish as being useful in Spain Westwards. Good luck every one. Bonne Chance!

February 2, 2010 at 5:43 pm
(34) diego borja says:

Let’s see the countries were french is oficial: French is oficial in 35 countries and in overseas departments france those countries are:
Belgium: in belgium is also official dutch and german. 55% speak dutch 44% speak french and 1% speak german the north of belgium speak dutch.

Benin: the only official language is french is a very small country and one of the most poor countries in the world

Burkina faso: this countrie is in africa as benin and has no outlet to the sea it is also one of the most poor countries in the world its per capita it is one of the mos poor in the world is very small and has got 14 000 000 inhabitants more or lest

Burundini: this country is realy terrible, has no outlet to the sea is extremely poor the hope of life is only 50 years and HAS GOT 4.2% OF AID is a very small country one of the most small countries in the world and has got 7 000 000 inhabitants

Camerun: if you speak spanish you wont have got problems with the language because camerun is a bilingual country so english and french are official and people speak both lenguages

Chad: this country is the fifth poorest country in the world has no outlet to the sea and is bilingual people speak as a native language arabic and then they learn french in the school both languages are official

marfil cost: the only official language in this country is french is one of more prosperity countries in Africa this country has got 18 000 000 inhabitants

Gabon: this contry has got good economics prospects and has got 2 000 000 inhabitants

haiti: this country is a disaster is the poorest country in america and recently has been a earthquake you realy dont want be in haiti

Comoras islands: are small island at the north of magadascar they speak as a native language arabic(i realy dont know why) and then they learn at the school french they has got 3 official languages arabic, french and suajili the only official indian language of the african union they are about 1 000 000 inhabitans an d the islands are very small

luxemburgo: this country has got the highest per capita in the world luxemburgo is a good country for life and is well developed altough it has not outlet to the sea but german is more useful in luxemburgo than french and is also official with luxemburgese and obviously french

magadascar: this country is realy beatiful but english is also official in magadascar with french so knowing english is enough to meet magadascar.

Mali: this country is in africa and is one of the few countrys where a indian language is most useful than the official language, bambara is most useful than french in mali they born speaking bambara as native languge and then they learn french at the school they has no outlet to the sea and is very poor country with 12 000 000 inhabitants.

these are not all the countrys where french is official i will continous with this in my next comment.

February 2, 2010 at 8:07 pm
(35) diego borgia says:

Monaco: this country is realy COOL is great although its territory is just 1,95 km² this country is in the south of france and in my humble opinion is the best country to life is realy expensive and is realy beautiful

Niger: this country is to poor and has got 13 000 000 inhabitants this country has not got outlet to the sea and its per capita is aboout 900 dolars they are realy to poor

switzerland: most people in this country speak german although 20% speak french as a native language in this country 73% of swiss speak german as native lenguage so not because french is official in switzerland means that french is speak as a native language for all swiss

Central African Republic: this country is very very poor this country has not got outlet to the sea this country has got 4 000 000 inhabitants ots per capita is about 350 dolar so they realy are extremely poor

Democratic Republic of the congo: this country is very poor, barely has got a small outlet to the sea and they have been in a civil war for 5 years since 2004 and women have got less rights than men

Central African Republic: this country has got about 4 000 000 inhabitants and has no got outlet to the sea is also extremely poor

republic of the congo: this puntry has got about 4 000 000 inhabitants and has got 3 official languages with french this country is a litle more development than other african countries its pre capita is US$ 1.379

Ruanda: this country is realy a disaster this country has not got outlet to the sea and has got about 9 000 000 inhabitants and its population density is 281 hab/km² so its territory is 26.338 km² is realy a small country and is to poor is realy poor but the wosrt is that this country has got 240 000 inhabitants with aids

senegal: this country is a litle more development than other african countries and has got 13 000 000 inhabitants

togo: this country has got about 6 000 000 inhabitants is realy small one of the most small countries in the world and is also very very poor its per capita is about 1500 usd and its population density is 95 hab/km²

vanuatu: this country is realy small just a small group os islands in the pacific ocean but english is also official in this country and most people speak as a native language english so english is enough in vanuatu

yibuti: this country is realy small this country is bilingual they speak as native language arabic and then in the school they learn french so the official languages in this country are french and arabic this country has got less than 1 000 000 inhabitants and its per capita is about 2000 usd its territory is about 23.000 km² and this country is an arabic country

libano: this country is an arabic country they born speaking arabic as native language and then they learn french in the school is a samll country and this country has got a terrorist group “hezbollah” so in this country are blue helmets of NU to stop the hezbollah

and also canada only in the estate of quebec with 8 000 000 inhabitants

February 3, 2010 at 12:40 pm
(36) diego borja says:

wich language is more important french or spanish? simple wich language is more useful on the internet?

languages on the internet:
english 329 000 000
chinese 159 000 000
spanish 89 000 000
japanese 86 000 000
german 59 000 000
french 56 000 000
portugese 40 000 000

french or spanish?

simple wich languages have got more speakers?

acording to Ethnologue is the second language speaking as native language but in my opnion is might be uhmm the fourth behind chinese hindi and english

http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anexo:Lista_de_lenguas_por_n%C3%BAmero_de_hablantes

wich language is more important french or spanish?

simple wich language is most useful in the united estates and in the world?

wich language is more important french or spanish?

simple wich language has got more interesting touristic places?

with french you can go and meet eifel tower, Monaco, the french countryside uhmm and some islands like french polynesian or guadalupe or san martin or reuinion… beautiful islands

with spanish you can got and meet:
chichen itza
machu pichu
choquequirao (similar to machu pichu but most big)

nazca lines (enormous lines in the nazca desert sisibles only from the sky)

The Soothsayer Piramide with 35 meters

the danta piramide with 172 metres

the panama canal
the easter island wiht its enormous moais

the titicaca lake the highlest navigable lake in the world

the biggest asphalt lake in the world in venezuela

the angel jump (the highlest natural fall of water in the world)

the alambra

and if you are looking for a great and crazy party you can go to ibiza

wich language is more important?

simple wich language is most useful on the diplomacy?

In america there are two languages for the diplomacy: english and spanish, even with haiti hispanic countries are using for the diplomacy spanish.

and wiht canada and US?

they are using english to the diplomacy… so the languages of diplomacy in america are not french of course the languages of diplomacy in america are: spanish and english only

in africa the countries of the north are using arabic because the countries of the north of africa are arabic countries and they are members of arabic league so countries of the norht of africa not use french with other countries of the north of africa they are using arabic with other countries of the north of africa

And in the south of africa? people speak portugese, english, german for namibia, african and swahili and they are using english for the diplomacy with other countries of the south of africa

And in asia? the language of diplomacy are chinese and english… and for some countries in the interior of the north like mongolia or kajaztan to diplomacy with rusia they are using rusian

in european union they are using 25 languages but they work in their offices with english, french and german.

french is the language of the diplomacy only in the centre of africa and between central african countries with other countries specially with other african countries.

african union has got arabic, spanish, french, english portugese an swahili as official languages

the real language of the diplomatic is english not french

February 3, 2010 at 12:48 pm
(37) diego borja says:

just compare burkina faso, chad, democratic congo republic, togo, gabon, libano, comoras islands, burindini, camerun, republic of congo with mexico, peru, colombia, argentina, chile, uruguay, panama costa rica, paraguay

wich language is more important?

that decides real life

February 3, 2010 at 12:50 pm
(38) diego borja says:

french is only important for quebec, france and belgium

February 3, 2010 at 12:56 pm
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February 20, 2010 at 2:28 pm
(41) Kay says:

I am deciding on which to take for my language in high school next year. I want to learn french because i like the sound of it, but spanish would be more useful nowadays so would somebody please help me?

February 28, 2010 at 12:47 am
(42) Marco says:

I’m a hispanic descent in living in New Mexico.

And I admit that Spanish isn’t useful in the US because it just die after the second generation among hispanics.

French on the other hand is lasting as in Louisiana. Contrary to what people believe, Cajun French is fully understandable to a Parisian or Canadian. I know this because I’m studying French instead of Spanish and I understand what it is said in Louisiana Cajun French. whereas New Mexican Spanish is not even understood by a Mexican.

March 5, 2010 at 9:48 pm
(43) kalie says:

im deciding what language to choose now being in grade school and i will be using it my whole life. i love both languages; spanish and french but i have no idea what to choose! i need help!

March 7, 2010 at 9:13 am
(44) Jacob Montgomery says:

They are both equally beautiful and complicated languages, but i think Spanish is more important. It is the third most spoken language in the world, spoken by around 500 million people all over the western world. French is spoken mostly in third world countries, (and France) in Africa and Europe.

April 13, 2010 at 2:13 pm
(45) Kana says:

I think both languages should be studied. I’m now majoring in Spanish and taking French for leisure (only two my college offers).

I think languages are challenging, but if i were to advise someone on which to take, i’d tell them both. But i’m the outcast, so i tell them depending on their strenghts.

If they’re a lazy bum that just wants to get it over with, i say Spanish. Because i believe when it comes to pronunciation, Spanish wins. The vowels everywhere would make it easier to pronounce, but it’s still challenging. But then i wonder “why? if the word is bonita, what makes these idiots around me go boronittarah?”

If they can actually SPELL easy words successfully like “your pencil hit my head” instead of “ur pencial het mi hede” I tell them to take French. I mean, i really like those languages.

But the people around me are so STUPID. I think i live in the wrong part of the U.S. because almost everyone here HATES language!!!!!!

And yeah, besides Shakespeare, i hate English. It’s not as awesome as the other languages. And since it’s the hardest, i feel it makes everyone else too stubborn to try another language…

April 15, 2010 at 4:57 am
(46) Ari says:

First off, just because Spanish is becoming more common in the USA does not mean that it is becoming more common [i]everywhere[/i]. It’s almost as if some of you have no idea about what is going on outside of your own country by saying that “Spanish is everywhere now”, it’s certainly not everywhere here in Australia.

Secondly, France is projected to have the largest or second-largest population in the European Union within the next 50 years so its importance in Europe in particular will still be significant. Furthermore, French is spoken by millions of people in North Africa, many hundreds of thousands are immigrating elsewhere so obviously its importance will be significant in the coming years; likewise with the Spanish language because immigration tends to transport those languages.

Also, the crude French stereotype by Mark was incredibly generalized and poor despite it being a joke. We could all generalize Americans and call it a joke too, but we all know many people would complain about that.

Neither language is “better”, that’s subjective and open to opinion.

April 29, 2010 at 4:05 am
(47) Bin says:

In my view French sounds so much better than Spanish. French sounds civilized, cultured and sophisticated. In contrast Spanish sounds crude and frankly just awful, a bit like someone firing a hail of machine gun bullets at you at incredibly high speeds. It is plain torture just to listen to Spanish being spoken. How can one possess any degree of dignity when one speaks this fast?! How can one gain respect from others when one speaks this fast?! A Spanish speaker has no composure and no presence. In contrast just listen to the way French Presidents Charles de Gaulle, François Mitterand or Jacques Chirac speak. They sound presidential. They look presidential. They are dignified. They command respect. They have presence. You will have difficulty naming a Spanish speaking president that can match the presence and the imposing aura of a French president.

I feel really sorry for native Spanish speakers. They are seemingly stuck with such awful language. I would strongly advise the governments of Latin America to consider dumping Spanish as their official languages and restore some of their native languages (like Quechua, Nahuatl, Aymara, Mayan) instead of the Spanish language. And if this is too radical a measure to comtemplate, switch to French. It shouldn’t be too difficult for Spanish speakers to learn French. And French is simply much more superior than Spanish. French oozes class. Vive la France!

That is just my humble personal opinion.

May 3, 2010 at 6:41 pm
(48) Luis says:

Well I am Mexican/French Half and half so to me both languages are simple and if you learn one you can easily learn the other.. I am 14 and working on my fourth language Italian..

May 8, 2010 at 1:24 am
(49) Adam Cutsinger says:

The value of being fluent in Spanish is dependent upon where you are – somewhere in the vicinity of the Americas, from some parts of Canada to the southern tip of South America and all points in between; then you have Spain.

The value of French is more diversified – you have France, of course, and then French Caribbean colonies where English and Spanish are also common; then there’s eastern Canada, where French is huge. Then there’s the African connection, another product of colonialism. And I think it’s fair to say that French is widely adopted in the culinary world, in multiple regions of the world.

Both languages are among the most useful to learn, and once you begin to learn one you will be able to learn the other with more ease because you can compare and contrast the two.

May 8, 2010 at 4:23 pm
(50) Alex Joensen says:

French is much more useful than Spanish and and here are the reasons why:
While any language will be useful for some jobs or for some regions, French is the only foreign language that can be useful throughout the world as well as in the United States. French as a foreign language is the second most frequently taught language in the world after English. The International Organization of Francophonie has 56 member states and governments. Of these, 28 countries have French as an official language. French is the only language other than English spoken on five continents. French and English are the only two global languages. One example of the importance of French can be seen in a recent listing of international jobs (12/1/09) distributed by the US State Department: 92 required or preferred French, 36 Spanish, 11 a UN language (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish), 7 Arabic, 5 Russian, 1 Japanese, 1 Hindi, 1 German, and 1 Chinese.
In 2006, the United States exported and imported more to countries having French as a national language than to countries having any other foreign language. Exports to Canada alone in that year were greater than the combined exports to all countries south of the United States!!!!!!
The province of Quebec alone is the sixth largest trading partner of the United States with approximately $72 billion in trade in 2006.
The official working language of:
# the United Nations
# UNESCO
# NATO
# Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
# the International Labor Bureau
# the International Olympic Committee
# the 31-member Council of Europe
# the European Community
# the Universal Postal Union
# the International Red Cross
# Union of International Associations (UIA)
For more info visit: http://www.fll.vt.edu/french/whyfrench.html.

VIVE LA FRANCE!!! LE MONDE PARLENT FRANCAIS!!

June 1, 2010 at 5:26 pm
(51) Haribo says:

I found this topic accidentally. I am from SE Asia and am studying in Germany. I speak German, English and French. In next 3 months i will be studying The Americas, Les Ameriques, Las Americas. Each student needs to choose a foreign language either French or Spanish. Now i am out of clue deciding which language i should go for. I love languages and I love French as much as Spanish. Shall I go for French since I have studied for 4 years or shall I go for Spanish since Spanish might be more useful for me during my master program?

June 25, 2010 at 9:36 am
(52) Butterfly says:

Bin,

Honestly, your comment was just AMAZING!!! Wouldn’t be surprised if you were French yourself! Sorry, but in my opinion you are biased and moreover, narrow-minded! In my opinion, your comment was simply rude, and I think many of the people on this forum would agree with me!
I think there are no beautiful or ugly languages. Yes, some languages may sound better for you than the others, but it is just the matter of taste, and not a fact.

I agree that both Spanish and French can be very useful, depending on the place where you live or your job. Half a year ago, I decided to do an intensive language course either in Spain or in France, and I need to say that it was a tough choice. In the end, I chose Spain, but not because the Spanish language it is more beautiful/easy/useful. The reason was very smple: it was winter, and I chose Spain because it is a warmer country. :) But even though I am a European, I do not regret my decision at all, because both languages are useful, and there are enough opportunities for Spanish-speakers in Europe, as well as for French-speakers in the US! Anyway, I believe that any foreign language may be an asset, even if it is not widely used.
I think that when choosing a language to learn, one should consider which culture they prefer, rather than comparing languages to each other. For example, if the hot temper, loud behavior, and lack of punctuality of the Spanish and the Latin Americans annoy you, then you wouldn’t be able to enjoy your knowledge of Spanish language all the way, right? On the other hand, I was born and grew up in Russia, and found that the Spanish culture is similar to the Russian one. As a result, after only 3 months in Spain I felt there more like at home than in Germany, where I’ve lived for 5 years!

Haribo,

If I were you, I would go for French, because I believe that it is much more important to speak one language well than have basic knowledge of two languages. I mean, if you wanted to travel, I would probably advice you to learn as many languages as you can, but you want to study and work, and this requires a high level. Anyway, you can always learn the basics of Spanish afterwards if you need it, it will be definitely easy after French.

June 26, 2010 at 11:10 pm
(53) da3m0n says:

As a Canadian I would prefer to learn Spanish over French just because I feel I would have more use for Spanish than French. Even though I have never left North America yet. I have only traveled as far south as Cancun Mexico and as far north as Newfoundland, never been out west. Quebec and part of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia speak French but they all speak English too. How about TV programming? When was the last time you watched Cops and had someone speak French? or any other programming? How about SAP (Secondary Audio Program) for TV? It’s usually Spanish

July 7, 2010 at 5:21 pm
(54) Haribo says:

Thank a lot for your nice advice. I came across another woman who is studying in the same major and is in the last semester. I talked to her and had better point of view than before.. She told me that I need to learn Spanish since all students will learning the culture from The Americas. I will try to do my best.

July 26, 2010 at 2:24 am
(55) Olga says:

I want to learn Spanish and French at the same time, what is your take?

Thank you

August 2, 2010 at 12:20 am
(56) Woodley Lamousnery says:

although i would love to have knowledge with both languages, i am in love with the french language. it is even spoken beautifully by a forigner. as for the spanish language, it depends who it is spoken by; for example, if it is spoken by someone from the dominican republic, then it is spoken very fast and it sounds ugly, but if it is spoken by someone from argentina, then it is spoken much clearly, beautifully, and smoothly. i am an haitian american and i speak hatian ceole; i want to learn french because it is very simerlair to french.

August 8, 2010 at 6:13 pm
(57) jac says:

My dad’s a Taiwanese diplomate so I speak both English and Chinese fluently. i learned a bit of French in Australia in primary school and I loved it, but I just moved to the States last month and i don’t know whether I should take Spanish or French in sophomore year. (Sadly I’ve forgotten most of the French i learned after moving from Australia back to Taiwan)
Any opinions?

August 24, 2010 at 5:43 pm
(58) cowalko says:

Spanish is gaining ground over French…

Depemding on your goals, you should learn on or the other.

Some additional facts:

Total GDP of countries by mother tongue:

1. English, $14129 billions
2. Spanish, $ 3198 billions

Spanish is spoken in 25 countries and has 376 million mother-tongue speakers, versus 213 million for French.
Spanish is gaining ground very fast in the USA. Go to Florida, or LA and check it by yourself. Even in other places such as NY you wil listen Spanish all around.

If you know Spanish, it will take very little to learn Portuguese, and that adds 203 million people in South America, Europe, Africa and some minor places of Asia.

Spanish is easier to learn and more logical than French as well.

French is a beautiful language and useful in diplomacy, France, Africa and a small part of Canada (other places are not much relevant, as aren’t anymore the Phillipines for Spanish). French is chic and opens you the doors of a very interesting culture. However, business wise, unless you want to have do business in France or maybe Africa (they also speak English, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic and many other languages there!), you are better off with Spanish.

August 28, 2010 at 7:02 pm
(59) Español es mejor, Spanish is better, Spagnolo e megliore says:

EL español, es el segundo idioma mas importante del mundo, En Europa se habla en España y Andorra, y muchos franceses y alemanes hablan español, en el Reino Unido es el idioma mas estudiado y solicitado, en Suecia es después del ingles el mas estudiado, en Rusia también, esto lo sé porque tengo amigos que viven allí, en EEUU, Obama habla en español, cuando hay elecciones y los anteriores presidentes también lo han hecho, por algo será, en toda América latina el español es oficial, en Brasil, es el idioma mas estudiado junto con el ingles, en África es oficial en Guinea Ecuatorial y el Sáhara, y Norte de Marruecos, además es idioma importante en Nigeria, en Filipinas será oficial en 1 año, en Aruba sera oficial en el 2020, En la India es el tercer idioma mas estudiado después del inglés y el chino, en Oceania , en la isla de Pascua el idioma oficial es el español, en Israel, y Turquia se habla el español por los ladinos españoles, ademas el francés esta en decadencia, Los idiomas del futuro serán el ingles, el español, el chino, el arabe, y el ruso.ESTA NOTICIA ESTA COMPROBADA Y VERIFICADA POR EXPERTOS MUNDIALES……………………………………………………………………………………………………The Spanish, is the second important language of the world, In Europe is spoken in Spain and Andorra, and many French and german speak Spanish, in the United Kingdom is the language more studied, in Sweden is after the English more studied,in Russia the same, I know it, because I have friends , who study there. in the U.S.A., Obama speaks in Spanish,when there is elections to the goverment, and other president did it, Why?, because is the secondlanguage more important. All Latin America the Spanish is official, in Brazil, is the language more chosen the English along with, in Africa is official in Equatorial Guinea and the Sahara,and north of Marocco, in addition it is important language in Nigeria, In Asia, in the Philippines will be official in 1 year, In India is the third languge more studied after english and chinese, spanish will be official in Aruba in the 2020, in the Australian Continent, in the Pascua Island official language is the Spanish, Guam Island is important the Spanish, in Israel, and Turkey is spoken the Spanish by the Spanish ladinos, in addition the French is in decline, the languages of the future would be the English, the Spanish, the Chinese, the Arabic, and Russian . THIS NEWS IS VERIFIED BY WORLD SPECIALIST.

August 28, 2010 at 7:38 pm
(60) Español es mejor, Spanish is better, Spagnolo e megliore says:

http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archivo:Study_of_spanish.svg

—Esto es suficiente, El español es más importante, visita esta página web.
—Questo e suficiente, spagnolo e piu importante, visitare la pagina. web.
—This is enough, Spanish is more impotant, visit this web page.

September 15, 2010 at 4:58 pm
(61) Claudia says:

Well, I’m a native Spanish speaker and I’m currently learning French. I think that French could be troublesome because of the differences between ortograph and pronuciation. But for everything else, Spanish is harder for a foreigner. It’s true, at first it might seem easier but dealing with composed verbs in later years can be a nightmare. But also our language is really rich and beautiful so it’s worth a try. Don’t get me wrong, I like French, it’s also a beautiful language but I believe that for an English-only speaker Spanish could be more useful because of the massive LA migration to the US.

As for thinking that Portuguese can be easy once you know Spanish it depends. I believe that maybe a Portuguese speaker can understand Spanish with no trouble but when I tried to listen to Portuguese I barely understood a thing! Written expression is another thing, I had little trouble with it but spoken language can get tricky to get.

In any case, it depends why you would be interested in that language. In my case I was between studying French and Portuguese because I’m an economist and many topics on development are from African countries. But if you want to go to Europe, German could be a better deal. In fact, English and German share the same roots (both are Germanic languages, while French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian are Romance languages) so it might be easier for English speakers. Or maybe you like Japan’s culture (like me!) and would like to study Japanese. I assure you, it’s not as difficult as Mandarin. I was in a Chinese-Peruvian school for 4 years but my Chinese is pretty basic, while most of my Japanese has been self-taught. In fact, I know more Japanese than French right now (just 2 months of learning French)

I hope I haven’t bored you and excuse any errors on my English. It’s not a fact of which one is easier but which one can be more useful for you. Greetings!

September 21, 2010 at 2:16 pm
(62) Susan says:

As a French teacher for the past 20 years, I’ve debated the relevance of my job. Just some thoughts;

Spanish & English will become the official languages of the U.S., a fact that we cannot escape. I say WILL BECOME because the U.S. has not yet declared an official language, oddly enough.

That being the case, French will then become the one of the only viable FOREIGN languages widely taught in public schools.

Considering the number of native Spanish speakers living in the U.S. today, do we really believe that there will be a shortage of Spanish translators in the future?

As parents, do we want our children to be LIMITED to learning ONLY Spanish?

These are just some questions that I ask myself all the time.

September 29, 2010 at 10:57 pm
(63) Paolo says:

Iam italian, I think that French is important in Europe only, in the rest of the world, the spanish is stronger, I am studing Spanish, and I have Traveled, to Greece, Turkey 1 monht ago, and in this countries for example, i have could spoke in English and in Spanish, and i can a little of french, but the people of this countries and other can not speak french, and they said, that they dont want to learn french, they say that can english and spanish is enough for travelling around the world , and this is true. because of this, spanish is more important. thank you for reading from Italy, gracias por leerme desde italia, grazie dé l’Ilalia

October 23, 2010 at 11:53 pm
(64) el sagrado corazón de jesus nos ayudará says:

Arriba España!

November 1, 2010 at 11:32 pm
(65) Gerardo Vásquez says:

Bueno, yo soy español viviendo en España y he ido a Francia, Alemania, e Inglaterra. Lo que no me gusta es como el francés estúpido (Jean-Louis) dice que el idioma francés es mucho más importante que el español. ¿Pues sabéis qué Jean? ¡Estáis bien equivocado! Sabiendo que en los Estados Unidos hay mucha gente hispana, sabemos que se habla español. En Europa, también se habla el español en lugares como Rusia, Inglaterra, e Italia. Puede ser una minoridad, pero todavía se habla, no? El francés, personalmente, es un idioma horrible de escuchar con esa pronunciación tan rara. Ahora quiero que averigüéis lo que estoy diciendo, Jean. ¡Puedes hacer eso sin que miréis al traductor de Google! Para que te quede claro, Jean, a mi no me gusta que habléis de mi idioma de esa manera. ¡Viva España! ¡Salud a mi gente Española e Hispanos del otro lado del mundo. ¡Español!

November 2, 2010 at 8:29 am
(66) Gerardo Vásquez says:

¡¡También sabéis que vivo cerca de ti (España), y podré ir a enseñarte una lección fisicamente!!

November 13, 2010 at 8:39 am
(67) Sam says:

Alphonse…. Seriously? You don’t know what you’re talking about!!! Paris is the not the only fun city in France! What abouy Lyon? Marseille? Nice, Toulon, Grenoble, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Tours, Nantes, or Rouen? Then there is all the cities in Quebec as well as other parts of Canada. and Louisiana and Maine. and as for island countries… Tahiti!!! Enough said

November 13, 2010 at 4:59 pm
(68) El amor del cisne says:

EL ESPAÑOL ES MAS IMPORTANTE, EL FRANCES NO SE ESTUDIA TANTO PORQUE LA GENTE SE DA CUENTA QUE NO VALE PARA NADA FUERA DE EUROPA, EL FRANCES SOLO ES IMPORTANTE EN EUROPA. Y EL ESPAÑOL ES IMPORTANTE EN TODO EL MUNDO, EL FRANCES NO ESTA ENTRE LAS 10 LENGUAS MAS HABLADAS, Y EL ESPAÑOL ES LA 3 MAS HABLADA, DESPUES DEL CHINO Y EL INGLÉS, LOS 5 IDIOMAS MAS IMPORTANTES DEL FUTURO SERÁN EL INGLES, ESPAÑOL, CHINO, RUSO Y ARABE, DEBIDO A ESTO EL ESPAÑOL ES MAS IMPORTANTE………………. Spanish is more important, the french everyday is less studied, because the people can that the french is not important, the french is mportant in Europe only, and the Spanish is importante in all the world and around the world,and the french is not between yhe 10 languages more spoken and , the spanish is the 3, later chinese and english, the 5 languages more important will be, English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian and Arabic. BECAUSE OF THIS SPANISH IS MORE IMPORTANT

December 1, 2010 at 5:00 am
(69) C says:

Jahmal, Spanish is easier than French…at first then the grammar gets really really complicated. Either way I still love both languages equally.

December 6, 2010 at 9:11 am
(70) Sarah says:

As a 13 year old Irish girl I speak fluent English (a very interesting language) almost fluent Gaeilge (Irish, my national language) and am studying French AND Spanish. I couldn’t decide between the two. There are benifits for each.

Living in Europe French is an obvious choice and a beautiful language. Spanish is equally useful and with family living in the US I wanted to learn it too.

These are two equally important languages and are very important. I love languages and want to learn as many as I can.

Also to those who swear and use fancy little asterixes: There are enough words in ALL languages to use without having to swear.

December 8, 2010 at 12:16 pm
(71) andres says:

Según los últimos datos por las Universidades Americanas, el español podria ser el idioma más hablado en el mundo. También se puede apreciar que el español está creciendo rápidamente en Africa y en Asia. Ejemplos, como en las Filipinas, Camerún, Marruecos, China, y Japón. Incluso el español podría ser la lengua de diplomacia para el año 2015 entre Asia, Africa y las Américas. NO EL FRANCES!!!

January 26, 2011 at 7:22 pm
(72) Sylvain says:

French vs Español
Nor French or Spanish is a better language to learn; it depends of what you intend to use language for; learning French or Spanish can take up several years to learn (the idiomatic expressions and the culture included). I’m French-Canadian and think Spanish would be more of a useful language to learn since I travel to Cuba several times a year.

My mother tongue is French and I still have problems writing the language without making mistakes, especially with the past participle tense, especially the famous: “que” or “qu’”:

Ex.: Les enfants que j’ai entendu chantés à la chorale.

But

Ex : La chanson que j’ai entendu jouer à la radio.

Q: Where is the logic in these two examples?

R: One does the action and the other doesn’t. Got the point?

Another one.

Ex.: Les pommes que j’ai mangées étaient délicieuses.

But

J’ai mangé des pommes délicieuses.

Want more?

Elle s’est lavée.

But

Elle s’est lavé les mains.

Voilà la différence! If you need a headache, go for the French language…

January 31, 2011 at 3:06 pm
(73) Mckenzie says:

I am a native speaker of English and have been speaking Chinese for 6 years now. I find that, being someone very conscious of worldwide demand for being at least trilingual, French is the best third language that you could learn. When I have a mastery of both Chinese and French, who WOULDN’T want that within their international company? Although, if I had the opportunity, I would be taking German as well, it’s a very sound, wonderful country with a strong economy. Thank you for considering my two cents. Also, because it is a dying language much like Latin, French is fast becoming the language of the highly educated. I’m sorry if I misspelled anything, I am writing this on my iPhone. I’m in 8th grade and I’d be willing to bet I’m better at spelling than most of the other commenters here. This is pitiful, America and Ireland.

February 1, 2011 at 10:03 pm
(74) Jason says:

Bonjour y Beunos Dias ! Je m’appelle Jason et j’habitais aux États-Unis. Je parlais le belle français depuis six ans et je l’aime ! Ici aux États, je peux parler la français tous jours. Quand je visite à la France je ressentais la joie que je connais seulement quand je peux la parler. Néanmois, j’habitais ici, aux États, le sud des États. J’adore la français et dans l’Union européen le français est le meilleur, mais ici l’espagnol mieux peut aider les gens ici. Il n’y a pas ceci ou cela, tous les deux sont belles et il faut à apprendre tous les deux. C’est facile. Merci !

Hello, I’m Jason from the States. I have been speaking French for six years now and I absolutely love it! Even here in the States I can use my French just about every day and when I actually visit France I get this joy only experienced by speaking French. Nonetheless, being here in the South Spanish is more useful in day-to-day life. Most of my coworkers speak Spanish. Up North, sure French all the way, or in Europe, another easy decision, but here Spanish reaches out to more people. This does not, however, have to be a decision between one or the other. Both are fairly similar and I’m learn Spanish now, bit by bit.

February 13, 2011 at 12:28 pm
(75) Jennell says:

OK all of this is a mater of personal opinion. I studied French starting in high school, which was in Half Moon Bay, CA (between San Francisco and Santa Cruz). Everyone gave me a hard time and said I was wasting my time with French and that we lived in CA and I should study Spanish. They said I would be better equipped with Spanish, which I found hard to believe when if it came down to language skills a native would win hands down.

My father’s last name was French and my mother’s maiden name was French although both sides of the family have been in the States for well over 100 years and they do not speak any other language besides English. When I was 10 my mom gave me a coffee table type picture book and I saw my last name. I was so excited. Then some how by accident we ended up with a French exchange student that continued to return 4 summers in a row.

So I ended up studying French in high school and then at University. My first Bachelors ended up being in French. However I studied it for over 15 years before I felt like spoke French.

I spent time traveling all over Africa. I have visited the north, south, west, and east over a dozen times. Spanish would NEVER help me there and in some places French wouldn’t either. I have traveled extensively in Asia and spent months at a time in different countries. The most extensive travel I have done in South America is in Brazil. So in my personal case of travel if any language would have helped it would have been French a little more but again travel and language is all very personal and different for everyone.

February 13, 2011 at 12:29 pm
(76) Jennell says:

So now I am living in Puerto Rico and trying to learn Spanish. It sounds completely different from the Mexican Spanish I hear in CA. And then I hear Dominicans because the Dominican Republic is next door. And I feel there is a huge, variation in the Spanish language. Where I felt if I spoke French to a local in France or in Senegal, in Montreal or in Vietnam there just would not be so much deviation like there is in Spanish.

And of course Spanish is harder for me because I learned French first. Just like when I learned Italian (only studied one year). They are close but that almost makes it a little difficult. Spanish and French are very similar and when I moved here I could read things in Spanish because of French but I am having the darndest time speaking the language. And I am ALWAYS throwing in French words by mistake. I am taking private lessons and all my private Puerto Rican teachers have also studied French extensively so they catch it.

People say that Spanish is easier because everything is pronounced but that all depends which country the Spanish is from. Everything is not pronounced and everything is pronounced different.

Take gracias:
Mexicans pronounce it gracias
Spaniards pronounce grathia (at least what I remember from a summer spent between Madrid and Valencia)
Puerto Ricans pronounce it gracia

In Puerto Rico the last letter is dropped so you very rarely hear the sound “s” and it makes it very difficult.

February 13, 2011 at 12:30 pm
(77) Jennell says:

Anyway, again this is all opinion and if I had spent 20 years learning and practicing Spanish and was just starting French I would have a bunch of different complaints.

I had a passion and desire to learn the French language. I was enamored with the language and it had been in my blood so I had drive to learn it. I thought, and think, it is the most beautiful language on the planet.

Spanish I am learning because I like languages and the more you know the more interesting the world becomes. I don’t need it here. Almost everyone in Puerto Rico is at least bilingual if not more. English is spoken EVERYWHERE. I can go all week and never have any difficulty speaking only English. This makes it more difficult to learn Spanish.

Anyway all of our answers are opinions and even people that use facts have an opinion and use the majority of facts that back their opinion. So both sides are right and wrong simultaneously.

Learn whichever language you are drawn to more or whichever language you think will be more beneficial to you!

Just learn a language because when you finally realize after years of hard work that you are fluent in another language it is so amazing. There are people that speak that language that don’t speak your native tongue and you would never be able to understand and know these people if you didn’t speak their language. Yes it doesn’t happen often with English as my native tongue but when it happens it is so awesome.

February 13, 2011 at 5:21 pm
(78) Evan says:

Ce qui m’amuse c’est que, pour la plupart, les francophones et les hispanophones peuvent se comprennent assez bien malgré toutes les différences desquelles on parle ici.

I’m an American student of French who recently did a study abroad in France. After getting back, I decided to do start Spanish in my Senior year of high school. I find both languages as difficult as they are beautiful. I’m now a lover of both languages, though my Spanish has an even longer way to go than my French.

Here’s my personal list of the aspects of each language that make it difficult

Spanish
conjugation – there’s just so many of them!
subjunctive – much more common than in French prepositions
ser vs. estar
word order of sentences
vocabulary – not as many cognates as in French
gender
grammatical nuances – e.g. por vs para, personal a etc…

French
conjugation – present and passé composé are very difficult, although the others come more naturally
endless nuances – e.g. c’est vs il est, c’est bien vs c’est bon
le partitif
pronunciation – la liaison, l’enchaînement, silent letters, r, u

As one can see, the lists for both languages are plenty long. I think we’d be mistaken to claim one was really harder than the other. However, I think there is a case to be made that Spanish is easier to speak adequately, harder to master, whereas French is harder to speak adequately, but easier to master.

Regardless, both languages are extremely useful and very interesting to study. The similarities between them are obvious and after becoming proficient in one it is no big deal to become proficient in the other. I think we should all try to learn both instead of argue which one is superior.

February 24, 2011 at 2:11 pm
(79) fabiola says:

cuantos paises hablan en Ingles, cuantos en Frances y cuantos en Spanish??? como lenguaje oficial?? en Canada tienes que hablar en Ingles, si solo hablas en Ingles no tienes las oportunidades de los q si lo hacen!! las personas que pertenecemos al primer mundo hablamos 2 idiomas al menos!!!
how many countries speak in English, how many in French, and how many in Spanish?? as official language?? I been in Canada and you have to speak in English, if you just speak in French, you be in trouble,u will be restricted to many things, the most important a good job!! if you considered a person from a first word country at list you speak 2 languages!!

March 7, 2011 at 5:21 pm
(80) lisa says:

i think spanish is more useful because more people speak spanish than english

March 20, 2011 at 10:54 pm
(81) Dave says:

@Ashley
Watch “your” grammar before talking about others’.

April 11, 2011 at 9:49 am
(82) katethegreat88394 says:

you should study both like me :D

April 13, 2011 at 7:27 pm
(83) Le Boheme says:

This is a great discussion because I am doing an analytical rhetorical research paper and this might be one of my topics. But i definitely agree that French is more useful than Spanish in Europe but not necessarily in the states.

April 15, 2011 at 9:07 am
(84) soly says:

i m really confused which one to choose? french is harder and the usage is lower . visa versa spanish is easier and the usage is higher . i am iranian myself and am thirteen years old . i ve got tofel for english but in this world having knoledge of one language (exept for your mother taunge) isn t enough

April 21, 2011 at 10:44 pm
(85) WebGo says:

Hello!

I’d like to shed some light on this topic. It seems that many of the people on here have trouble speaking English (or, at least with grammar and spelling), which leads me to believe that their opinions are not coming from the perspective of a native English speaker.

I’ve learned a little of both Spanish and French, I can carry on a basic conversation in both languages. I began learning both languages at the same time to see which one “clicked” more quickly, and then I was to make that my primary choice.

If I was going for pure ease of learning, I would have chosen Esperanto, Lojban or Brevlo. I wanted to learn a language based on the culture and frequency of potential communication.

First off, the Spanish culture is a little too campy for me. I do not like any of the Spanish/Mexican films that I’ve seen (with the exception of Pan’s Labyrinth), and I have visited Spanish countries (primarily Mexico). I loathe Mexico. I imagine I would feel the same way about Haiti.

The French culture provides access to materials in science and philosophy, as well as food that is more agreeable with my palette (and digestive system for that matter). The movies that have been produced in French are of much better quality (in my opinion).

Now, on to French vs. Spanish spelling and pronunciation. French spelling is completely nonsensical. Spanish spelling is generally more phonetic. That is all.

continued in next post…

April 21, 2011 at 10:45 pm
(86) WebGo says:

…continued from previous post.

Grammar is also a valid concern, but I find French to be slightly easier. The French language also has a gender system, which is not only obnoxious and degrading in general it is also very common among Romance languages. The idea that a couch and a toaster-oven would have a gender is ridiculous! I digress, there is no real way to avoid that aspect of either French or Spanish grammar. French grammar, all things considered, is most likely equal to that of Spanish.

The overall sound that comes from the French language is much more pleasing to me. I can listen to a French speaker and enjoy it. Every time I have heard Spanish, images of poverty and ignorance manifest themselves. I can’t stand listening to Spanish, and it took a serious evaluation of both languages to come to that conclusion with certainty.

Lastly, if I visit a country in Europe, where the language might matter, I would most certainly choose France over Spain. Partially because I detest the aggressive nature of the Hispanics I’ve encountered, and partially because I don’t have any interest for anything in Spain…

If it isn’t obvious, I’ve chosen French. Good luck in your studies!

April 22, 2011 at 10:30 pm
(87) John Caggiano says:

I am fluent in Spanish.I learned in school and through conversation. The only thing it ever helped me with, was talking to the cleaning lady, and getting laid.

If so many Americans can learn Spanish, how come they can’t learn English?

April 25, 2011 at 7:48 pm
(88) Kristie says:

I studied both languages, Spanish with much more depth and I will say both languages have their pluses and minuses.
For instance.

Spanish advantage: huge native speaking population and rapidly growing importance in the business world.

Many verb conjugations, but very logical from an anglophone’s perspective. Past tense in fairly easy to learn.

Very simple spelling and pronunciation.

Disadvantage: many, many accents some notable variations in grammar based on geographic area.

Prepositions can be a huge pain to use correctly.

April 27, 2011 at 3:41 am
(89) Gato says:

I am a fluent English and Spanish speaker learning French at the moment. Since I grew up speaking Spanish I cannot really say that it is easier than French but I can say that knowing Spanish has significantly helped me learn French. ;)
They are both beautiful languages (with Spanish showing more face in terms of speakers world wide and in accents) that I think would be quite difficult for any English speaker-but a little perseverance and voila! I will say, though, that Spanish is a lot more fluid compared to French, you can casually toss things together and are likely to get it right grammatically and phonetically whereas you would sound like a buffoon in French. :P

May 13, 2011 at 12:23 pm
(90) dan says:

i am into Information technology.i want to know which language(Spanish or French) has larger scope

May 27, 2011 at 10:01 pm
(91) Gary says:

I have read through all of these comments and someone wishing to decide on which language to study would find it difficult to make a decision.

All I would say is; study the language of a country and culture that interests you and stick with it. Dabbling in a bit of spanish and a bit of french will only make language learning more confusing for someone that only speaks their own language and could lead to giving up language learning altogether!

As for employment opportunties; whichever language you study for that purpose, you will find a career to suit, regardless of how may countries or people speak a certain language.

As for learning one language over another because one is “easier” to learn than the other, where is the fun and challenge in that??!!!

My advice is to visit a country that interests you or if that is not possible, do some research on the internet.

May 27, 2011 at 10:33 pm
(92) Gary says:

To follow on; I am a language teacher of one of the languages in question, but to appear totally unbiased, I will not say which one. Good Luck in your studies!!

June 5, 2011 at 1:56 pm
(93) jordan says:

spnish migth be useful if you wanna speak to the othe 70% of the usa that are latin immigrants

June 25, 2011 at 3:52 am
(94) Pao says:

Sadly you are full of prejudice, most advanced spanish countries are not third world countries anymore, some of them are even OECD economies like the case of Chile and Mexico, alongside Argentina and Spain just by being part of the G20 club. Vacations on most of these places is cheap just because the countries are close enought to America, cost of food and living is also cheap because these countries cover large areas with plenty of food supply and land availability. Now take a look of these “french” countries, from Haiti (poorest in America), Cameroon to Madagascar, and as far as France and Canada, French is spoken mostly by a mix of very poor/ rich countries, don´t forget France and Canada won’t be competition to world class economies like Mexico and Chile as spanish “influenced” countries like Brazil and USA will also rock in 2050.

July 18, 2011 at 10:00 am
(95) ayushi says:

Hey,
I am an indian. Just graduated and wish to take up a language course before pursuing my MBA. i am really confused between French and Spanish. Advise Please?? :-(

July 22, 2011 at 11:23 pm
(96) chris luzon says:

HONESTLY, I think learning both would work-out well. French is a Global Language and Spanish is spoken on LITERALLY a whole Continent. Just learn one first, then another second, they would both look great on your Resume and open up your mind to another Culture. People say, the best way to learn a Culture is through food, I think that is bull shit! The best way to learn a culture is by learning their language.

English being one of the hardest languages? Says who? English isn’t my native language, and I remember learning it rather quickly and without a problem. What I think makes English (as a language) hard is the confusing spelling system and the multitude words that are CONSIDERED English words, over several million words. Were as French has a data base of 50,000+ official Words. I think English is Easy, only depending on your native language. If you compare Russian to English, i think Russian has english beat by a long shot.

anyhow, enjoy actually learning a language! :)

July 26, 2011 at 3:28 pm
(97) joe says:

basically, chinese is the best language to learn – spoken by approximately 1 billion people in the world.

August 8, 2011 at 9:25 am
(98) Nilesh Kumar says:

Hi All,
Thanks for all expert comments ……. most of the people says learns both …. but it very difficult to learn both, can you please help me I want to learn French either Spanish my purpose is which is good for commercial , Career prospect & why……? kindly suggest

August 18, 2011 at 6:51 pm
(99) Garry says:

Depends where you live and what you want to use it for. I think if you live in the U.S. then choose French so you will have the edge on the competition, as millions of people speak Spanish in the States so you are not bringing anything different to the table. Plus there is a lot of French spoken in Canada so potential careers up there too. If you live or plan to live in the U.K. I would choose French due to the links with the U.K. especially if you live in London as you can be in France in less than 2 hours via the eurotunnel train, which is good for business links, or heathrow airport of course. If you plan to live or work in Spain or South America then the obvious choice is Spanish as most people speak Spanish so you would need it to comunicate in everyday circumstances as well as business. French has been the official 2nd world language for a long time, especially in politics, foreign affairs, cinema, food, engineering, aeronautics, tourism and other industries. It’s definatlely not about who has the most speakers so choose that one or we’d all be learning Chinese! I love Spain and France for different reasons, but I would choose Spanish for personal reasons or French for career prospects.

August 23, 2011 at 2:20 pm
(100) Wezley says:

We could sit here all day weighing up the pro’s and con’s of both Spanish and French but at the end of the day the only thing it depends on is YOU, not how many countries speak it, or how many people speak it, or how easy/difficult it is.
If you want to learn language and have a passion for it, you will learn it despite all the difficulties.

September 1, 2011 at 1:33 am
(101) Miku says:

ya. i agree with Wazley :) i think that as long as you enjoy learning the language that you are learning that is all that matters . and if it were up to me , i whould choose French :)

September 7, 2011 at 4:54 pm
(102) pepe says:

Es mejor estudiar español. con inglés y español te mueves por todo el mundo y en españa casi nadie estudia francés pues lo consideran una lengua inútil.
Latinoamérica está creciendo a un ritmo muy fuerte y será una comunidad con mucha influencia.
Y el que quiera hablar bien el español que vaya a cantabria, valladolid o madrid y escuche lo bien que se pronuncia el castellano (español)

September 26, 2011 at 2:56 pm
(103) don Gerardo de Suecia says:

¡Viva el español! Soy un profesor sueco de español y en mí país, donde es posible elegir entre el alemán, el francés y el español como tercer idioma. La mayoría de los alumnos suecos eligen el español.

Y bienvenidos a mi blog/podcast don Gerardo de Suecia

October 28, 2011 at 8:39 pm
(104) Jesus says:

John:
This is for your edification.French is the official language of Haiti and a cohort of African countries that belongs to the fourth and fifth world accoding to the UN.

November 2, 2011 at 8:11 pm
(105) björnssen says:

rIs it really the good question? vacations? come on! we have two weeks a year!for vacations, we can make it almost everywhere with english! the question is what do you like better? for me, spanish us ugly!!! while french and italian are very nice! knowing french helps us comprehend english since 50% comes from that language! spanish easy? neither french nor spanish are easy! they are both rich old languages with sixteen tenses! pronunciation: are you able to pronounce the spanish R and the J! can you put the stress the right way in the word! in french, the pronunciation is easier but the way you write it seems harder! eau= agua =water is said o, when you know it you can say beau (bo)=beautiful, veau, seau etc…
when you know that our brain could admit that women is not written wimen! enough not eaneff when though and thought have so much in common but the pronunciation!we are able to learn (lurn???)everything and not only for the grades! tchüß ! what about german, portuguese, chinese, arabic?

November 2, 2011 at 8:41 pm
(106) lol says:

in Africa! we speak French! this is the best way to communicate between various ethnies! english is not as useful here than french! but i guess that africa isn’t important!
by the way, the only alternative to a world garbage hollywood mcdonald’s coke culture is the french culture!

December 10, 2011 at 1:18 pm
(107) Bill says:

… depends …

Silly question

January 13, 2012 at 7:52 pm
(108) Rob says:

I live in US and I hear Spanish all the time and I’ve heard French

February 11, 2012 at 3:04 pm
(109) Sarah says:

It all depends on where you live, or what you intend to use it for. Globally, French is more useful as it is spoken as an official language all over the world. North America, the Caribbean, Europe, Oceania, the Middle East, Africa… However, if you live in the Americas, Spanish is definitely more useful. French is my mothertongue, and I speak enough Spanish to get by. But I can attest to the fact that French is a much more complicated language to learn.

February 29, 2012 at 12:01 pm
(110) Adrian says:

well why learn Spanish or French? English is the world language.

If a Japanese, an American, a French person, a Spaniard, and a German all come together. Which language will they be speaking so that everyone understands?

French? Spanish? Japanese? No, English!!!

English is the world language that everyone learns in schools.

March 19, 2012 at 7:14 pm
(111) Jacob says:

I have been raised in Spanish and I am in high school right now. Although Spanish is my native language, I decided to take French because it is much easier!!!

March 19, 2012 at 7:18 pm
(112) Andrea says:

French?! easy?! You really think that French is easier? Spanish is much better than French. It is a great language to learn if you live in the Americas.

March 19, 2012 at 7:20 pm
(113) Spanish fan says:

Spanish is definitely the language to learn!

March 19, 2012 at 7:28 pm
(114) Fumble says:

Le français est beaucoup mieux que l’espagnol! Qui veut apprendre l’espagnol? Je veux dire, l’espagnol est tout simplement jiberish et pour clochards! Je déteste l’espagnol!

April 17, 2012 at 4:43 pm
(115) James says:

I would say Spanish is more usefull, but only in North America and South America. French is useful in Europe and Africa.
Spanish is spoken by about 400 – 500 million people.
French is spoken as a native language by about 80 million people (60 million in France, 7 million in Canada, 4 million in Belgium, 1.5 in Switzerland, 4 million in cote d’ivoire, and more) and the total amount of speaker is about 150-160 million.
So Spanish is useful in North America and South America, and French is useful in Europe and Africa. French is popular to use in business in Africa and Europe. And many organizations. So there useful for different things.

May 22, 2012 at 1:33 pm
(116) isaac says:

I hate french because its very very hard and all teachers are very fast that you will not understand. I love spanish because its much easier

May 27, 2012 at 10:28 pm
(117) Trish Boland says:

In response to Adrian, yes English is a world language, spoken and used in most parts of the world but not in all parts. French is a lingua franca in parts of Africa, in the same way that Spanish is a lingua franca in Latin America. English can, yes, be regarded as a lingua franca in nearly all other areas of the world. After all, French and Spanish are, like English, official UN languages.
Which one is most useful to a native English speaker to learn is largely subjective, depending on what area of the world they are living in or have the most connections with, whether it is Europe/Africa, or Latin America. Both languages also have their easy and difficult learning components, again largely subjective.

July 3, 2012 at 2:26 am
(118) Justhink says:

Living in Singapore, most of us (or myself, at least) are almost completely estranged from the French and Spanish, and hardly dabble in either language (likely because that we already juggle up to three local languages at any one time).

Apart from the occasional “omelette au fromage” or “No hablo español”, these languages are alien to us, and, sad as it is to admit, to many Asian countries as well. To see such beautiful languages sit in the corner gathering dust is just..

*sigh*

Throughout this thread, substantives brought up on either side really just state which will be more useful in the future, which has more benefits where. While I must point out that there were excellent arguments brought up for both cases, I stand behind the Spanish language on this point.

In the world today, the emerging powers are slowly spreading their reach across every continent, and as romantic and decadent as the French are, they aren’t one of them. The Spanish-speaking people, on the other hand, are on the verge of breaking out into the global stage, with its vast populations just ripe for economic expansion. One can’t deny the possibility that very soon, South America is going to be right up there with its Northern neighbors.

Also, a contention on the point of the “forfilling” of Spanish-speaking jobs and the “increased demand for French”:

Right now, in Singapore, despite it already being a chinese-speaking majority, the demand for Chinese as a second language is sky-rocketing, and why?

Because China is bull-dozing its way to the top and everyone wants a piece of that golden goose. This means that there’ll be no shortage of Chinese-speaking people, and very soon if Chinese isn’t your strong suit.. Well, I’m sure McDonalds still has some openings.

In short, the Spanish-speaking population is going nowhere but up, and a good education in Spanish is a ticket to the top. But otherwise, both languages are just exquisite, and if you can, take the time to do both. I know I am.

August 6, 2012 at 5:08 pm
(119) Pedro says:

Almost everyone who appreciates french, thinks France is all the way a better country to visit. But guess what? Latin America has one of the most (if not the most) interesting history and culture. It also has the best countries to visit. Nature should be priority in reasons to visit a place, instead of buildings, economies, or whatever…
Investigate about Maya Civilization, Aztec Triple Alliance, Galapago’s Archipelago, Machu Picchu…

August 16, 2012 at 4:08 am
(120) Ashkan says:

ispeak Farsi or the same persian, Arabic, English and tosome extent French. I believe that the usefulness of a language depends on geographical placeses that people live. Although Spanish can be useful in US, French is being spoken in more than countries around world. for example in asian countries or middle east french can be preferable. to shed light on the importance of French, I can point out that french is the only official language of some europian organization as well as french and English are both international languages. About 520 milion people around word can speak French. for mor information refer to Francais- Wikipedia. Meanwhile I’m from Iran.

August 26, 2012 at 4:01 am
(121) Woodley Lamousnery says:

Both languages are important to know in our now globel economy. French is a widley spoken second language in the world behind English, and can be a useful source in traveling in many different areas of the world, such as europe and africa. On the other hand, with the influx of south americans assimilating to the U.S, Spanish serves as a pivital language to learn.

September 5, 2012 at 6:36 pm
(122) James says:

Without the French the U.S. never would have gotten independence so the whole “I surrender” thing is just uncalled for. In the US spanish is obviously more useful but in the Old World I think French is the way to go.

October 31, 2012 at 5:38 am
(123) Jorge says:

Ok. This is the truth: Learn Spanish because although French is a useful language, Spanish is a long way more useful than French, Why? for these facts:

1. Spanish is the second language spoken in the world only after than chinese.

2. Spanish is the second language as a second language only after than English.

3. The total PBI of the Spanish speakers is aproximately US$ 5 Trillions, 1 Trillion more than the French speakers’ PBI.

4. Spanish is oficial and work language for ONU, UNESCO, NAFTA, UNASUR, OSCE…

5. Spanish is the third language on Internet, only after Chinese, and English.

6. Most of Spanish speaking countries are developing fastly.

7. Hispanic-American, and Spanish culture are amazing, very interesting. There are a lot places to visit.

YOU SHOULD LEARN SPANISH! :)

November 12, 2012 at 10:18 am
(124) Pavlis says:

Okay, I gotta tell my opininion.
Hello everybody, Im Pablo and im only 14.
here its so different,you must study english until you leave the high school.
When you get to the hgh school,you can choose between french or science(harder
)Im in a bilingual class and i take all the class in englis an’ you must study french.
I have to tell you that FRENCH SUCKS.
I hate it,and that language isnt gonna take you to anywhere,it takes you to specifics places.
Im so serious,in london everybody speaks with me in Spanish(more in Camden TTown)
To Spanish people, its so easy to learn french and to french people its the same,theyre similar languages.
But Spanish can take you to wherever. I can speak Spanish,English and French and i can travel around the world but with spanish and english i can as well.

Viva el español,un idioma en expansion pero máss el inglés :)

December 19, 2012 at 10:42 am
(125) Lori says:

I work in a high school and I often have students ask which world language they should take: Latin, French, Spanish or German (these are the 4 we offer). Most of the previous comments about French vs. Spanish have been very enlightening. Students often ask which language they should take if they are going to be an engineer, or a doctor, or a business person, etc. I would enjoy hearing your thoughts on this.

January 19, 2013 at 2:55 pm
(126) Leonhard says:

The answer to the question “which of the two languages – Spanish or French – is more useful” is a very complicated one for various reasons. As many of the previous posts suggest, a person living and working in the U.S., with no future plans of leaving the States will definitely benefit much more from learning Spanish than French. Being completely honest and realistic about the matter, the presence and diffusion of French in North America are meager in comparison with those of Spanish. Apart from the Canadian province of Québec, there really isn’t a sizable population of French speakers in North America. The exact opposite is true for Spanish speakers – in various major cities of the U.S. there are entire neighborhoods, where Spanish is de facto the only language spoken by the inhabitants. Don’t quote me on economics, but I personally think that the U.S. has much more (end perhaps “better”?) economical ties and communications with Latin America than it does with France. So, in short, that’s the situation in North America.

January 19, 2013 at 2:56 pm
(127) Leonhard says:

In Europe the situation is reversed. (I assume that everyone knows that in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Monaco French has the status of an official language). Throughout the centuries, France has proven to be a much more decisive factor in European history compared to Spain – The Enlightenment, Napoleon’s conquests, major advancements in science, philosophy, literature, the arts etc. Until relatively recently in modern history, French was the language of diplomacy (so for example, Austria’s declaration of war against Serbia, effectively sparkling WW1, was written in French). French was also the language of the intellectuals and the language exclusively spoken by the nobility (to the extent that for example, many Russian princes and princesses were much more fluent in French than in Russian). A lot of these things have changed nowadays, with the advancement and influence of English, but in general, the legacy of French is still there. In many eastern-European countries (ex-Soviet block), until very-very recently (mid 90′s) French was the main choice of foreign language (not including Russian of course!). Economically speaking, nowadays France has a much stronger and developed economy than Spain, virtually at all levels. That’s the situation in Europe.

January 19, 2013 at 2:58 pm
(128) Leonhard says:

So, in virtually all of South- and Central America (a major notable exception is Brazil; for the sake of the general argument, I exclude certain other small- or island nations in the Americas, that are not Spanish-speaking) Spanish is the official language, while in many African countries, French is either the official language or a language of “serious” matters (business, politics, education etc.) Also, French is present in virtually all international organizations.

January 19, 2013 at 3:00 pm
(129) Leonhard says:

As to which language is harder – it’s difficult to formulate and exact answer, but in general, French grammar tends to have much more exceptions compared to Spanish. A major point for Spanish (and I underline that!) is the fact that it is a phonetic language (you basically read the way you write). French is not a phonetic language (all the notorious rumors of the difficulty of French spelling are actually true; there are however patterns through which one can master it). In my personal experience, French is a much more “exact/rigid” in comparison with Spanish. What I mean by that is, that you can say something in Spanish which is wrong and still be somewhat understood, i.e. you don’t need to be that rigid in order to achieve minimal comprehension, while French requires much more precision in formulating what one says, in order for you to be properly understood. Spanish however has considerably more and varying verb forms in comparison with French – Spanish has two types of “to be” verbs (a potential source of confusion for learners) vs. French’s one; in giving commands, French verb forms generally stay the same, while in Spanish they change; there are more subject pronouns (and corresponding analogous pronoun forms) in Spanish than in French – up to 12 in Spanish (depending on what part of the Spanish-speaking world is observed, i.e. “vos,” “ello”) vs. French’s 9; there are more tenses in use in Spanish, while French has really simplified matters in that aspect, etc., etc… In general though, Spanish grammar is more “logical” if that makes any sense, with lesser number of puzzling and bizarre rules and exceptions compared to French grammar.

January 19, 2013 at 3:01 pm
(130) Leonhard says:

I have a B.A. in French with a minor in Spanish, yet I have to say that I’m more fluent in Spanish than in French when it comes to speaking (comprehension is about equal in both languages, often times somewhat better in French than in Spanish in certain technical or political registers and contexts, due to closer proximity or resemblance with English). Personally, pronunciation is not a problem for me (I often get compliments from native speakers on my pronunciation), yet I notice that in general, non-native speakers tend to have a bit more difficulties with pronouncing French than Spanish (again, that’s a very big generalization, I’m aware of that, so please be lenient towards me :) !)
So ultimately, the choice is yours! I know that sounds a bit cliché, but that’s how it is. My suggestion is that you don’t look for “hard” or “easy”; rather look for an element (or elements) of that language – it could be culture, history etc. – that really interests you and just go for it. That will definitely make matters easier (or at least more enjoyable) when it comes to learning a foreign language. Cheers!

January 23, 2013 at 10:31 am
(131) ceyo123 says:

I am an undergratuated pharmacy student in cardiff university.
so, shud i take spanish or french?

January 23, 2013 at 10:33 am
(132) ceyo123 says:

I am taking undergratuated degree in pharmacy in Cardiff, shud i learn spanish or french?

January 24, 2013 at 1:20 am
(133) Noah says:

I believe that if you live in the Western hemisphere, then Spanish would make more sense to learn.

I myself am from Texas and am a native English speaker who speaks Spanish fluently. I work for Telemundo (spanish broadcasting network).

The only thing that really bothers me about Spanish here on this side of the globe is that it is tied to ethnicity so much. People are always so surprised when they see an Anglo speak perfect Spanish, but I don’t think if I were in SPAIN that that would be a huge surprise, or if I were in France and spoke perfect French.

It’s just a little bit of a nuisance, people think that because you’re studying and speak Spanish (and aren’t Latino), that you are sort of an outsider in a way. That’s the way it is here at least. When they finally get to know you they’re amazed that you are so good at Spanish and are really excited that you speak it, but it takes some warming up.

I just find it sort of ridiculous. Could you imagine if a bunch of Anglo kids were so surprised that anyone non-Anglo spoke perfect English? And we were surprised that they knew who the Beatles were or ACDC (or other English speaking artists).

They really enjoy the minority aspect of being a native Spanish speaker; one that isn’t afforded to people who are native English speakers because our language has become the global language, so it is expected that most people have some sort of knowledge of it.

I’ll quit rambling, but the point is, I think that if you studied French instead of Spanish, you wouldn’t have to deal with French speakers thinking that you were a wanna be Frenchie. And I will agree, Spanish can be extremely annoying sounding (not because of the language itself, but because of the extremely obnoxious tone of voice of some of its native speakers), but it can also sound extremely sexy and beautiful.

February 17, 2013 at 3:39 pm
(134) jeniffer says:

I think both are good to learn but if you dont have time, I would stick with spanish. I am spanish native speaker and I can understand more than half of what french person below was talking about.

February 26, 2013 at 2:53 pm
(135) Liliana says:

I was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. And I speak Spanish and English and French. And I love Spanish and French. I really dislike English. But my next goal is to learn Chinese.

March 8, 2013 at 5:17 pm
(136) guest says:

People do know that the vast majority of French-speaking countries are amongst the poorest nations on the planet? Most French speakers (granted, second-language speakers) are in Africa; Canada has relatively few French speakers (about 10 million) as do Belgium and Switzerland. France has about 65 million or so native Speakers.

Yes, Spanish-speaking countries are not as wealthy as France or Europe, but they are a heck of a lot wealthier than the African countries. People also don’t know that Mexico is around the 12-14th richest country in terms of GDP and is sometimes included in the BRICS category of economies that are going to achieve incredible results in the future. And if you don’t like Latin America or the Caribbean, there is always Spain, part of the first world…

In regards to what is most useful, it depends on where you live. In Europe, Canada, or Africa, I would definitely rather know French instead of Spanish. But anywhere else, I would pick Spanish, due to the economic weight of their countries and the demographic power of their 320-400 million native speakers. It is an inexact science measuring total number of native speakers but Spanish is considered by many to have the second highest amount of native speakers.

Now, French is globally considered more prestigious and if that is your thing, great. I won’t debate the question about which language has a richer cultural history; I think that is nonsense–every language has a rich history and is beautiful. You can’t go wrong with knowing French, though, it is very useful and people love how it sounds.

If you want to know “influentical languages”, just pick one of the six official languages of the UN. (Chinese, English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian)

March 19, 2013 at 1:02 pm
(137) reginalda says:

Spanish because is the most used language in united states. I like French language is romance language. enjoy speaking French to French people ..

March 19, 2013 at 1:07 pm
(138) reginalda says:

what a wondenful source for resource.. Wikipedia . winkipedia. hahahaha
. French is wonderful language. Spanish more useful…

March 21, 2013 at 3:36 am
(139) Daniel says:

I speak English, Spanish and French. I am going to be honest with you. If you are a Francophone it makes you just a little be better than everyone else. As for Spanish, well even a Mexican can learn it.

April 25, 2013 at 4:16 pm
(140) yop says:

Spanish have 400 milions native speakers and 500 speakers.
French have 80 milions native speakers and 200 speakers.

And in a future more people will study spanish, and less people will study french (actualy in europa and in USA every day more people study spanish and less people study french)

The native spanish speakers will grow more than french natives, because latin america have height grow poblation and french/quebec dont have.

The question is: spanish or chinese?

In future the lenguage of america will be spanish. One brasilian, one mexican and one U.S will speak in spanish for comunication.

In europa the actualy and future lenguage will be english.

In africa will be arab, french or english. (I think english)

And in asia will be chinese or english. (I think chinese)

In conclusion the more important lenguages are english, spanish and chinese. English>spanish=chinese (my opinion)

May 1, 2013 at 11:45 pm
(141) Scott says:

I have taken 5 years of Spanish and 2 years of French, and I personally think that it depends upon who the person is and what linguistic strengths they have as to which is “easier”. On a logical level, I know a phonetic language like Spanish is easier than French, but I have learned French much faster and easier than I struggled through the Intermediate levels of Spanish. I do like both the French and Latin American cultures a lot, but am not too keen on many parts of Castilian culture (though I do like the Basque and Galician cultures quite a bit.)

I also think that it depends upon what one wants to do with their life and where they are planning on living in the future. If you live in the United States, Spanish would probably be far more practical – since there are 40+ Million Spanish-speakers there and most of the countries to the immediate south speak Spanish.

But many parts of Canada are French-speaking, and the Province of Quebec alone is America’s sixth-largest trading partner. 1.6 to 2.2 million Americans speak French at home, and between 100,000 and 200,000 Mexicans speak French. There are active programs to revive the French Language in Louisiana as well. French is second only to English in being the “global language”, official in 33 nations rather than 45, and French is thriving in Africa as a second-language; Kinshasa in the Congo will soon surpass Paris as the largest Francophone city on Earth. The UN, Red Cross/Red Crescent, Olympic Committee, Arab League, European Economic Union, and African Union all have French as an official language as well.

I don’t think that there really will be a “battle of the languages” here – I think that Spanish and French, along with English and some flavor of Chinese will be the “Co-International Languages” of the 21st Century.

May 11, 2013 at 1:46 pm
(142) Jake says:

The largest French speaking region is in Africa, which is a continent of third world countries

May 28, 2013 at 5:28 am
(143) Nabil says:

Hi all, let me give you the master suggestion , First learn Franch language then use only “o” as the last word of every french word and this will become “Spanish”.
bye.

September 3, 2013 at 6:08 pm
(144) Jose Luis says:

Learn a language that will be useful for you, for your job. A lot of people will recommend you Spanish and on the other hand, a lot of people (the others) will recommend you French.
Keep in mind that a language is “something” that you have to speak all day. Not only a few hours a week. If nobody speak French arround you, so forget it.

September 14, 2013 at 6:30 pm
(145) Reginalda Juju Berrouet says:

French is so exocital . I love speaking French.. I am part French . My first boyfriend was love so speaking French… 56… go go boy… .. some college tennis players were French… matter fact he is Haitian…I am Haitian too..

September 14, 2013 at 7:11 pm
(146) Reginalda Juju Berrouet says:

I would agree with Woodley .. Jose Luis… Hey Papasito.. I love the Spanish domicans speak.. I am used to it.. its not ugly.. Bang Miami…lol.. hey carlito … much a caliente… Generally speaks domicano..There are many Joe Luis I know.. Where that sexy chess player.. as too .. je mappelle Reginalda… our Giselle… Our best speaking French… Away .. Hello .. Kilian… like Belgians too.. Best language… French.. Hola… Yo soy Reginalda.. its easy .. Campriende… …. etc..

September 14, 2013 at 7:33 pm
(147) Reginalda Juju Berrouet says:

German or French. German is nice language… I want to learn German.. oh that .. Semi easy… It Bethoveen is listen to… FRUDE frude… synchemun…so on… .. Hindu language.. is nice too.. Anyone can a language..

September 14, 2013 at 7:44 pm
(148) Reginalda Juju Berrouet says:

Italian. No.. now this song From N.O.R.e pops out of head. Came … Domicano…. Domincano… Italian… what Spanish Puerto Rican speak… Not bad.. …. Boriqua

September 14, 2013 at 7:52 pm
(149) Reginalda Juju Berrouet says:

French teachers don’t speak so fast… When may sound fast when is learn but try listen to French waiter… no its not fast…. He is fast… .. oh year.. voudrais pate… Une sandwich ou from age..

September 14, 2013 at 8:05 pm
(150) Reginalda Juju Berrouet says:

PMy appreciation for the French language has grown…
Sans contrefacon je suis tifi. Belle tifu… Belle fille. Eh maman … porqoui … Mylene Farmer… Then Patricia Kaas … Mon mec a moi parlais chino is..

September 14, 2013 at 9:35 pm
(151) Reginalda Juju Berrouet says:

True are different of pronouciation of variation of them … Spanish spoken… Gracias… Amigo..
the English in American… let’s start with different way people from parts of them United States.. you say tomatoes I say tomaytos

September 14, 2013 at 9:41 pm
(152) Reginalda Juju Berrouet says:

RsYes.. English not for … non natives.. Take Shakira she learn English by reading poetry. English is hard so times because of different prounouciations from parts of country… U say tomatoes. I say tomaytoes..

September 14, 2013 at 9:56 pm
(153) Reginalda Juju Berrouet says:

Woodley if you want to learn French… come to ask.. 1997.. just ask Em she knows where I live…
French conjugation of verb etre je
suis tu es Elle est
Il est six heures et demie…
Nous sommes
Vous etes
Ils sont

September 15, 2013 at 8:13 am
(154) Reginalda Juju Berrouet says:

I am Haitian but don’t speak creole fluent but I completely understand it.

October 10, 2013 at 7:56 pm
(155) Hello says:

French is much prettier! Even though Spanish is great and all, French is the BEST!!!!!!Plus, when you say you have learned French, it sound nice, but when you say you have learned Spanish, it’s meh…

January 2, 2014 at 1:11 pm
(156) Corné says:

I don’t know, I think it depends on where you live. I guess since most of these commentators are American, they are speaking from their own personal experiences and environments but elsewhere it’s a different story.

Huge parts of Africa are Francophone and as a South African, French is much more useful and in demand where I live than Spanish.

There are almost no Spanish speaking regions in Africa except Equatorial Guinea so contrary what one commentator said, Spanish isn’t everywhere.

I think most people like to forget about Francophone Africa simply because it’s French speakers aren’t French native speakers, but when you consider this more in depth besides French these people mostly can’t speak English or Spanish. Spanish speakers in Latin America are more likely to know English so in a way this negates reasons to learn Spanish and favours French.

With better access to education, these Africans are also going to make the switch from their local languages to French, the lingua franca of the region and the language of opportunity. Comment to be continued….

January 2, 2014 at 1:11 pm
(157) Corné says:

Also these Francophone countries have and are predicted to have some of the highest population growth rates in history, one should only glance at UN estimates to know that Africa’s future population is going to be insanely large. The language with the second most second language speakers behind English and besides English currently the only language taught in every country in the world.

But then again, I guess I sound biased against Spanish and maybe I am, but I am also not ignorant of Spanish’s huge number of native speakers ahead of English and second behind Mandarin. And Latin America is definitely a huge playground if you are fluent in Spanish.

I guess it depends if you are in the United States then Spanish is a much more useful language. No arguments, but elsewhere one should not be so quick to make the same assumption.

I am currently learning French and I love the language, but I definitely thinks it’s harder than Spanish and I’m planning on learning Spanish too someday. Both are beautiful and useful languages to know.

January 9, 2014 at 3:21 pm
(158) Jhon says:

I would choose the Spanish . The reasons are many , especially important. Do not forget that Europe will be the first power and the economy in China and South America will move . Two regions that speak English but what other languages? Chinese and Spanish , inevitably . They forget that the presence of French in Africa is receding by the advance of the Arab and other countries think about replacing the French by the English and its importance. Do not know how to discuss these issues without having some idea of ​​what you are saying. French is the diplomatic language but what is this for something? So is English and prefer this language before . Spanish is the most studied language in the world after English . And if you want you can look for information on the Internet . Obama said to be studying French , but first said he had to study Spanish . Clinton said ” I hope to be the last president of the United States who does not know Spanish .” Even the Pope is Spanish . The most influential people in the world are learning Spanish because China axis – South America end up dominating the world and the French will not do in the area to send in the future ..

February 27, 2014 at 8:26 pm
(159) Byanca says:

TEAM FRANCE
TEAM FRANCE
TEAM FRANCE
TEAM FRANCE

Bonjour People,

TEAM FRANCE

Truly Yours,
Moi

March 13, 2014 at 11:05 am
(160) Juan says:

I advice you to take french, ’cause in all my whole life i’ve never, ever, ever seen an english speaker speaking a well spanish… trust me…. if you don’t want to spend discomforts xD.

So guys, you must to keep in mind that these languages are from the latin langueges so… they have a lot of verbal forms very different of english

Introducing us inside each languages, spanish pronunciation is very similar to how it’s written, very different to french, but in spanish there are around of fifteen verbal forms, french has around of eleven so…

In any case, they both are beautiful, interesting, magical and USEFUL languages.

forgive me my orthography.. i did my best :D

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