So part of this history degree is a language component, and I just can't decide between French and German. I did both in high school, but I did one more year of French. But I also grew up hearing bits and pieces of German (my grandfather was stationed in Germany, so my mom's whole family still knows some of the language).

I think German is easier to speak; but I also like French. Neither is practical, which is why everyone I've asked has responded with "Spanish"--so not an option. I just don't like it. I have a mental block when it comes to it, actually; my brain just doesn't want to absorb it. A couple of people have snidely suggested it's because I'm angry at my mother for marrying a Mexican man; but I've always found it to be an ugly sounding language. "No me gusta" just doesn't sound as pretty as "je n'aime pas". German's just in a whole other category.

What to do, what to do.

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  1. Masquerade Says:

    I agree, French is an insanely beautiful language. Most people only suggest Spanish because it's one of the easiest languages to learn.

    I don't prefer German myself; I find it's really gutteral and harsh sounding. When I had a choice in college I went with Hebrew :P

  2. purplegirl Says:

    I don't think Spanish is easy at all! But then again, when I tried to learn it I had serious interference from my three years of French. It was helpful with vocab, but a nightmare with pronunciation and verb conjugation.

    I bet Hebrew is crazy hard. I'd love to do something more unusual; my school does offer Latin, Russian, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Italian, Greek and Arabic. But I chose to stick with one I already had a background in, both because of a lack of confidence in myself for learning something totally new, and also because I already have bits of French, German, and Spanish floating around in my head and popping out at weird moments. Adding something like Korean in there might make my head explode!