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Post by C-Slay on Wed May 19, 2010 6:13 am

I'm in spanish class and i don't really get the point. Why do we have to learn another language that we don't use? Why do you need language to go to collage. It's totally gay! Tell me about it.
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Post by Vigil on Wed May 19, 2010 9:22 am

I learnt French in High School

Have used it about 2-5 times since then.

Pretty useless if you ask me

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Post by Indecisive One. on Wed May 19, 2010 9:42 am

I'm in geman and I NEVER use it. I'm with you guys on this.
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Post by Ruski on Wed May 19, 2010 9:48 am

I am in German and I have to tell you, a foreign language benefits you in ways. Like Vigil said before his negative view, he still used it at points in his life. Be it comedic or intelligent uses, it still came in handy.

I would also like to point out that having the knowledge of another language can increase the chance of being hired in some professions.

@C-Slay I would like to why exactly you think it is "gay", because as of this moment, I suspect you feel this way because you don't want to go through the learning process.
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Post by RX on Wed May 19, 2010 10:20 am

Been learning german for three years.
Can I form a normal sentence? No.
Have I ever needed it? No.

Heck, when I was in Germany I only needed to talk english.
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Post by Dud Doodoo on Wed May 19, 2010 10:36 am

Foreign languages have their uses. For one, there is nothing more priceless than swearing at the teacher in German. It can also serve as an encrypted method of communication between two people during class, provided that both participants are competent.

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Post by KrAzY on Wed May 19, 2010 10:45 am

its not the languarge skills they want to see, its the ability to get those skills that they want to see.

I took 3 years of Spanish and can't speak a lick of it... havn't touched any foreign languages since I got into college... stop being a whiny bitch and study... you'll get through the class and won't have to deal with it again
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Post by Rotaretilbo on Wed May 19, 2010 11:57 am

I suppose I'm the only bugger who enjoyed and took something away from a language class...

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Post by Kasrkin Seath on Wed May 19, 2010 12:51 pm

German foreign exchange student is trying to teach me german
I can say that I have a ham egg and cheese breakfast sandwhich in german now
yayz

Really, it's not worthwhile unless you intend on being somewhere you will use it in the future.

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Post by Cheese on Wed May 19, 2010 12:52 pm

I learned Welsh all my life, and French in highschool. I can remember fragments. However, I started learning welsh again by myself a few months ago and am about to start reading Welsh Harry Potter.

Unless you actually want to learn, language lessons are pointless. But learning one is a rewarding experience, opening up an entirely different culture, and allowing you to chat people up with minimum effort!

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Post by Dud Doodoo on Wed May 19, 2010 1:44 pm

If you started coming onto a girl in Welsh the world would be yours...

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Post by R!zZle BiZzl£ on Wed May 19, 2010 2:04 pm

RX wrote:Been learning german for three years.
Can I form a normal sentence? No.
Have I ever needed it? No.

Heck, when I was in Germany I only needed to talk english.

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when i went germany, id go McDonalds and just say pommefret and id get my meal. Razz
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Post by Ukurse on Thu May 20, 2010 3:10 am

I did a year or something of Japanese.

I didn't pay attention in class, so I don't know much. But I did get to make Sushi, and watch some Anime.

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Post by TNine on Thu May 20, 2010 12:54 pm

I like being able to communicate in Spanish with Spanish-speakers. Perhaps not deserving of an entire subject, but to 90% of people it will be more useful than math.

But i am horrendous at Spanish, runs in the family.
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Post by Toaster on Thu May 20, 2010 2:30 pm

I think choice is a major problem with language classes. I would love to learn Russian (I've met a lot of Russian guys playing on the PC,) but it's pretty rare for a high school to offer that. At least in the US, high schools generally offer French, Spanish, and Latin.

I, for one, hate the spanish language... and the entirety of spanish culture. I remember seeing a trailer for the movie "Moon" with spanish voice-overs... and I couldn't take it seriously. All I could think was "Spanish will never be spoken in space!"

I have much greater respect for French culture, and I understand how wide-spread the language is... but I probably won't ever go to France or Africa, or anything like that, and I've never met anyone who spoke french.

Latin... well I'm taking latin 2 right now. We don't learn to speak it (which would be pretty cool.) We just learn how to read it. Latin is pretty fucking complicated. The number of declensions/tenses/verb forms.. etc that you have to learn is pretty ridiculous.

Still... I respect the language. I think it would be REALLY cool to speak, or even just to be able to write well in Latin. I'm sure I'll never be any good at it, and I'm sure I'll never use it in the real world.

But it doesn't bother me too much.
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Post by Vtrooper on Thu May 20, 2010 3:41 pm

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Post by Nocbl2 on Thu May 20, 2010 7:05 pm

I will probably learn German, Spanish or Russian (or a combination), because most scientists outside of America/UK are German or Russian, apparently.
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Post by Ruski on Fri May 21, 2010 4:46 am

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Post by Angatar on Fri May 21, 2010 6:41 am

I take French and I hate it. I don't really hate the language itself, but the way it's taught in my school.

In my school, they teach you a rule and tell you to always do that, no matter what. Then the next year, they tell you that that was all a lie and you only do that in rare circumstances, and this new way is the right way. The next year, they do the same thing. It goes on and on and on.

Also, every year we have to crunch all of our material into 4-5 months instead of the full year because we must go over everything from 6th grade to whatever grade you happen to be in at the moment.

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