What Foreign language did/are you taking in High School?

Another thread got off topic and started talking about this, so I got curious. Personally I’ve taken 4 years of spanish and absolutely love it.

~Tom~

no hablo español…It’s French II for me next school year. It was great because I had a ‘French buddy’ (a third year French student) on my team and we spoke whatever French we knew to each other. By the end of robotics season, my teacher had noticed that my French was improving and spoke French with more fluency that I ever had before. Thanks buddy!

I hated Spanish. After two years of it, I had enough of it. That was the class that always kept me off high honors. There are too many cojingations (regular, past, future, imperfect, reflexive, por & para, command, and probably a billion other conjingations that I totally forgot about) + all the vocab, and reading them in sentences like la charcha de azul “the shirt blue” Can’t they just say the Blue Shirt. Anyways, I just sick of it. Anyways I wondered that I am most likely not going to use Spanish regularly, and + they are now working on voice translators. Like the IBM commercial with the girl talking to those executive in Russian about the lost package.

But hey some people love it. And it learning any kind language will most likely come in handy one day. For example it would have been good if you could communicate with the Canada teams in French instead of English. If you could speak Portuguese, (very similar to Spanish) than you can communicate with the Brazilian team.

So it has its advantages.

I took three years of Spanish. My mom teaches Spanish and really wanted me to. I live in Florida and SO many people speak it down here that it’s nice to know it. I agree that it is really confusing, but I didn’t mind it too much (although you may notice that I only took up to three…and my school offers Spanish 1-6 and both of the APs). I also knew it’s a good thing to have if you want any sort of a customer-service job down here (that and many people who come through the ER where I volunteer only know Spanish and I can help up to a point in translating for them).

~Angela who hasn’t taken Spanish since freshman year

I took Spanish last year, but didn’t have room for it this year. This coming year, I have Spanish 2 set.

Estoy El Sacerdote Grande!

I took 6 years of German. It wasn’t bad. As far as conjugations go, there were soooo many plus you have weak and strong verbs. When it comes to cases YIKES! There are 16 different “the” words. In German you also say stuff like Es geht mir gut - It goes me good instead of I’m well. I really like it though because so few people actually know it. When I go somewhere and someone bothers me I can tell them off in German and they have no clue. When I was in 5th grade we had to take Spanish. Since everyone in my class really disliked our teacher we kicked the teacher out and stopped taking it.

I took french 3 of my 4 years in HS. I took it instead of spanish, because I didn’t want to look like an idiot in front of all the native spanish speakers at my school. I really like french, and I plan to continue taking french courses.

But i took Latin my freshman year…

I took Latin.

My sister on the other hand, is taking (or has taken) Latin, Spanish, and ASL.

In middle school I had a half year spanish/half year french (one of those intro courses) and then advanced French I.

In high school, they forced me into advanced French II…but by the end of that I had had quite enough. So I tried Latin I my sophomore year…then just gave up and took tech drafting the year after :wink:

~ lora

*Originally posted by Joe Ross *
**I took Latin.

My sister on the other hand, is taking (or has taken) Latin, Spanish, and ASL. **

I was wondering if any other schools besides mine offer ASL

~Angela who was going to take ASL but figured her mom would get mad if she didn’t take Spanish

in middle school i took german for 2 years, i about failed it. passed with a D-. in high school i took spanish for 2 years. i about failed it. passed with a D-. so to me all foreign languages SUCK!!!

*Originally posted by littlefish180 *
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I was wondering if any other schools besides mine offer ASL

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As far as colleges go, RIT offers ASL because of NTID (National Technical Institute for the Deaf). So it’s nice to have both hearing and deaf people on campus to be able to communicate with each other.

My 4th grade teacher taught us quite a bit of it, but unfortunately I’ve forgotten just about all of it except the alphabet…

~ lora

The two years I have been in high school I have taken Chinese. Though it is an interesting language, I can’t remember anything I learn. Always got a B for my quarter grade, but always got a D- for the exams (mid-term, final).

*Originally posted by David Kelly *
**in middle school i took german for 2 years, i about failed it. passed with a D-. **

My German 1 teacher was great! All we had to do was listen to his war stories and laugh at his jokes and we got an “A”. We would turn in our quizes and ask how it looked, he would say go back and look over this. He would basically pin point the prob. and help you untill you figured it out. Most people had better than 100% due to extra credit (it was middle school so EC. was a normal thing)

*Originally posted by Lora Knepper *
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As far as colleges go, RIT offers ASL because of NTID (National Technical Institute for the Deaf). So it’s nice to have both hearing and deaf people on campus to be able to communicate with each other.

~ lora **

My friend is hard of hearing and she has taught me quiet a bit of ASL. It was always funny to sign to her across the room, making all these big silent gestures followed by sudden bursts of LOUD laughters then having people look at us like we were crazy. She will be attending RIT in the fall of 2002 to study mechanical engineering. Although her school didn’t have a robotics team, she got really interested when i told her about it. I hope she’ll look more into FIRST and possibly get involved with a team there.

i’m going into my 5th year of French next year… i hate the language, but love the country, I hope I go back soon :slight_smile:

Linguam Latina magnum bona est. Quod, Multi Homines non dicent. Mihi magistra non compis mentis erat. I also took English, which is a foreign language since I live in the United States.

   -Karl, who probably mangled the grammer in that post, and who stole the "add a little explanatory clause at the end of your signature" idea.

P.S: French inhales audibly! There’s a reason Rome conquered the Gauls, they were too busy sticking random vowels into stuff. Now, aplease excuse me before the French-speakers lynch me. :slight_smile:

As a foreign language, I’ve been taking English since like, 2nd grade (I’m at 10th now), and Spanish from 2nd grade to 5th grade, and now this year… Which is a bad thing, since I don’t like Spanish very much, and never had a good teacher. And before someone asks, YES, English is a foreign language (Brazil, baby! :D)

*Originally posted by Manoel *
**As a foreign language, I’ve been taking English since like, 2nd grade (I’m at 10th now), and Spanish from 2nd grade to 5th grade, and now this year… Which is a bad thing, since I don’t like Spanish very much, and never had a good teacher. And before someone asks, YES, English is a foreign language (Brazil, baby! :D)
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Hey, mind if I ask how to say “Excuse me, (sir/maam), where is the restroom” in Portugese?:slight_smile:

*Originally posted by Karl *
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Hey, mind if I ask how to say “Excuse me, (sir/maam), where is the restroom” in Portuguese?:slight_smile: **

It is “Com licença, onde fica o banheiro?”… I don’t know if “ç” will show up on your computers, since you don’t have that letter. It sounds like an Spanish “z”
Oh, and no need for sir/ma’m, “excuse me” is polite enough… :smiley: