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Old January 10th, 2013, 08:41 PM   #1
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My daughter has to select her 8th grade classes. If she takes a full year of a language of her choice it will count toward her high school credits requiring 2 full years of language.

Her choices are French, German, Spanish. She wants to take German because her friends are but I dont think thats a good decision. After being unemployed and looking in the job market I saw a lot of jobs that specified bilingual but most said spanish preferred/required.

What language is a better choice or does it not matter and I am over thinking this?

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Old January 10th, 2013, 08:42 PM   #2
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Ebonics, or Spanish...
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Old January 10th, 2013, 08:49 PM   #3
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German Chinese or Japanese. So German.
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Old January 10th, 2013, 08:51 PM   #4
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German Chinese or Japanese. So German.
You know a lot of Germans in America?
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Old January 10th, 2013, 08:58 PM   #5
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You know a lot of Germans in America?
Yes. Many of my customers over the last 5one years were German companies, or Japanese. Those who are bilingual in those languages can make very good money.
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Old January 10th, 2013, 09:00 PM   #6
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I understand Japanese, guess the Germans are doing big things.
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Old January 10th, 2013, 09:01 PM   #7
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German x100. Spanish as a second language is for the lower pay grade stuff. Besides, after the eurozone collapses, German will own the entire continent and will pick up where they left off with conquering the world so there's that.
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Old January 11th, 2013, 05:13 AM   #8
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So it sounds like german might be a good choice.
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Old January 11th, 2013, 05:18 AM   #9
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1 vote for German here, we do alot with them at work. Guten Morgen
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Old January 11th, 2013, 05:27 AM   #10
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I took German in high school, I would have been better off taking Spanish.
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Old January 11th, 2013, 05:54 AM   #11
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I understand Japanese, guess the Germans are doing big things.
Daimler Chrysler? Ever heard of them? After selling Chrysler they still have Detroit diesel, freightliner, axle alliance, Mercedes (who does a ton of automotive research in Detroit) Some other German companies you may have heard of....BMW, Volkswagen, Audi, again who all have offices in Detroit. Not to mention German suppliers out there.

Im certain there's plenty more outside of the auto industry as well. (My father traveled to Germany multiple times for work, but never anywhere that spoke Spanish and he's in software sales) so yeah. I think German is a good choice.

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Old January 11th, 2013, 05:55 AM   #12
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I want her to make her own choices so she is excited to go to the class. If I make her do spanish I have a feeling she may not excel in it because she doesnt want to be there.

I guess my main concern was making sure her choice wasnt a useless one.

Thanks for all the input.
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Old January 11th, 2013, 05:59 AM   #13
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If she doesn't use it she will lose it. For example I use to speak Korean 33 years ago.....I have all but forgotten a few phrases and words......
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Old January 11th, 2013, 06:01 AM   #14
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I am not bilingual but have heard that but thats the case with most things
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for me it would be a toss up between german and spanish. i would lean spanish because we seem to be doing more and more buisness south of the border and we have some mexicans working for us.
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If she learns spanish, goes who they send first to go, if she learns German, who's the first to go? I'd rather go to Germany than Mexico for work
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My wife speaks German and is a CPA. When she was looking for work, her German language skills were quite an asset because of all the German firms in the area.

I work in economic development and site location helping to bring new firms here and helping existing firms expand. We often get requests from firms looking for engineers, analysts, accountants, etc. who speak German (or Korean, Japanese, or Chinese). I have never once had a firm come to me and say, "We have these $60k+ jobs that we want to fill but need somebody who speaks Spanish!"

Yes, there are a lot of Spanish speakers but it is still not a language of business and I don't see that changing anytime soon.
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My wife speaks German and is a CPA. When she was looking for work, her German language skills were quite an asset because of all the German firms in the area.

I work in economic development and site location helping to bring new firms here and helping existing firms expand. We often get requests from firms looking for engineers, analysts, accountants, etc. who speak German (or Korean, Japanese, or Chinese). I have never once had a firm come to me and say, "We have these $60k+ jobs that we want to fill but need somebody who speaks Spanish!"

Yes, there are a lot of Spanish speakers but it is still not a language of business and I don't see that changing anytime soon.
Thats the exact vibe i was getting from this thread. I want her to be succesfull and if it could help steer her from 30k ish to 60k ish then thats ok in my book.
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Old January 11th, 2013, 06:49 AM   #19
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Yes. Many of my customers over the last 5one years were German companies, or Japanese. Those who are bilingual in those languages can make very good money.
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Old January 11th, 2013, 07:43 AM   #20
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back in the day,
the U$D was the world language.
ah, for the good ole days.
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