It is not unreasonable to assume that all those who think about their language choices in the long term choose Spanish. The simple reasoning is such: Spanish is slowly but surely surrounding our lives. And in thinking of all the possibilities using Spanish, many overlook all of the possibilities with French. Overlooked, however, does not mean nonexistent.
With communication technology advancing, more and more companies are going worldwide and as a result, many companies have worldwide offices. Consequently, many companies need people who can break the language barrier, and statistically, according to the Modern Language Association, French accounts for only 0.36% of the 42.98% of languages spoken in California other than English.
You know what that means? That means that by learning French, you immediately widen your narrow alleyway of possibilities into a vast expanse of job, internship, and travel opportunities. The best part is, you don’t have to befriend officials, constantly advertise yourself, and devote all of your time to the cause in order to use your French. The Francophone world is gigantic, and people want your help to tap into it.
Another big argument is “unless you are hired for it, where will you use French?” This argument is understandable; when you are immersed in one option, it may be hard to understand the other. But French is spoken in many countries you may not know of, including Switzerland, Belgium, Haiti, Morocco, Canada, and of course, France.
France may seem like just another country out of the 27 in the European Union, but in reality, it is part of what is called “the big three,” which are the three most powerful countries in the Union, France, Germany, and the UK.
Perhaps the most surprising thing is that French is the official language of the UN. (And yes, the UN is that super cool organization that maintains international peace and security, promotes sustainable development, protects human rights, upholds international law, and delivers humanitarian aid.)
French is not some dying ancient language; according to Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, an organization that monitors French language worldwide, it is the third language used in business around the world, and the fourth language used on the Internet. It’s a big world out there, and a good bit of it speaks French.
In addition, France is somewhat economically well off. As of 2015, the unemployment rate in France is 10.7%, in comparison to Spain’s 21.6% (which is more than twice as much). In a sense, this is surprising, keeping in mind that Spain’s population, 46.77 million, is about 20 million less than France’s 66.03 million. And you do not have to live in France to take advantage of its good economics. These days one can make a living off of their language from the other side of the world.
In the end, there is no superior language. Want the most easily applicable language that you can practice on a daily basis? Choose Spanish. But if you want to add a unique and exciting flair to your personality, take French. Don’t just go with the flow. Choose your language according to your personality.
Nice link: Organisation Internationale de la francophonie 2014 vidéo