What language should I take for high school?

I’m going to be a freshman and I want to take a foreign language. The school I’m going to offers Latin, German, Spanish, and French. I really want to take Latin because I’m really interested in the language and culture(i don’t care if it’s a "dead language"). But my mom wants me to take Spanish because she thinks that if you’re mexican you should be able to speak Spanish. Also none of my friends want to take Latin with me, and i don’t want to be alone.
What do i do?


  1. Don’t fall into the freshman trap and take classes just because of your friends! I did this, and I ended up not being in the same class periods as my friends, so it didn’t matter, I was still alone and I was taking something that I didn’t really want to take in the first place. Luckily I was able to change my schedule… but you may not be that lucky.

    If Latin appeals to you, take it! Latin is a great language to learn, even if it is a dead language. Almost every language takes its roots from Latin and/or Greek. If you learn Latin it will be very easy for you to pick up Spanish or French or even German later on. And if you end up really enjoying Latin, you could always double up on your languages later on. Right now I am taking Spanish 3 and French 1 at my high school because I love languages.

    Go with Latin, you want to take it, and it shouldn’t matter what your friends want to do. In high school, you have to make your own decisions!

    Michelle Desiree
  2. I took Spanish in high school, and it has been very, very useful because there are so many Spanish speakers in the USA. Learning Latin will help you understand linguistics, but is not very practical unless you plan on becoming a professional linguist or classicist. If you are Mexican, you will probably regret not learning Spanish when you are older.

    Catherine B
  3. When I was in middle school, they put me into a French class (for 6th grade). I found it enticing, and the culture was fascinating. However, as a high schooler, many of my friends who take French admit that it can be a challenging language as it progresses.

    I am currently taking Spanish, and have for 4 years. I’ve loved it, and the language and grammar isn’t too difficult to learn and adjust to. I personally think Spanish is a great language to be familiar with, because you may encounter people in the future who can only speak this language, and you could converse with them. (although this is true for all languages, Spanish is becoming quite universal).

    I am also currently taking and Etymology course, which is Latin based, where we learn Latin roots and meanings of words (which is very helpful for SAT and ACT exams in the future for you). I feel as though if you are interested in Latin, go for it! You have the chance of meeting new people, and learning a language that isn’t very well known (which can be impressive on your high school transcript!)
    Either way, I believe that you should go with what you want to do, because in the end, it should be something you’re interested in and that you will enjoy 🙂

  4. take Spanish cause it sounds like you are Spanish and I think it’s a disgrace to your own culture if you don’t even know your own language and the other reason is because if you live in the US, then Spanish is the 2nd most spoken language and in the future, it can help you get a job that requires you to know 2 languages and even though you might think you will never get a job that requires you to do that, well you might never know, there might be a time when an employer will have to pick 1 out of 2 people to hire, you (who does not know Spanish) or the other (who does)…….. Stick with Spanish, there is a reason why your friends do not want to learn Latin.

  5. I agree with everyone else, you should take Spanish. It is a good language to know and you will definitely not regret it later on in your life.

    Good Luck!!!


  6. If your interested in Latin and the culture, go for it. If you understand Latin, SAT s and ACTs vocabulary wouldn’t be as hard. If your friends won’t take Latin with you, then you could meet new people in Latin are you could really enjoy being around. Your mom can only state what she feels, but you end up making the final decision.

    Good luck.

  7. I’m going yo disagree with everyone one else and say that you should take French. Latin will help you with understanding the roots of languages better but you won’t be able to speak it with anyone. And just because you are Hispanic doesn’t mean you have to know how to speak Spanish. Choose French. It’s an interesting language, though complicated at times.


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