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Should You Learn Spanish Or French?

Embarking on the journey of learning a second language isn't just about words; it's about opening doors to cultures, connections, and global adventures.

Amidst this linguistic journey, the choice between Spanish and French emerges as a captivating crossroads.

With each language boasting its own allure and benefits, we're here to be your compass, guiding you through the maze of considerations.

In this article, we'll dive into the global significance of each language, and we'll find out which is the best language to learn - for you.

Get ready to uncover the world of possibilities that language learning holds – all you need is a spark to ignite your journey.

Summary: Should You Learn Spanish Or French?

The answer as to whether you should learn Spanish or French depends on your goals. Here are some of the questions you should ask yourself:

  • Do you prefer France & Africa, or Spain & Latin America?

  • Which language is spoken more where you live?

  • Do you prefer more grammar difficulties (Spanish) or more pronunciation problems (French)?

  • Do you prefer poetry & Native American History (Spanish) or philosophy & French history?

  • Which language sounds better - in your opinion?

a picture of many flags of spanish speaking countries and flags to french speaking countries with a title that says "Spanish or French?"

Which Language Has More Speakers?

So, let's dive into the age-old language showdown: Spanish vs. French - who's got the most speakers? 🌍 Well, it turns out that Spanish takes the crown in the speakers' popularity contest.

With around 460 million native speakers and an additional 90 million who speak it as a second language, Spanish struts confidently ahead.

But hold up, French isn't one to be overshadowed – it boasts a strong 220 million speakers worldwide, including both native and second-language speakers. While Spanish might be leading the numbers game, both languages bring their own flair, culture, and charm to the linguistic table.

Countries That Speak The Language

Think about these lists of countries and ask yourself which ones you would rather visit! Trust me, just the idea of visiting a country where the language is spoken has kept me very motivated through everything. Ask yourself which countries you would rather visit. This will be the first step to know which language is right for you.

These are all of the Spanish-speaking countries that open up to you if you can speak Spanish:

  • Mexico - 125 million speakers

  • Colombia - 51 million speakers

  • Argentina - 45 million speakers

  • Spain - 42 million speakers

  • Venezuela - 32 million speakers

  • Peru - 30 million speakers

  • Chile - 19 million speakers

  • Ecuador - 17 million speakers

  • Guatemala - 12 million speakers

  • Cuba - 11 million speakers

  • Dominican Republic - 10 million speakers

  • Bolivia - 10 million speakers

  • Honduras - 9 million speakers

  • Paraguay - 7 million speakers

  • El Salvador - 7 million speakers

  • Nicaragua - 6 million speakers

  • Costa Rica - 5 million speakers

  • Puerto Rico - 3 million speakers

  • Uruguay - 3 million speakers

These are the many countries where French is spoken as an official language:

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo - 77 million speakers

  • France - 67 million speakers

  • Madagascar - 23 million speakers

  • Cameroon - 14 million speakers

  • Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) - 12 million speakers

  • Burkina Faso - 7 million speakers

  • Niger - 7 million speakers

  • Mali - 5 million speakers

  • Senegal - 5 million speakers

  • Chad - 4 million speakers

  • Rwanda - 4 million speakers

  • Belgium - 4 million speakers

  • Guinea - 4 million speakers

  • Haiti - 4 million speakers

  • Benin - 4 million speakers

  • Switzerland - 3 million speakers

  • Togo - 3 million speakers

  • Central African Republic - 2 million speakers

  • Republic of the Congo - 2 million speakers

  • Gabon - 2 million speakers

  • Mauritius - 1 million speakers

  • Djibouti - 600,000 speakers

  • Luxembourg - 500,000 speakers

  • Seychelles - 90,000 speakers

  • Monaco - 40,000 speakers

Which Language Is Spoken More Where You Live?

One important thing to consider is which language is spoken more where you live/or plan to live in the future. For me, the answer was Spanish, and so I learned Spanish to fluency.

However, I do have French speakers in my area too, and so now I am studying French. So maybe we could think about it like this - not “Should I learn French or Spanish,” but rather, we could ask “Which of the two would serve me most?”

Which Language Is Easier To Learn?

Of course, one thing we should take into account is - which is easier to learn. Unfortunately, there are not many big differences between French and Spanish.

The biggest differences are:

  • Spanish is a little bit harder (grammatically)

  • French pronunciation is harder

  • There are more English words in day to day speech of Spanish speakers

  • Spanish speakers will treat you better (in general) when making mistakes

  • Some Spanish dialects are almost different languages

Which Language Do You Like Hearing More?

Now I can promise you one thing as a language learner, no matter what language you choose, it will grow on you. I didn’t even particularly like the sound of Spanish when I began learning (I know, I know, crucify me for it).

However, after 2 years of learning Spanish I loved the language, 3 years after, I enjoyed the way it sounds more than my native language.

The truth is, we like languages with sounds that are familiar, that’s why most Westerners don’t list Hindi or Chinese when they are listing “the most beautiful languages”.

But, but, but! If you clearly enjoy one more than the other, it’s a factor to take into account. For the first 6 months to a year, you’ll need any motivation you can get - so if you hate the way the language sounds, you'll be screwed!

Which Language Will Make More Mullah?

Deciding between learning Spanish or French based solely on potential earnings can be a bit tricky. Both languages have their own advantages in the job market, but the outcome largely depends on various factors such as your field, location, and industry demand.

Spanish might give you an edge if you're considering opportunities in industries like international business, healthcare, or tourism, especially in countries where Spanish is widely spoken.

With a large and growing Spanish-speaking population, Spanish proficiency can certainly open doors in numerous markets.

On the other hand, French can be a valuable asset in international diplomacy, fashion, culinary arts, and certain technology sectors.

French is also the official language of international organizations like the United Nations and the European Union, providing unique career avenues.

Ultimately, we need to focus on our particular goals and the industry we work in, and with this information, you’ll be able to find out which is best for you and your wallet.

a list of which industries are dominated by french speaking countries and which industries are domintated by Spanish speaking countries

Benefits Of Learning Spanish

Expanded Communication: Spanish is the fourth most spoken language globally, opening doors to communication with over 460 million native speakers and countless more who use it as a second language.

Professional Opportunities: In a globalized world, being bilingual is a huge advantage. Many industries, from business to healthcare, seek Spanish speakers to enhance communication with clients and customers.

Cultural Enrichment: Embrace the rich cultures of Spain and Latin America through literature, music, movies, and art. Understanding the language deepens your appreciation of these vibrant societies.

Travel with Ease: Exploring Spanish-speaking countries becomes a breeze when you can interact with locals, navigate menus, and ask for directions in their native tongue.

Language Learning Skills: Once you've conquered Spanish, picking up other languages such as French becomes easier. The techniques and strategies you've learned can be applied to your linguistic repertoire.

Appreciation for Diversity: Immersing yourself in Spanish exposes you to diverse perspectives, helping you become a more culturally aware and globally conscious individual. Furthermore, Spanish-speaking countries have very different cultures and foods that will inspire and enrich you as a person.

a picture of a beautiful cultural street in mexico

Benefits Of Learning French

Cultural Immersion: Learning French is like stepping into a cultural wonderland. From iconic literature by Victor Hugo to cinematic masterpieces by François Truffaut, you'll dive into a world of art, philosophy, and creativity.

Travel Elegantly: France, the language's birthplace, is a dreamy destination. Imagine strolling through charming Parisian streets, ordering croissants at local bakeries, and engaging with locals in their language.

Global Influence: French is spoken across five continents and is one of the official languages of international organizations like the United Nations. Mastering it opens doors to a diverse global network.

Career Opportunities: French proficiency is a feather in your professional cap, especially in fields like fashion, gastronomy, diplomacy, and international relations. It sets you apart in the job market.

Language Ladder: Once you've conquered French, picking up other Romance languages (like Spanish, Italian, or Portuguese) becomes remarkably smoother due to their shared roots.

Social Elegance: Expressing yourself in French exudes sophistication. It's the language of diplomacy and charm, adding a touch of elegance to your communication.

Historical Insight: French has played a significant role in history, from medieval manuscripts to modern diplomacy. Learning it offers insights into different eras and their impact on the language.

Culinary Delights: French cuisine is legendary. Imagine reading menus, understanding recipes, and discussing gastronomy like a true gourmet.

a picture of fancy french cuisine

Conclusion: Should You Learn French Or Spanish?

In the grand debate of "Learn French or Spanish," the scales tip in favor of embracing the linguistic adventure that resonates most with you. The battle of numbers between the Spanish and French may draw attention, but the decision goes beyond statistics.

Reflect on the tapestry of countries, the resonance in your surroundings, the ease of learning, and the language that best tickles your ears. As you embark on this journey, remember that both languages offer unique paths to cultural immersion, personal growth, and professional opportunities.

Spanish and French open doors to a world of diversity, elegance, and eloquence, each rewarding in its own enchanting way.

So, whether you find yourself swept away by Spanish vivacity or captivated by French's finesse, the choice is yours to make – and wherever your heart leads, a world of exploration and fulfillment awaits.

¡Buena suerte y bon courage! (Good luck and have courage!) 🌍🗣️

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¡Hasta luego et au revoir!

~ Ben



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