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baileypicks24

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Major - Spanish or Chinese?
« on: July 28, 2005, 07:43:31 PM »
Well, I am majoring in International Business and Political Science. For the IB major, I am required to become proficient in another language.

I took Spanish throughout high school and I've become rather fluent in it, so Spanish seems like an easy choice. Plus, with CAFTA (Central American Free Trade Agreement) in the news, job prospects for IB majors with Spanish backgrounds seem great.

However, I've also been looking at Chinese.

I mean damn, anybody who doesn't live in a box knows that this is an economic powerhouse of over a billion people, with promises to emerge as an economic superpower very soon.

If you were in my position, would you consider doing International Business, with a background in the Chinese language, or Spanish?

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Re: Major - Spanish or Chinese?
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2005, 08:37:45 PM »
Go with Chinese and take some Business-Spanish classes.  You'll be a double threat.
A zen philosopher once said, "A flute with no holes is not a flute, a doughnut with no hole is a danish"

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Re: Major - Spanish or Chinese?
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2005, 09:38:05 PM »
Go with Chinese and take some Business-Spanish classes.  You'll be a double threat.

I'm already swamped with the double major in Political Science, so I doubt I can do that much.  :-[

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Re: Major - Spanish or Chinese?
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2005, 09:53:19 PM »
i took Chinese... it was a lot of fun.

but i just think foreign language in general is fun... i took Spanish and Latin too.

EDIT:  Chinese can be easier than both Spanish and Latin since it's not inflected and you dont have to conjugate verbs (or, in the case of Latin, decline nouns, adjectives, and participles in addition to conjugating verbs).  but it can also be harder because you have to listen carefully since its a tonal language and of course there's the Hanzi...

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Re: Major - Spanish or Chinese?
« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2005, 09:57:30 PM »
espanyol, sin duda.

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Re: Major - Spanish or Chinese?
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2005, 01:05:00 AM »
哥们儿,学汉语吧。象形文字多好玩儿呀!况且,您还能多了解一种文化。

a foreign language is a bridge to another culture.

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Re: Major - Spanish or Chinese?
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2005, 01:47:38 AM »
This has nothing to do with the price of eggs, but I remember when I took Spanish my first year, there was a Japanese class before us, and before the students left they had to bow to their professor.

Thought it was kinda funny.
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Re: Major - Spanish or Chinese?
« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2005, 01:55:58 AM »
spanish is so much easier to speak and learn

learning new characters is annoying


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Re: Major - Spanish or Chinese?
« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2005, 04:07:28 AM »
You should take Latin like me because it's oh so useful for the real world.