My favorite class in school has always been foreign language, which for me is French. French itself might not be the most useful language to know…

My favorite class in school has always been foreign language, which for me is French. French itself might not be the most useful language to know living in Chicago, but in general, I think foreign language classes are probably the most useful classes they teach in high school. I’m personally a foreign language nerd, twice as likely to read a newspaper article or watch a movie if it isn’t in English, but there are still a lot of reasons why anyone living in the US would want to learn a foreign language. So many of my friends speak something other than English at home – a lot speak Spanish or Polish, several speak Chinese or Ukrainian, amongst others. Even though most of my friends’ parents speak English, many of them still appreciate when my friends and I make the effort to speak their native language when we’re in their home. Knowing a foreign language is also a big help when looking for an after-school or summer job, with so many employers wanting to hire people who are multilingual. The way I see it, no matter what your interest is, learning a foreign language is a pretty useful way to spend some spare time.
– Ben

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