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    Default Choice of languages in primary school (for a preppy)

    Did you have a choice and how did you decide? We have to pick between german or mandarin. We're leaning towards mandarin as we think its more relevant in Australia. But I kind of like the idea of DD1 doing a European language, I think it teaches a lot about English (like word origins, sentence structure etc)

    Not sure which to choose. Interested to hear others experiences.

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    I've done 10 years of German through my schooling and found it to be phenomenally useless. I'd go with Mandarin for the reason you stated.

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    lol Winetime I love how you always go right to the heart of the matter

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    I find German very easy to pick up, but as posted above, totally useless unless in Europe lol

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    Default Choice of languages in primary school (for a preppy)

    I would pick Mandarin hands down! Isn't it the most widely spoken language in the world? I think it would be much more useful than German tbh...

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    Default Choice of languages in primary school (for a preppy)

    I had to take German classes at Uni because a lot of the academic literature for my postgrad degree was written in German. Wish I'd done German at school!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Witwicky View Post
    I would pick Mandarin hands down! Isn't it the most widely spoken language in the world? I think it would be much more useful than German tbh...
    That's what I reckon too. I'm a little bit surprised that schools even bother to teach a European language. Nothing against them, but it would seem like a waste of resources to teach a language that much fewer people speak.

    I speak a Scandinavian language fluently (I was an exchange student over there for a year), and whilst it's lovely to know it, it's completely useless really as most people from that country speak English.

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    Default Re: Choice of languages in primary school (for a preppy)

    I learnt French and German at school, and found German really useful, BUT I'm from England, and we do a lot of travel in Europe. The further toward east Europe you go, most people don't speak English but, instead, speak German as a 2nd language.

    I guess it depends on where you plan on living and travelling, but I think learning any language at all is beneficial.

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