Which language to learn?
I am conflicted because I must choose a language to study in college. I have a few lovely options, but unfortunately, I may only select one. I have pros and cons for each, and I would love to hear your thoughts! (I am an American student, by the way.)
+ Took classes all through high school, and I did particularly well, so I have somewhere to start.
+ It's fun to speak!
- It's not particularly "useful" unless I travel extensively after graduation (and even then, many Germans speak better English than we Americans!)
[I also feel that if I take any other language but German that all of my classes in high school would be for nothing because I didn't pursue the language further, which makes me feel a bit guilty. :( ]
+ I have informal knowledge of Portuguese (I've spoken it with family growing up) and I took a year of French, so I have had good experiences with romance languages.
+ I am going into a health profession, so it could be quite useful in my career.
- I only have room for two semesters of a languages, so I don't know if it's worth it to learn the basics when I won't get the chance to delve into it.
- I worry that I may confuse it with Portuguese, or speak a bad mix of both instead of differentiating the languages.
+ Just for fun - I may not have another opportunity to learn it.
+ Could be useful in my profession, depending on my patients
- ...but I may not use it that much and thus will not retain it.
I appreciate your responses! Thank you.