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Jammer 29-06-2018 07:21

French and other foreign langauge skills
 
Like many, I speak English and some Spanish.


Can I expect this to be a sufficient set of language skills for the major cruising areas? Is it worthwhile to undertake the substantial effort involved in learning other languages? Is French the right one to learn?

StuM 29-06-2018 14:21

Re: French and other foreign langauge skills
 
Define major "cruising areas" In most of the Pacific and some of SE Asia, French is far more useful that Spanish.

Nicholson58 08-07-2018 18:17

Re: French and other foreign langauge skills
 
In the Caribbean French is useful, but not essential. Most of the Caribbean is English speaking, sort-of.

denverd0n 09-07-2018 04:56

Re: French and other foreign langauge skills
 
French and Spanish are both Latin languages, meaning that there are a LOT of similarities between them. I learned French first, and then found Spanish relatively easy to pick up. If you speak some Spanish already, I don't think that learning French will be the "substantial effort" that you expect.

jamescharles 20-06-2019 04:48

Re: French and other foreign langauge skills
 
I think that your skills should be enough for cruise.


But if you have a desire to learn new languages ​​- act!

psk125 20-06-2019 18:02

Re: French and other foreign langauge skills
 
French was the official language in England for about 300 years, starting in 1066. (William the Conqueror, the King, didn't speak English. He was from Normandy, in France. Warring between cousins in France and England went on for a long time.) The result is that about 60% of English nouns end up being derived from the French. A bunch of verbs, too. So between that and what you already know about latin languages from Spanish, French should not be too difficult. The best part is that the French give visitors huge credit for even trying to speak it, so it's a great way to break the ice and then let them show you how good their English might be.


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