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I would like to become an interpreter one day. I have a Russian A and an English B. Right now, I would like to devote time to studying a C language. My Spanish and French are both around B1, and I'm trying to decide which language I should go on to study. Personally, I prefer Spanish. I enjoy Spanish and Latin American cultures a lot more than the cultures of France, Quebec, and certain African nations. Spanish also seems like a better choice for somebody who lives in the US (as I do). But I keep on hearing (and reading) about the importance of having a French C, particularly if I would like to work at a major international institution like the UN in the future...

asked 11 Jun '12, 03:33

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retagged 17 Jun '12, 14:52

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4.7k6923 advice would be to go with your preference! Your professional languages (and the cultures behind them) will be with you for the rest of your professional life... so you should feel something - good things! - for them, you'll spend a great deal of time in their company and if you love them they'll love you back, as opposed to just being tools of the trade.

In the US, SP is probably a better bet than FR, to be basely mercantile :-)... although one with greater competition as well; in a UN scenario both FR and SP are very useful languages into RU... and who's to say you will not get round to the one you would leave on the backburner now, later on in your professional life?! :-)

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answered 11 Jun '12, 17:07

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