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Spanish or French | Intro to Metalworking or Intro to Engineering and Tech.? Answered

Ok, so it's that time of the year - picking 9th grade courses. I'm signing up for all gifted (higher than honors) academic classes, but am stuck on my electives.

To get into universities and colleges in Georgia, I have to take 2 sequential years of either French or Spanish. My mom says Spanish is easier, like I'm sure most people would. I don't really care about speaking fluently in either language; I just need to go to college.

What would you say would be the easiest to get through?



So, I guess all of y'all know that I aspire to go into the mechanical engineering field. High school is a good place to start out, but I've come upon another bump in the road: Should I go with the metalworking classes, or the engineering (and technology) ones?

I've always wanted to be able to weld, and I'm sure that's a major skill when it comes to engineering. Classes that my future school offers include Intro to Metalworking, Arc Welding, GMAW and GTAW (which I won't take), Intro to Milling (which includes using a lathe and a CNC machine), and a sheet metal class. The engineering class covers things like CAD, CAM, CNC, robotics, audio and visual productions, and other technology things.

I think the metalworking would be best for me - I'm more of a hands-on person; i.e., I like tangent things, not doing "theoretical" things on a computer, though I know all of the CAD stuff would be very useful.

I'd like to take all of it if I could, but that's only possible by going to summer school (which costs $180 per class).

Any help would be appreciated!

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Firebert010 (author)2009-01-11

I've been through the exact same thing you're going through, and IMHO, I think you should take Spanish/Engineering & Tech. I don't know about where you go to school, but where I went mostly girls took French, so if you're a ladies man or you dig croissants take that. The vast majority of kids from my old school took Spanish, and I do think it is an easier language to learn, plus it's a more useful utility as there are many Spanish speakers in America. Welding is a skill, so if you plan to be a plumber or something of the like take that, but the engineering & tech class will better prepare you for the classes you will take in college for mechanical engineering.

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bumpus (author)Firebert0102009-01-11

I took German. Ich bin Eingefleischt.

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Firebert010 (author)bumpus2009-01-11

I took German too, then came to regret it. Hardest class ever, on my fourth year of it.

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bumpus (author)Firebert0102009-01-12

Hahhaha. We never have any homework in it, so, thats why I took it. Also because I drive a Mercedes! :D

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skunkbait (author)Firebert0102009-01-11

I'm definitely with you on the Spanish. I took French, and almost never use it. Metal-work might be more fun, but Engineering would probably help more in the college arena. I was in Academically Gifted/Advanced placement classes, but got stuck with TYping as an elective! Wish I'd gone with all the rednecks into woodworking or auto-shop!!

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n8man (author)2009-01-11

Intro to Engineering and Tech and Spanish. If you could though, I would take chinese, chinese is going to be the most common language in the buisnessworld someday.

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Lithium Rain (author)2009-01-11

Spanish. It's also more relevant; manymanymany more spanish speaking people than french speaking in this country.

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Thelonelysandwitch (author)2009-01-11

iv got the same problems, I am taking french, and eng. and design tech. in my school, they took out metal working. both electives are good for instructables. thats my opinnion.

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westfw (author)2008-01-25

Spanish (more useful (in the US, anyway)) and metalworking (less available after high school. (By the time you get to college the CAD/CAM stuff you took in 9th grade will be pretty obsolete anyway.))

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Bran (author)westfw2008-01-25

Right, thanks!

By the time you get to college the CAD/CAM stuff you took in 9th grade will be pretty obsolete anyway.

Talk about it. ;-p My friend is really good artist, and he plans on taking that class, as he aspires to also be an engineer.

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chooseausername (author)2008-01-25

I think I'd take Spanish because there are more peoples in Americas who speak Spanish than French.

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Tool Using Animal (author)2008-01-24

I'd take spanish, it's what I had to take when I went back to school, but be warned you learn to read and write, NOT speak the language. After three semesters it's still greek when spoken to me. If you really are a hands-on person and you're not completely motivated by money perhaps you should consider an engineering technician program, mind you the median salary is about 6/10ths what an engineer makes. But either way, take the welding classes, once you're enrolled in college you won't have time for then unless they're part of your curriculum, and then you'll be working, then married, then retired, then dead, and you never have learned to weld, shame really.

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Bran (author)Tool Using Animal2008-01-25

I'm thinking I might go to summer school, so I can take both metalworking and the engineering classes. Thanks!

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Patrik (author)2008-01-24

If you're in the US, the language issue is a no-brainer: Spanish!

French: 65-78 million speakers
Spanish: 322-358 million speakers, many of which are just south of here

Besides, by the time they manage to pass a law to make e4the most commonly spoken language in the US its National language, that language will be Spanish. ;-)

I don't think there's a great difference in difficulty of learning Spanish or French. Spelling may be a little easier in Spanish, but you will definitely have more chance to practice Spanish after you graduate, so it won't seem like such a waste of time twenty years from now.

Metalworking versus Engineering... I would pick engineering, no doubt. Engineering is a much wider field, and it should be easy to fit in a good amount of metalworking and other hands-on experience.

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Bran (author)Patrik2008-01-24

Thanks, I'm thinking Spanish will be my pick. I still have feelings for metalworking, though. From the description of the engineering/technology courses, it seems to me that most of what they do is on computers or calculations. I see what you mean, though - I guess I'll have to just think about it harder. Thanks again!

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zachninme (author)2008-01-24

Spanish will be easier the first year, but if you decide to take 3 years worth of a language, French will become easier.
French is also a PITA to pronounce, until you get used to it... I'm sorry, but it is. People in my class (3rd year of it) have still tripped up on parlent. Its not nearly as frequent as it was 2 years ago, but I've heard people slip...

I love French... but that's just me...

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Bran (author)zachninme2008-01-24
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Kiteman (author)2008-01-24

If you're only planning on "holiday" quality language, think where you're more likely to go in future - Mexico or Canada? For the second choice, which would be more satisfying, building a robot of your own design, or building a car to somebody else's design?

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Bran (author)Kiteman2008-01-24

Oh, I'd probably go to Canada first - I hear their syrup and waffles are simply, The Best.

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Bran (author)Kiteman2008-01-24

I don't really care for intricate electronics - that's why I'm more into mechanical engineering. Plus, who says I can't make my own car design? But yeah, thanks!

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whatsisface (author)2008-01-24

I read once that Spanish is much easier for native English speakers to learn than most other languages. I'd be more inclined towards engineering, given the amount of topics it covers. It's more of a personal thing, and it's a pain, but you really have to think about what you want to be at this age, and how to specialize.

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Kiteman (author)whatsisface2008-01-24

It's easier to read (I've never had a lesson, but I can get the gist of technical stuff), but the pronunciation sounds nothing like the spelling looks.

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