That could be horribly, horribly wrong. Which would prove my point.
I'm taking French!
No reason. For fun. Because I have time and elective credits to fill.
And because if I teach ESL eventually, it's beneficial to know the basics of lots of languages.
And because I was almost embarrassed to realize when talking to European and other exchange students in Lima that speaking two languages is nothing to brag about. Seriously, they were all whipping out like four or five to my two.
So far I feel the constant urge to speak Spanish in my French class. Especially when I need to say something, and I know I should be speaking some type of non-English. But I definitely can't ask "Is that why English shares more formal than non-formal vocabulary with romance languages?" in French.
I've resisted so far. Except for the occasional "y" instead of "et. "
Can you imagine how disastrous/offensive that urge could be when speaking to immigrants who are native speakers in real life? "Not all immigrants speak Spanish, you silly American!"
I'm fighting it.