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QUESTION: What would be an easy language course, taught in english, that fulfills the breadth requirements?

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  1. French and Dutch are both very similar to English in a lot of respects. UW has a very good French program, and if you don't already speak it, it looks good on your resume, especially if you ever want to get a job in government.

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    1. French seems similar to English if you're Canadian because we learned it in elementary school, but is not in the same family of languages. Dutch is actually in the same family as English (Germanic language) and therefore bears strong similarities to it as well as German. Taking a culture class in French, or even a beginner language class does shit all for your resume just fyi, you actually have to develop an intermediate level of French for it to get you anywhere (more than the French certificate). Although yes, the profs in the French Studies department are generally all awesome.

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    2. English is in a sort of funny middle ground. Having studied both French and German, I'd say that the structure of French is more similar to English than German is, however the overall sound of German is much more similar. All of this has to do with the Norman invasion of 1066 when the Normans (French) invaded England and basically shook up the entire language and made English drift far away from its Germanic brethren.

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    3. @1a However, our language has taken a lot of words from French (because of, as 1b mentioned, the Norman invasion). So, if your vocabulary is fairly extensive, French is much easier and closer to English in some respects.

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    4. @1.a: I did next to no French prior to taking 151 and I got a pretty solid grasp pretty quickly. A lot of the grammar is actually quite similar, except maybe with adjectives and negation and such.

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  2. I loved the Japanese class that I took at Renison. It's taught in English and, in terms of using a different set of symbols for sounds, you only have to learn the hiragana for the beginner's class. Not horribly difficult and it's super fun.

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  3. German 101 was pretty interesting and easy if you don't have a problem memorizing about 100 new words and their gender each week.

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  4. REES 271/272 count towards the language/culture requirements and it is all in English and SO EASY. No exams, just a few online quizzes that are so easy and a short essay.

    I would go to this class and do homework for other classes and still got in the 90s.

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  5. KOREAAAN!!!
    If you pay attention in class then you're basically golden. You just have to study the words and just listen in class. It has a tutorial, but between the lecture and the tutorial, it's your standard 3hrs/week.

    Korean 101/102 is SOOOO much easier than Japanese 101/102.

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  6. Most language departments have a "culture" class that counts as a language because it's taught in that department, but in English. Look in the 100's of the languages and you'll find one usually. I took the GER one and it was interesting and easy.

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  7. go for russian, easy grammar

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  8. If you can take a language culture course to fill your credit, you're lucky. Try being an English RPW major; we have to learn an actual language.

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