[quote=“Lindberg, post:2, topic:1924”]Following the conversation in the ‘vacation’ thread…
Scherp you said Spanish is more popular in school in Holland these days than French and German
Apparently the same goes for Sweden, Spanish is now more popular
And since it’s a language spoken by almost the whole of Latin America it’s probably very important too
And maybe it’s more fun to study than either French or German?[/quote]
In Holland Spanish is more popular than French; younger people identify Spanish more with holidays, tequila, tapas, the costas etc. (there was a popular series called Costa about young people spending their time and their parents’ money in Salou, Spain). French, on the other hand, is often identified with old-fashioned things & thoughts, it’s - in many people’s eyes - a thing from the past.
In Belgium French is still more popular than Spanish, for the simple reason that it’s a bilingual country, and at a certain school level, French is an obligatory subject.