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A Cottonwood student words on a Chinese vocabulary activity.

A Cottonwood student words on a Chinese vocabulary activity.

Kristen Tang

Kristen Tang

A Cottonwood student words on a Chinese vocabulary activity.

Kristen Tang, Staff Writer

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There are around 7,000 languages in the world according to Babbel.com. Cottonwood offers four of these languages: Spanish, Chinese, French, and ASL. Ms. Pusey and Ms. Alejo are Cottonwood’s Spanish teachers.  Mr. Maughan is the French teacher and Mr. See teaches ASL. For Chinese, the instructor is Mr. Bao.

Colt Roundup was able to meet with some students taking these classes. We wanted to know more about the experience of learning a language at Cottonwood. Jared Hildt, a Sophomore, said, “Learning a foreign language is hard, but the satisfaction of being able to speak in a different language is worth it to me.”

Many students at Cottonwood have been taking a language class since seventh grade. Colt Roundup met with Klasina Allred, who has been taking Chinese for four years. She has learned a lot of different phrases and could survive living in China. She thinks that knowing this language will definitely benefit her in the future. It helps her be better prepared to communicate with people in Chinese.

Another student, Sarah Smedberg, agrees with Klasina. She has been learning Spanish for 3 years and she chose to learn it because it’s a very common language. She told Colt Roundup, “I do think that learning this language will help me. I could easily come across someone who speaks it and be able to understand and communicate with them.”

Many students at Cottonwood are learning different languages, from what students have told Colt Roundup, they are happy to be taking a language and know it can help them in the future.

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