Speaking as a former exchange student, any of these countries will be interesting. I did exchanges of varying lengths in Mexico, Brazil, and England. Brazil and England were my favorites, but all of these trips were very special and enriched my life.
If you know basic Polish, this country might be the easiest. I...
Best answer: Speaking as a former exchange student, any of these countries will be interesting. I did exchanges of varying lengths in Mexico, Brazil, and England. Brazil and England were my favorites, but all of these trips were very special and enriched my life.
If you know basic Polish, this country might be the easiest. I have not been there, but it looks nice on TV. I think that they like Americans, which is important when you are living outside of your country. I think people there are very conservative, so decide if this appeals to you. It's most likely very historic there, but I don't know enough about this country.
France is lovely and very historic. There are castles, palaces, and churches everywhere. There are hundreds of museums with very famous works of art. The food is amazing. It is easy to travel by bus or by train. French is a little hard to learn, but many people there speak English. You can pick up French by watching TV. People in Paris are not the friendliest, but they are nicer in towns further out from the capital. The climate varies by which part of the country you live in. The southern part by the Mediterranean Sea is very tropical.
Spain is also very historic and is reputed to have excellent food. Spanish is an excellent foreign language to know if you live in the U.S. It can help you in your career because many schools, businesses, and government jobs want someone who knows Spanish fluently. I have not been to Spain, but I have met Spanish people. They are very proud of their country. They seem to like Americans and probably know some English. They try to ensure that kids enjoy themselves, but you will have to avoid those who party too much. The weather seems to be generally mild / warm.
Spanish and French have similar grammar rules and sentence structures because they are both Romance languages, but they are pronounced differently. I think that Spanish might be a little easier because it has fewer silent letters and fewer words that sound alike but are spelled differently. If you learn French first, then Spanish will be easy to learn later. And, the reverse is also true. I would never say that Polish is useless to learn, but it won't have the same effect on your future job prospects as Spanish would. French, while not as desirable, would also help you in your career.
Last, if Brazil is an option, it is an awesome country in which to do a youth exchange. The people are fun-loving and like Americans. You can learn Portuguese from watching TV and just listening. This language is similar to Spanish, Italian, and French, and it can help you to learn any of them. School is only a half day, unless the family buys you a second session. Food is generally good and there are a lot of delicious fruits. The culture is youth-oriented. Some cities have beaches, while others do not. There are nicer cities than Rio and Sao Paulo (too big and too much crime), but these are the cities that most Americans have heard of. Carnaval is so much fun and differs according to the region in which you live. There is a culture there that Americans would consider sexual harassment, but it is something to learn about and know. I was in the city of Ribeirão Prêto and the village of Sertãozinho in the state of São Paulo. It was one of my best years ever.
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