Mustangs can tell the value of foreign language

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LRHS seniors Molly Mendoza, Hannah Reynolds and Joshua Ghansiam are all four-year students in the school’s foreign language program

Lauren Hopkins – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS provides three languages on campus for students to choose from. While taking a foreign language is not required to graduate, many colleges require two years or more of a language. One student who has taken a foreign language for over three years is senior Molly Mendoza.

She is currently in Spanish 4 honors. She took Spanish because it is a requirement for college and because she hopes to travel to Spanish-speaking countries and wants to be able to communicate with the people there.

Mendoza said, “I Learned a lot about the culture and history of Spanish speaking countries, I’m pretty literate in Spanish now. My favorite thing about the class Is speaking the language in small groups and doing culture reviews.”

She added, however, “My least favorite thing about the class is getting called on to answer questions in class when I don’t know the answer, but that goes for most classes.”

Mendoza further explained, “I find the language and taking the class very rewarding and useful. I enjoy reading signs now that have both the languages.”

To encourage others to either take the language or continue on to the next level of Spanish she said, “It’s pretty useful in this day and age and it’s easier than French and is more common for where we live. I would totally take Spanish again if I could do it all over.”

Mendoza said that the teachers were all nice and created a safe and comfortable environment for students.

She added, “The coolest thing I ever did in class and with the class was playing Kahoot and Quizlet Live.”

If Mendoza could describe the class in one word she said it would be “multi-dimensional”.

Joshua Ghansiam, senior, has taken Latin for the past four years and is currently in Advanced Placement (AP) Latin. Ghansiam said that this class allows for further understanding of where the origin of the English language has evolved.

Ghansiam explained, “My parents are very supportive and have also encouraged me to challenge myself by pursuing different levels of Latin as the years continue.

He added, “Being in Latin for the duration of four years has given me the opportunity to meet new people who are in love with the language and who want to learn more about the Roman people and how they developed such a complex language.”

He admitted however, “My least favorite thing about the class I would have to say is just working through a piece of Latin literature that is almost impossible to translate. In contrast, my favorite thing about this class is being able to make connections to modern day life and the feeling you get knowing that even now in time we still are using methods developed by the Roman people.”

He further stated, “Latin is a lot of work but it sure is rewarding due to the fact that you’re able to continue building your knowledge little by little and at times it gets hard but push through and enjoy the history and the literature.”

He added, “I’m the second member in my household to have taken Latin for four years.”

He said he would absolutely take this class all over but would want to make sure he spent more time on certain concepts that he never really mastered.

Ghansiam also said, “The Latin teacher, [Stefania Mitzithras] is one of the most understanding, kind hearted, loving, caring and best educators out there for the Latin language.

“It is absolutely bittersweet especially since I won’t have the best language teacher but I surely will miss Latin and the fun activities from the class. If I could sum up this class into one word is would be ‘amazing’.”

Hannah Reynolds, also a senior, reflected on her experience taking French for the past four years.

Reynolds said, “I’m in AP French because I want to learn about the French culture and I want to be able to communicate with people in another language fluently.”

She added, “My parents are really supportive of me perusing French, we sometimes make French pastries together.”

Reynolds stated, “My least favorite thing about the class overall would be spelling French because since a lot of the letters aren’t pronounced, some words can look completely different than they are said.”

Reynolds further said, “I have definitely found French useful because I use it at work (Cold Stone Creamery) sometimes to communicate with French families. Over the summer I went to France and was able to talk with the locals and it was really cool to bring my French to life.”

She explained that she would take it again if she had the opportunity to start over.

She admitted some struggles she had to face when taking the class stating, “I’ve had three different French teachers throughout my four years so it’s gotten a little complicated trying to adapt to a new teaching style over and over again.

“It’s definitely bittersweet that this is my last year taking French. I’ll most likely join a French club or something in college.”