A few years ago, sitting at their dining table in Budapest, my neighbor's family asked me why I was studying Spanish, too. French they understood; it's such a beautiful language. But what good would Spanish do? Wasn't German the more obvious choice? Although they were well aware of my Hispanic heritage, it hadn't occurred to them that I shared it with much of the population across North and South America.tend to "celebrate" the holiday anyway. Maybe the French are still bitter?