I chose Latin instead of French. I need it for my job and it's a good basis for learning other languages. But I'm just starting to learn French*, now. I have a friend in Provence who helps me and in return I help her improve her English.
* no jokes about French kissing, please. There's nothing left to learn for me in that department
which provides an excellent bridge back to the thread's topic: my first BF used to call me Ishtar