Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 25th Oct 2009 12:51 UTC
Editorial A couple of years ago, a professor at my university had a very interesting thought exchange with the class I was in. We were a small group, and I knew most of them, they were my friends. Anyway, we had a talk about language purism - not an unimportant subject if you study English in The Netherlands.
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RE: OT: Wrong about Americans
by Drumhellar on Sun 25th Oct 2009 19:21 UTC in reply to "OT: Wrong about Americans"
Drumhellar
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2005-07-12

Thom is half-right. Americans do deal with other languages frequently, but do so poorly. "Budweiser is advertising in Spanish?!?! That's an American beer!"

Speaking multiple languages and traveling abroad makes you a rare exception. I think most Americans with as much education as you quickly forgot the languages they learned once they got a diploma. California is the worst, I think, because we are the most diverse part of the country, but still think everybody should learn English. I really do think a foreign language should be a requirement for graduating high school, but Americans don't really like anything "foreign".

Oh, the irony.

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RE[2]: OT: Wrong about Americans
by zlynx on Tue 27th Oct 2009 01:57 in reply to "RE: OT: Wrong about Americans"
zlynx Member since:
2005-07-20

A foreign language is a US high school requirement. I distinctly remember being forced to choose between a year of French or Spanish in 1991.

This may vary between school districts. I couldn't say.

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Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

Currently in California at least, it's either a year of foreign language or two years of visual/performing arts.

I went the visual arts path. Only know do I wish I had taken a language instead.

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