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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

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    Gee, that's funny... not only did I speak French with shipmates in Basic as well as on base, I translated on several ship boardings. No one ever complained that we were speaking French...
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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by theplaydrive View Post
    Yeah, can you having anything else when making predictions about the future? Faith is the only word, I think.
    Naivete, maybe?
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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by theplaydrive View Post
    i don't think it's inappropriate for them to speak German, it just think it's weird and stupid since German isn't a particularly popular language. i wouldn't be offended by it though.
    So popularity is your criterion? How convenient, it makes a great excuse for you to think speaking German is stupid, but speaking Spanish is not.
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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    So popularity is your criterion? How convenient, it makes a great excuse for you to think speaking German is stupid, but speaking Spanish is not.
    Criterion for what?

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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by mac View Post
    Naivete, maybe?
    What's naive about looking at past trends in language learning and applying them to the future? If second generations have consistently learned English and if English continues to be the language of popular culture and money, how is it naive to think the pattern will continue?

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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by theplaydrive View Post
    What's naive about looking at past trends in language learning and applying them to the future? If second generations have consistently learned English and if English continues to be the language of popular culture and money, how is it naive to think the pattern will continue?

    Because political correctness abounds.

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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    Because political correctness abounds.

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    What does that have to do with the fact that 88% of 2nd generation and 94% of 3rd generation Americans speak English well? Explain to me how thinking that pattern will continue is naive considering that English is still the language of popular culture and money.

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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by theplaydrive View Post
    What does that have to do with the fact that 88% of 2nd generation and 94% of 3rd generation Americans speak English well? Explain to me how thinking that pattern will continue is naive considering that English is still the language of popular culture and money.
    Because the tide on that is currently being undermined in education, especially in the West, and South...Heck some jobs in these areas require you to be bilingual to get the job, and they are the high paying jobs either.

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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    Because the tide on that is currently being undermined in education, especially in the West, and South...Heck some jobs in these areas require you to be bilingual to get the job, and they are the high paying jobs either.

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    So the market place is deciding that being bilingual is needed. God bless the market, right?

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    Re: “Why Aren’t You Speaking English?”

    Quote Originally Posted by j-mac View Post
    Because the tide on that is currently being undermined in education, especially in the West, and South...Heck some jobs in these areas require you to be bilingual to get the job, and they are the high paying jobs either.

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    This has nothing to do with political correctness - this has to do with the market and businesses wanting to cater to a certain population for money. Moreover, none of this suggests English is in danger - college requires English and high paying jobs require English. And again, popular culture is primarily English and young people always want to be a part of that. Let's not also forget that education is in English.

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